With a painfully slow and dull free agency, much of the offseason focus in baseball has centered around the Hall of Fame and which players are worthy of election. While candidates like Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, and Vladimir Guerrero are locks to achieve baseball immortality, there are a number of intriguing players who don’t stand […]

Our budget-conscious mother sewed, cobbled together, or recycled our Halloween costumes, which by 2017 standards isn’t just Earth-friendly, it was life-saving. Instead of shipping us out the door sheathed in flammable plastic to walk amongst a dark neighborhood rife with candles, she sent us into the night well-equipped to flee the potential razor blades buried […]

As Johnny Cueto ambled off the Rogers Centre mound on Oct. 19 to a cacophony of jeers from nearly 50,000 boisterous blue-clad Blue Jays backers, the former-Reds-ace-turned-Royals gun-for-hire flashed his trademark pearly-white grin. Strangely enough, only during his ignominious exit did Cueto resemble himself. Five days after Cueto retired the last 19 Houston Astros he faced […]

In Part I of my dialogue with Chris Heisey, the former Reds outfielder and I chatted about him speaking to the Little League World Series runners-up; how he originally wanted to play baseball and basketball at Messiah College; what he has in common with Pirates reliever Tony Watson, Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick, and White Sox […]

It’s been quite a year for Chris Heisey. After spending over nine years in the Reds organization, the outfielder was shipped to the Dodgers in early December for right-handed pitcher Matt Magill. The 30-year-old Heisey spent most of the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City but enjoyed a few cups of coffee with the Dodgers, slashing […]

I recently learned something about the Reds I had never heard of before: A black man played for the Reds in 1944, three years before the Dodger’s Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color line. The black man was from Cuba and his name was Tomas de la Cruz. He was a pitcher who went 9-9 with a 3.25 […]

In Part I of my conversation with Bill Bray, the former Red and I discussed many talking points, but among them were the Montreal Expos-turned-Washington Nationals; the odd nature of Bray’s big league debut; Bray’s beloved places to play in the minors; Gary Majewski; and why Scott Rolen’s off-the-field persona meant so much to Bray […]

Of the 197.1 innings Bill Bray pitched in the major leagues over six different seasons from 2006-12, 174.1 of them came in a Reds uniform. The left-handed Bray primarily operated with a fastball-slider combination, which produced a career FIP of 3.85 and 188 strikeouts. Bray was particularly effective against left-handed batters, limiting lefties to a slash of […]

A report released this week about former Reds player Ryan Freel concludes that the high-energy outfielder had been suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he committed suicide last year.  The website SportsNet re-published an article by reporter Brett Popplewell that offers a stunning narrative of Freel’s life and final few days. Warning: It’s not […]

Any venture capitalists out there? Somebody with some spare cash burning a hole in his pocket? Hey. Charlie Sheen’s a huge baseball guy and a serious Cincinnati Reds fan. He’s got wads of cash to invest in a project that would surely be a big hit with the young up-and-coming sabermetric minds currently upsetting the apple cart in traditional […]

Pretty cool article on ex-Red Aaron Harang and his tribute to Nuxie: Aaron Harang gets the start for the Dodgers on Wednesday in Surprise against the Royals. He was one of a few Dodgers to change his uniform number this season, switching from 44 to 41. Since it was highly unlikely that non-roster invitee Dallas […]

Dayn Perry of CBSSportsline.com dug up this gem.  Yes, it’s Hall of Famer Johnny Bench on Hee Haw, singing covers of Jim Croce and Jerry Reed(!) to the delight of the Hee Haw Honeys.  Pay particular attention to Bench’s trousers, or as Perry calls them, “Aquaman pants.” Bench must’ve been on the show more than […]