After a slow start that lingered through the month of May, the 2018 Reds offense has shifted into high gear. It has produced the third most runs in the National League. In June and July, our Reds have outscored the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Brewers, even Cleveland. In fact, they’ve put more runs on […]

There’s a theater in St. Louis that all through the summer and up until Halloween screens cult classic films every weekend at midnight. Each weekend brings a different film and a different crowd. There was Office Space, The Room, and My Neighbor Totero already this year. The whole event culminates in a two-weekend extravaganza for The Rocky Horror Picture […]

The Reds have traded LH pitcher Jeremy Horst to the Philadelphia Phillies for SS/Utility infielder, Wilson Valdez.  Mark Sheldon provides the essentials on Valdez at the plate: Valdez spent the last two seasons in Philadelphia and batted .249 with a .294 on-base percentage, one home run and 30 RBIs over 99 games in 2011. A […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Cincinnati 2 Milwaukee 3 W: K. Loe (2-1) L: L. Ondrusek (2-2) S: J. Axford (5) BOXSCORE POSITIVES –Chris Welsh wore a bowtie tonight, and it looked nice. That was very nearly the only highlight of the evening. –Nice outing by Mike Leake: 7 innings, 2 runs on 7 […]

Orlando Cabrera (2010) Alex Gonzalez (2009, 2007) Jeff Keppinger (2008) Felipe Lopez (2006) Rich Aurilia (2005) Between 1974 and 2004, the Cincinnati Reds were fortunate to be able to pencil in the names of Dave Concepcion or Barry Larkin at the shortstop position nearly every Opening Day. Now take a look at the group of […]

For the last couple of months, Reds farmhand Billy Hamilton has been getting a lot of love from the various prospect rankings. Yesterday, John Fay has professed his undying love for the young shortstop: I’m no scout. But I’ve watched a ton of baseball over the years. And, after seeing about four innings of Billy […]

You can choose who you wish to believe. Recent comments made by GM Walt Jocketty lead one to believe that Edgar Renteria would be signed to be a backup shortstop. Renteria, on the other hand, has a different impression: “I feel happy for the opportunity to keep playing shortstop full time. That was the main […]

In his career against the Cincinnati Reds, tonight’s starter for Philadelphia, Roy Oswalt, is 23-3 with a 2.81 ERA. He’s the quintessential Reds-killer, and for many years he combined with Lance Berkman to give us all nightmares. This season, Oswalt is 13-13 with a sterling 2.76 ERA overall. Since joining the Phillies mid-season, Oswalt has […]

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Atlanta 1 Cincinnati 2 WP: Volquez (2-1) LP: Hanson (8-8) S: Cordero (29) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Orlando Cabrera was the only Red with more than one of the Reds’ five hits, but Brandon Phillips had a huge RBI triple, then scored the winning run on an error by last […]

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 […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Cincinnati 2 Florida 10 WP: Johnson (1-1) LP: Harang (0-2) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Are you kidding? NEGATIVES –TOS*. –Aaron Harang…sigh. Four innings, ten hits, eight earned runs. What can you say that hasn’t already been said. I know we all love Aaron Harang, but his performance tonight was one […]

The Reds signed Orlando Cabrera to a free agent contract in the off season in an effort to strengthen one of the Reds’ biggest offseason question marks; that is, who plays shortstop or maybe the question was actually whether Paul Janish would hit enough to be the regular shortstop?

Janish was the default regular after oft-hurt Alex Gonzalez was dealt to the Red Sox in a post-trade deadline deal for minor leaguer Kris Negron last August. The Reds have been searching for a shortstop since the retirement of Barry Larkin following the 2004 season. Felipe Lopez gave us one good offensive season in 2005, but we’ve since gone through Gonzalez, Royce Clayton, Jeff Keppinger, Ray Olmedo, Juan Castro, Danny Richar, Enrique Cruz, William Bergolla, Rich Aurilia, Pedro Lopez, Jerry Hairston Jr. , Adam Rosales, Drew Sutton, and even Brandon Phillips has played there since Larkin retired. We even had current Reds’ shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s brother, Jolbert Cabrera, stand there for nine games in 2008.

I don’t know why, but I’m hearing Johnny Cash‘s “I’ve Been Everywhere” in the background; or maybe it’s REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It;” maybe it’s Billy Joel‘s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” I don’t know, but…

Am I the only one missing Barry Larkin?

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