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Joey Votto wins Tip O’Neill Award for the 4th consecutive year


With all the trade rumors going around this off-season Cincinnati Reds fans sometimes forget to talk about the players who are not being traded. Like 1B Joey Votto who just won the Tip O’Neil Award. There has been a lot of talk by reporters about how people expected more out of the Reds star and I am not one of those people. I think after coming off a injury Joey Votto did great and I expect it only to get better as the years go by. With all the huge contracts signed by other teams this off-season I am very happy to have Joey Votto as the Reds main player. He will produce every year without any concern at all. Congratulations Joey Votto, you deserve it.

Here are some links to stories on this: JOEY VOTTO WINS CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME’S TIP O’NEILL AWARD
Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto breaks record with Canadian Hall of Fame awards

My #reds Check List


I have seen a few blogs already start an off-season check list for the Cincinnati Reds so I thought I would join the fun and list what I think the Reds should do this off-season.

1. Sign a rough and tough manager who does not want to be buddies with the players. Pitching Coach Bryan Price would be great but I am not sure he is going to be mean enough right now and the Reds need a guy that will stir up the hen-house!

2. Trade Johnny Cueto. After seeing the way he handles playoffs and after him being injured the whole season maybe it is time to see what you can get for him.

3. Make Ryan Ludwick a bench player. This off-season the Reds should be looking to get a better solution at LF. If they are going to keep Todd Frazier at 3B they will need more pop coming out of the LF spot. A Right handed bat that will go in between Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Moving Ludwick to the bench would then move Chris Heisey out!!!!! He should have been in the deal with Drew Stubbs to tell you the truth.

6. Let him steal! Get Billy Hamilton in CF and let him play a whole season as the lead off hitter.

7. Sign cheap catcher depth. I have a feeling the Reds are going to be needing more catcher depth if they want to continue making the playoffs. Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan got beat up this season. Don’t get me wrong, I love Corky Miller, but having a few more pro ready catchers could really help this team next season.

8. **** Fire Walt Jocketty! If at any time Walt says, “I don’t want to make a move just to make a move.” this off-season I think the owners should say, “You’re FIRED!” and get someone who will make moves to better the team. As far as I know, the Reds are in it to win it! So that means, getting players that will WIN IT!!!!

April 5, 2013 part 2 coming soon to GABP


Friday, April 5, 2013 at Great American Ball Park Cincinnati Reds beat Washington Nationals 15 – 0. Reds had 19 hits, 6 of them were home runs. Todd Frazier had two home runs and went 4 for 5 with 4 RBI and 3 runs. Zack Cozart hit two home runs and went 2 for 4 with 5 RBI and 2 runs. Xavier Paul hit a pinch hit grandslam and Shin-Soo Choo hit a home run going 1 for 3 with 1 RBI and 2 runs. Joey Votto went 3 for 4. Brandon Phillips went 2 for 4 and Jay Bruce went 2 for 5.

April 5, 2013

The only reason I mention this game today is because I see another game like this happening very soon in the Reds near future. A lot of fans and baseball people expect a day like this to come for the Reds very soon. When it comes I will be front and center ready to enjoy the show! Bring it on!

Game Recap | Game Box Score

Reds go home with the win


Cincinnati Reds won today against San Diego Padres (4-1) at PetCo Park in a much-needed win for the Reds. Homer Bailey was pitching great and went 8.1 innings allowing 6 hits, 1 run getting 7 strike outs. He has really become a great pitcher to watch now. Aroldis Chapman pitched 0.2 innings to get his 25th save.

Homer Bailey

Derrick Robinson went 1 for 4 with 1 run, 1 walk and 1 strike out. He layed down a few very nice bunts in this game and so did Zack Cozart who went 2 for 4 with 1 run and 1 strike out. Cozart batted 7th in the batting order while Robinson batted number 1 again. Chris Heisey went 2 for 5 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Joey Votto went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI while Brandon Phillips went 3 for 5 with a home run. Jay Bruce went 1 for 4 and Todd Frazier continues to slump by going 0 for 4 with 2 strike outs. Corky Miller went 1 for 3 and is always a great player to watch play behind the plate. I still think he will be the manager of the Reds one day. Or should I say, I hope he is the manager of the Reds one day? Either way I really would like to see him manage at the pro level later in his life.

