I ran across this image the other day. Reminded me of the old days. How many of you remember the site when we used this design? (Click on the picture below for a larger version.) I simply cannot believe that we’ve been writing about the Reds here at Redleg Nation since 2005. Those were fun […]

It was a hot August night in 2005 BC (Before Castellini). Griffey Jr. was healthy again, or as close to healthy as he ever would get wearing Red. I was taking my 9 year-old son, Zachary, to watch his beloved Redlegs on a perfect evening for baseball. The San Francisco Giants were in town and […]

Well, it was actually 2005, and that wasn’t such a great year. (It was, however, Redleg Nation‘s first season of covering the Reds.) If the Reds can win tomorrow, however, it will be the first 4-0 start since…1990. That was a fun season. Chad DotsonBlame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in […]

Aaron Harang probably – hopefully – pitched his last game as a Cincinnati Red yesterday. He was ineffective, as he was in his first start back from the DL, and frankly, as he’s been for large parts of the last three seasons. Harang’s contract is up at the end of this season (the Reds get […]

Francisco Cordero had yet another poor outing last night (1 IP, 1 H, 2BB, 1 ER), though he ultimately closed out the victory over the Fishies. I know we’re all frustrated with Cordero, but his reaction to Mark Sheldon post-game made me like the guy a bit more: “I have to stop walking people,” Cordero […]

In Chad’s May 20 edition of the Titanic Struggle, he reminded us of two historic collapses by the Reds over the past six years.  One of those losses was a 10-9 loss to the Brewers in which the Reds were up 9-0 after the top of the fourth inning.  After that loss, the Reds record […]

July 13, 2006: The Cincinnati Reds trade Austin Kearns, Felipe Lopez and Ryan Wagner to the Washington Nationals for Bill Bray, Royce Clayton, Brendan Harris, Gary Majewski and Daryl Thompson.

The 2005 Reds team was a team of transition. Following the 2004 season, all-time great shortstop Barry Larkin had retired, and Felipe Lopez had moved into the shortstop position. They had replaced most of their starting pitching staff as Jose Acevedo and Cory Lidle had been traded, and Paul Wilson only made nine starts in 2005 due to injury. Ramon Ortiz, Luke Hudson, and Eric Milton joined holdovers Aaron Harang and Brandon Claussen.

The 2004 team had three starting pitchers with ERAs over 5.00, but that didn’t improve in 2006. Three pitchers again had ERAs over 5.00, with two over 6.00, but the Reds relievers and defense held on enough to lower runs allowed by 18. The big difference in 2005 was that their offense improved by 70 runs, or almost one-half run per game. The Reds’ offense featured a set of four slugging outfielders, Ken Griffey, Jr., and youngsters Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns, and Wily Mo Pena. The team also had smooth swinging first baseman Sean Casey at first base and an offensive minded shortstop in Lopez. This team averaged over 5.125 runs per game, allowing almost 5.5 runs per game.
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February 10, 2000: Ken Griffey, Jr., is traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Cincinnati Reds for Jake Meyer (minors), Mike Cameron, Antonio Perez and Brett Tomko. To add to the transaction above, please keep in mind that Greg Vaughn was granted free agency on October 28, 1999, and signed with the Tampa Bay Devil […]

I didn’t know what this would show before I looked it up. Heck, I’m not sure that it says anything at all. I just wanted to see what Cincinnati’s record was on the morning of June 13th in each year of the current stretch of losing seasons. 2009: 31-29, 3rd place, 2.5 GB 2008: 32-36, […]

Baseball Prospectus online (www.baseballprospectus.com) and writer Steven Goldman posted some analysis today focusing on Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter. Jeter, who will be a Hall of Famer, is known to be terrific offensive player and clutch player (whether you believe in “Santa Clutch” or not), but is sometimes maligned as being weak in the field (despite some popular legend). One common New York joke is that is many balls go “pasta diving Jeter” as if it is some specialty dish ordered in a popular New York bistro.

The story contained an analysis of the batting averages hit to (and through) the Yankee infield over the past several years, and compared it to major league averages. Without going into lots of detail (susbscriber story, I believe), Baseball Prospectus took the analysis and broke out the detail to a level where only right handed hitters were calculated (analysis shows 70% of ground balls by right handed hitters are pulled to 3b or SS, with majority going to shortstop).

Much more about Reds shortstops, below the fold:
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Bill and I open up the RNR mailbag, look at the questions surrounding the final roster spots on the Reds, and discuss Dusty Baker’s indelicate remarks about Danny Herrera. Plus, Spotlight Player Matt Klinker gives us a quick update from Spring Training in Sarasota…all in the latest episode of Redleg Nation Radio. You can listen […]

The Reds were 149-175 under Dan O’Brien. That’s a .460 winning percentage. Under Wayne Krivsky (assuming they lose after they lost again today), they’re 98-115 – an identical .460 winning percentage. Chris