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05-24

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BP Unfiltered: Votto v. Phillips, The People's Case
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Colin Wyers

04-25

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6

Skewed Left: The New, Just-as-Good Joey Votto
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Zachary Levine

03-27

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Rumor Roundup: Second Chances
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Daniel Rathman

03-25

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15

Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Favorites
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R.J. Anderson and Nick J. Faleris

03-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 162: Aroldis Chapman and Player Preferences
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: How Good is Aroldis Chapman?
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Clay Davenport

02-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 147: 2013 Season Preview Series: Cincinnati Reds
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

01-18

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14

Overthinking It: The Craziest Half-Inning in History
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Ben Lindbergh

12-23

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Overthinking It: Remembering Ryan Freel
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Ben Lindbergh

11-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 90: The Cheapskate Approach to Aroldis Chapman/The Phillies and Framing/Ranking Baseball Figures By Historical Importance
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 81: The Angels, the Reds, and Two Conflicting Closer Philosophies
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-12

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13

Playoff Prospectus: Sofa Scouting: Reds vs. Giants, Game Five
by
Jason Parks

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Four Preview: Giants at Reds
by
Daniel Rathman

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Recap: Reds 9, Giants 0
by
Sam Miller

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Preview: Reds at Giants
by
Daniel Rathman

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: Giants-Reds Division Series Preview
by
Sam Miller

09-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 43: The Under-the-Radar Reds/Was Anthony Rizzo's Scouting Report Wrong?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-11

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13

Baseball ProGUESTus: What the Insiders Say Makes a Good Manager
by
C. Trent Rosecrans

08-06

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Baseball Questions on Yahoo! Answers
by
Sam Miller

07-19

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5

BP Unfiltered: The Two Teams Without Any Rookies
by
Ben Lindbergh

06-19

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Overthinking It: The Cincinnati Reds and the Benefits of Being Homegrown
by
Ben Lindbergh

04-17

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Fantasy Beat: The Transformation of Aroldis Chapman
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Jason Collette

11-01

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Transaction Analysis Blog: Option Day Craziness Part Three
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R.J. Anderson

09-20

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29

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cincinnati Reds
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Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

07-20

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On the Beat: Red Hot or Dead Red?
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John Perrotto

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

11-18

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32

GM for a Day: Cincinnati Reds
by
Steven Goldman

10-13

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cincinnati Reds
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John Perrotto, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

10-05

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6

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview : Phillies vs. Reds
by
Christina Kahrl

08-12

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Transaction Action: NL Central Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

08-09

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Prospectus Perspective: Reds Prepare for Final Exams
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John Perrotto

08-04

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On the Beat: A Nice Change of Pace
by
John Perrotto

06-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Seeing Red
by
Jay Jaffe

04-04

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29

Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

01-13

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11

On the Beat: Midweek Update
by
John Perrotto

10-04

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8

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cincinnati Reds
by
Baseball Prospectus

09-30

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16

On the Beat: Midweek Update
by
John Perrotto

04-06

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28

Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

11-13

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20

Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-22

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You Could Look It Up: The Unintended Consequences of Defunct Catchers
by
Steven Goldman

05-28

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Transaction of the Day: Jay Bruce
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Christina Kahrl

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

01-18

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Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Greg Rhodes
by
David Laurila

01-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Rick Walls and Chris Eckes
by
David Laurila

09-05

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In the Interim
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John Perrotto

04-02

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

02-27

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Hope and Faith: How the Cincinnati Reds Can Win the World Series
by
Jeff Erickson

07-14

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Transaction of the Day: The Nats Go Red, and the Reds Go Nuts
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Christina Kahrl

01-19

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Prospectus Notebook: Reds, Athletics
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Baseball Prospectus

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Is it really fair to compare Joey Votto to Brandon Phillips?

So, about Joey Votto. Cincinnati.com's Paul Daugherty isn't sure he endorses how Joey Votto goes about hitting baseballs:

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April 25, 2013 12:24 pm

Skewed Left: The New, Just-as-Good Joey Votto

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Zachary Levine

Does it matter that Joey Votto isn't driving in runs?

Something is amiss with Joey Votto. Sure, he’s getting his walks, but as the Big Bat in the lineup paid to drive in runs, he’s struggling tremendously. He has just eight runs batted in—fewer than hardly noted run producers like Yuniesky Betancourt, Brett Gardner, Marlon Byrd and notoriously light-hitting teammate Zack Cozart. Clearly, with the overly passive Votto, there’s trouble in River City.

That’s one way to look at the first 22 games of the best player on the National League Central favorite Cincinnati Reds. Maybe how we would have evaluated him in 1980.

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March 27, 2013 5:32 am

Rumor Roundup: Second Chances

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Daniel Rathman

Devin Mesoraco will keep the backup catcher job in Cincinnati, and recent injuries could keep the Padres' infield situation fluid for much of April.

