In his first year as general manager for the Reds, Walt Jocketty traded Adam Dunn to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Remember the Dallas Buck Era? Dunn had become a fixture in Great American Ball Park’s left field. And while the word fixture might conjure up Dunn’s aptitude playing defense in left field, one thing is for […]

Redsfest takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The hours are 3-10:30 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Latest details here. For those who’ve never attended before, Redsfest is a gigantic indoor fair, including autograph and photo booths with current and former Reds players, interactive games, giveaways, game-used […]

Reds manager Dusty Baker’s testy answer to a question yesterday about playing time for Todd Frazier and Scott Rolen has been reported by John Fay and Mark Sheldon. At the end of his remarks, Baker said this: “Since I’ve been here there have been six or seven guys everybody fell in love with,” Baker said. […]

Games Played on 06/19/12 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville Outfielder, Bill Rhinehart, in a day where the pickins were pretty slim, went 3-4 with a double. AAA Louisville 9 – Scranton/WB 2 Interesting to see 2 ex-Reds in the Scranton lineup (Chris Dickerson and Russell Branyon). Bill Rhinehart went 3-4 with a double, […]

From Mark Sheldon: — Bronson’s been diagnosed with mono. Although valley fever was ruled out, the diagnosis was mononucleosis. The Reds pitcher, via text message, said he still did not expect to miss any starts as a result. Because of the fatigue factor, would it be better putting him on the DL or just assuming […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Houston 1
Cincinnati 9

WP: Arroyo (17-10)
LP: Myers (14-8)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Outstanding start by Bronson Arroyo. Seven innings, one run on four hits, struck out four, walked none, and threw just 91 pitches. Masterful.

–It’s so nice to see Brandon Phillips starting to come around. He was 2-4 tonight out of the leadoff spot, with a long homer, a walk, a stolen base, and three RBI.

–This Jay Bruce fellow seems like he might be a pretty good ballplayer. He went 3-4 with a walk tonight. When Bruce gets locked in, he really gets locked in.

–Speaking of locked in, Drew Stubbs was 2-4 with a walk, his 22nd homer, and four RBI. Nice.

–Don’t look now, but is it possible that Jonny Gomes is finally heating up again? He went 2-4 tonight, with a homer and two runs scored. Gomes has been below-average on the season, but if he could get on a hot streak like he was on in May, the Reds could make some noise in October.

–Excellent relief work by Bill Bray and Francisco Cordero.

–Ryan Hanigan had two hits and an RBI.

NEGATIVES
–None.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Have we mentioned that the Reds are NL Central Division CHAMPIONS?

–The Reds beat up on a pretty good pitcher tonight in Brett Myers. That’s nice to see.

–I have said it a hundred times, but I just love watching Bronson Arroyo pitch. Seventeen wins? Yeah, who cares about that stat…but it sure looks nice.

Now Arroyo can rest for a few days before he opens the 2010 playoffs in Philadelphia.

–Let it be said that, when lots of people were calling for Jay Bruce to be sent to AAA earlier this season, you never heard that nonsense from Redleg Nation. We’ve always preached patience with good young players, and Dusty/Walt’s patience is paying off right now. I’ll take an 826 OPS out of a 23-year old every single day.

–Let’s ditto that for Drew Stubbs. I don’t believe we ever called for Stubbs to be sent to AAA, although we conceded at one point that it appeared inevitable that the Reds would do just that (when Chris Dickerson was prepared to return from the minors). Stubbs has had an excellent season.

–One more series remains…then it’s playoff time!

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Despite recent events, the Reds are going to win the NL Central.  Rather than talk about that slow, inexorable backward stumble into October, I thought we could use the time to look at how we got here.  How did the club generally (though not unanimously) expected to finish fourth in the six-team Central end up […]

The Reds have traded Chris Dickerson to the Brewers for Jim Edmonds.  If this was the year 2001, I would be happy with this.  In 2010, not so much. According to ESPN: Jim Edmonds has been traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for outfielder Chris Dickerson. The trade was first reported by ESPN’s Eduardo Perez, who […]

The only thing we know for sure is that Drew Sutton was claimed off waivers by Cleveland, and he’s now an Indian. I always thought Sutton could help this team, and I wish him the best in Cleveland. Since we gave him away for free, it means that we got essentially no return for Jeff […]

Minor League Player of the Day:  Chris Dickeson (Louisville) 3-5; homerun, 2 runs, 2 RBI, SB. AAA Louisville 4 – Columbus 3; final 12 After going 3-5 with a homerun, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI, you really have to wonder how much longer until Chris Dickerson is back with the Reds.  Chris is now […]

Minor League Player of the Day:  Didi Gregorius (Dayton) 4-5, 4 singles, 1 run scored. AAA Louisville 3 – Columbus 2 – final 11 Chris Dickerson had 3 hits in 4 at-bats along with a walk and an RBI.  Chris raised his average in Louisville to .421 with his 3 hit effort.  Yonder Alonso had […]

Minor League Players of the Day: Danny Hernandez (AZL Reds) 5-5, 4 singles, homerun, 3 runs scored, 1 RBI and Wladimir Balentien (Louisville) 3-5, 2 singles, homerun, 2 runs scored, 5 RBI AAA Louisville 19 – Charlotte 6 I guess the big league team and the AAA club got the memo to score a ton of […]