These Kids Today
Pete

These Kids Today

A few weeks ago, the Reds inducted Pete Rose into the Reds Hall of Fame and retired his #14 jersey. It was, at last, an MLB-sanctioned chance for Cincinnati to celebrate and honor their troubled favorite son. It also provided an opportunity for a beleaguered manager and a sentimental newspaperman to look at baseball through. . … Continue reading

Last Gasps
Reds - General

Last Gasps

If they stick around long enough, baseball general managers tend to get reputations. Jim “Ralph” Bowden would chase a five tool prospect for years. Wayne Krivsky never met a two-year contract extension he didn’t like. Billy Beane’s approach was detailed in Moneyball, while Brian Sabean is perceived to put more emphasis on scouting and intangibles.  The reality is never this simple, … Continue reading

The Reds’ Bad Idea
2015 Reds

The Reds’ Bad Idea

Bryan Price entered the spring with two giant holes in his pitching rotation. Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon were traded away. Then Homer Bailey had offseason elbow surgery and was slow to return. Walt Jocketty gave the Reds six candidates to fill out the rotation: Left-handers Tony Cingrani, David Holmberg and Paul Maholm; right-handers Anthony … Continue reading

Swing and a Miss
Thinking Inside the Box

Swing and a Miss

“Pinch hitting for Jason Linden… Chris Garber. Garber” What a week to get to write about the Reds offense. In their first five games after the All-Star break, the Reds have “hit” .186/.238/.342. Five games, 11 runs scored, and five ugly losses. As we say too often around here, TOS. What can you say about an offense that … Continue reading