Breathe in, hold for five seconds, and…release. Woosah. What a wild first half for the Reds. After starting the year 3-18 (kind of hard to believe, right?) they battled back and finished the first half 43-53. The Reds saw a manager get fired, the Opening Day starter get injured, the offense turn from joke to […]

Seth Shaner is an occasional contributor to Redleg Nation. His last piece was about the Reds’ outfield rotation. There I was, waiting for my gas tank to fill up on a scorching July day in Ohio, when I came across a blog post on the Cincinnati Enquirer Facebook page. The headline grabbed me with the […]

The job of interim manager — in baseball and other industries — is a tough one. You’re pretty much guaranteed to inherit a bad team in turmoil. Firing the old manager itself causes disruption. If you’re the interim person’s boss, you just want the operation back running smoothly.  In fact, the skill set for succeeding […]

Enjoy this guest post by longtime reader Seth Shaner. You can find him on Twitter here. Thanks, Seth! Four outfielders. Three outfield positions. Early returns with the Reds’ 2018 outfield rotation weren’t favorable for then-manager Bryan Price or interim manager Jim Riggleman. I understand the idea that it would be better to be able to get […]

I should have quit while I was ahead. After seeing the Reds win three games at Dodger Stadium last month – that is, one-seventh of their victories for the entire season – I decided to push my luck and hit the road Sunday morning for the getaway game of their series against San Diego. While […]

The first inning hadn’t even come to a close, and it already felt like a lost cause. Tyler Mahle was getting squeezed. Joey Votto couldn’t field. The pitch count ticked toward 30. The Dodgers drew first blood. The game seemed over before the Reds had gotten three outs. If you think I’m being overdramatic, consider […]

You may know that Jason Linden and I do a little moonlighting over at Cincinnati Magazine. We’ve written a few pieces over there in the last week that I think you might be interested in reading. Go check them out, share them on your various social media accounts, then come back and tell us how […]

After returning from a trip to Cincinnati last month during which I saw the Reds drop three games to the Cardinals, I offered several suggestions as to how to stop the bleeding. Granted, many of my bullet points were painfully obvious, but in the span of just two weeks, it’s been interesting to see how […]

You already know that Chris Garber and I wrote a book about our favorite baseball team; it’s called “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds.” We’ve been very gratified by the response, and it seems to be selling well despite the fact that the current version of the Redlegs is […]

Well, Bryan Price or not, the Reds (3-16) are still who we thought they were. Believe it or not, Jim Riggleman couldn’t fix everything in one game. Brandon Finnegan was erratic and the offense continued to look hapless in a 4-2 defeat against the Cardinals (11-8) on Friday night. The Reds have now scored two […]

The post-Price era begins today. What should’ve been a routine off-day in the middle of April turned into quite the eventful ordeal yesterday, as the Reds (3-15) fired manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins after an abysmal start to the season. Today will mark the first game with former bench coach Jim Riggleman […]

Well, now that Bryan Price is gone, the Reds are sure to make the postseason! Right? They only have to win…wait, 3-15?!? This man managed the team to 3-15?! Is it even possible to make the playoffs at this point? So the short answer is: Yes and no. Before diving into the various semantics of […]