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Former Reds All-Star joins coaching staff at Indiana

Scott Rolen, a key player for the last two Cincinnati Reds teams to win division titles, has joined the staff of former Wright State baseball coach Jeff Mercer at Indiana as director of player development. "I couldn't be more excited to add Scott Rolen to our staff," said Mercer in a press release. "The impact Scott will have on the student athletes in our baseball program will be unique...
Hartman: How the Cincinnati Reds should approach the rest of 2018 (and beyond)

Hartman: How the Cincinnati Reds should approach the rest of 2018 (and beyond)

What will the Reds do in the second half?  This is a two-pronged question. What will they do on the field, and what will they do off it?  If I knew the answer to the first one, I would probably be making some phone calls to Las Vegas.  As for the second, they have three options: Sell everything they can in hopes of being great in three years (but remain in last place until then). Selectively...
Hartman: Should MLB consider split-season division champions?

Hartman: Should MLB consider split-season division champions?

With the All-Star break ongoing, here’s something to ponder to help pass the time:  The thought crossed my mind as I wondered what might have been for the 2018 Cincinnati Reds, who lost an astounding 18 of their first 21 games but have recently been one of the best teams in either league.  It’s too bad April was so bad nothing that followed could possibly include the...
Reds end 36-year home run drought in All-Star Game

Reds end 36-year home run drought in All-Star Game

In his first All-Star Game at-bat, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett saved the National League — for one inning. Gennett’s two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth tied the 89th All-Star Game at 5-5, but two Houston Astros, Alex Bregman and George Springer, hit back-to-back home runs in the 10th and the American League addded one more run to win 8-6 Tuesday at Nationals...
WATCH: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on legalized gambling and Pete Rose, the shift, the DH, expansion and more 

WATCH: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on legalized gambling and Pete Rose, the shift, the DH, expansion and more 

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred shared numerous interesting thoughts during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning.  You can view the whole interview below, but here are some of the highlights:  1. The lift of the federal ban on gambling on sports does not impact Pete Rose’s eligibility.  “No matter what happens with gambling in the United...
Poll names Reds player friendliest in baseball

Poll names Reds player friendliest in baseball

Joey Votto uses first base as a water cooler, starting conversation with almost every opponent who reaches base against the Cincinnati Reds. That’s one reason Votto was named the friendliest person to chat with at first base, in a poll of Major League Baseball players by The Athletic. He won 25 percent of the vote. On the MLB Network’s Intentional Talk on Monday, Votto credited...
Middletown’s Kyle Schwarber falls in finals of Home Run Derby

Middletown’s Kyle Schwarber falls in finals of Home Run Derby

Kyle Schwarber’s Chicago Cubs teammate, Javier Baez, watched him compete in the Home Run Derby from ESPN’s broadcast booth on the field Monday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.. “We’re going to have a great show from Schwarber,” Baez said. Schwarber, a Middletown High School graduate seeded fifth, delivered by advancing to the final round in his first appearance in...
Votto: Riggleman brings ‘good energy’ to Reds

Votto: Riggleman brings ‘good energy’ to Reds

The Cincinnati Reds shared a press conference with Joey Votto on Facebook Live on Monday, one day before the 89th All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. Votto, a six-time All-Star, answered all manners of questions from reporters. Here are a few highlights of the session: On former teammate Shin-Soo Choo being a first-time All-Star: “I was stunned when I found out it was his first time. If this...
Hal McCoy: Will the real Cincinnati Reds please stand up?

Hal McCoy: Will the real Cincinnati Reds please stand up?

To borrow a phrase from the TV show What’s My Line, “Will the real Cincinnati Reds please stand up?” There was a perfect definition of what this team is about over a three-game span last week at Cleveland and St. Louis. On one night they scored seven runs in the ninth inning to beat the Indians, 7-4. On the next night the Indians cold-cocked them, 19-4. Then in their next game against...
Reds prospects show their talents in Futures Game

Reds prospects show their talents in Futures Game

Dayton Dragons pitcher Hunter Greene topped 100 miles per hour on his first seven pitches in the Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. However, another Cincinnati Reds prospect, Taylor Trammell, overshadowed Greene by winning the Larry Doby Award, which goes to the game’s MVP. He’s the first Reds prospect to win the honor. Greene and Trammell played for the United...
Report: Reds have expressed interest in long-term deal for Scooter Gennett 

Report: Reds have expressed interest in long-term deal for Scooter Gennett 

Will Scooter Gennett still be a Cincinnati Red at the end of the month?  That is a question that has been asked for much of the season, and it might have a new answer — one a lot of fans will probably like.  Gennett, a Lebanon native, is having his second straight great season with the Reds.  This one earned him a trip to the All-Star Game.  He has become both a fan favorite...
Matheny’s tenure as Cardinals manager ends with two straight losses to Reds

