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Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy shares his thoughts on the Cincinnati Reds
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The awesome lessons learned by Brandon Larson, former No. 1 draft pick

  • 11:06 pm Sunday, January 7th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Shortly after the National Anthem concluded before the University of Dayton-Massachusetts basketball game Saturday at UD Arena, a fan tapped me on the shoulder and said, “How many times have you stood for the National Anthem?”

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That’s something I’d never thought about. Considering that I’ve covered more than 7,000 baseball games, hundreds of college and high school football and basketball games, a slew of auto racing events, a whole bunch of pro football and basketball [More]

Why Aaron Boone will succeed in New York

  • 1:06 am Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

The first purchase Aaron Boone should make as new manager of the New York Yankees is a fire-retardant suit.

He is going to need it in The Bronx, where putting out fires in the Yankee Stadium clubhouse is a pre-requisite to occupying the manager’s chair.

Just ask Joe Girardi, Boone’s predecessor. He had the Yankees one win from participating in the 2017 World Series. But he lost Game Seven of the American League Championship Series to the Houston Astros and lost his job in the process.

If anybody can handle it, Aaron Boone can shoulder it all, even though he hasn’t held a [More]

Expect the unexpected in World Series for the ages

  • 2:00 am Monday, October 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

If there is one thing fans can expect in this most enticing and exciting and enigmatic World Series, it is this: Expect the unexpected.

Who would expect the Houston Astros to fall behind 4-0 and 7-4, then blow a three-run lead in the ninth inning and still win Game 5 Sunday night in Minute Maid Park?

But they did it in one of the most incredible World Series games in history, a 10th-inning walk-off 13-12 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. That gives the Astros a three games to two lead, one win away from the franchise’s first World Series title.

Who expected [More]

Houston Blastros beat Dodgers in all-time World Series game

  • 12:56 am Thursday, October 26th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Just call them the Houston Blastros and be done with it.

Not long ago, when the Houston Astros lost more than 100 games three years in a row, they earned the altered nickname of the Houston Lastros.

That is ancient history.

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Down two runs in the eighth inning in Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday night to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Astros hit three home runs in an extra inning game — two in the 10th and one in the 11th to [More]

Why is it always Dusty Baker’s fault?

  • 12:03 pm Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Do major league front offices realize that only one team can win the World Series every season — one team out of 30?

No, they don’t. They seem to think their team should win it and if they don’t they sweep their manager out the door with a slew of platitudes about how much they appreciated what the manager did, “But. . .”

And suddenly that ‘much appreciated’ manager is either looking fora job or contemplating forced retirement.

Boston manager John Farrell led the Red Sox to the American League East regular season championship, first place in the toughest division in baseball.

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Severino silences Tribe to even series

  • 11:06 pm Monday, October 9th, 2017 by Staff Writer

It was a genius move by Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona in Game One of the American League Division Series when he started Trevor Bauer against the New York Yankees.

As it turned out, though, it was not a baseball Charles Einstein move when he brought back Bauer on only three days of rest for Game Four Monday night.

After shutting down the Yankees for 6 2/3 innings on no runs and four hits in Game One, Bauer was battered and beaten like a little red rented rowboat in the ocean in Game Four. He gave up four runs and four hits [More]

Mahle sharp in debut but offense lets him down

  • 5:22 pm Sunday, August 27th, 2017 by Staff Writer

CINCINNATI — Tyler Mahle’s major league debut Sunday afternoon was a mixed bag and was proof once again that it is not how one starts but how one finishes.

Mahle held the Pittsburgh Pirates to no runs, one hit and a couple of walks over his first three innings, living up to most of the hype he constructed this year at Class AA Pensacola and Class AAA Louisville.

But on a hot, muggy day on the banks of the Ohio he gave up three runs, three hits, two more walks and a hit batter in his final two innings that led to [More]

Gene Bennett: The scout of all scouts

  • 10:21 am Friday, August 18th, 2017 by Staff Writer

If ever there was a bad word uttered about Gene Bennett, I have never heard of the person who said it.

Bennett was not only an icon as a baseball scout, he was even more of an icon as a person.

Some of the best times of my baseball life were when Gene Bennett called me, which was often during the winter, and we talked baseball for an hour-and-a-half.

It seemed like five minutes because time stood still during those wonderful conversations.

My phone won’t ring this winter with the greeting, “How is my favorite baseball writer?” Gene Bennett, 89, died Wednesday in Portsmouth, [More]

Finding a rotation for 2018 a challenge for the Reds

  • 5:04 pm Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 by Staff Writer

CINCINNATI — The cycle is complete. Scott Feldman was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, meaning every Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher who came out of spring training in the rotation has been on the disabled list.

Does that make it more difficult for the Reds to define a rotation for 2018? Or does it make it easier because the team has to keep pushing rookies out on the mound?

IT PROBABLY SLOWS THE team’s rebuilding process because manager Bryan Price would like to have five guys ready for 2018 by the end of 2017.

“If you are going to build a team, you [More]

Hamiltonn comfy, cozy at the bottom

  • 6:29 pm Saturday, June 20th, 2015 by Staff Writer

CINCINNATI — There is no doubt the pressure is off Billy Hamilton, that he has been more productive batting ninth behind the pitcher than he was under the stark and harsh lights of batting leadoff.

And it hasn’t slowed his base thievery. He leads the majors with 31 steals and has been arrested only five times.

The 24-year-old converted shortstop/center fielder and converted right handed batter to switch-hitter entered Saturday’s game against the Miami Marlins with hits in five of his last six games.

EXPECTING A YOUNGH player to learn a new position, learn a new side of the batter’s box and bat [More]

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