2011 Reds

X-Factor: Paul Janish

Orlando Cabrera (2010) Alex Gonzalez (2009, 2007) Jeff Keppinger (2008) Felipe Lopez (2006) Rich Aurilia (2005) Between 1974 and 2004, the Cincinnati Reds were fortunate to be able to pencil in the names of Dave Concepcion or Barry Larkin at the shortstop position nearly every Opening Day. Now take a look at the group of … Continue reading

1990 Reds / 2010 Reds / 2011 Reds / Barry Larkin: Hall of Famer / Baseball - General / Bring Barry Back! / Dusty's Lineup Shenanigans / Reds - General / Reds History / Reds Trivia

Orlando Cabrera and Championship Shortstops

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 … Continue reading

2010 Reds / Baseball - General / Defending Adam Dunn / Defending Edwin Encarnacion / Reds - General

Defense: The New OBP

Defensive stats are now on the cutting edge. I particpated in a public AOL online discussion with baseball historian and statistical guru Bill James over 15 years ago about a new defensive metric he was proposing. Apparently that system didn’t work, for I didn’t see it ever published. Mr. James didn’t really appreciate my question…I … Continue reading

2009 Reds / Reds - General / Reds Trivia

Cincinnati’s Shortstop History

Baseball Prospectus analyzed the Jeff Keppinger–Drew Sutton deal on Tuesday, and more or less said that Walt Jocketty was doing the Astros a favor for Sutton is 26 and not really a prospect. To quote: “Between some modest amount of speed and pop added to his switch-hitting, he (Sutton) could stick as somebody’s utilityman someday, … Continue reading