Mesoraco retains number-two catcher job with Reds

The Reds kept Devin Mesoraco in the majors for the duration of last season, even though the young catcher scuffled in a cup of coffee at the end of 2011 (.180/.226/.360) and was not overly impressive in Cactus League play (.250/.295/.450). Once considered among the top catching prospects in baseball, Mesoraco ranked as the second-best minor leaguer in the Reds system in back-to-back years, according to Kevin Goldstein, who also billed him as the 24th-best prospect across all organizations and positions entering 2012.

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The first of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we get things started with a look at the six teams with the highest odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here.

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Ben and Sam discuss Aroldis Chapman's role and how much control players should have over the way they're used by their teams.



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A look back at what the stats said was in store for Aroldis Chapman when he emigrated from Cuba.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

We're still trying to figure out whether Aroldis Chapman can handle a rotation spot or is better suited for the bullpen, but at least we know more about him than we did when we wrote the piece reprinted below, which was originally published on August 13, 2009.
 


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Ben and Sam preview the Reds' season with Jay Jaffe and Geoff Young, and Pete talks to Cincinnati CBS affiliate sports anchor/reporter Zach Wells (at 18:35).



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And how that half-inning happened.

In all the many media entities based on the Sherlock Holmes character created by Arthur Conan Doyle, there had never before 2012 (to my knowledge) been one in which Holmes applied his deductive skills to baseball. Nor would one expect there to be, since 19th-century London—traditionally Holmes’ home—was not a hotbed of baseball analysis. But since his character was created, Holmes has become an accomplished traveler in both space and time, making it possible to conduct two TV shows and a movie franchise based on his character concurrently. And, thanks to the newest of those shows, also making it possible to expose the world’s most famous fictional detective to baseball.

The CBS procedural Elementary, now approaching the end of its first season, reimagines Holmes as a tattooed modern-day detective, freshly released from rehab and relocated from London, who offers his consulting services to the NYPD. And it takes Elementary all of one episode to bring up baseball, as if to remind the viewer that this is Sherlock Holmes in New York, like you’ve never seen him before. The scene, which I’ve embedded below, comes at the end of the pilot and shows Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) winding down after a long day of deducing by watching the Mets.

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Former Reds supersub Ryan Freel committed suicide on Saturday. Why does his death hurt more than most?

Back when I played fantasy baseball, I used to get attached to particular players, whom I’d try (within reason) to acquire year after year. This was probably the worst possible way to play fantasy baseball. A good fantasy player (or major-league general manager, for that matter) thinks only about value and doesn’t care where it comes from. It doesn’t make sense to be sentimental: players who are valuable (or at least undervalued) one year can be worthless or (overvalued) the next, and paying for past performance instead of projection is a reliable way to make mistakes. Getting too attached to particular players was an especially lousy strategy in a league like mine, which was filled with friends who knew whom I’d taken a shine to. There was a period of a year or two when it was well known that I would have traded my own grandmother (or worse, someone much better at baseball) to get Dave Bush. (Yes, Dave Bush. Also Conor Jackson. The time commitment wasn’t the only reason I gave up the game.)

Not only did I have a tendency to get attached to particular players, but I was also a sucker for players who could do more than one thing: relievers who could slide into a rotation slot on a day when someone else wasn’t starting, bench players who could fill in at several positions when others had offdays. And I was biased toward players who walked a lot. Not because walks helped my fantasy team—until I convinced the other owners to add on-base percentage as a category, it hardly helped at all—but because I’d recently read Moneyball. And lastly, I liked injured players. I could always convince myself that someone who’d been hurt before was a bargain and a bounceback waiting to happen instead of a chronic injury case. Basically, any success I had in fantasy I had because I was obsessive about setting my lineup and because I was looking at some stats other owners weren’t aware of. Otherwise, I was the worst.

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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how the Reds might save some money on Aroldis Chapman, whether certain teams might benefit more from framing than others, and where we would rank Marvin Miller in the pantheon of important historical baseball figures.

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how the Reds might save some money on Aroldis Chapman, whether certain teams might benefit more from framing than others, and where we would rank Marvin Miller in the pantheon of important historical baseball figures.

Episode 90: "The Cheapskate Approach to Aroldis Chapman/The Phillies and Framing/Ranking Baseball Figures By Historical Importance"

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Ben and Sam discuss the Reds' and Angels' approaches to bullpen-building, how Cincinnati's philosophy affects Aroldis Chapman's future, and which way the wind is blowing where the closer role is concerned.

Ben and Sam discuss the Reds' and Angels' approaches to bullpen-building, how Cincinnati's philosophy affects Aroldis Chapman's future, and which way the wind is blowing where the closer role is concerned.

Episode 81: "The Angels, the Reds, and Two Conflicting Closer Philosophies"

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October 12, 2012 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: Sofa Scouting: Reds vs. Giants, Game Five

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Jason Parks

Jason keeps a running commentary as he scouts the decisive game between the Reds and Giants from home.

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The buildup to this game reaches a crescendo with an on-camera Verducci spot, which takes me to another world, a world where anything is possible. His strong features and classical build create a confidence where even blatant lies and mis-directions would be welcomed with an earnest ear and open heart. He has me hooked with his first vocal salvo.


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