Found November 03, 2012 on
One of the biggest needs heading into the offseason for the Redlegs is a more productive leadoff hitter. Cincinnati received next to no help from the guys at the top of the batting order in 2012, and that must change in 2013. To give you an idea of just how bad it was, check out the following.
The Reds ranked dead last in the majors at the No. 1 slot in average (.208), on-base percentage (.254), and OPS (.581) last season. They also ranked dead last in the National League with one homer out of the leadoff spot. That's right. One stinkin' homer. While nobody expects the man at the top to lead the team in longballs, people do expect them to be a spark and get on base.
ESPN.com's Jim Bowden recently addressed the club's woes in this area and suggested that they make a big splash this offseason to solve it.
Here's what Bowden proposes the Reds to do:
2. Cincinnati Reds sign CF Michael Bourn for five years, $70 million.
Last season, the Reds had the ...
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Ryan Ludwick would like to return to the Cincinnati Reds. The team would like him back. However, in order for that to happen, the sides are going to have to work out a new deal. Ludwick declined his $5 million option. "We talked to his agent," Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty said. "There's interest on both sides." Even though Ludwick opted out...
What if the Detroit Tigers could add some speed, defense, and a pretty decent hitter to the lineup? What if I told you there is one player that is hitting the free-agent market that provides all three things?
Outfielder Michael Bourn is that man, and he finds himself on the free-agent market for the first time in his career. The free-agent center fielder has played for the Philadelphia...
The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is once again offering offseason tours of Great American Ball Park that include the Reds clubhouse.
The two hour “VIP” tour features stops in the:
- Reds Clubhouse
- Visitors Clubhouse
- Field Level Media Interview Room
- Radio & TV Broadcast Booths
…along with all stops of the Scotts® Great American Ball Park Tour...
If Michael Bourn was two years younger he would most likely be an Atlanta Brave the next five years
The Atlanta Braves made center fielder Michael Bourn a qualifying offer prior to Friday’s deadline. Should the Braves not re-sign Bourn, they will receive a pick in next year’s draft.
Based on the new collective bargaining agreement, Bourn had to be offered a contract that averaged...
Brian McCann, who grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, Ga., was always expected to replace Chipper Jones as the face of the Braves franchise. But Jones has retired, and it is no longer a given that McCann will be around long term himself. Although the Braves picked up McCann's $12 million option for 2013 rather than buy the catcher out for $500,000, no one really knows...
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. Brian McCann hasnt let shoulder surgery keep him from perfecting his skills.
That will have to wait until his shoulder is healthy.
McCann considers himself the best Madden player in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse, so hes had plenty of time with the controls the past couple of weeks.
"As soon as (his three-month son, Colt) is asleep, the Madden...
Wednesday night saw Peoria drop its fifth straight game as the Javelinas were defeated 6-4 by the Surprise Saguaros. Despite outhitting them 11-10, and the Saguaros committing four errors, the Javelinas were unable to come out wth a victory. The two Reds prospects who played had a nice day though.
-3B Travis Mattair went 2-4, with a strikeout in his first start.
Dominance is an appropriate term
to define the bulk of Chapman's season
The biggest question concerning Chapman heading into this season was whether or not he should be a starter or reliever. Although the Reds were once leaning toward sticking him in the rotation, injuries to Ryan Madson, Nick Masset and Bill Bray coupled with the fact that the team already had five qualified...
The Braves Freddie Freeman will be counted on for more home runs and RBIs in 2013
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman avoided the sophomore slump and had a very good 2012 season. Not only did Freeman have a good season at the plate, he was one of three National League first basemen selected as gold glove nominees.
At 23 years old, Freeman is poised to have a long and productive...
The Atlanta Braves are intrigued in free agent outfielder
Josh Hamilton, and they’ve been discussing if they’re a fit for the slugger,
reports Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.
Is Josh Hamilton a fit for
If you're asking, you're not
alone. The Braves have been asking themselves the same question, according to
Alright, the hotstove is starting and it's just as expected.
According to CBS Sports' Danny Knobler, the Atlanta Braves are "intrigued" by Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton. Hamilton is suspected to go into free agency this offseason and the first fish seems to be biting. With Chipper Jones' retirement and Michael Bourn most likely to sign with another team...
In 2012, Chipper Jones received an assortment of strange gifts from each opponent he played on his last trip around the league. In 2031, he will finally figure out what to do with them.