Found June 26, 2013 on
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We’ve created a mythical moment. Music plays. Three outs remain in the ninth. And a tall, imposing man with a missile for an arm enters the game. He’s the closer. He’s here to bring an end to this madness –to bring a win to the team hanging on his every pitch. Now, it’s time to bring an end to the myth of the closer. In 1960, the incredible baseball writer Jerome Holtzman created a monster when he created the save statistic –an arbitrary number attached to a pitcher who could finish the game beneath a certain set of circumstances. Ever since, this number has been used as contract leverage to the detriment of team pocketbooks. And even more unfortunate, this number has been used as justification for keeping a team’s best pitchers riding the pine in the bullpen in high-leverage situations (such as tied games) because a save wasn’t an option. This must stop. Such an arcane view of the closer has diminished the value of many of the game’s greatest arms. Jonathan Papelbon, for example, h...
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After almost two months recovering from a hamstring issue, Chris Heisey has been activated and is back in the lineup as the designated hitter against the Oakland A’s tonight.
Heisey had been playing games with the AAA Louisville Bats for the last week, going 4 for 20.
“I felt really good at the plate,” he said. “I didn’t have the results to show for it, but I hit some balls...
Robert Stephenson has had an outstanding 2013 season and his stock has risen quite a bit.
From the Reds...Fans and media are invited to attend the “Vote Reds” lunch on Thursday, June 27 from 11am to 2pm in the Champions Club at Great American Ball Park.To support our Reds in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game balloting, we’re inviting fans to the ballpark on their lunch hour for All-Star voting and free pizza courtesy of LaRosa’s.Fans are encouraged to bring their laptop...
Believe it or not, the All-Star Game is less than three weeks away, which means fan voting for the star-studded event will be nearing a close soon.
The debate about which players deserve to play in the game will likely rage on well after the voting results have been released. It's just a matter of opinion, and fans being fans, I suppose.
But one baseball expert has...
The Cincinnati Reds were swept by the Oakland A’s in their two-game series, the exact opposite of that great 1990 World Series. The loss drops the Reds’ record on the road trip out west to 1-4.
There were no stars of the game for the Reds. It was a terrible, uninspired, and boring game from start to finish.
Homer Bailey got the loss, giving up 4 runs over 6 innings. He struck...
Yesterday, the Cincinnati Reds didn’t play baseball. At least, I assume they didn’t. With them being on their first west coast trip of the season, the games start so late that I could easily miss them.
The Reds have been struggling lately, which is never how you want to see them when they’re heading out west. My, there’ve been some seasons lost out west. That won’t happen...
On Wednesday, Major League Baseball unveiled the names of the 50 players who will participate in the 15th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game next month. Two of those prospects playing in the showcase affair will be from the Reds organization.
The first is outfielder Billy Hamilton who will be making his second consecutive appearance in the prestigious game. Hamilton is...
Speedy Billy Hamilton is among 50 players picked for the July 14 Futures game ahead of the All-Star game at Citi Field.
Hamilton stole a professional-record 155 bases in 192 attempts last season at Class A and Double-A and he began Wednesday with 48 in 57 chances at Triple-A Louisville. The 22-year-old Cincinnati Reds prospect played in last year's Futures game at Kansas City...
It was announced a short while ago that the Phillies signed veteran reliever Mike MacDougal. His numbers of late suggest he was strictly signed up to bolster the Iron Pigs bullpen in Lehigh Valley which is stocked kind of light seeing as most of them are in San Diego as...
The Reds go 2-4 and start a west coast trip. Wasn’t the best week but we remain 2.5 back even with Pitt passing us. On the bright side 4 of our 5 starters looked good in a week the team didn’t.
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Last Week 2-4
Division 2.5 Games back of StL 1 back of Pitt
Tuesday (Lose 4-0...
Wikipedia Commons Desperate for any bullpen help possible, the Phillies turned to a veteran who has had some success in the major leagues. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Mike MacDougal has signed a minor league contract with the Phillies and has been assigned to AAA Lehigh Valley....
Billy Hamilton hit his 5th home run of the year on Wednesday evening in a Louisville Bats win.
The Oakland A’s will try to get back on track tonight against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a short two-game interleague series in Oakland.
Bob Melvin’s squad went 2-5 on a seven-game jaunt through Texas and Seattle, losing the final two games to the Mariners in particularly frustrating fashion. For whatever reason, Seattle seems to have Oakland’s number this season...
The Oakland Athletics (45-34) haven’t faced the National League’s Cincinnati Reds (45-33) since June of 2010 in Oakland. That last meeting was disastrous for the A’s as they were swept in a three-game series. This time around, it was another story as the A’s took game one of a two game series 7-3, giving Pat Neshek his second win of the season.
There was no backing down against...