Brandon Phillips gets a home run

Todd Frazier has not got a hit since July 25 when he went 2 for 4 against Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 0 for 4 with 2 SO July 31. 0 for 4 vs. Padres on July 30. 0 for 3 on July 29 vs. Padres. O for 3 vs. Dodgers on July 28. 0 for 3, July 27 and O for 3 on July 26 vs. the Dodgers. So he went 2 for 24 against Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in 7 games. Vs. San Francisco Giants the series before he went 8 for 17 with 6 RBI. He is due to come out of the slump and starting hitting again.

Todd Frazier needs a hit

#Reds lose another tough one to #Padres


July 30, 2013 at PetCo Park, Cincinnati Reds lost another game to San Diego Padres. It was a very close game but a loss is a loss, and right now the Reds don’t need any.

Zack Cozart safe

Just when I wrote that Derrick Robinson was a good solution at lead off for the Reds, he goes 0 for 5 with one strike out. Shin-Soo Choo (who played left field) went 0 for 3 batting in the second spot of the batting order and caused a lot of concern by fans when he was pitch hit for by Chris Heisey. Joey Votto got 3 walks with one run tonight and did not look comfortable running the bases for some strange reason. Brandon Phillips went 0 for 3 with one walk. Jay Bruce had a 2 for 4 night with one RBI and one run. 3B Todd Frazier went 0 for 4 with 2 strike outs and is still looking very uncomfortable at the plate. Zack Cozart went 2 for 3 with one walk. Devin Mesoraco went 1 for 4 with 1 RBI with 2 strike outs. Mat Latos pitched a pretty good game but also looked uncomfortable on the mound and a few times looked like he was trying to hard to over throw the ball again. He went 6 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs with 2 walks and 6 strike outs. Logan Ondrusek pitched 1 inning allowing one walk and getting 2 strike outs. Manny Parra came in and gave up one hit and one earned run and got the loss and Sam LeCure gave up two hits and one earned run, along with getting two strike outs.

Mat  Latos

San Diego Padres starter, Edinson Volquez went 6.1 innings giving up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 5 walks and got 3 strike outs. And if the Reds would have not swung at a lot of bad pitches that walk total would have been a lot higher. Some of the at bats made Volquez look like Justin Verlander out there. The Reds so badly want to get out of this hitters slump that they are over thinking it and trying to hard right now. They need someone in the club house to have fun with it and boost them out of this. A Ryan Ludwick / Jonny Gomes type player.

Joey Votto @ PetCo Park


In 53 at bats, Joey Votto has 20 hits, 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 12 runs batted in, 7 runs, 12 walks and 8 strike outs with a .377 career batting average in San Diego Padres PetCo Park.

There are a few fans out there that are concerned about Joey Votto’s RBI total this season for the Cincinnati Reds. He has 47 RBI in 392 AB this season. He has a .319 BA with a .429 OBP which is pretty close to what he usually gets every season. His RBI total is low but I think he is still doing a great job coming off the injury and should produce just like he does every season. Having him and Shin-Soo Choo playing on the team has made it a lot of fun to watch this season, that is for sure.

This has brought on a discussion through out this season that Joey Votto should be moved to the number 2 spot in the batting order behind Shin-Soo Choo. I personally think he is in the right spot in the batting order and should remain there. The number 2 man in the order should be someone who can get the leadoff hitter over to scoring position for our number 3 and 4 hitters.

I am hoping for a huge game for Joey Votto today and would love to see a 4 for 4 day.

Choo & Votto having fun


I saw this picture today and just had to share it. Seeing Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo having fun puts a smile on my face. I really think this is going to be another great season for Cincinnati Reds and these two players will help with that by getting on base as much as they can. [The story behind this image is, Joey Votto went to high five Shin-Soo Choo and they missed which lead to Votto going back and trying again.]

Choo and Votto having fun
Photo: Lynne Sladky

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