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5 Short Relief: Votto's Insult Comedy, Weaver's Embarrassment Comedy, and Nancy's Achievement by Jason Wojciechowski, Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop
3 Short Relief: Cats Review a Reds-Pirates Game, Eric Thames's Beginning's End, and Sixty Year Old All-Star Snubs by Kate Preusser, Matt Ellis and Emma Baccellieri
1 Short Relief: Two Science Fiction Short Stories by Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop
3 Short Relief: False Cats, The Losing Way, Scarlet Dreams, and Hacking Baseball by Jason Wojciechowski, James Fegan, Eric Roseberry and Nathan Bishop
11 BP Unfiltered: Votto v. Phillips, The People's Case by Colin Wyers
6 Skewed Left: The New, Just-as-Good Joey Votto by Zachary Levine
0 Rumor Roundup: Second Chances by Daniel Rathman
15 Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Favorites by R.J. Anderson and Nick J. Faleris
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 162: Aroldis Chapman and Player Preferences by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 The BP Wayback Machine: How Good is Aroldis Chapman? by Clay Davenport
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 147: 2013 Season Preview Series: Cincinnati Reds by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett
14 Overthinking It: The Craziest Half-Inning in History by Ben Lindbergh
23 Overthinking It: Remembering Ryan Freel by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 90: The Cheapskate Approach to Aroldis Chapman/The Phillies and Framing/Ranking Baseball Figures By Historical Importance by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 81: The Angels, the Reds, and Two Conflicting Closer Philosophies by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
13 Playoff Prospectus: Sofa Scouting: Reds vs. Giants, Game Five by Jason Parks
6 Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Four Preview: Giants at Reds by Daniel Rathman
2 Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Recap: Reds 9, Giants 0 by Sam Miller
2 Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Preview: Reds at Giants by Daniel Rathman
4 Playoff Prospectus: Giants-Reds Division Series Preview by Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 43: The Under-the-Radar Reds/Was Anthony Rizzo's Scouting Report Wrong? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
13 Baseball ProGUESTus: What the Insiders Say Makes a Good Manager by C. Trent Rosecrans
6 Pebble Hunting: The Best Baseball Questions on Yahoo! Answers by Sam Miller
5 BP Unfiltered: The Two Teams Without Any Rookies by Ben Lindbergh
11 Overthinking It: The Cincinnati Reds and the Benefits of Being Homegrown by Ben Lindbergh
1 Fantasy Beat: The Transformation of Aroldis Chapman by Jason Collette
8 Transaction Analysis Blog: Option Day Craziness Part Three by R.J. Anderson
29 Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cincinnati Reds by Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider
3 On the Beat: Red Hot or Dead Red? by John Perrotto
42 Pre-Season Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
32 GM for a Day: Cincinnati Reds by Steven Goldman
8 Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cincinnati Reds by John Perrotto, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider
6 Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview : Phillies vs. Reds by Christina Kahrl
4 Transaction Action: NL Central Roundup by Christina Kahrl
6 Prospectus Perspective: Reds Prepare for Final Exams by John Perrotto
5 On the Beat: A Nice Change of Pace by John Perrotto
9 Prospectus Hit and Run: Seeing Red by Jay Jaffe
29 Pre-Season Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
11 On the Beat: Midweek Update by John Perrotto
8 Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cincinnati Reds by Baseball Prospectus
16 On the Beat: Midweek Update by John Perrotto
28 Preseason Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
20 Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects by Kevin Goldstein
0 You Could Look It Up: The Unintended Consequences of Defunct Catchers by Steven Goldman
0 Transaction of the Day: Jay Bruce by Christina Kahrl
0 Preseason Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
0 Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects by Kevin Goldstein
0 Prospectus Q&A: Greg Rhodes by David Laurila
0 Prospectus Q&A: Rick Walls and Chris Eckes by David Laurila
0 In the Interim by John Perrotto
Jason breaks down a baseball player's roast, Patrick attends a kid's friend's birthday party, and Nathan enjoys some slow radio airtime.
Kate tries to share the passion and excitement of Reds baseball, Matt explores the final moments of a lost career, and Emma ranks the recepients of the rage of Ford Frick.
Joe Nuxhall approaches the biggest game of his year, and the Oakland Athletics dabble in the forbidden arts to win a championship.
A cat who walked through stadiums, the philosophy of failure in the postgame clubhouse, a Cincinnati Red-based mantra, and the hacking of baseball. Is it really fair to compare Joey Votto to Brandon Phillips?
. Cincinnati.com's Paul Daugherty Joey Votto isn't sure he endorses how Joey Votto goes about hitting baseballs: Read the full article...
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April 25, 2013 12:24 pm
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 , Cozart , Brett Gardner and notoriously light-hitting teammate Zack Marlon Byrd . 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
. Maybe how we would have evaluated him in 1980. Cincinnati Reds
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March 27, 2013 5:32 am
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
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 Devin Mesoraco back-to- back years, according to Kevin Goldstein, who also billed him as the 24th-best prospect across all organizations and positions entering 2012. The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe. 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. Read the full article...
Ben and Sam discuss Aroldis Chapman's role and how much control players should have over the way they're used by their teams.
February 28, 2013 5:00 am
A look back at what the stats said was in store for Aroldis Chapman when he emigrated from Cuba.
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We're still trying to figure out whether 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. Aroldis Chapman
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February 25, 2013 5:00 am
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). 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. Read the full article...