Here’s a very funny gag from the Minnesota Twins bullpen, starring Jared Burton and inspired by a guy I always liked, Matt Maloney. H/T Hardball Talk. Keep your eye on Burton, on the left side of the screen.     Chris

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Minnesota 4 Cincinnati 3 W: S. Diamond (6-3) L: A. Chapman (4-4) S: J. Burton (1) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –None. Well, Mike Leake pitched eight strong innings, surrendering just two runs (on 86 pitches). Joey Votto hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth that looked like […]

As expected, the Reds picked up Brandon Phillips’ $12 million option for 2012. Don’t be surprised if they work out an extension soon, a la Bronson Arroyo last off-season. On the other side of the coin, Cincinnati declined the 2012 option on closer Francisco Cordero. CoCo was often great (and sometimes less than great) during […]

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Philadelphia 6 Cincinnati 4 W: V. Worley (10-1) L: M. Leake (11-9) S: R. Madson (26) BOX SCORE NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS –Brandon Phillips had a couple of hits, including a double. Chris Heisey returned with a bang, hitting a pinch-hit three-run homer. –Mike Leake was adequate, but not great (six […]

Tomorrow is September 1st, the time of year for young players to get a “cup of coffee” at the big league level with a chance to catch the GM’s or manager’s eye and hopefully get themselves an opportunity to win a big league job in spring training. Since the Reds are out of the playoff […]

Games Played on 08/23/11 Minor League Players of the Day: Carolina Mudcats starter, Pedro Villarreal, went 7 innings, allowing only 1 run on 5 hits, walking none, and striking out 4. AAA Lehigh Valley 6 – Louisville 5 Jeremy Hermida was 3-5 with a double and homer, Denis Phipps continues his incredible season, going 3-5 […]

Games Played on 08/22/11 Minor League Players of the Day: Dayton C Chris Berset: He went 3 for 5 with a HR, 2 2B, and a BB. AAA Toledo 3 – Louisville 2 Juan Francisco went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Edinson Volquez got the loss as he went 7.2 IP and allowed 3 […]

Games Played on 08/11/11 Minor League Player of the Day: Billings Mustang, Sean Buckley went 3-5 with a homer and a stolen base. It was his 13th homer in approximately 185 PA. AAA Toledo 6 Louisville 5 11 innings Chris Valaika went 3-5 with 2 doubles, Denis Phipps went 2-4, Juan Francisco went 2-5, Jeremy […]

Minor League Player of the Day: Jeremy Hermida (Louisville) 3-4, double, walk, run scored AAA Louisville 8 – Rochester 3 The Bats scored 7 times in the 2nd inning and then cruised to a 5-run victory.  Dave Sappelt and Jeremy Hermida had 3 hits apiece while Chris Valaika, Denis Phipps, and Felix Perez each had […]

Games Played on 07/25/11 Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton 1B Donald Lutz: He went 2 for 3 with 2 HR. AAA Louisville 5 – Charlotte 3 Denis Phipps went 3 for 5. Dan Dorn went 2 for 3 with a 2B and a BB. Devin Mesoraco went 2 for 3 with a BB. […]

Games Played on 07/19/11 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville C Devin Mesoraco: He went 3 for 5 with a HR. AAA Louisville 7 – Gwinnett 5 (10 Innings) Paul Janish went 4 for 5. Devin Mesoraco went 3 for 5 with a HR. Yonder Alonso and Dan Dorn each went 2 for 4 […]

INF Juan Francisco to the 15 day DL with strained left calf. RHP Jared Burton transferred to 60 day DL. OF Jeremy Hermida‘s contract purchased from AAA Louisville. Bill LackI’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. […]