As you follow the Cardinals-Angels game out in Anaheim tonight, keep in mind that Joe Blanton – the Angels’ pitcher – almost came to the Reds in what would have been one of the biggest disasters in the history of the franchise. Before the 2008 season, rumors had Blanton coming to the Reds for Joey […]

Here’s the trailer for the long-anticipated Moneyball movie, in theaters September 23:     It looks pretty great.  At least, once you get past Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Art Howe eyebrows.  Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane.  Jonah Hill plays “Peter Brand,” the Paul DePodesta character. (DePo said he didn’t want his name on a “fictional character.” […]

This is interesting: But right after turning 30 in 2008, Harang appeared in an extra-innings game on May 25, pitching innings 13-16 against the Padres. This came three days after his most recent start and he would be asked to start again four days later. In the start prior to the relief appearance, Harang had […]

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 […]

Remember how bad the Reds have been the last two years? Dusty Baker is happy to tell us it wasn’t his fault. This year, finally, the Reds have given him the players he wants. But really, Dusty wants to make sure that we don’t forget, especially as contract extensions are discussed, all that losing the […]

On May 18, 2008, Paul Janish made his first Major League start for the Reds, going 3-3 with a walk and turning two double plays in a Reds’ 6-4 interleague win over their Ohio state rival Cleveland Indians. It was Janish’s third game as a Red, having appeared twice before as a defensive replacement (on […]

Last week, I grabbed a memory card from my camera bag so I could take some photos at my son’s tee-ball game. Evidently, I hadn’t used that particular memory card in quite some time; when I went to remove the photos today, I found that I had some pictures on there from Opening Day 2008, […]

It isn’t a difficult concept to understand: your leadoff hitter needs to get on base at a good clip so that the big bats behind him can drive him home. Well, take a look at this disaster: Dusty Baker’s primary leadoff hitters: [table id=23 /] No, it isn’t difficult to understand, but Dusty Baker is […]

How much can one player add to a team? I read the other day at the website of baseball stats legend Bill James that Albert Pujols‘s value to the Cardinals is that the…

“Cardinals start out six-eight games over .500 because of Pujols. Everybody else has to make it up somehow. “

James now works in the front office for the Boston Red Sox.
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See the story. Bill LackI’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs […]

August 19, 2008: Dear Fans, Thank you for your loyalty and support of the Cincinnati Reds. You are extremely vital to the success of the Reds, and it is important we share with you the thinking behind our recent personnel decisions. Since taking ownership of this franchise, we have aggressively tried to improve our Major […]

We’ve all had fun mocking “havoc” this season, but over at RR, Slyde had an interesting question that deserves pondering. After noting that the Reds rank in the league’s bottom two in hits, base runners, doubles, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage, the question becomes “is small ball the only way to respond to the (lack of) offensive talent on this club?”

Slyde notes:

What we have is a bit of a chicken and the egg problem here. Are the Reds bad offensively because they are so committed to small ball, or are they committed to small ball because they are so bad offensively.

You know how I feel. (Did I mention that Adam Dunn returned to the Queen City yesterday?)

Thoughts?

(My favorite Adam Dunn quotes from yesterday are in the extended entry.) Continue reading

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.