Who Dey Saturdays at Meijer
Join me, Who Dey and BenGals for WHO DEY SATURDAYS AT MEIJER!
This Saturday: 6650 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45247, 11am-1pm.
You could walk away with four tickets to the next Bengals home game. So come show your Bengals pride and join us for all the festivities. Don’t forget your camera for pictures and autographs with Who Dey and the BenGals.
The Cincinnati #Reds say they're quite interested in 2B Omar Infante, but they obviously need to find a taker for Brandon Phillips, first.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 12, 2013
What do you think of the Reds offering Phillips for Gardner?
What is Plan B at 2B? Have the situation passed the point of no return?
Join the Hot Stove discussion below.
Yankees say no to Phillips-Gardner deal
Nevertheless, when the Reds called and asked if the Yankees would be interested in swapping Gardner for Brandon Phillips, there was some discussion before the Yankees rejected it.
The Yankees were not attracted to Phillips because he has four years at $50 million left on his contract, has had declining offense and has had some public skirmishes with Reds ownership. Also, anticipating that Robinson Cano might leave, Phillips and his reps put the Yankees on what is believed to be a 12-team no-trade list. It was possibly intimated to the Yankees that for Phillips to even consider a deal, he would have to have his contract extended.
Brett Gardner stats/bio
Reds offered Phillips, Yankees rejected
Heyman reports the Reds offered Phillips to the Yankees for Brett Gardner, but were rejected. At some point before the offer was made, Phillips asked the Reds to open up his contract to add more money. Phillips does have a no-trade clause.
Phillips, 32, hit .261/.310/396 (92 OPS+) with 18 home runs and 103 RBI in 2013. He is owed $50 million over the next four years. The 30-year-old Gardner hit .273/.344/.416 (108 OPS+) with 24 stolen base this past season and is due to become a free agent next winter. Both players are above-average defenders at their position.
MLB will put a rule in place that prevents home plate collisions.
What do you think of the rule? Join the discussion below.
@MLB thank you for the new collision rule! I addressed this with MLB after Posey was nailed. It's taken too long!— Johnny Bench (@Johnny_Bench5) December 12, 2013
The collision I had in 75 with Gary Matthews in April crushed the AC joint and I had 6 cortisone shots every 3 weeks. @MLB— Johnny Bench (@Johnny_Bench5) December 12, 2013
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 17: David Ross #3 of the Boston Red Sox is out at home by Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers in the second inning of Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 17, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
MLB to ban home plate collisions
Under the rules changes being discussed, sources told Olney:
• Catchers will not be allowed to block home plate.
• Runners will not be permitted to target the catchers.
• The question of whether or not the plate was blocked or the runner targeted the catcher will be reviewable, with an immediate remedy available to the umpires.
• Catchers or runners who violate the new rules will be subject to disciplinary action.
The play at the plate: Safer
In the first step to formally eradicating a thrilling but dangerous staple of the game — and an emphatic response to the concussion crisis that has gripped other sports — Major League Baseball’s rules committee voted Wednesday to eliminate home-plate collisions.
Rose on collision ban: What's the game coming to?
"What are they going to do next, you can't break up a double play?" Rose said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press after MLB announced its plan Wednesday.
"You're not allowed to pitch inside. The hitters wear more armor than the Humvees in Afghanistan. Now you're not allowed to try to be safe at home plate?" Rose said. "What's the game coming to? Evidently the guys making all these rules never played the game of baseball."
MLB set to ban home-plate collisions
So, macho men, get your pitchforks. This thing is happening.
Moving forward, the rule will be that runners have to slide if there's a play at the plate. Also of note here is that catcher's blocking the plate without the ball is technically supposed to be an obstruction call -- but due to the baseball world having accepted the collision at home plate for so long, it's one of those rules that isn't really enforced.
Here is what I wrote in October
If a runner ran over a fielder at 1st, 2nd or 3rd base, what do you think the reaction would be?
