The trade deadline is always an exciting time for baseball fans, as contending teams look to add the final pieces for a pennant push and non-contending clubs attempt to shape their rosters for the future. For the better part of the last decade and a half, the Reds have fallen into the latter category, and […]

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 […]

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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Enquirer lists some of the Reds latest roster moves: On Hernandez: The Reds want catcher Ramon Hernandez to return for 2010, but not for the $8.5 million figure his club option calls for, according to “We’re not going to pick up the option,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told’s Mark Sheldon on Friday. […]

While waiting for the Reds to make their first offseason moves, we’ll continue to debate how the Reds should shape the 2010 team by looking at the possibilities in the infield. So far, we’ve opined on the outfield, and more recently the starting rotation.

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February 10, 2000: Ken Griffey, Jr., is traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Cincinnati Reds for Jake Meyer (minors), Mike Cameron, Antonio Perez and Brett Tomko. To add to the transaction above, please keep in mind that Greg Vaughn was granted free agency on October 28, 1999, and signed with the Tampa Bay Devil […]

Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Cincinnati 0 NY Mets 4 WP: Santana (10-7) LP: Cueto (8-6) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –None. This game was a disaster in every way. NEGATIVES –TOS* –Jay Bruce fractured his right wrist in the first inning, diving for a ball (that he actually caught; after the wrist […]

The holiday weekend begins with a transaction. Danny Richar has been placed on the 15-day DL, and Edwin Encarnacion has been reinstated to the active roster. Welcome back, Edwin!

Well, we can’t welcome EE back to the lineup, because Jerry Hairston is starting at third. Of course. Full lineup below the fold. It is bizarre, as usual. Willy Taveras is actually not leading off, with the Cardinals throwing a right-hander tonight. Don’t get too excited. Taveras is batting second (!), rather than playing lefty-hitting Laynce Nix tonight. Things just keep getting curiouser and curiouser.

It’s a sellout crowd at Great American Ballpark. Let’s hope they’re loud and that they get to go home happy. Discuss the game here.

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Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Cincinnati 2 Toronto 8 WP: Richmond (6-4) LP: Arroyo (8-6) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Jonny Gomes had two of the Reds four hits, including his third homer. –Willy Taveras didn’t make a single out tonight. NEGATIVES –TOS* –The Reds got four hits, and they were facing a […]

I thought I’d post the latest transactions, just for the record. Evidently, the Reds told Matt Maloney they were going to demote him because they wanted to bring up a position player. Of course, it would have been nice if they’d brought up a position player who could actually play, but they didn’t. Today the […]

Games played 06/19/09 AAA Louisville 5 – Gwinnett 0 Kevin Barker went 2 for 4 with a HR. Dan Dorn went 1 for 3 with a HR and a BB. Danny Richar doubled. Sam LeCure wins it going 6.2 IP allowing 0 R on 4 H and 2 BB with 5 Ks. Federico Baez (1.1 […]

Games played 06/18/09 AAA Louisville 3 – Norfolk 1 Danny Richar went 2 for 4 with a HR and a 2B. Dan Dorn doubled and is now hitting .333/.375/.578/.953 in June after putting up OPS of .543 in April and .682 in May. Justin Lehr wins it going 6 IP allowing 1 R on 7 […]