2007-03-14T13:19:29.464-07:00Is this thing on?
2004-11-02T16:37:28.733-08:00I hope you like watching 5-tool outfielders.
2004-09-01T10:49:00.000-07:00be on the lookout for wanted criminals at Great American Ballpark.
2004-08-15T13:49:09.493-07:00Ohio's winning baseball team cut injury-prone OF Alex Escobar.
2004-08-14T13:35:58.716-07:00It's hard to care about a team that goes through the same thing almost every year.
2004-07-31T12:12:42.106-07:00ESPN has officially downgraded Jim Bowden's title from "Expert Baseball Analyst" to the more accurate "Baseball Analyst." That means the ironic reference that is the title of this blog no longer makes sense.
2004-07-23T17:28:45.116-07:00Almost any decent team in any given year can win if they somehow manage to avoid key injuries.
2004-07-10T21:22:27.546-07:00This headline seems familiar for some reason.
2004-07-06T21:58:36.470-07:00I'm sure John is content tonight that, although his beloved Reds fell yet again, at least his favorite player Jim Edmonds shined as the Cardinals' catalyst...
2004-07-06T19:16:13.223-07:00I know I posted this yesterday and againearlier today. Wonder why it didn't show up...
2004-07-06T19:20:26.490-07:00According to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, if the Reds had Eric Gagne this season they'd be twenty games over .500 instead of six.
2004-06-28T05:31:39.433-07:00"It happens." -- Dave Miley
2004-06-26T16:13:14.336-07:00George's call was almost Joe Buck-esque in its complete lack of enthusiasm. I mean, he had like two weeks of warning to come up with a great call too. (actually he's had about three years of warning). But you have to cut George a little slack because he clearly doesn't pay attention to the games at least half the time. It's totally unfair to compare George Blande (get it? HAHAHAHAHA!) to Marty the Hall of Famer.
2004-06-26T14:38:26.966-07:00Go here, watch #500, and tell me George Grande deserves a job:
2004-06-25T10:35:59.176-07:00From Jerry Crasnick's column on espn.com...
2004-06-23T15:01:36.656-07:00I just looked up Peña. I can't believe he's only 22. The guy's been around for years and he sure looks older than that. But, hey, who am I to doubt a Dominican birth certificate?
2004-06-22T22:28:20.600-07:00Wily Mo Pena, despite my unbridled annoyance at his continued existence on this Reds team, is a far better hitter than Jermaine Clark. Clark is a bench player. Pena is an up-and-coming hitter with power potential, and if he gets really good, he could net this Reds team a proven starter. This team certainly doesn't need him long-term. However, he's not playing. Clark is. Clark should be riding the pine with Jacob Cruz (who seems to be getting the rest of the starts that Wily Mo should be getting).
2004-06-17T09:30:08.973-07:00People miss Bowden. With Dan O'Brien showing no evidence that he's any better, some days, even I miss Jim Bowden. But lest we forget Bowden, let's talk about his "genius," then. Bowden traded for THREE pitchers for the stretch run in 2002. Juan Encarnacion for Ryan Dempster, David Espinosa for Brian Moehler, and Pedro Feliciano, Brady Clark, and Raul Gonzales for Shawn Estes. Encarnacion is a great hitter on par with Jose Guillen, if not better. Feliciano turned out okay for the Mets, and Brady Clark now qualifies as a "Reds nemesis." But that's not the issue. The thing is, Bowden knew squat about pitching. (Well, he DID bring us Pete Schourek.) All three of his acquisitions in 2002 were total washouts. Bowden knew even less about hard-nosed players. He just wanted flashy guys who had "potential." Brady Clark? No, Alex Ochoa!!!! Bowden's a guy who, with a straight face, will tell people that his best trade was not for Ken Griffey, Jr., but for Wily Mo Pena. Under Bowden (and Bob Quinn, to be fair) the Reds cultivated two starting pitchers I can remember: Jack Armstrong and Brett Tomko. Both were inconsistent and ultimately got washed out of the organization (Armstrong out of baseball). Bowden drafted Brandon Larson, traded Elmer Dessens for Felipe Lopez, and brought in more useless 5-tool players than any other GM in baseball. Ruben Mateo. Ruben Rivera. Alex Ochoa. So many, in fact, that I make fun of him every time I post in the Reds MLB forum with the User ID "jimmy5tool." Bowden traded Stan Belinda and Jeffrey Hammonds (two keys to the 1999 team that did so well) to Colorado for Dante Bichette. Bichette spent half a season grounding into double plays before Bowden traded him to Boston for Chris Reitsma, who is no longer here and didn't exactly bring a pennant when he was here (although Dan O'Brien's Reitsma-for-Bong trade is still stupid). Bowden got Griffey. Nothing brilliant there. Griffey wanted to come home and made that public WEEKS before the trade was consummated. Griffey was a 10-and-5 guy, so basically Griffey made that deal happen. Bowden just did the paperwork. And Bowden burned the Mariners GM by giving way less than he should've. As a result, the Mariners didn't trade with Bowden again. Bowden traded Dmitri Young for Juan Encarnacion, who got us two futile years of Ryan Dempster. Bowden dumped Gabe White for Manny Aybar, then traded Aybar to the Marlins for a minor leaguer who never surfaced anywhere. He then traded Pokey Reese to the Rockies for Gabe White. Bowden let Greg Vaughn go to free agency. Bowden basically ran Pete Harnisch out of town. Bowden dumped any player he could from the 1999 team, and the word "leadership" meant nothing to him. Bowden shaped the Reds team we know today, which is great, but we fans had to sit through 5 years of losing to get here. The ineptitude of Bowden is best exemplified by Bob Boone and his coaching cronies, the loss of Ron Oester from the organization, the loss of Ken Griffey, Sr., Tony Perez, and so on. I could write a book on Bowden, and I practically have here. Bowden would trade for what he thought the team needed, and he had no fear. He was a little reckless, didn't care about people's feelings, and usually talked out of both sides of his mouth. But at least Bowden would pull the trigger. Dan O'Brien won't. But the most telling thing about Bowden's "genius" is this: He can't find another GM job. Was Bowden better than O'Brien? Ask again in 10 years and see how much ruin O'Brien brings to the organization, his own reputation, [...]
2004-06-15T01:12:09.466-07:00Is this the Reds third annual slide back to crappy reality or is this just a bump in the road to a successful season? I don't know. My gut feeling is that the good times have come and gone. You can't allow more runs than you score and maintain a winning record. That just doesn't happen. And now the team is closer to fifth place in the central than first. But it's all correctable. They need a starter now. The Reds now have a worse team ERA than the Devil Rays or Tigers. They're in 26th overall. Hell, they need two starters now. I don't know who to trade and I don't know who's available. But that's the only solution to saving this season.
2004-06-08T19:37:02.903-07:002/3 of an inning into Jung Bong's Cincinnati Reds career and I'm beginning to agree with John on the Reitsma trade.
2004-06-07T21:25:21.793-07:00Hi Dan. What's happening. Yeah. We seem to have a problem with your general managing.
2004-06-07T11:40:22.850-07:00So the good news, I guess, is that Junior will probably hit his 500th homer in Ohio at Cleveland.