This week on Redleg Nation Radio, Doug Gray (of RedsMinorLeagues.com) and I are joined by fellow RN editor Jason Linden. Topics include the big Aroldis Chapman decision (of course), what to expect from Mat Latos, and we tried to answer your questions. Enjoy! You can listen with the player at the bottom of this post […]

Not getting upset just yet about Chapman report. Waiting for confirmation before blasting what would be a terribly short-sighted decision. — Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) March 21, 2013 Rest assured, the Editors will have a response prepared, should this come to pass. At this point, however, all we have is a single report, without confirmation from […]

The sign says otherwise. It still feels more like the corner of Vada and Votto to me. Or the intersection of Yesterday and Tomorrow, if you will. Putting aside a fairly meaningless Spring Training record, the signposts are almost all pointing in the right direction for the Reds, as we wait for the gun to […]

I hadn’t written about this subject, because I really wanted the whole issue to go away. I should have known better than to be optimistic about that. Here’s our friend Dave Schoenfield from ESPN: Manager Dusty Baker — and the players — think Aroldis Chapman should remain the team’s closer; general manager Walt Jocketty, with […]

You can’t hide in Jungle Jims. The florescent lighting won’t allow it. I’m in aisle 4 eyeing the Dead Guy Ale when I spot him. You know you are officially a sorry little baseball geek when you can spot a bench coach wearing civilian clothes across a beer cave and a football field of party trays […]

Spring Training isn’t as dramatic as it was years ago. There was genuine competition for jobs, rotations were being established, and many times this lasted into the last week of spring training. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen anymore; it’s just that with long term contracts and the salary structure of the game, it […]

We might as well be prepared for this eventuality. The decision to move Aroldis Chapman from the bullpen to the starting rotation is going to be the biggest topic of conversation (and controversy) around Cincinnati until August, at least. If you are a regular reader of the Nation, you already know this, but for the […]

Nothing surprising here, but the fact that we are talking about Aroldis Chapman in the rotation (two years too late, but I’ll take it) makes me as giddy as a schoolgirl. Chad DotsonBlame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His […]

I refuse to get my hopes up about anything relating to the Reds, but I’d certainly be pleased if the Reds gave Aroldis Chapman a serious look as a starting pitcher. Jon Heyman (take this for what it’s worth) says the Reds are looking to do just that. Go read the piece; evidently, the Reds […]

Maybe the “sky is falling” crowd will have something legitimate to worry about this week after all. Courtesy of Mark Sheldon: Chapman’s top speed in his 22-pitch appearance (seven of which were strikes) was 97 mph, but several of his pitches were 93-94 mph. And that had the Reds worried. “Yeah, because his velocity was […]

An interesting point raised by commenter Myles: 1990, Charlton, Norm: Didn’t start his first game until July 15th. Pitched a complete game shutout on August 10th. Finished the year with 154 IP. Why can’t Chapman start this year? An additional 70 innings from Chapman adds some wins. Obviously, Aroldis Chapman is twice as talented as […]