The sweep of the Giants last weekend seems like a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The Reds’ (56-74) trip to Chicago has gone about as well as you’d expect for a last-place team playing a first-place club. In every sense of the word, the Cubs (75-53) have dominated this series, […]

In the days leading up to Opening Day, we’ll be previewing The State Of The Reds at every single position on the field. Check out the previous installments of our Redleg Nation 2018 Season Preview series: —Shortstop —Second Base With the responsibility of managing an entire pitching staff, framing pitches, and throwing out runners while maintaining productivity […]

For some reason, whenever I think of Brandon Phillip’s legacy with the Cincinnati Reds, I think of then-Astro Jonathan Villar sliding face first into Phillips’ posterior. Not the between the leg flips, not the 30/30 season, not even the social media preening and local media bans–my mind is stuck on an innocuous tag that took […]

Since it’s the off-season and we can’t spend every day writing about why Raisel Iglesias needs to be a starter next season, I thought it would be an appropriate time to embark upon a project that I’ve been wanting to explore for years. That is, I thought it would be fun to look at the […]

Everyone knows That Guy. He’s the one who eats pizza with soy sauce and calls its a superfood. He’s the one who does the robot transitioning into the worm whenever he’s forced to dance. The one who played four sports in high school and still talks about it. That Guy is always the subject of water […]

September 26, 1869: The Cincinnati Red Stockings open a 13-day stay in San Francisco with a 35-4 victory over the Eagles. The Red Stockings play five games against San Francisco teams during this time and win all five matches by an average score of 56-6. A little history of an 1869 road trip from “Redleg Journal” by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder:

September 14: “The Red Stockings depart for a month-long tour to California, via the newly opened transcontinental railroad. After nine days of hard travel that included trains, stage coaches, and steamers, the travelers arrived in San Francisco on September 23. Despite arriving at 11 in the evening, the club was met by some 2000 cheering spectators.”

September 26, 1897 Reds Hall of Fame first baseman Jake Beckley becomes the first Cincinnati Red to hit three home runs in a game in a 10-4 Reds win over the last place St. Louis Browns. The fourth place Reds, who finish the season 76-56, also won the second game of the doubleheader, 8-6, to complete the sweep of the Browns. The Browns finish the season 29-102, 63 1/2 games behind the Boston Beaneaters.

Despite a career batting average of .300, the New York Giants had released Beckley 17 games into the 1897 season when he started the season batting .250. With the Reds, the 29-year-old Beckley regenerated and he hit .345 with the Reds with an .894 OPS (128 OPS+). He led the Reds in triples (9), homers (7), rbi (76), and batting average (.345) despite only playing 97 games for the Reds. In eight seasons with the Reds, he hit three homers in a game, he hit three triples in a game, and he batted over .300 six different times. Beckley is # 41 on the all-time list for runs scored, # 33 for hits, # 4 for triples, and # 37 for RBI (all as of the end of the 2007 season–baseball-reference bullpen). To this day, Beckley still holds the major league records for putouts at first base (23,731) and career triple plays as a first baseman. Thirteen times he batted over .300, he scored 1600 runs and had 1575 career rbi.

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Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Houston 6 Cincinnati 15 WP: LeCure (1-0) LP: Rodriguez (2-7) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Let’s hear it for Redleg Nation favorite Jonny Gomes! Gomes went 4-4 at the plate, with a triple, a homer, a walk, and four RBI. That’s five times on base, and only a double short of […]

Let’s take a trip around the interwebs….. –Justin takes a look at the Reds’ hitting and pitching stars of the year thus far, using a very interesting way of compiling that info. Check out how well Danny Herrera scores out. Good stuff. –Johnny Cueto: he’s pretty good, huh? Cueto says that he was tipping his […]