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Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo walked through the Reds clubhouse with five reporters following, shooting a segment on his quick success in Cincinnati.
''Oh!'' second baseman Brandon Phillips yelled. ''It's the Choo-Choo train!''
Funny, and fitting. The leadoff hitter has been the engine driving Cincinnati's early success on offense. And he gets to pull into a familiar station as interleague play resumes on Monday.
Ohio's two major league teams are meeting again, this time with a Korean tie that binds them and a few reasons for each of them to be looking up - or looking down, if they happen to be glancing at the standings.
The two shoreline teams - the Indians by Lake Erie, the Reds by the banks of the Ohio River - play a first-ever four-game series this week, starting Monday. The first two are in Cincinnati, followed by two more in Cleveland.
Both teams are doing quite well, which has rarely been the case when they get together.
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CINCINNATI There is no debate, not even room for a whisper of a discussion, that Joe Morgan is the best second baseman ever to slip into a Cincinnati Reds baseball uniform. And maybe he might be the best to pull on a major league uniform.He was that good. Better than good. He was that great as the best all-around player on The Big Red Machine.Ever so quietly, though as quiet as...
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My premise isnt a wild one. The Reds play really good defense. Day-in, day-out. Not just the spectacular, highlight...
Ryan Ludwick of the Cincinnati Reds knew he would miss half of the season after he dislocated his shoulder on Opening Day, but now it looks as though he will be lucky to play much more than a month of the 2013 season.
According to C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Ludwick's recovery timeframe puts his return in mid-August at the earliest. Ludwick emphatically...
CINCINNATI A procession of six Asian media people paraded through the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse, headed for Shin-Soo Choos locker and Brandon Phillips shouted, Look, a Choo-Choo train. There goes the Choo-Choo train.Choo is, indeed, a cult hero in his native South Korea and hardly a day goes by that he isnt standing in front of his locker conducting interviews in Korean.And he is...
I’ve been to what seems like hundreds of baseball games. After being at today’s Indians-Reds game, I’ll never forget the Memorial Day game-winning home run that I saw a future Hall of Famer hit with my wife and our two friends (unfortunate for them, they are Indians fans).
Take a look at the home run and the context of it so you can gain a full appreciation of how incredible...
The Indians and Reds are going in different directions after Monday's 4-2 Cincinnati win at Great American Ball Park. The Reds have won six of their last seven and 13 of their last 16, while Cleveland has dropped six of its last seven games.
The Indians chose to pitch to Joey Votto in the eighth inning with one out and Zack Cozart on third and the game tied 2-2. Manager Terry...
Acquired from the Cleveland Indians this offseason, Shin-Soo Choo has been a major catalyst for the Cincinnati Reds.
Manager Terry Francona's club, meanwhile, has more than held its own without him.
Choo faces his former team for the first time as these Ohio rivals open a unique four-game set Monday at Great American Ball Park.
After spending the previous six-plus seasons...
They may be two of the premier pitchers in the NL Central, but it’s not likely that Matt Garza and Johnny Cueto will soon be sitting down for a beer together.
During the Red-Cubs matchup on Sunday, Garza hit Reds third baseman Todd Frazier with a pitch early in the game. A couple innings later, Cueto retaliated by throwing a pitch over the head of the Cubs’ David DeJesus. Both...
Joey Votto hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds over the Cleveland Indians 4-2 Monday in the opener of their intrastate matchup.
Votto won this interleague game with his ninth homer, tagging left-hander Nick Hagadone (0-1). The reliever was called up from Triple-A earlier in the day when closer Chris Perez was put on the disabled list with...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Todd Frazier drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and a single, and the Cincinnati Reds used another big inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Saturday for their fifth straight victory.
The Reds have won 13 of their last 16 games, surging to a season-high 13 games over .500 at 31-18. It's their best start since 1995, when they reached the NL championship...
Panoramic shot from the sun deck.The RHM crew headed out for its first Cincinnati Reds game of the season over Memorial Day weekend, catching the final game against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Johnny Cueto started the game, and I felt fairly confident that the Reds would both sweep the hapless Cubs and provide us with the 11 strikeouts for the free LaRosa’s pizzas. Sadly, neither...
The Reds held a comfortable 4-0 lead over the Cubs on Sunday when Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over David DeJesus’ head. Since Matt Garza had hit Todd Frazier with a pitch two innings earlier, both benches were warned by the home plate umpire. The Cubs eventually won the game in extra innings. [...]
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Shin-Soo Choo: Could he be a target for the Mets this winter?
In a recent interview with Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog, ESPN’s Buster Olney talked about the free agent market, specifically how the Mets will have to approach the offseason in order to land some of the best players on the market:
For example, take Shin-Soo Choo, who is a free agent this fall. I think the Mets will...
In April 2006, the Reds made a trade with the Indians that proved to be one of the best the franchise has ever made. Cincinnati acquired a player by the name of Brandon Phillips, a sparingly used second basemen, from Cleveland in exchange for a player to be named later. The trade was eventually completed when the Reds sent RHP Jeff Stevens the other way in June. The rest is history...