One-third of the 2017 baseball season is in the record books. To the surprise and delight of many, the Cincinnati Reds are 25-30 and within 4 games of first place in the NL Central division. Because this has taken place alongside the glorious struggles by the Cubs, Cardinals and Pirates, the Reds’ near-.500 start has […]

Bronson Arroyo is probably your mother’s favorite baseball player. He has those long luscious locks that swish just so when he follows through. His leg kick defies convention just enough while still vaguely resembling the iconic Rockettes. And of course, he plays the guitar when he’s not taking the field. Bronson Arroyo is a bad boy […]

The first definition of log jam in the dictionary is pretty straightforward: “a situation in which a large number of logs floating down a river become tangled with each other so that further movement is not possible.” Mother Nature made the earliest log jams. Hundreds of years before Europeans and commercial logging arrived in North America, […]

Dave Cameron at FanGraphs just concluded a series of posts ranking the top 50 baseball players in terms of value above their contract. Not the fifty best players. The fifty players who have the most long-term value relative to their contract. Players like Joey Votto, Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Cabrera don’t make it because of the […]

Ever since we started this most recent rebuild, the Reds have told us to BE CALM and DON’T WORRY, because (and repeat this with me now) “There is a plan.” This plan allegedly includes graphs and charts and other implements of destruction printed up on glossy paper in an official binder somewhere in Great American […]

The future is arriving. Just came across the interwebs: LHP Cody Reed to make ML debut Sat at Hou. — Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 16, 2016 Much more on this later. Steve MancusoSteve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in […]

The rebuilding process, charts and graphs or not, was almost certain to cause unrest. But the Reds recent free fall has dialed up the decibel level on calls to fire manager Bryan Price. The Atlanta Braves sacked their manager Fredi Gonzalez last week. So it’s no surprise the vultures have flown north and are circling […]

This is an exercise, not a forecast or a prescription. It follows my post from Friday that raised the idea that the Reds consider extending Jay Bruce for three years at $43 million. A common and understandable objection to a new contract for Bruce relates to the payroll implications. It’s an easy point to make. You […]