Matheny’s tenure as Cardinals manager ends with two straight losses to Reds

The St. Louis Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny on Saturday night after an 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. The announcement came 71 minutes after the game ended. Matheny, a Columbus native who graduated from Reynoldsburg High School and played at the University of Michigan, coached seven seasons in St. Louis. His final record was 591-474. "Mike Matheny has served the St....
Catch of the year? Hamilton’s homer-saving grab in St. Louis amazes Reds

Catch of the year? Hamilton’s homer-saving grab in St. Louis amazes Reds

Billy Hamilton stole the headlines from the Cincinnati Reds offense on Friday night in St. Louis with one of the best catches of the season. Hamilton climbed the wall in center field to rob the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter of a home run for the final out of the seventh inning. The Reds (42-52) already led 8-1 at that point and won 9-1, but the spectacular play will be long remembered. Amir Garrett...
Botched pitching change set up Joey Votto’s heroics against Indians

Botched pitching change set up Joey Votto’s heroics against Indians

The Cincinnati Reds proved they have some mental mettle Tuesday night when they rallied from four runs down in the ninth inning to beat the Cleveland Indians.  They got an assist from Tribe manager Terry Francona, whose apparent decision to go to right-hander Chad Otero in a tight spot brought questions from the Indians faithful.  After the game, the Indians skipper admitted he ended up...
4 times the Reds have rallied in the 9th inning to beat the Indians

4 times the Reds have rallied in the 9th inning to beat the Indians

The Cincinnati Reds scored seven runs in the ninth inning to stun the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.  So what else is new?  The Ohio River team has made a habit of rallying in the ninth inning against the squad from Lake Erie.  Here are four times the Reds came off the mat last at-bat to beat the Indians.  2006: Adam Dunn’s walk-off grand slam  Is there any more...
Stunner in Cleveland: Reds score 7 in the 9th to beat Indians

Stunner in Cleveland: Reds score 7 in the 9th to beat Indians

Joey Votto hit a go-ahead three-run double during a seven-run ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians bullpen wasted a gem from Trevor Bauer in a 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Indians closer Cody Allen (2-4) allowed six runs after getting two outs in the ninth, the last three charged on Votto’s sharp hit to right off Dan Otero. Adam Duvall also doubled in two in the ninth...
Dayton Dragons starter runs scoreless innings streak to 22

Dayton Dragons starter runs scoreless innings streak to 22

Here’s a story about a Dayton Dragons pitcher not named Hunter Greene.  Packy Naughton is the hottest Dragons hurler after twirling eight shutout innings Monday night in a 5-0 win over the Great Lakes Loons.  That ran his scoreless-inning streak to 22.  The 2017 ninth-round pick out of Virginia Tech last allowed a run June 24.  Since then, he has struck out 17 and walked...
DeSclafani, Schebler lead Reds past Indians in series opener

DeSclafani, Schebler lead Reds past Indians in series opener

Anthony DeSclafani allowed one run in seven innings, Scott Schebler was 4 for 5 with a homer, and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-5 on Monday night. All-Star first baseman Joey Votto homered for Cincinnati, which took the opener of the team’s annual battle for the Ohio Cup and sent the AL Central leaders to their third straight loss. Cincinnati improved to 9-2 against American...
Latest losses remove any doubt Reds still have lots of work to do

Latest losses remove any doubt Reds still have lots of work to do

Once in a while starting the season historically bad is a blessing in disguise.  The last two days against the Cubs would have been really excruciating for the Cincinnati Reds if the season hadn’t been over since late April.  Nonetheless, a weekend in Chicago started with great promise and ended up being a reality check.  Just when people were starting to think this team...
Riggleman: Reds all-star infield ‘a special group’

Riggleman: Reds all-star infield ‘a special group’

Of the three Cincinnati Reds interviewed Sunday about making the National League All-Star team, Eugenio Suarez showed the most emotion. The Pharrell Williams song “Happy” should have been playing in the background at Wrigley Field because “happy” was the word of the day for the 26-year-old Venezuelan third baseman, who was able to put aside a second straight disappointing...
Three Reds named to National League All-Star team

Three Reds named to National League All-Star team

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, second baseman Scooter Gennett and third baseman Eugenio Suarez earned spots as reserves on the National League All-Star team, which was announced Sunday night. It’s the ninth straight season the Reds have had at least two all-stars. The All-Star Game will be played July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. While Gennett and Suarez will be first-time...
Bases-loaded walk sends Cubs past Reds in extra innings

Bases-loaded walk sends Cubs past Reds in extra innings

David Bote drove in the game-winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Javier Baez had two hits and two RBIs for Chicago, which has won its last nine games in comeback fashion. Albert Almora Jr. and Ian Happ also had two hits apiece, and Addison Russell drove in three runs. The Cubs trailed 4-3 in the seventh...
Dragons first baseman suspended 50 games

