As we’re just around the corner from Spring Training, here are things I hope for during the 2013 season. I’ll get things rolling—feel free to chime in.
--I hope Todd Frazier returns to mid-summer form—all year long. Wow, what a great July-August that guy had while Joey was out. By the end of the season, however, he looked a bit tired and was fighting for playing time with Rolen. I’d like to see him get 469 ABs and hit .277 with 26 HRs and 93 RBI (random numbers, but you get the point).
--I hope Ryan Ludwick…er, see above. Second verse, same as the first.
--I hope Devin Mesoraco shows why he was such a hyped prospect.
--I hope Billy Hamilton has a great year in Louisville but doesn’t come up until September. But please join us in September.
--I hope Scott Rolen spends lots of time at home with his kids and enjoys retirement.
You know what sucks? The off season sucks. But the truth is that this exact moment sucks a little less for a Reds fan than a fan of just about every other team in baseball. Sure, the Giant fans are undoubtedly feeling good about their World Series Championship, and Canadians always seem like they're in a good mood, which means that given their off season, Jays fans are probably pretty stoked.
But hey - life is good for us Reds fans. Here are the 22 reasons I'm glad to be a Reds fan at this exact moment. Why 22? Because 22 is my favorite number, and life is too short to have lists that aren't your favorite number.
1. The Shin-Soo Choo Trade - A running joke between my wife and I has been that if and when we have children that we'll name them culturally inappropriate names (Jamal... D'Brickashaw... Jose... Juan... etc.). This may or may not make me a racist. My favorite, however, has been Shin-Soo after the former Cleveland Indian and newest Red. How hilarious would it be to have a totally white bread kid named Shin-Soo who's brother is named D'Brickashaw? Very hilarious, I say.
2. Aroldis Chapman in 2013 = Kris Medlen in 2012
3. The other day, Homer Bailey shot a lion in Africa. Seriously.
4. Jay Bruce, future HOFer? Don't laugh - the guy has the start of an impressive resume. With 134 home runs in five seasons, he's on pace to hit #400 before his age 36 season. Oh, and there's also the fact that the first two of those seasons weren't full years (he missed 120ish games in those seasons) and the fact that he's yet to reach his prime, which means we could be talking #500 by the time he's 36. Don't look now, but for all the hand-wringing about Jay Bruce, he could be a first ballot HOFer by the time all is said and done, and we here at RedsOctober could have witnessed his whole career. Together.
5. No Red was mentioned in this.
6. Or this.
7. The Mat Latos trade. Not only did he turn into a #2 who pitched the division clincher AND win the Reds first playoff game in 17 years, and not only did the Reds not give up anything of real consequence to the roster, but remember Gio Gonzalez? And how the Reds 'could' have traded for him instead? Well, not only was Gonzalez a dirty cheater last year, but one of guys Washington traded for him was Tommy Milone. And Tommy Milone is very, very good. That trade looks better and better with each passing day.
8. Brandon Phillips.
9. Todd Frazier.
10. Joey Votto.
11. Barry Larkin, 2012 HOFer!
12. Ryan Ludwick Reds left fielder again!
13. Chris Heisey and Mike Leake, the two apartment members that I will acknowledge ever living with.
14. Seriously - Mike Leake is still a Red. And I love Mike Leake!
15. I've alluded to this a bit before, and I haven't always felt this way, but I'm exceedingly glad for Walt Jocketty. Sure, sometimes he's a bit slow on the trigger, and yes - I still weep for the Denard Span era that never was. But remember this guy? Yeah, life could be worse.
16. The Reds may have the best roster in the National League, and the one team that has a claim on that spot outside of us just took a major hit today in the 'your players are actually just no-good cheaters' department. And yet, the Reds STILL have a solid cadre of minor league pitchers (Stephenson, Cingrani, Corcino) and the Myth of Billy Hamilton in the minors. It's, frankly, an embarrassment of riches for the Reds these days.
17. This picture.
18. This one too.
19. Fine. This one as well.
20. The 2013 Cincinnati Reds will not have Edinson Volquez, Drew Stubbs, Edwin Encarnacion or Josh Hamilton on it. Actually, I feel bad including Stubbs in that group - the other three are douchebags, but Stubbs always seemed like a good guy. Whenever he struck out, he had those puppy dog eyes that made me angry for some reason. And, like a puppy that poops on the floor, it was unclear if he ever really understood what was wrong. Maybe THAT was Stubbs' problem - maybe he really, REALLY didn't understand what his job was at the plate. You think? Regardless, I'm incredibly glad that he's a Cleveland Indian, but so help me - if he turns into Matt Kemp there, I'm going to find his house and throw a brick through the window.
