Joey Votto says he's tired of losing, and so are we. A healthy rotation (cross your fingers), position players who are finding their way (especially, we hope, Winker and Senzel) and good managing by Bryan Price of the young guys (again, cross your fingers) are our reasons for optimism. We answer the challenge of an over-under on Ws this season from a listener, and we relive some of our memories at spring training games.
The Reds start reporting to Goodyear, Arizona, this week and we have great hope that this season will be much better than recent ones. We pose and answer questions like, "The Reds will have a winning season if ..." and "Homer Bailey will ..." And we recorded live video of the show to our Facebook page (search 3OldRedsFans). Be sure to follow us there and get notified when we go live.
Well, the Reds' roster doesn't look much different than it did at the end of the season. But it was time to get back together and talk baseball in the dead of winter. So keep warm with us around the space heater, enjoy some Good & Plenty and hear our way-too-early predictions for the number of Ws in 2018.
Well, we were wrong about 70 victories, but we own up to it and discuss why the Reds fell short. We talk about the great Joey Votto. And we discuss the likely look of next year's rotation, bullpen, infield and outfield and ponder who from this team might be traded.
Yes, the Cincinnati Reds are about to complete their 14th losing season in the past 17 years. But we are Reds fans and we still care, still have hope and still root for every W we can muster. And we look forward to vintage baseball on Oct. 15 in Cedarville to celebrate Bumpus Jones day.
Even when we don't think we have much to discuss about the Cincinnati Reds, we find plenty to say. What role do catchers play in pitcher development? Could two teams from the division make the playoffs? Jeff predicts next season's rotation and starting lineup, and Schebs isn't in it. And we discuss the merits of each former Red up for inclusion in the team's Hall of Fame.
We're back from a two-week break and suddenly some of the young arms we've been promised just might be in the early stages of blossoming into a real rotation. What we've had this year can't be called a rotation. The only thing rotating has been who's in the rotation on a weekly basis. Tom is insightful as always about what he sees in the young arms. And we talk about what clutch hitting is and isn't as Kim tries to wrap his head around another modern metric.
The Cincinnati Reds are playing better, but they're going no where this season. So what we all want to know is whether or not these prospects we're banking on will indeed mature into good players. We discuss Castillo, Winker, Senzel, Mahle and Peraza. Looking back, Tom and Kim learn that the baseball draft is relatively new and that the first draft was a good one for the Reds.
There will be a day - and maybe a big event - in honor of Cedarville's only big-leaguer on the 125th anniversary of Bumpus Jones' historic no-hitter. We also discuss a strategy the Cincinnati Reds could pursue in pitcher development, the further failings of Pete Rose, our night at a Dayton Dragons game and we have fun trying to understand the metric called wOBA.
When you're out of contention, what do you watch for to find a way to enjoy the final two months of whatever phase of the rebuild this is for the 2017 Cincinnati Reds? We each share a top three plus a few honorable mentions. We look into the past at a maverick Reds pitcher, Johnny Bench's grand slams, the oldest pitchers to throw shutouts and a tribute to Reds Hall of Famer Lee May. And we get a little funky at the end.