Posts Tagged ‘Cincinnati Reds’

REDS FINKED OUT BY THEIR OWN FANS

October 1, 2010

REDS OWNER BOB CASTELLINI VIOLATES OHIO INDOOR SMOKING BAN

Cincinnati Reds baseball fans are receiving universal condemnation for being finks. Five different people reportedly called authorities to turn their own team in after witnessing the Reds light up celebratory cigars following their clinching of the N.L. Central title and making the playoffs for the first time since 1995.

CUBAN ROOKIE LEFTY THROWS FASTEST PITCH EVER

September 25, 2010

Cincinnati Reds' Aroldis Chapman  thows a 105 mile-an-hour fastball against the San Diego Padres in the eight inning during their baseball game Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, in San Diego. (AP Photo/ Gregory Bull)

AROLDIS CHAPMAN

Brilliant young rookie pitcher Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnatti Reds set a Major League record Friday night when one of his pitches was clocked at 105 miles-per-hour. That’s the fastest pitch ever recorded in big league history.

The 105 MPH pitch was no fluke. Chapman hit 105 in the minors a month ago.

HOLY CRAP! PITCHER HITS 105 MPH ON RADAR GUN

August 29, 2010

The Yahoo! Sports blog “Big League Stew” has an impressive post in its Saturday edition. Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman reportedly threw a pitch that hit 105 miles-per-hour on a radar gun. That’s among the fastest pitches clocked in history.  Chapman pitches for Louisville of the International League. He is expected to be called up to the Reds next week.

AROLDIS CHAPMAN

BRANDON PHILLIPS CALLS CARDINALS “BITCHES” WITH PREDICTABLE RESULTS

August 11, 2010

Last night’s Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals game was a fight for first place. Literally.

The two clubs were involved in a melee in the first inning after Reds infielder Brandon Phillips tapped his bat against Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina’s shin guard. One day earlier, Phillips, the Reds All-Star second baseman, had mouthed off to the papers saying he “hated” the Cardinals and calling them “whiney little bitches.”

Cardinals backup catcher Jason LaRue actually ended up on the disabled list after he was UFC-kicked in the ribs during the fight by Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto. The umpires failed to kick Cueto out of the game even though he spent the entire bench-clearing brawl running around on the field karate kicking Cardinals players.

The Cardinals ended up winning the game to move into first place in the N.L. Central percentage points ahead of theReds.

&fmt=18

REDS DRAFT PICK GOES STRAIGHT TO THE MAJORS

April 3, 2010

MIKE LEAKE

On Friday, the Cincinnati Reds announced that rookie pitcher Mike Leake will be their fifth starter. Leake was the Reds first round pick in the 2009 draft but signed too late to play last season. His first professional start will be for a Major League team.

How rare is it for an American pitcher to skip minor league baseball and go straight to the Major Leagues? Try TWO pitchers in the past 30 have made the transition, zero of them in the 2000s. Darren Dreifort of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the last college pitcher to do it. Dreifort was the Dodgers first round pick in 2003. He appeared in 27 games for L.A. in 2004, going 0-5 with a 6.21 ERA.

The only other pitcher since 1980 to skip minor league baseball was Jim Abbott of the Angels. He went 12-12 with a 3.92 ERA with the Angels in 1989 following a standout college career at the University of Michigan. Abbott won 18 games for California 1991. He threw a no-hitter later in his career while pitching for the New York Yankees. In 10 Major League seasons, Abbott won 87 games.

The Major League draft was instituted in 1965. Not many pitchers have made a successful transition straight to MLB. Few have even tried. David Clyde, Eddie Bane, Pete Broberg, Steve Dunning, Mike Adamson, Tim Conroy and Mike Morgan were all career underachievers. Burt Hooton, who jumped straight to the Chicago Cubs in 1971, became an All-Star pitcher. However, he was sent back to Triple-A after just three starts. Dick Ruthven also had a successful big league career, winning 123 games and pitching in two All-Star games. However, like Hooton, Ruthven was shipped back to the minors for one year of seasoning.

It’s also important to note that every single one of the 11 pitchers who jumped straight to MLB out of college or high school eventually pitched in the minors.

DAVID CLYDE: CAUTIONARY TALE OF WHY YOU DON’T RUN A PITCHER STRAIGHT TO THE MAJORS

ANOTHER EDITION OF “UMPIRES ARE DOUCHEBAGS”

August 4, 2009

davidweathers

REDS PITCHER DAVID WEATHERS GETS THE HEAVE HO FROM HOME PLATE UMPIRE PAUL EMMEL MONDAY

Monday marked another first in Major League Baseball history. Cincinnati Reds pitcher David Weathers was ejected for staring at an umpire.

JOE VOTTO: NOT GAY, STILL UPSET ABOUT HIS DEAD FATHER

June 24, 2009

 joeyvotto1

JOEY VOTTO

For the first time, a major media outlet has addressed rumors about Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto possibly being gay. The gay website Outsports.com featured an article by Jim Buzinski entitled, “Player Stressed, So Fans Conclude He Must Be Gay.”

Buzinski’s article tracks down a number of Internet references which allude to Votto’s alleged sexual orientation. Buzinski sorts through the Internet garbage to detail some of the more wacky theories concerning Votto’s abscence from the Reds lineup. Since the real reason for Votto’s extended stay on the disabled list was coincidentally revealed later on the same day, there’s no reason to go into some of the insane postulates.

Votto spoke to the media Tuesday and revealed for the first time that he is suffering from depression, anxiety and grief caused mainly by his father’s death which occured last August.

Obviously, rumors spread like wildfire in the Internet age. Nobody in a chatroom or posting comments on a story appears to care whether there are any facts to support those rumors or if they’re even true. Take the whole Joey-Votto-is-gay topic. A couple of weeks ago there was a rumor about a “young” baseball player coming out of the closet and publicly admitting that he is gay. The Internet was filled with references to that player being Votto, the Cincinnati Reds first baseman via chatrooms, message boards and the “comments” section on blogs.

The rumors followed a Jeff Pearlman freelance piece about how a gay baseball player publicly coming out could be viewed as the next Jackie Robinson.

WHO’D COREY PATTERSON SLEEP WITH TO GET HIS JOB? ANSWER: DUSTY BAKER’S DAUGHTER

September 26, 2008

COREY PATTERSON

Outfielder Corey Patterson has regressed into being one of the worst players in baseball. After hitting .269 with 8 homers and 45 RBI last season with the Orioles, Patterson went begging for a job this spring. He was unemployed and didn’t even have a backup job until after the start of Spring Training.

Suddenly, not only did Patterson get an offer from his former Cubs manager, Dusty Baker, but a starting job as well. Baker is currently the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Patterson was inexplicably installed as the Reds starting center fielder over megaprospect Jay Bruce.

Well, maybe not so inexpicably if recent rumors turn out to be true. Yesterday Baker was forced to address rumors that Patterson is sleeping with his daughter. Fired Reds GM Wayne Krivsky says he was ordered to sign Patterson by owner Bob Castellini. Krivski says the Reds owner told him had to “get the Patterson deal done.” The sole reason for signing Patterson was his reported relationship with Baker’s daughter.

This is not just internet gossip. The Cincinnati Enquirer did a story on this topic today. Patterson stinks. He’s hitting just .203 but is playing every day. Baker reportedly was forced to address the Reds players on the issue recently.

That’s right, the Reds run outfielders Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. out of town but Corey Patterson plays cener field for the team every day. Guess he picked the right bed partner.

DUSTY BAKER