Dragons first baseman suspended 50 games

Dayton Dragons first baseman Montrell Marshall received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second positive drug test, Major League Baseball announced Saturday. The Dragons placed Marshall, a 12th-round draft pick in 2014, on the restricted list Thursday. He was hitting .181 in 65 games. Marshall, a first cousin of former Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, had a walk-off single in the Midwest...
Votto needs fan’s help to get into Wrigley Field

Votto needs fan’s help to get into Wrigley Field

A fan following Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto as walked through a metal detector at Wrigley Field on Friday in Chicago filmed a funny scene. Votto wasn’t recognized by a security guard, so he asked the fan for help. A video of the incident was posted to Twitter. “Hey, who am I?” said Votto as he pointed to the fan. “Joey Votto,” the fan said. “That&rsquo...
Looking back: Tom Browning reaches new heights at Wrigley Field

Looking back: Tom Browning reaches new heights at Wrigley Field

Twenty five years ago today, a Cincinnati Reds pitcher who already had reached the pinnacle of his profession by throwing a perfect game in 1988 and winning a World Series in 1990 found new heights (literally) in Chicago. Tom Browning provided one of the most unusual moments in Reds history by visiting the rooftop of a building overlooking Wrigley Field during a game against the Cubs, whose manager ...
Mahle strong again as Reds beat Cubs for fifth straight time

Mahle strong again as Reds beat Cubs for fifth straight time

Tyler Mahle tossed one-run ball into the seventh inning and the Cincinnati Reds edged the Cubs 3-2 on Friday for their fifth straight victory over Chicago. Adam Duvall and Scooter Gennett drove in runs as the Reds won for the 14th time in 18 games and ended the Cubs’ six-game winning streak. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati’s No. 9 hitter, had three hits and leadoff man Jose Peraza had two....
Two Reds prospects will play in All-Star Futures Game

Two Reds prospects will play in All-Star Futures Game

Hunter Greene and Taylor Trammell, the second- and third-ranked prospects in the Cincinnati Reds organization, were named to the United States roster for the All-Star Futures Game on Friday. Greene, a right-handed pitcher for the Single-A Dayton Dragons, and Tramell, and outfielder for the Single-A Daytona Tortugas, will represent the Reds organization in the game at 4 p.m. July 15 at Nationals Park...
Cincinnati Reds: Prospect acquired for Jay Bruce called up to big leagues 

Cincinnati Reds: Prospect acquired for Jay Bruce called up to big leagues 

The Cincinnati Reds announced Friday they have called up Dilson Herrera.  If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he was the main piece in the Jay Bruce trade two years ago with the New York Mets.  If it doesn’t, that’s because he hasn’t done much since joining the organization.  He was expected to contend for playing time at second base last year, but a shoulder...
Dayton Dragons reliever ties Fifth Third Field record in first appearance with club

Dayton Dragons reliever ties Fifth Third Field record in first appearance with club

The Dayton Dragons made some adjustments to their roster Thursday, including adding a new fireballer to the pitching staff.  Aneurys Zabala was acquired by the Cincinnati Reds from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, and he showed almost immediately why he is a prospect.  Zabala tied the Fifth Third Field record when his fastball was clocked at 101 miles per hour in the fifth inning of...
Cincinnati Reds: Who is the shortstop of the future? 

Cincinnati Reds: Who is the shortstop of the future? 

In case you missed it in the run-up to the July 4 holiday, the Cincinnati Reds signed their 2018 first-round draft pick earlier this week.  Something Jonathan India said about his future position caught our attention.  That versatility is good because the Reds already have a pretty good-looking infield these days even without top prospect Nick Senzel having made it to The Show yet. ...
Six-run fourth powers Reds past White Sox

Six-run fourth powers Reds past White Sox

Call it The Home Stand of the Big Inning. The Cincinnati Reds sent nine or more batters to the plate in five of the games of their just-complete home stand, capping the run with a 10-batter, six-run fourth inning that led to a 7-4 win interleague win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park. Jesse Winker and Jose Peraza delivered two-run singles in Cincinnati’s six-run...
Reds trade relief pitcher to Dodgers for pair of minor leaguers

Reds trade relief pitcher to Dodgers for pair of minor leaguers

Right-hander Dylan Floro was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers with minor league right-hander Zach Neal and international signing bonus pool space for minor-league right-handers James Marinan and Aneurys Zabala on Wednesday. »RELATED: Longer starts making Riggleman’s job easier Marinan, 19, had no record in three starts with the Dodgers’ Arizona rookie league team in his first professional...
Jim Riggleman after hearing umpire’s comment: ‘I kind of lost it’

Jim Riggleman after hearing umpire’s comment: ‘I kind of lost it’

Interim manager Jim Riggleman got to watch all but 13 minutes of the longest Cincinnati Reds game of the season. An argument with home plate umpire Eric Cooper led to the ejection of Riggleman in the top of the 12th inning Tuesday, just after the Chicago White Sox had scored four runs to take a 12-8 lead. That score held up when Brandon Dixon, Adam Duvall and Tucker Barnhart struck out in the bottom...
Reds notes: Longer starts make Riggleman’s job easier

