Found January 24, 2013 on
Wrong kind of pepper
Is the offseason over yet? I'm ready for some baseball. It's been a while since I posted anything as I have been busy with a few other commitments but I've found some time today to put together what I hope will become a regular thing. Today it's called Playing Pepper. Next time it could be called something else. I'm still working that part out. It's basically just going to be a post of quick hits (cuz Pepper kinda involves quick hits, get it?) summarizing things that have happened with the Reds within the last week or so and my thoughts on such things. Since this is the first one though, it could cover anything that has happened between now and when last season ended. I'm literally making it up on the fly and it's kind of just a big run-on thought of mine.
It is an open forum of sorts. Feel free to agree or disagree as you see fit. Discussion is half the fun.
How could I not lead off with the All-Star Game finally c...
BEST OF MAXIM
With some guys already in Arizona and preparing for the year, it seemed like a good time to take a look back at the 2012 Reds draft.
Rounds 1-5: Nick Travieso (RHP), Jesse Winker (OF), Jeff Gelalich (OF), Tanner Rahier (3B), Daniel Langfield (RHP), Jon Moscot (RHP) and Mason Felt (LHP).
The Good: Jesse Winker has one of the best debuts of any draft pick in recent memory after finishing...
by: Jon Davis
#19 Henry Rodriguez 2B
@HenryRod39 on Twitter
Here at No. 19 we find another non-drafted free agent signing out of Venezuela. In March of 2007, the Reds signed Henry Rodriguez, 5-foot-10, 170-pound switch hitting middle infielder. In 2010 and 2011, he combined to hit .312, with a .353 on base, 27 homers and 63 steals. In 2012 he took a small...
Veteran third baseman Scott Rolen still hasn’t decided if he’ll
return for the 2013 season or call it a career, but if he does elect to play
his first choice is to re-sign with the Cincinnati Reds, according to Jayson
Stark of ESPN.
Scott Rolen still hasn't made a final decision but has told people that if he plays, his 1st choice is to return to #Reds
by: Jon Davis
#17 Jeff Gelalich OF
@jeffgelalich on Twitter
As we march towards Opening Day, we have gotten to No. 17 on our countdown, with Jeff Gelalich a 6-foot-1, 185-pound outfielder. Apparently, not as strange as I thought, and definitely more common, we have another "flip flopper" in Gelalich. He too is a left...
by: Dan Howard
A few notes from my geeky alter ego. Dictionary.com defines a parallel universe as; a theory that there is a mirror universe and when one makes a decision in this universe, an alternate 'you' in the other universe makes the opposite decision. Are we Reds fans living in a parallel universe? While you’re scratching your head preparing to...
From the first day he sat down behind his executive desk in Great American Ball Park in 2005, one of the many missions of Cincinnati Reds PresidentCEO Bob Castellini was to snag the All-Star Game for his team, his fans and his city.The All-Star game has not been in Cincinnati since 1988, at old Riverfront Stadium, and it never has been played at Great American Ball Park, which unlocked...
by: Jon Davis
#18 Tucker Barnhart C
@Tucker_Barnhart on Twitter
Here at No. 18 we find Tucker Barnhart, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound switch-hitting catcher. The Reds drafted him in the tenth round of the 2009 draft out of Brownsburg High School in Indiana. In 2011, playing for the Dayton Dragons, he hit .273 with a .344 on-base in 372 plate appearances. Then last...
The official announcement came on Wednesday. Here's the press release....
CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds have been awarded Major
League Baseball’s 2015 All-Star Game and will host the 86th Midsummer
Classic at Great American Ball Park, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig
announced today at a press conference. Commissioner Selig was joined by Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Billy Hamilton is ready to show the major leagues that he can steal a base anywhere.
The Reds have invited the 22-year-old outfielder with freakish speed to spring training, giving him a chance to see firsthand what it's like to take off running with a major league pitcher and catcher trying to keep him from taking the next base.
Hamilton set a professional...
Billy Hamilton is ready to show the major leagues that he can steal a base anywhere.
The Reds invited the 22-year-old outfielder to spring training, giving him a chance to see firsthand what it's like to take off running with a major league pitcher and catcher trying to keep him from taking the next base.
Hamilton set a professional record with 155 steals last season, which...
The Redlegs were really, really good in the 1970s. Heck, they won 90 or more games in every year during the decade except two (1971, 1977). They won 95 or more games in six of those years, including 100 or more thrice. Oh, and they also won back-to-back World Series titles during the middle of that stretch.
Their dominance led to the "Big Red Machine" moniker, and rightfully...
The Cincinnati Reds will play host to the 2015 All-Star Game, commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday. Cincinnati has not had an All-Star Game since 1988, long before Great American Ball Park was built in 2003. It will be the city's fifth time as the host. The game was previously played in old Crosley Field in 1938 nd 1953 and in Riverfront Stadium in 1970 and 1988. The...
Is the 1998 New York Yankees club considered the best Major League Baseball team of all-time? I can't say for certainty, but ESPN's Buster Olney seems to think so. Amazingly, three Yankees clubs ranked in the top four of his "Top 10 Teams in MLB History" list.
However, Olney also ranked the 1975 Reds team as the 5th-best team in baseball history. Good choice...
Video from the 2012 Season
Bryson Smith came into the 2012 season as a rather unheralded prospect. He was drafted late (34th round) out of college where he was solid, but unspectacular. When he signed he went out and crushed the ball in limited time between Arizona and Billings to the tune of .368/.470/.611 over 115 plate appearances. Between the late round draft pick status and...