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Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy shares his thoughts on the Cincinnati Reds
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Groundhog Day: Reds lose again by 2-0

  • 5:07 pm Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Staff Writer

It was Groundhog Day in Miller Park Wednesday afternoon for the Cincinnati Reds, another 2-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

It was as if they took a videotape of Tuesday’s 2-0 loss and replayed it Wednesday.

—Just as he did Tuesday, Milwaukee first baseman Eric Thames hit a two-run home run to provide the game’s only runs.

—Just as they did Tuesday, the Reds managed only three hits, one of them by Joey Votto both days.

—Sal Romano pitched five innings Tuesday and gave up two runs and four hits. Tyler Mahle pitched five innings Wednesday and gave up two runs and seven hits.

—Just [More]

Frustrated Reds erupt against Brewers, 10-4

  • 10:33 pm Monday, April 16th, 2018 by Staff Writer

The Cincinnati Reds found a team with more walking wounded than they have and took full advantage of it Monday night to end an eight-game losing streak.

And they did it with a vengeance, expelling a shipload of frustration on the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-4.

While the Reds are without regulars Eugenio Suarez, Scott Schebler and Jesse Winker, the Brewers played Monday without Ryan Braun, Eric Thames (10 homers against the Reds last year), Christian Yelich, Manny Pina and closer Corey Knebel.

Just as no other team felt sorry for the Reds injuries, the Reds didn’t feel sorry for the Brewers. They scored three [More]

Should Price be fired? Why blame him?

  • 4:50 pm Thursday, April 12th, 2018 by Staff Writer

CINCINNATI — It was early afternoon when Homer Bailey walked into the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse and spotted a media horde hanging around.

“Must be nothing going on in Cincinnati,” he said, pulling off his well-worn cowboy boots. “We’re 2-and-9 and all you media people are here.”

It was suspected that some were hanging around for a funeral because many consider Bryan Price a Dead Manager Walking.

Social media is awash with demands for Price’s head on the end of a broken baseball bat.

While there is no doubt he eventually will be The Fall Guy, through few faults of his own. As one man [More]

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]

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