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Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy shares his thoughts on the Cincinnati Reds
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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]

Frazier should be All-Star starter

  • 3:16 pm Friday, June 19th, 2015 by Staff Writer

CINCINNATI — Todd Frazier not only belongs on the All-Star team, he should be starting at third base when the National League plays the Kansas City Royals, disguised as the American League All-Star team.

Frazier, though, is third in the voting, more than 2,1 million votes behind St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter. And he is 500,000 votes behind Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant.

Frazier, though, isn’t afraid to tell the world he belongs. And it would be an incredible snub if he isn’t named to the team by the players, coaches and managers.

“We have some time before the game so [More]

Hot bats get a scheduled day off

  • 5:12 pm Thursday, June 18th, 2015 by Staff Writer

CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce collected a career-best five hits Wednesday night and Todd Frazier hit two home runs, including a game-ending grand slam in the 13th inning to beat the Detroit Tigers, 8-4.

Guess where both were for Thursday’s game against the Tigers and Justin Verlander? They were on the bench. They were in the dugout. They were not on the lineup card in the batting order.

Manager Bryan Price believes it is rest time for some of his regulars with the Reds in the midst of 20 straigh games with no days off. That’s why he gave Joey Votto a day [More]

A little good news trickles out for Reds

  • 4:57 pm Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 by Staff Writer

CINCINNATI — Manager Bryan Price leaned back in his office chair, locked his hands behind his head and flashed a smile.

Talking as if he might be a television anchor, he said, “And here’s some good news.”

Good news? Coming from the home manager’s office in Great American Ball Park? There hasn’t been good news emanating there since, oh, the second week of spring training.

After Price said, “And here’s some good news,” he had to wait for the media laughter to subside before he continued.

“Marlon Byrd’s rehab and recovery has done way better than I anticipated,” said Price, referring to his left [More]

Just call him ‘First-Pitch’ Joey

  • 12:50 pm Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by Hal McCoy

CINCINNATI — Back from a wonderful few days in Salisbury, N.C., the only city in America that loves sport writers. I was inducted into the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Hall of Fame. I was introduced for my speech by broadcaster George Grande and he gave the most magnificent introductory speech I have ever heard.

IT IS RARIFIED AIR for a player to hit three home runs in one game, but how about the ever-patient, ever-selective Joey Votto hitting three home runs on three pitches — three first-pitch home runs? And on his fourth at-bat, admittedly trying for a fourth home run, [More]

The last word on Derek Jeter, Reds style

  • 4:34 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Hal McCoy

UNSOLICITED OBSERVATIONS from The Man Cave and The Sun Room. The Sun Room? Yeah, I have cable in The Man Cave, but it doesn’t get MLB-TV and Fox1. But I get those channels in the Sun Room and because some of the baseball playoff games were on MLB and FOX1 I had to watch them in the Sun Room, where I am not permitted to smoke my cigars. Nadine just doesn’t understand that for me it isn’t Baseball, Apple Pie & Chevrolet. It is Baseball, Cigars and Yuengling.

NOW THAT THE Derek Jeter Traveling Baseball Sideshow is over it is time [More]

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