Like baseball itself, Spring Training has changed and evolved over the years. Logistically, it sure has for Cincinnati. The Reds left Florida for Arizona in 2010, a move that probably still irks some in the Nation. Apparently, it came down to Sarasota and Goodyear and Reds Owner Bob Castellini didn’t want to pull the trigger. […]

Final R H E Cincinnati Reds (55-76) 2 11 0 Los Angeles Angels (58-74) 4 10 0 W: Weaver (10-11) L: Adleman (2-2) FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score The Good –Jose Peraza simply can not be stopped. Peraza was 4-4 tonight with a double. Guess he wasn’t too hurt last night, eh? –Joey Votto […]

Major league teams had to finalize their 40-man rosters on Friday afternoon, which means they could start picking over unprotected players in other organizations. The Reds took quick advantage. As their first acquisition of the off-season, the club signed right-handed relief pitcher Blake Wood (30) to a major league contract yesterday. The terms of the […]

The Reds season obviously didn’t go as well as we would have hoped. That doesn’t mean we have to completely forget about baseball until pitchers and catchers report next February. The 2015 MLB postseason looks like it could bring a couple thrilling weeks. There are a bunch of former Reds playing, and six teams that […]

The Cincinnati Reds (8-10) face the Milwaukee Brewers (4-15) in the first game of a three game series tonight at Great American Barkpark. Tonight is the first of four Bark in the Park nights. While tonight’s canine tickets are sold out, the schedule for the rest of the “bring your dog to the park” games […]

One of the best things about Redsfest is the ability to meet other Reds fans who share the same passion you do for the Cincinnati Reds. So meeting Chris Felix and seeing his art work was special at Redsfest for me. If you’re from the Cincinnati area, you probably know his work. He’s been featured […]

It’s been 173 days since Buster Posey hit that grand slam (not that I’ve actually counted). But with Johnny Cueto’s first pitch today, we’ll officially and finally turn the page to 2013. Manager Mike Scoscia, the longest tenured manager in baseball, leads the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim into Great American Ball Park for a […]

From today’s Cincinnati Enquirer, here is Paul Daugherty: By the time he left here, traded to Texas for some kid pitcher with attitude issues, Josh Hamilton somehow had gone from thrill-a-minute heartwarmer to entitled eggshell. The Reds dealt him for Edinson Volquez, a trade that is just a few floors and a fast elevator from […]

Congratulations to Josh Hamilton, who won the AL MVP Award today (with another former Red, Paul Konerko, finishing fifth in the voting). There have been a number of former Reds who later won MVPs. Let’s explore….

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Now we all know that Joey Votto has been named the National League and former Red Josh Hamilton has won the American League MVP award. Too, we all would be happy to have had both Votto and Hamilton in the our lineup together. Knowing what we know now, I suppose that would have solved our outfield problem and we’d have less of a logjam at starting pitcher, and maybe Edinson Volquez wouldn’t have started Game One in the playoffs.

But all that doesn’t matter now. Outside of the Volquez starting game one decision, I still think the Hamilton-Volquez trade was defensible at the time it was made. In saying that, the Ken Griffey (Jr.)Mike Cameron (et al) trade was defensible at the time, too, but didn’t really pan out as well as we hoped.

Oh, and in case you didn’t know, the Reds are now tied with the Giants for second place as a team in total National League Most Valuable Player Award seasons with twelve. Only the St. Louis Cardinals have more (17).

Hamilton had a truly terrific year, hitting .359 with 32 homers and 100 rbi in only 133 games. He had a .411 OBP and led the majors in slugging percentage (.633) and OPS (1.044). Since leaving the Reds, Hamilton is hitting .315 with 74 homers in three seasons with a .915 OPS (138 OPS+). He’s been a very good player since leaving Cincinnati. In saying all that, Hamilton is not the first former Red that became an MVP following his Reds playing days. There have been others.

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Let’s chew on this one for the entire weekend. How valuable is Edinson Volquez? He has shown more than one flash of brilliance during his time in Cincinnati. He had some very rough times last year after returning from Tommy John surgery, but he also started the first Reds playoff game in a decade and […]

Here’s a few links I’ve found that I believe you’ll find interesting to read while you watch the World Series on what used to be considered the world’s greatest waste of time… — Paul Daugherty interviews former Reds General Manager Wayne Krivsky on the Josh Hamilton–Edinson Volquez trade. I supported the trade at the time […]

Cody Ross, NLCS MVP…a day after Josh Hamilton earned the same award in the ALCS. I’m not sure how to feel about the fact that two former Reds won these awards in their respective leagues. I was kinda hoping a current Red would win one of them this year. Chad DotsonBlame Chad for creating this […]