Trying to sort through the comments to find ones that are actually baseball related is no easy task. In fact, I’ve learned a thing or two about the Russians during the process: they apparently are huge Reds fans because they’ve taken such an interest in this blog, and they are overly concerned with trying to make a certain male organ larger. Not just for themselves, but for you and I as well. I guess that’s what the Cold War was really about, and why the Americans won.
This blog is too troublesome to maintain and update, so catch further musings over at Damox Sports Blog.
Barry Larkin’s first year on the ballot for the Hall of Fame has been a forgettable one, as he only garnered 51.6% of the vote (he needs 75% to get elected). Getting over half of the vote on the first ballot is probably a good sign that Larkin will make the Hall of Fame eventually, but I think it’s quite telling that the current batch of BBWAA writers who vote for the Hall of Fame don’t think Larkin is worthy, and it shows just how out of touch with the game they’ve become.
Jay Mariotti, who gets a vote and can also be seen as one of the talking heads on that stupid ESPN debate show every night, said he didn’t think any of the first ballot candidates this year were worthy of being inducted on the first ballot, and anyone else on the ballot was not worthy because if they deserved to be in, they would have been voted in already. Does he realize how stupid he looks spewing that kind of logic?
Barry Larkin was a 12-time All Star and 3-time Gold Glove award winner at shortstop (playing the same position and in the same league as Ozzie Smith, the greatest fielder of all time). He also won the MVP in 1995. He played all 19 seasons of his career as a Cincinnati Red.
Reds 1st round pick Mike Leake was spotted a 6 run lead going into the 4th inning against Texas in the College Baseball World Series today, but that wasn’t enough as he was removed from the game after giving up 6 runs in that half inning. The Arizona State righty said he was surprised he was picked so early because he’s only 5’10″. There are no right-handed pitchers at that height or shorter who have had successful careers in the past 20 years. Even Pedro Martinez is 5’11″.
The Reds have are back to playing National League teams tomorrow as they start a series against the Atlanta Braves. The Reds sit at .500 and the Braves seem on the verge of getting on a hot streak as we prepare to start the brutal summer months.
The Reds used their 1st round pick to select Mike Leake, a right handed pitcher out of Arizona State. Leake is relatively small but possesses good stuff and has great command of his pitches. He’s a guy who’s used to winning and always expects to come out on top, which is one of those intangibles that you just can’t see on a scouting video. Leake really helped his draft position by ripping apart the PAC 10 this year.
The Reds lost to the Brewers on Sunday, but I think they deserve more than a simple tongue lashing from their manager and the press. Their hitters looked downright terrible against Yovani Gallardo. I realize Gallardo is probably going to be an NL Cy Young candidate in the years to come, but is that any reason for the Reds to have 8 strikeouts against him in the first 3 innings? He’s good, but he shouldn’t be that good. The strikeouts really hurt in the second inning when Gallardo worked out of a bases loaded, one-out jam by whiffing Ryan Hanigan and Micah Owings.
As first reported over at Home Run Derby, Pete Rose is now selling autographed baseballs on his website that include the line “I’m sorry I bet on baseball” inscribed by Rose himself. They sell (or are trying to sell) for $250.20 each, which must be a deal because they’re marked down from $279.99. Now if I could only get Chipper Jones to sign balls with an apology for sleeping with my ex-wife.
Home sweet home is anything but when the Reds are playing the Astros at Great American Ball Park. The Reds have lost 17 of 19 games to the Astros at home, a shocking figure considering the Astros hold no such advantage over the Reds at Minute Maid Park.
The Reds are coming off an 11-inning win over the Indians on Sunday. It was one of three MLB games that went 11 innings yesterday. For the sake of our bullpen, lets hope today’s game only goes the standard 9 innings.