Reds notes: Longer starts make Riggleman’s job easier

Luis Castillo lasted 6 2/3 innings Monday for the Cincinnati Reds. It was his longest start since April 16. Only twice since June 1 have Reds starters failed to last at least five innings — Castillo had both of those performances. In general, the starters have pitched longer into games, making interim manager Jim Riggleman’s job easier. “It’s been much better,” said Riggleman...
Reds blow 7-2 lead, lose in 12 innings

Reds blow 7-2 lead, lose in 12 innings

The Cincinnati Reds had a 7-2 lead through five innings and were outscored 10-1 the rest of the way, losing 12-8 to the Chicago White Sox in 12 innings on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park in the longest game of the season (four hours and 36 minutes) for the Reds. A bases-loaded triple by Yoan Moncada against Jackson Stephens with one out in the 12th broke the tie. A triple by Yolmer Sanchez on...
Dream comes true for top Reds draft pick as he signs first pro contract

Dream comes true for top Reds draft pick as he signs first pro contract

Jonathan India took his first steps onto the field at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday. He wore a No. 18 jersey, signifying the year he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, and was accompanied by his parents and sister. The former Florida Gators third baseman India, who the Reds selected with the No. 5 overall pick in June, signed with the Reds earlier in the day. The deal is worth $5.3 million...
Pair of Reds pitchers reportedly on Washington Nationals radar

Pair of Reds pitchers reportedly on Washington Nationals radar

The Cincinnati Reds’ recent hot streak has been a lot of fun, but it isn’t likely to stand in the way of progress.  Some players who have helped Cincinnati improve from the worst team in baseball to roughly the 25th-best team will be gone by the first of August.  But who?  Matt Harvey is by far the most likely Red to be traded because he will be a free agent at the end of...
Hartman: These Reds are being built in reverse

Hartman: These Reds are being built in reverse

I’m sure this was not their intention, but these Cincinnati Reds look to be coming together in the opposite way teams generally are supposed to.  Maybe we’ll look at them differently in the future, but here s how things appear now:  The guys at the front are supposed to be your most talented players, the athletic outfielders who can do it all, the multi-talented shortstop and...
Career stats show why Joey Votto swings on 3-0 counts

Career stats show why Joey Votto swings on 3-0 counts

Fans wondered why Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto would swing at a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded, as he did Monday in the seventh inning with the Reds trailing the White Sox 3-1. Votto’s career stats show why he has confidence in that situation. When the count is 3-0 and he swings away, he’s 20-for-35 (.571) with five home runs and 18 RBIs. In the last 30 years, according to...
Blandino filling ‘tough role’ as pinch-hitter for Reds

Blandino filling ‘tough role’ as pinch-hitter for Reds

Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez saw Alex Blandino surrounded by reporters after the game Monday in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse. They both said the same thing, loud enough for Blandino to hear: “Amazing things happen when you swing the bat.” Blandino was 0-for-6 with three strikeouts with the bases loaded until he hit a two-out, two-run double in the eighth, driving in the go-ahead...
Reds rally with four runs in eighth to beat White Sox

Reds rally with four runs in eighth to beat White Sox

Scott Schebler hit the first pitch the Cincinnati Reds saw Monday night into the bullpen in right field. The Reds needed 100-plus more pitches before they scored again, but they made the wait worth it, rallying from a 3-1 deficit with four runs in the eighth to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park. Scooter Gennett started the rally with a...
Gennett on All-Star vote: ‘That’s not what gets me going every day’

Gennett on All-Star vote: ‘That’s not what gets me going every day’

Scooter Gennett heard about the latest All-Star Game voting results as soon as he woke up Monday. His wife told him he had moved from third place to second among second basemen in the National League. "Great," Gennett told her. Gennett didn't display much enthusiasm talking about the voting later in the day before the start of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at Great...
Scooter Gennett leads 3 Reds in top 5 of All-Star Game voting

Scooter Gennett leads 3 Reds in top 5 of All-Star Game voting

Three Cincinnati Reds are in the top five at their position in the latest MLB All-Star Game balloting figures released Monday.  Second baseman Scooter Gennett has the best shot to win a starting spot in the Midsummer Classic, which is slated for July 17 at Nationals Park.  He moved within less than 170,000 votes after a strong week of voting but still trails votes-leader Ozzie Albies of...
5 things we learned about the Reds in June

5 things we learned about the Reds in June

The Reds began June in last place.  They ended June in last place, too, but it was a month we might some day look back on and say a corner was turned in the franchise’s rebuilding effort.  Let’s take a closer look at what happened during the month…  1. The Reds went 15-11 in June.  That’s right, Cincinnati’s baseball team had a winning record over...
Cincinnati Reds: Buy or sell these tradable players?

Cincinnati Reds: Buy or sell these tradable players?

