The Reds will never put Aroldis Chapman in the rotation. That ballpark is _electric_ when he comes in to close a game. Unreal. — Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) May 23, 2012 // Chad DotsonBlame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Atlanta 3 Cincinnati 4 W: M. Latos (3-2) L: B. Beachy (5-2) S: A. Chapman (2) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Hey, there’s the Mat Latos we were hoping to see this year. Latos went 7 strong innings, surrendering just two runs on five hits. He struck out 8 and walked […]

Over at CBS Sports, Danny Knobler has an interesting piece on Aroldis Chapman: The Reds paid $225 million to keep Joey Votto, and $72.5 million to keep Brandon Phillips. They’re willing to spend money. Even so . . . What exactly is this team doing with a $30 million setup man? It’s not that Aroldis […]

Aroldis Chapman has now pitched nine innings this season (over six games). He has not allowed a run, and surrendered only three hits. Lance notes that he has thrown 121 pitches; 85 of them have been strikes. Here’s the amazing part: Chapman has faced 30 hitters and he has struck out 17 of them. Thinking […]

According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden yesterday via twitter Dusty Baker just told us they’re paying a lot of money to Bailey & Chapman and we’ll have to find roles for them even if it’s in bullpen Yet Dusty Baker wonders in the same conversation: Baker just told us that he’s sick of having to answer […]

(Ed: You may have noticed that we have featured a few new contributors over the last month or two. Today, we are finally getting around to publishing the latest from another newcomer. We’re happy to welcome Spencer Dennis to the fold.) I recently asked Cincinnati Reds head athletic trainer Paul Lessard and noted pitching authority […]

Mike Leake and Aroldis Chapman were highly accomplished 22-year-olds when they arrived as rookies to the Reds’ brand new Spring Training complex in Goodyear, in February 2010. Leake, as a junior the previous year at Arizona State, compiled a 16-1 record with a 1.71 ERA.  He (not Stephen Strasburg) was named 2009 National Player of […]

Check out what Dusty Baker said about Aroldis Chapman last night: “Can you afford to give him three or four days off so he can throw as hard as he did tonight? Or will he get conditioned to going a couple of days in a row? Remember, everybody wanted him to be the closer. You […]

Read this (suggested by a friend on Twitter), but every time you see “Neftali Feliz,” substitute “Aroldis Chapman.” Chad DotsonBlame 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 […] released their Top 50 prospects list on their site and on MLB Network. Three Reds made the cut: Like anybody in baseball would forget about someone able to throw a 105-mph fastball just because it was the offseason.’s Top 50 Prospects list was revealed Tuesday night, and it was no surprise that Reds […]

We all kinda suspected it: Aroldis Chapman’s immediate future with the Reds is as a reliever. “I would think so, yeah,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “The plans are to keep Chapman in the bullpen right now. We’ll take a long look at Dontrelle Willis also.” Certainly, I would prefer Chapman pitching in the […]

Over at Minor League Ball, John Sickels has opened the floor for discussion of the Reds system as he prepares his grades for Cincinnati’s prospects. Some great comments over there, and I urge the Nation to go participate. You’ll also be interested in his comment on the Rays’ #2 prospect (in another post): 2) Matt […]