21. Joey Votto, 2013 MVP; Johnny Cueto, 2013 Cy Young; Cincinnati Reds, 2013 World Champions. None of those seem outlandish, do they?
22. You guys rule. Seriously - the amount of ass you all kick couldn't be quanitified, even by the world's foremost experts in ass-kicking algebra. Thanks for hanging in there through the off season.
Baseball will soon be here. Rejoice!
The Reds announced the following non-roster players have been invited to spring training:
RHP Nick Christiani
LHP Wilkin De La Rosa
RHP Justin Freeman
RHP Drew Hayes
RHP Chad Rogers
C Nevin Ashley
C Tucker Barnhart
C Corky Miller
IF Emmanuel Burriss
IF Cesar Izturis
IF Kristopher Negron
OF Billy Hamilton
OF Ryan LaMarre
I thought the last thread was getting a bit unwieldy, hence a new thread. These Christmas pictures of Mat and Cat Latos caught my eye, so provided the content for this starter
Happy New Year everyone!
Well last night's trade has us all stirred up and with the last starter getting long in the posts I thought we'd better start up another new one. So let's kick the trade discussions up another notch.
I see that the previous thread is approaching 400 posts (glad to see the return to life following the lull after the WS), so I thought I would make it easier for those on mobile devices to follow along. Nothing exciting to report (yet), but thought I would include this pic of Joey the Beard at Redsfest 2012 today.
Carry on, all.
I'm just going to continue to put a new post up every time I want to. Whatever. I miss baseball.
Potential topics for discussion:
--The upcoming magical winter meetings during which nothing ever seems to be accomplished (BUT THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT. OR NOT.)
--The upcoming magical Mayan calendar doomsday date. Hey, it would get me out of room mother responsibilities. (SERIOUSLY, WHO THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA. I AM SO NOT SUITED.)
--The following magical photo of Bronson Arroyo, courtesy of our own Champ Summers
We're not likely to have heavy traffic over the holidays, but I decided we needed a new thread (less scrolling) before I head out of town for Thanksgiving and only have mobile access for several days.
Feel free to open up any topics, as usual. Anybody asking for anything Reds-related for Christmas? Anyone going to Redsfest? Anyone have deep-fried turkey fire stories?
Happy Thanksgiving to all :)
The off season is upon us, and for Reds fans, that means several annual arguments have started:
- How much money do the Reds have?
- Can they/should they re-sign our agin Free Agent(s) or should we see what else we can do?
- What prospects can/should be traded to upgrade the gaping holes on the team?
- How terrible is the Enquirer as a source for information on the Reds?
Actually, scratch the last one - no one actually argues that, we all just generally accept the answer is 'very.' In the spirit of having (somewhat) healthy conversation about the Reds future, I figured a new thread or three to talk specifically about what the Reds actually should do this offseason would be good. And to start out with, I figured we'd begin with the biggest hole the Reds have had for what seems like the last two decades: leadoff.
It seems to me that the ideal leadoff hitter for the 2013 Reds would have three things going for him:
1.) He gets on base at a high rate;
2.) He doesn't strike out much;
3.) He plays good defense in center field.
Now, the third thing is a bit tricky - after all, the incumbent certainly fits the bill, and in a world where Adam Jones wins a Gold Glove over Mike Trout, attempting to determine such a thing may be impossible. So, let's just focus on the first two. Below, I've listen a handful of available(ish) players that could be fits for the Reds in 2013. In the interest of objectivity, I won't post the players names until the comments, so you can pick which one you want, based on their 2012 production. Also, two notes - none of us know the Reds' payroll. Let's just, for the sake of this exercise, assume the Reds can afford each player. Additionally, I'm aware Billy Hamilton exists, and that the length of the contract matters. I don't care about any of that - I want to know who, in a vacuum, Reds October prefers for next year.
Ladies and Gentlemen, your candidates for the Reds 2013 center field/lead off spot:
Player A: .277 OBP, 30.5% K rate
Player B: .338 OBP, 14.7% K rate
Player C: .348 OBP, 22.0% K rate
Player D: .321 OBP, 12.0% K rate
Player E: .298 OBP, 26.7% K rate
Player F: .325 OBP, 12.6% K rate
Player G: .342 OBP, 10.9% K rate
Got it? Good. Now choose - which of those seven players would you want manning center field and the leadoff spot for the Reds in 2013?
My pick is Player G, with players B and F as a virtual tie for second. And player A is abolutely at the bottom of the list.
Now it's your turn - GO!
The old thread was getting a little long. If anyone has content to add, I'm happy to paste it in....just doing this for mobile convenience.