June is winding down and the Cincinnati Reds are playing better baseball.  Of course that means someone is getting traded sooner or later.   Such is the life of a team that can’t quite get out of rebuilding mode no matter how hard it says it is trying.  The month of July — leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline July 31 — could see the Reds make some tough...
Bullpen blows lead, Braves drop series to Reds

Bullpen blows lead, Braves drop series to Reds

The Braves are a two-Freeman team and right now both of them are slumping, with one in particular having a big part in Wednesday’s 6-5 loss to the Reds. No one doubts that MVP candidate Freddie Freeman will soon snap out of his funk, but reliever Sam Freeman’s slide has been long enough to raise eyebrows and concerns. Sam Freeman came in with a 5-3 lead to start the seventh inning Wednesday...
Young Reds pitcher Mahle tough on hitters, tougher on himself

Young Reds pitcher Mahle tough on hitters, tougher on himself

One of the biggest reasons Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tyler Mahle has been doing so well lately might be that he doesn’t think he has been doing all that well. The 23-year-old right-hander offered a harsh assessment of his latest outing, when all he did was hold the Detroit Tigers to two runs through six innings with eight strikeouts to pick up his third win in his last three decisions. &ldquo...
Reds notes: Peralta’s issues are mechanical, not medical; Hamilton hitting; Votto ties Hall of Famer

Reds notes: Peralta’s issues are mechanical, not medical; Hamilton hitting; Votto ties Hall of Famer

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Wandy Peralta had his worst outing in what has been a string of bad ones Tuesday night when he allowed five runs on four hits and a walk without retiring a batter. Peralta has 19.80 ERA in his last 10 appearances and has issued seven walks in his last seven innings, bringing his season total to 25 in 29.1 innings. That surpasses the left-hander’s 2017 total of...
Reds’ Suarez on possibility of reaching All-Star Game: ‘If this is my opportunity, I will take it’

Reds’ Suarez on possibility of reaching All-Star Game: ‘If this is my opportunity, I will take it’

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez looked across the diamond Tuesday and saw familiar colors. The Detroit Tigers, Suarez’s first team, visited Great American Ball Park for the first time since 2015. Three years ago, Suarez was still a prospect in many ways. Although he debuted with the Tigers in 2014 and played 85 games, he began the 2015 season in Triple-A Louisville after the Reds...
WATCH: Reds fan catches foul ball while holding baby 

WATCH: Reds fan catches foul ball while holding baby 

The Reds lost again to the Rockies last night, but at least one fan got a lifetime memory out of it.  Check out this video from the game of a dad grabbing a foul ball with a baby hanging from his chests.  Pretty slick, eh?  »RELATED: Reds draft area high school graduate
Reds draft area high school graduate in ninth round

Reds draft area high school graduate in ninth round

The Cincinnati Reds made eight more picks on the second day of the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday, adding five pitchers, including Mason High School graduate Andrew McDonald. “We got a lot of pitching today,” said Chris Buckley, the Reds’ vice president of amateur scouting. “Usually as you get a little deeper, a lot more of those guys seem to wind up in the bullpen, but...
Wednesday marks one-year anniversary of Gennett’s memorable night

Wednesday marks one-year anniversary of Gennett’s memorable night

Two boxes of Scooter Gennett bobbleheads sat next to Gennett’s locker in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse on Tuesday. The Reds will give away the figurines, which show Scooter riding a scooter, to the first 20,000 fans who walk through the gates at Great American Ball Park on Saturday. The Gennett bobblehead day comes at a good time for several reasons. For one, he’s playing like an All-Star...
Reds, Mets swap veterans before second game of series

Reds, Mets swap veterans before second game of series

The Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets swapped veteran players Devin Mesoraco and Matt Harvey, both 29 and former all-stars, before the second game of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park. The Reds also acquired an undisclosed amount of cash. Mesoraco has played his entire eight-year career with the Reds but has battled injuries in recent years and was backing up Tucker Barnhart this season...
Reds Notes: Reds make quick use of fresh arm in bullpen

Reds Notes: Reds make quick use of fresh arm in bullpen

The Cincinnati Reds added a fresh arm to the bullpen Monday, promoting Jackson Stephens from Triple-A Louisville and sending Kevin Shackelford to Louisville. They need to make that move after using six relief pitchers Sunday in an 8-5 loss to the Miami Marlins, and a four-inning start by Homer Bailey on Monday resulted in another long night for the bullpen in a 7-6 loss to the New York Mets at Great...
Hal McCoy: How did the Cincinnati Reds become one of the worst teams in baseball?

Hal McCoy: How did the Cincinnati Reds become one of the worst teams in baseball?

