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Riddle me this
No team is perfect, but Reds fans have a lot to look forward to during the 2013 season. Coming off a strong 2012 where their 97-65 record was the second best in all of baseball, the Reds look poised to win the NL Central again and return to the playoffs for the third time in four years. They virtually lost nothing, and potentially fixed their biggest problem by adding Shin-Soo Choo to handle leadoff duties. They also, once again, plan to move the flame-throwing Aroldis Chapman to what was an outstanding rotation in 2012.
It sounds like all the pieces are in place, right? Well, while the outlook for 2013 is certainly looking bright, there are still some significant questions surrounding this Cincinnati Reds ballclub, so riddle me this.
1) Will Choo solve the Reds leadoff woes?
The easy answer would appear to be yes. Last year, this spot was mostly manned by Zack Cozart, Brandon Phillips, and Drew Stubbs, the latter of which the Reds tr...
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The 2012 campaign wasn't so kind to Devin Mesoraco. He was widely heralded as one of the top rookies entering the season, yet he failed to live up to the hype. Fellow rookies Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart overshadowed the young catcher, instead.
However, 2013 brings forth a clean slate for the former first round pick. While many fans have pumped the brakes on their enthusiasm...
From the Louisville Bats:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. –The Louisville Bats and Cincinnati Reds have announced an extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC) through the 2016 season. This extends the previous agreement which was set to expire after the 2014 season.
“Our organization’s relationship with Louisville continues to be a very successful one,” said Reds President of...
January 27, 1937 - The worst flood in Cincinnati history crests at 79.9 feet and inundates Crosley Field. At the flood's high water mark, 21 feet of water stood at home plate and the lower grandstand was completely under water. Many buildings in the neighborhood surrounding the ballpark were totally submerged. Reds pitchers Lee Grissom and Gene Schott and groundskeeper Matty...
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...
By: Jon Davis
#21 Ryan Wright 2B
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We conclude the countdown with Ryan Wright a 6-foot-1, 195-pound second baseman, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. He attended the University of Louisville, just like our very own Jimmi Adair and Jesse Welte. In his three years at Louisville, Wright had a .349 average...
By: Jon Davis
#20 Seth Mejias-Brean 3B
At #20, we find Seth Mejias-Brean a 6-foot-2, 210-pound third baseman, drafted by the Reds in the eighth round of the 2012 draft out of Arizona. In his final year with the wildcats, he hit .355 with a .401 on base and .479 slugging, while striking out only one more time than he walked. These contributions...
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...
2013 is going to be the first season in the history of professional baseball when there are an odd number of teams in each league, making it the first season with interleague play all year. This has lead to a few peculiarities in the Indians schedule this year that make it a little different than the norm.
Instead of the regular three game series, the first of the interleague...