It’s still early, but the Reds have a little positive momentum toward 2019. Dick Williams and new manager David Bell have crafted a forward-looking common message. Other than a broadcaster or two, the Reds no longer seem like Shakespeare’s graying Lear howling at cliff’s edge at the shifting currents of baseball. Bell has made clear he […]

From David Bell’s introductory press conference [video link] and a few one-on-one interviews afterward shown on FSO: The local media (FSO) and ownership have their narrative about a local boy coming home. Bell’s introduction included describing Bell a “real Reds hire,” a “Cincinnati native,” a “Cincinnati guy,” his “family ties” to father and front office […]

According to the Chinese zodiac, this was the Year of the Dog. If you spent much time at Great American Ball Park, you know it was just a dog of a year. Every contest seemed a bark in the park, with too many games off the leash before the first time through the order, everyone […]

Joel Sherman of the New York Post is a reporter who Walt Jocketty and Bob Castellini will have in their old paper rolodexes. Either would be comfortable whipping open a flip phone and giving Sherman an off the record quote.  #Reds are said to be looking more for face of franchise type as manager so […]

I’m 23. In my lifetime, the Reds have 3 winning seasons I can actually remember — Joe Cheek (@Joe_Cheek) September 24, 2018 I saw this tweet last week and nearly gasped. We all know things have been difficult and disappointing in Redleg Nation for many years. But my experience as a Reds fan beginning in […]

You’ll remember, a few weeks ago, I asked whether Reds ownership was meddling in baseball operations. The short answer: yes. Well, since that piece was published, we keep getting more evidence of Bob Castellini sticking his nose into baseball decisions, both off-field (Matt Harvey) and on-field (he’s talking strategy with the manager!). So I had […]

A signal that there may still be some desire by the Cincinnati Reds front office and ownership to win baseball games was transmitted at midday today from Great American Ball Park: At a season ticket holder luncheon, Riggleman announced that Tyler Mahle will replace Homer Bailey in the rotation #Reds — Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) September […]

The Reds are 1-3 against Padres this year, one of the few major league teams that has a worse record than they do (at least for now). The Reds have lost four in a row and are 11-22 since the trade deadline. Cincinnati Reds 2 (59-82) • San Diego Padres 6 (56-86) Box Score || Win % || Statcast Hitters Report || Statcast Pitchers […]

The Short Version: The Reds lost. Again. Whatever. Final R H E Cincinnati Reds (59-80) 3 6 0 Pittsburgh Pirates (68-71) 7 12 1 W: Musgrove (6-8) L: Reed (0-2) FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score The Good –Scooter Gennett hit two home runs. He now has 22 homers on the year. That’s good. –Matt […]

Saturday, John Fay published an important column about Jim Riggleman for the Cincinnati Enquirer. I’m going to bracket off what might be the most discouraging part: Fay’s reporting on a meeting that Reds owner Bob Castellini had with Riggleman about managing decisions, something Riggleman calls unprecedented in his vast experience as a major league manager. So after […]

1987 was Eric Davis’ best season. His combination of power, speed and defense produced 7.9 WAR at age 25. That’s the highest single-season total for any Reds position player since. He mashed 37 homers, stole 50 bases and drew 84 walks. Davis won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. It was also the year the […]

Following yesterday’s strange news that Matt Harvey wouldn’t be traded, the even more concerning news that Bob Castellini had once again stuck his nose into baseball operations, and a crushing walk-off defeat to the Cubs (74-53), the Reds (56-73) could really use a win to lift the collective spirit of the fanbase again. Fortunately, the […]