Around the time Frank Robinson was winning the National League Rookie of the Year award as an outfielder for the Reds, Pete Seeger was rearranging a passage from the Bible’s book of Ecclesiastes into a folk song. The lyrics are familiar. A time to build up, a time to break down. A time to laugh, […]

I’ve said repeatedly that the return of a fully-healthy and productive Devin Mesoraco could be key in accelerating this rebuilding process. After all, if Mesoraco were to return to form, that’s an All-Star hitter in the middle of the Cincinnati lineup that wasn’t there the last couple of years. Alas, you’d be foolish to bet […]

C. Trent Rosecrans had this interesting piece in the Enquirer recently. The Reds evidently sent some minor leaguers to a leadership retreat: The exercise was part of an obstacle course in the two-and-a-half day leadership training event that 12 Reds players attended at Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point, N.Y., this past week. “Leadership […]

In case you missed it, former Red Edwin Encarnacion hit a walk-off home run in the American League wild card game on Tuesday night: Tip for Texas… don't throw Edwin Encarnacion home run derby pitches in extra innings. @Encadwin @BlueJays #ALWildCard #OurMoment — Tim Viper (@TimViper) October 5, 2016 Over the last few years, […]

Reds General Manager Dick Williams — and he is the GM now, with Walt Jocketty moving into a more advisory role — met with the legacy media as the season ended, and he had some interesting things to say. Williams began by saying, essentially, that the hardest part of the rebuilding process is now in […]

First, the mitigation. Robert Stephenson is just 23 years old. This Cubs lineup has undone the best pitchers in baseball. Two of the hits against Stephenson came to rest about half way to third base. A couple other soft ground balls got through. Stephenson is 30 innings over his workload of the previous two seasons. […]

This piece was submitted by Chris Esberger, known in our comments as Chuck Schick, and we’re happy to run it here at Redleg Nation. As we enter the dog days of the Reds 15th losing campaign over the past 20 seasons, I thought I would offer my special mix of random, mostly worthless facts and […]

The Reds offense struggled last night, scoring just once through the first eight innings. By the time the Reds finished hitting in their half of the second inning tonight, they had already scored nine times. The Reds would go on to rout the Diamondbacks 13-0, and will go for another series win tomorrow. The Reds offense […]

I read the news today, oh boy. The Yankees trade of Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs lays bare the serial and disastrous mishandling by the Cincinnati Reds of a prime asset. The failure of the Reds to execute a trade like the Yankees did this afternoon could make the difference between success and failure […]

July is a make-or-break month for The Rebuild. The Reds front office will confront many decisions that will have a profound impact on the club and its future success. It wouldn’t be a shocker to learn that “July 2016” is the thickest section of the Rebuild Binder, filled with scratch outs, post-it notes and revisions. […]

The human shoulder is primarily a ball-in-socket joint. The head of your upper arm bone fits loosely into a rounded socket in your shoulder blade. A patchwork of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff keeps your arm bone centered in the socket. Throwing a ball overhead places extreme stress on the shoulder to remain […]

• Mr. Intangible Reports coming out of Cleveland indicate that Marlon Byrd has tested positive for PED. If they prove accurate, it will be Byrd’s second violation. He was suspended for 50 games in 2012. Byrd is hitting .270/.326/.452 for Cleveland. He played in three of the four games against the Reds, going 5-14, scoring 4 runs […]