The downward spiral of the Cincinnati Reds began one day after they lost a 2013 National League wild card game to the Pittsburgh Pirates. They fired Dusty Baker. They fired the manager who had taken them to the postseason in three of the previous four seasons. They fired him after a 90-win season. They fired him with one year left on his contract. Why? Because in each of those three postseasons they...
Angelopoulos twins making their mark on Wright State track

Angelopoulos twins making their mark on Wright State track

At the Miami Duals track meet last month you might have sworn the same runner won the 800 meters and finished fifth in the 400. In actuality these were the respective results of Wright State’s identical twin runners Victoria and Sophia Angelopoulos. When you consider the athletic prowess of their parents, the twins’ success is no surprise. Their mother, Sandra, played volleyball and basketball...
Cincinnati Reds: Why is the offense improving?

Cincinnati Reds: Why is the offense improving?

For weeks, the Cincinnati Reds talked a good game about breaking out of their offensive slump. It was all they could do until they starting showing progress at the plate. “Yeah, we’ll get it going,” outfielder Scott Schebler said. “Everybody has those deals. We happened to have it early in the season.” “The way to handle it is to get out of it,” interim manager...
Despite rebuild, Reds need to ‘have a sense of urgency to win,’ GM says

Despite rebuild, Reds need to ‘have a sense of urgency to win,’ GM says

Four days after saying the season would turn for the better because it always does, the season did turn for Bryan Price — just not in the way he meant. The Cincinnati Reds fired Price, the 61st manager in franchise history, on Thursday, ending a five-year stretch in which he managed 666 games. His .419 winning percentage and 279-387 record goes down as the worst for any Reds manager who lasted...
Hal McCoy on 2018 season: Can the Cincinnati Reds avoid fourth straight last-place finish?

Hal McCoy on 2018 season: Can the Cincinnati Reds avoid fourth straight last-place finish?

Let’s see if we have this right: The Cincinnati Reds have been rebuilding for two or three years now, trading veterans for prospects/suspects. But last winter they didn’t trade a veteran for any prospects and all they did was add a couple of veteran guys to the world’s worst bullpen, signing Jared Hughes and David Hernandez. Does that mean they are no longer rebuilding? Are they...

HS Results 1/20: Trotwood boys knock off Northmont

The Trotwood boys basketball team routed GWOC foe Northmont, 76-73. Myles Belyeu led all scorers with 30 points in the win. Amari Davis tacked on 16 points and Justin Stephens 13. Jabari Perkins and Jamaal Linson each chipped in 16 points for Northmont in the losing effort. Ryan Foy added on 11. The win moves Trotwood to 7-0 in conference and 10-3 overall. Northmont drops to 1-5 in conference and...
Baseball bans former Braves GM Coppolella for life 

Baseball bans former Braves GM Coppolella for life 

Former Braves general manager John Coppolella has been banned for life by Major League Baseball as part of discipline handed down by the league Tuesday for major infractions committed in the international free-agent market. In addition, special assistant Gordon Blakeley has been suspended for one year. In handing down the punishment, the league announced that Braves will forfeit rights to 13 international...
Dayton native, former Cincinnati Reds player, dies

Dayton native, former Cincinnati Reds player, dies

A Dayton native and former Cincinnati Reds player who also was a member of the 1955 World Series Champion Brooklyn Dodgers has died. Bob “Bush” Borkowski, who resided in old north Dayton, died Nov. 18 at the age of 91. Borkowski, a pitcher turned outfielder, spent most of his six seasons in Major League Baseball with the Chicago Cubs and the Reds. Toward the end of his career in 1955,...
Joey Votto lost the closest MVP race in 38 years, and Reds fans are not amused

Joey Votto lost the closest MVP race in 38 years, and Reds fans are not amused

Joey Votto delivered a masterpiece of a season for the last-place Cincinnati Reds this year, but he finished second in the race for Major League Baseball’s National League Most Valuable Player. And Reds nation is not happy. It was the closest MVP race since 1979, as Votto finished only two points behind Florida Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton in voting by the Baseball Writer’s...
Reds promote two more rookie pitchers

Reds promote two more rookie pitchers

The Reds have added to their stock of rookie arms in the big leagues.  Cincinnati recalled pitcher Keury Mella and selected pitcher Deck McGuire from Class-AA Pensacola on Tuesday. In other moves, the team reactivated outfielder Jesse Winker from the 10-day disabled list and designated pitcher Barrett Astin for assignment.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

The Cincinnati Bengals made their final cuts, set their practice squad then made a few more moves.  They kept seven receivers, and they got a lot younger.  The Bengals also got a little smaller on the defensive front, trading high-potential, low-yield Wille Clarke for short-but-productive offseason acquisition Chris Smith.  Four of the players drafted in April didn’t make...
All rise: Sonia Sotomayor watches Yankee's game from 'The Judge's Chambers'

All rise: Sonia Sotomayor watches Yankee's game from 'The Judge's Chambers'

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited New York’s Yankee Stadium to watch her beloved team take on the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, and it only made sense that she found herself right at-home in “The Judge’s Chambers.” Sotomayor, a Bronx-native, took a seat in the rooting section named for rookie Aaron Judge as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-2, The Washington Post...
Check out what Joey Votto did for 6-year-old cancer patient during Reds game

