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The Reds made a surprising move when they acquired Sean Marshall from the Cubs last December. They thought so highly enough of the southpaw to reward him with a 3-year, $16.5M contract extension before he ever threw a pitch as a Red. So far, that deal has paid solid dividends. The 30-year old proved to be a solid option as a setup man and played a key role in helping Cincinnati boast the league's lowest bullpen ERA in 2012.
Here's a quick look at some notables from his '12 campaign:
+ Finished with an ERA below 2.65 for the third year in a row (2.51)
+ Notched a WAR of 1.7
+ Did not allow a single run, walk, or hit in three apps in the postseason (4 IP)
+ Finished second on the team in ERA (min 50 IP) and SO/9 (10.92)
+ Recorded a team-high 22 holds
+ Pitched far better at home as evidenced by his 1.74 ERA
+ He tallied a 3.30 ERA in away games
+ Was lights out (pardon the pun) in night games (1.13 ERA)
+ Struggled during day games (5.06 ERA)
+ Began the s...
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The 2012 season is nothing but a distant memory at this point as the frigid air of the offseason begins to take its grip on Reds country. And to make things even worse, spring training doesn't commence for another three months. Festive holiday gatherings, football, and snowy weather are what Reds fans have to look forward to between now and then, but hopefully this blog post...
It’s hard to believe it’s already time to start thinking about Redsfest, but the 2-day extravaganza of Cincinnati-Reds-related fun is December 7 and 8: less than a month away.
If you’ve attended Redsfest in recent years, you know there are lots of opportunities to stand in line. And get autographs! Here’s the current list of players who are confirmed to appear this year,...
Todd Frazier, also known as The Toddfather, also known as The Guy Who Somehow Filled in for Votto for Two Months, was among the top 3 names in contention for the Rookie of the Year honors this year. And, in fact, that’s just where he ended up in the competition: third.
The award ultimately went to Bryce Harper (112 pts), the 18 year old who garnered the Nationals so much attention...
The greatest fanfest in all of professional baseball is set to get underway December 7-8 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. The majestic event I am referring to is the annual bash known as Redfest. It's a place for fans to interact with the past, current, and future stars of the Reds.
With that in mind, here is a list of the players, coaches, and...
Shortstop is a position that the Reds recently had a bit of an interesting situation arise with as Walt Jocketty reportedly said that he would be open to trading incumbent Reds starting shortstop Zach Cozart or the guy waiting in the wings at AAA in Didi Gregorius. One of those two players should be manning shortstop for the Reds over the next several seasons.
The top shortstop prospect...
It was a loss for Peoria on Monday afternoon as they were outscored 6-4 by Phoenix. Both teams committed an error, but the Javelinas were outhit 8-6 by the Desert Dogs in defeat. The Reds prospects played a substantial role in this one, but the results were not hugely positive.
-CF Billy Hamilton was 1-4, with a run scored and a stolen base (10). He's hitting .273 on the season...
Frazier's bid to become the team's first NL ROY
since 1999 came up short on Monday
Reds infielder Todd Frazier was among three finalists for National League Rookie of the Year honors, but ultimately finished third after the announcement was made on MLB Network Monday night. Washington Nationals 19-year old phenom Bryce Harper topped the voting after edging out second...
On Tuesday, the Redlegs were once again snubbed of a major postseason award as Dusty Baker finished in second place for the National League Manager of the Year Award, which is voted upon by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). Washington Nationals skipper Davey Johnson took the prize after garnering 23 out of a possible 32 first-place votes and totaling 131 overall...
As the saying goes, if something isnt broken why even tinker with it, why take a single screwdriver to it?
Such would seem to be the case with Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. And yet the Reds seem intent upon removing the closer title from his name and changing it to starter.
Should they do it? Will they do it?
A lot of factors need to fall into place for the Reds to accomplish...
2012 was quite a roller coaster ride for Todd Frazier. He started off with a strong spring training that appeared to have earned a spot on the Reds opening day roster before a late change sent him back to Louisville for the start of the season. However, he soon got his chance and took advantage of opportunities created from injuries to finish third in the balloting for NL Rookie of the Year.
Despite a four-run eighth inning, Peoria was unable to rally and lost to Surprise 11-8 on Friday. They tallied 11 hits to the Saguaros' 12 and both teams committed an error in the game. Reds players played a big part in this game, but weren't able to assist in a victory.
-SS Didi Gregorius went 1-4, with an RBI (7) and a walk.
-1B Travis Mattair was 0-3, with a strikeouts...
Over at MiLB.com Tony Cingrani was a recent interviewee with Robert Emrich about his rise through the Reds system. These two things jumped out to me from the interview the most:
MiLB: Some scouts think you’ll wind up in the bullpen in the Majors because they consider you a two-pitch pitcher. What would you say to that?
Cingrani: The numbers speak for themselves. Give me a chance...
Ben and Sam discuss the Reds` and Angels` approaches to bullpen-building, how Cincinnati`s philosophy affects Aroldis Chapman`s future, and which way the wind is blowing where the closer role is concerned.