Found June 20, 2013 on
As I’ve said in pieces past, I like to write on topics the audience is talking about. So when I was presented with the name Paul O’Neill, I couldn’t back down.
I saw this as an opportunity to touch on a player some may have forgotten about, after his disagreement with then team manager Lou Piniella, and trade to the New York Yankees, as well as a way to brush up on my Reds facts, stats and history.
For some of the unfamiliar Reds fans, here’s some background.
O’Neill spent five seasons as a starter for the Reds, including being a part of the 1990 World Series squad.
O’Neill was drafted in the fourth round of the 1981 Amateur Draft. However, he did not debut until September of 1985, and became a starter in 1988. He spent the next seven years, after ’85, with the Cincinnati Reds, including the ever-famous 1990 World Series team. While with the Redlegs, O’Neill hit 96 home runs, 411 RBIs and achieved a .270 batting average.
Jay Bruce, a more recent light within the red and white unifor...
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Jay Bruce came through in a big way Wednesday night.
The Reds All-Star right fielder stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning against Pirates closer Jason Grilli and promptly delivered his 14th home run of the season.
The first-pitch blast couldn't have come at a better time as it effectively tied the game at one...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jay Bruce ended Jason Grilli's saves streak with a solo homer in the ninth, and Brandon Philips singled with the bases loaded in the 13th inning on Wednesday night, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Derrick Robinson and Shin-Soo Choo singled off Vin Mazzaro (3-2) with one out in the 13th and Joey Votto was walked intentionally...
CINCINNATI The subject of the Cincinnati Reds record this season against teams with winning records was broached and manager Dusty Baker reacted as if somebody had stolen his toothpicks and wrist bands.
What the hell, he said with a shake of his head.
Baker was told that the talk emanated mostly from Twitter and Facebook and he said, Social media. Its one of the worst things ever...
An update on Chad Rogers, Robert Stephenson and two reports on hard throwing relievers.
Your browser does not support iframes. New Jersey native Todd Frazier changed his walk-up at-bat music to the theme song from “The Sopranos” on Thursday in order to honor actor James Gandolfini, who died on Wednesday at the age of 51. Frazier, who played on the Toms River team that won the 1998 Little League [...]
After a somewhat quietly impressive rookie season, Todd Frazier was enduring a bit of a sophomore slump until about a week ago. He started off the season off but plateaued at around six home runs despite hitting in one of the best ballparks in the league and hitting in one of the best lineups as well. It is unfortunate that Dusty Baker refuses to hit Frazier ahead of Joey Votto and...
Reds pitcher Mat Latos revealed after Tuesday night's 4-0 loss against Pittsburgh that he had been fined by Major League Baseball for hitting Pirates second baseman Neil Walker on June 2.
It is part of the on-going beaning war that has been going on between the two teams since last season.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton hit Reds centerfielder Shin-Soo Choo with the first...
After a sweep at the hands of the Padres, the Diamondbacks got back in the win column with a little home cooking earlier this week, taking two of three games from the Marlins to maintain a 1 12-game lead atop the NL West.
But the lead appears a bit precarious for a couple reasons. First, the D-backs have not had a starting pitcher win a game since June 5, a span of 13 starts. Part...
When people talk about young, hard-throwing closers, the first names in their heads are Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds, and Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves. These two have come in over the last couple of years and taken over as two of baseball’s most dominant closers, with Kimbrel taking away the rookie saves record in 2011 away from Texas Rangers closer-turned...
Mat Latos didn't so much mind his long streak ending. A pitch
that plunked his teammate left a mark he won't quickly forget.
After Monday’s game — which saw Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman throw near Neil Walker’s head in the ninth inning — many Pirates fans were looking for retaliation. They got just that in the first inning when Charlie Morton hit Shin-Soo Choo right below the knee with his first pitch of the game. That led to a warning from the home plate umpire, and drew the ire of Mat...
Johnny Cueto didn't appear to feel any effects from a nagging shoulder injury his last time out, but that hasn't prevented Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker from keeping a close eye on his ace.
Cueto could further alleviate Baker's concerns with another solid performance against the host Arizona Diamondbacks as the teams begin a three-game series Friday night.
Something weird happened yesterday. Since last season I’ve seen this idiotic refrain screamed loudly by the “smart” fans and bloggers, “I’d rather retaliate by winning the game”. As if those two things couldn’t possibly be done at the same time. Yesterday proved that. The strawman was destroyed. Besides, if intentionally hitting batters led to losses…
Pirates (42-30) at Reds (44-29)
12:35 PM–Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
The Pirates will look for a series split this afternoon before they leave Cincinnati. Last night’s loss was a tough one for several reasons – not the least of which is the fact that nearly the entire bullpen was used, and it will probably be needed again today. The odds aren’t...