Check out what Joey Votto did for 6-year-old cancer patient during Reds game

Joey Votto wrote another chapter in his growing legacy as one of the greats on and off the field Thursday.  The Cincinnati slugger hit a home run to right-center field in the seventh inning against the Mets then handed his bat to a youngster in the front row.  That fan, 6-year-old Walter Herbert, is a Votto fan who is battling stage four high-risk neuroblastoma.  He also gave Walter...
Sports Today: Almost time to see this revamped Ohio State offense

Sports Today: Almost time to see this revamped Ohio State offense

Ohio State football begins the 2017 season this week, and Indiana presents an appropriate opponent given the biggest story of the offseason: Revamping the Buckeyes offense.  This would be true even if Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator weren’t the Hoosiers’ old coach, but of course that adds another interesting layer to the proceedings set for Bloomington on Thursday night...
Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

The further criminalization of physical contact in the NFL caught up with the Bengals late Sunday night when news broke Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension.  My knee-jerk reaction was five games seems like an awful lot, even for a repeat offender.  I thought I should sleep on it, and this morning I still feel that way.  But, hey, rules are rules, right?  Well...
Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Writers are told not to use exclamation points often, if at all, but today I’m making an exception because there is nothing like high school football in Ohio.  The season is only one day old, and we already have some surprising results.  Fairmont ended 13 years of misery by upsetting rival Alter 13-12 last night in the Battle of Kettering.  While that is undoubtedly a big...
Reds notes: Votto marks 10 years of service time

Reds notes: Votto marks 10 years of service time

Joey Votto walked into the Reds Great American Ball Park clubhouse before Thursday’s three-game series finale against the Chicago Cubs and Rob Butcher, the club’s vice president of media relations, greeted him with a “Congratulations, Joey.” The Reds’ first baseman responded with a smile, “Now I get my full pension.” Votto officially reached 10 years of major...
Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

The Cincinnati Reds are really working hard to erase all the positives they established in the first half of the season.  OK, that’s probably overstating it a bit. Maybe.  As things stand, they still have proven they have solid-or-better players at all eight every-day positions with Jesse Winker still a wild card and Nick Senzel on the way.  The overburdened bullpen has had some...
Sports Today: The most important development from a Reds series win

Sports Today: The most important development from a Reds series win

Luis Castillo was lifted after four innings Sunday because of a high early pitch count and took the loss, but he gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in four innings.  In the shortest of his 12 starts with the Reds, the rookie showed he can battle. That is a trait that has been sorely lacking from many of the youngsters Cincinnati has taken a look at so far on the mound this season...
Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Was that a wild time in Chicago for the Reds or what?  Too bad the series is over because it’s anyone’s guess what insanity might have happened if there were a rubber match in the Friendly Confines today.  What else can you say when a series goes 15-5, 2-1, 7-6 and 13-10?  The Reds earned a split in improbable fashion Thursday with Phil Ervin’s 2-run homer proving...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

The training camp performances of a pair of rookie pass rushers indicate the Cincinnati Bengals knew what they were doing when they waited until the third and fourth rounds to address that area of need in the draft.  Jordan Willis is in the spotlight today after Carl Lawson hogged it for much of the early part of camp (not to mention offseason workouts).  At 6-foot-2, 261 pounds, Lawson...
Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Unless it costs them a slot in the draft next summer, the Reds' 2-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night doesn't mean anything.  But it sure was fun.  Tight. Tense. Tremendous.  Unless you hate pitcher's duels, this one had everything.  An exciting young starter (Luis Castillo) making a strong appearance at an iconic ballpark against the defending World Series champions...
Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Cincinnati Bengals fans, the long wait for preseason game No. 1 ends tonight with Marvin Lewis’ team hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Jay Morrison already laid out his six things to watch tonight and hit all the most important aspects of the game I can see, such as they are when the outcome doesn’t matter.  I am with Jay in wanting to see how Trey Hopkins performs on the offensive...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

If you’re really into the whole, “Hunter Greene is the next face of baseball,” thing, well, last night was a good night for you.  The Reds’ first-round draft pick made his professional debut last night in Billings, Mont., and he stroked a two-run triple for his first hit as a Mustang.  Greene is a prospect as a pitcher and a shortstop, but he got his feet wet...
Former MLB star Don Baylor dies at 68

Former MLB star Don Baylor dies at 68

Former major-league baseball star Don Baylor died Monday morning after a long struggle with multiple myeloma. He was 68. Baylor died at 4:25 a.m. Monday at St. David’s South Hospital in his native Austin, Texas, his son confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman. Baylor graduated from Austin High School as one of the first African-Americans to attend the school and the very first to play...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals defense got rave reviews.  The pass rushers and the defensive backs were among the standouts, which of course is a double-edged sword when your own guys are working against each other.  We have reason to believe protection could be a problem for the Bengals’ offense this season, but the team’s pass rush was also in need of an upgrade. ...
Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

