In Part I of my dialogue with Chris Heisey, the former Reds outfielder and I chatted about him speaking to the Little League World Series runners-up; how he originally wanted to play baseball and basketball at Messiah College; what he has in common with Pirates reliever Tony Watson, Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick, and White Sox […]

If they stick around long enough, baseball general managers tend to get reputations. Jim “Ralph” Bowden would chase a five tool prospect for years. Wayne Krivsky never met a two-year contract extension he didn’t like. Billy Beane’s approach was detailed in Moneyball, while Brian Sabean is perceived to put more emphasis on scouting and intangibles.  The reality is never this simple, […]

It’s been exactly five years since Brooks Conrad Game. Crazy, right? In that span, the Reds qualified for the postseason more times (three) than they did in the previous 30 years (twice). (A few labor strikes and no Wild Card for much of that time makes that fact look a lot worse than it really is.) On May […]

It’s important to keep in mind that the interview Mat Latos gave to Ken Rosenthal raised two distinct issues about the Reds. One was Latos’ criticism of the medical/training staff, the second was the shenanigans in the locker room and lack of clubhouse leadership. I. Mat Latos is no more an expert on medical and […]

Former Reds pitcher, Mat Latos, gave an interview to Ken Rosenthal that was published a few minutes ago. Latos was asked about how he could help the Marlins. The pitcher said a veteran player can provide valuable leadership for the clubhouse. He then offered numerous examples of how that leadership was missing in the Reds […]

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said this about the Reds’ acquisition of Marlon Byrd: “We just felt he would be a great influence on our younger players, not that much different than Scott Rolen was when we brought him in — a true professional who plays the game the right way and leads by example.” There […]

[This post was written by John Ring, who is the Nation’s correspondent from Afghanistan, where he is serving the entire nation.] It’s all quiet —- some would say too quiet -— on the Reds front. No news on Arroyo. Choo is gone. No trades. Nothing. So while we collectively ponder the state of the current […]

I’m going to try something here. I’m not going to editorialize at all. I am going to give you some information. Below is a chart with every Red who hit at least 100 times this year. There are three columns after each name. the first is % of pitches outside the zone they swung at. […]

Below is a transcript of much of Joey Votto’s conversation with Lance McAlister for those in Redleg Nation who may not have access to the podcast. Left out are a few of the opening remarks about Bryan Price, but it does reveal the bulk of the interview in areas of most interest by the Nation. […]

Didi and Gogo, those lost souls awaiting the mysterious, never-to-arrive Godot in Samuel Beckett’s absurdist tragicomedy have nothing on Reds’ fans, abandoned for yet another Fall, left out in the playoff cold, waiting for our Godot—Post-season Relevance—to finally bless us with his presence. Now, as the wait goes on for the next manager to be […]

It’s fitting that it comes down to Johnny Cueto in this “down the rabbit hole” of a season, where it was 13 runs one night, one run the next. Where the Reds best player and the Face of MLB was defined and ultimately maligned. Where a 90-win season is a disappointment because of the final […]

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Samuel Beckett’s iconic play Waiting for Godot. The two main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, pass their time waiting for the appearance of a man named Godot, whom neither has actually met. Godot, of course, never arrives. Interpretations of the play vary. Beckett himself was evasive about its symbolism. On its […]