We got a reminder yesterday about how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL. One day you’re rookie Joe Mixon making headlines for running past defenders, the next you’re rookie Joe Mixon watching from a cart with a banged up heel.  Of course there is good news here on two fronts: It appears he is fine, and Giovani Bernard’s faster-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery...
Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Should we put the Twitter machine to bed when we’re in the middle of an interview?  Yeah, probably. Not that we will. Or can?  These are thoughts I had when I saw Texas coach Tom Herman (a Cincinnati-born former Ohio State assistant) is banning social media posts from reporters while they talk to his guys.  I may be in the minority, but I don't hate this at all.  I wasn't...
Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

For the middle of the first week of August, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on — including knuckleheads for the Bengals and Flyers.  But first a reminder: Never do anything wrong in 2017 because there will be video. This applies to you, me and people who play for the Bengals and the University of Dayton basketball team.  The moving pictures from the Greene County Jail are...
Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

The star of day four of Cincinnati Bengals training camp was Joe Mixon if social media is any indication.  He put on a show at practice, reminding everyone he has a unique blend of size, speed and open-field elusiveness.  Mixon moves very fluidly, especially for a 228-pounder.  If he can give the Bengals a breakaway runner to go with the vertical receiving threats of A.J. Green and...
Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals got going over the weekend down on the riverfront and…. so far, so good.  On offense, the big story was thought to be Tyler Eifert and John Ross getting clean bills of health.  Then everyone saw Giovani Bernard looking like, well, Giovani Bernard despite having ACL surgery less than eight months ago.  This is a huge development for a team with...
Reds Hall of Famer Lee May dies at age 74

Reds Hall of Famer Lee May dies at age 74

Cincinnati Reds fans are mourning as Reds Hall-of-Famer Lee May has died. He was 74. The Reds organization issued a statement, extending condolences to the family, friends and former teammates of Lee May, who played for the home team from 1965 to 1971. "We are deeply saddened to lose the Big Bopper,” Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum said in a prepared statement...
Hartsock: DeSclafani sharp in rehab start

Hartsock: DeSclafani sharp in rehab start

It’s a long way from low-A to the Major Leagues, but Anthony DeSclafani took a step toward rejoining the Reds rotation with a rehab start for the Dayton Dragons on Saturday night. DeSclafani gave up one hit and struck out six batters in four innings of work against on the road at Fort Wayne TinCaps. The right-hander threw 46 pitches, 33 of them for strikes, and faced 14 hitters. DeSclafani suffered...
Cincinnati Reds college weekend to include Dayton, Xavier, Kentucky and more

Cincinnati Reds college weekend to include Dayton, Xavier, Kentucky and more

If you have ever wanted a Cincinnati Reds hat with the University of Dayton logo on it, now is your chance to get one.  For the second consecutive year, the Reds are holding a college weekend in late summer (Aug. 25-27).  For the first time, Dayton is part of the fun.  Per the Reds:  Dayton joins the University of Cincinnati, Xavier, Thomas More, Kentucky and Northern Kentucky...
Hartsock: Reds prospect closing in on Midwest League record

Hartsock: Reds prospect closing in on Midwest League record

Jose Siri didn’t waste any time extending his hitting streak in Lansing on Wednesday night. The Dragons outfielder slammed the first pitch of the game over the left field wall, pushing the longest streak in baseball this season to 31 games. The blast was Siri’s 17th home run of the season, and the 11th since the streak began on June 22nd. It was also the 10th time in the 31 games that...
Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Welcome to what counts around here (and this is my column) as the official start of football season: The first day of Big Ten football media days.  The Bengals formally start the season tomorrow with a media luncheon (more on them later), and we’ve got our series of the best high school football players from many area schools going strong.  Later this week, I’m heading to Canton...
Sports Today: The Pete Rose-John Dowd lawsuit defies belief

Sports Today: The Pete Rose-John Dowd lawsuit defies belief

Today’s top headline is a reminder spite can be a very dangerous thing.  If you know literally the first thing about defamation suits involving public figures, the fact a judge could agree someone might have defamed Pete Rose is stunning.  This someone went to law school, no less.  It borders on unbelievable this could happen.  That is because in the case of public figures...
Sports Today: What a ‘Nationals disaster’ weekend means for the Reds

Sports Today: What a ‘Nationals disaster’ weekend means for the Reds

The end of the first half of the MLB season put a huge dent in the Cincinnati Reds chances of squeaking into contention in the division earlier than expected.  The beginning of the second half is a reminder how far they are from actually being any kind of postseason threat.  At times over the weekend the Reds and Washington Nationals looked like they might be playing a different sport. ...

Just ask Siri: Outfielder’s hit helps Dragons in win

Jose Siri said he’s been a leader on every team he’s been on and doesn’t have any nerves in tight situations. He put those qualities on display again on Sunday against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. With two runners in scoring position and Dayton trailing by a run in the sixth inning, Siri hit a single to right field that gave Dayton the lead for good in a 5-4 win. It’s the third...
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