If a runner ran over a fielder on a double play, he would be called out and the batter would be called out. Yet, a runner can plow over a catcher to score a run? Why?
A runner should not be able to run over a catcher. The catcher should not be allowed to block the plate. We protect little league, high school and college catchers by forcing runners to slide, yet MLB won't protect catchers at the highest level of the game? That makes no sense.
The MLB rules on interference and obstruction:
1. Runner has the right of way in the baseline unless the fielder has the ball or is in act of fielding ball.
2. Runner has no right to initiate contact with fielder in possession of the ball and must make an effort to avoid a fielder attempting to field ball.
3. Fielder must give runner the baseline until he has the ball or is in the act of fielding ball.
Heck, the NFL has realized the dangers of concussions and taken steps to protect players.
Isn't it time MLB drop the acceptance of an open season on defenseless catchers?
This isn't about grunting, pounding your chest and smashing a beer can on your forehead.
This is about common sense.
The NCAA implemented a "Collision Rule" (Rule 8.7) prior to the 2011 season.
The rule states: "Contact above the waist that was initiated by the base runner shall not be judged as an attempt to reach the base or plate." If the home plate umpire determines the contact at the plate violates the rule, the runner is out and can be ejected.
Home plate should be treated like any other base. Can't run over people, can't block base. Simple. Good comments by Jim Leyland last night— Brian Kenny (@MrBrianKenny) October 18, 2013
What do you think is ok about this play?
Minor League Baseball: Erie's Brandon Douglas scores on a fielder's choice, knocking Harrisburg catcher Brian Jeroloman out of the game. (September 4, 2013)
5/25/11: Scott Cousins barrels into Giants catcher Buster Posey with the go-ahead run in the 12th inning.
Did you miss them?
I talked with the coaches from three football state champions on Sports Talk last night.
Fred Cranford, Loveland Tigers (6:30 mark of podcast)
Dan McSurley, Clinton-Massie Falcons (1:20 mark of podcast)
John Rodenberg, Moeller Crusaders (14:15 mark of podcast)
I'm a 47-year old father with an 11-year old daughter and 13-year old son.
I'm on a never ending quest to stay in tune with my kid's interests, what they like and don't like, what's cool and not so cool. Saturday night I was watching Saturday Night Live with Kelly.
The English-Irish pop boy band, One Direction, performed their song "Story of My Life".
I'll say it, I'll admit it, I liked it. So, sue me. I figured there was great value in my discovery.
Monday, I was in the car with Peyton and the song came on the radio. I figured I would seize the opportunity to connect with daddy's little girl. I turned to her and said, "Hey, I like this song. If One Direction is in concert around here, we should go."
Peyton turned to look at me, and without missing a beat said, "Well, you'll be going by yourself."
And with that, reality hit me. I may not be as cool as I think I am or hope to be.
That's the story of my life.
Is this quote from Sam Wyche the best in Cincinnati sports history?
This was a topic in 8pm hour last night on Sports Talk.
Listen to some of the best quotes:
*Chris Sabo, Fountain Square World Series: "I just want to say....."We've got the rings, we've got the money, we've got everything!"
*Bob Castellini: "If momma's not happy....."
*Ken Griffey Jr: "Well, I'm finally home."
*Marty Brennaman: "And this one belongs to the Reds."
*Joe Nuxhall: "This is the old lefthander, rounding third and headed for home."
*Terry Nelson's 1992 shootout prediction of blowout
*Cory Dillon: "I'd rather flip burgers than play for the Bengals"
*Andy MacWilliams, voice XU after Crosstown Shootout buzzer beater: "Cincinnati is #1 in the country, but #2 in their own city."
*Banana Phone: "Marty, do you have your shirt on?"
*Alan Cutler: "It's a great day to be a Bengals fan!"
What else should make the list? Rank and comment below.
Meijer blog contest
How many passing yards will the defense allow vs Ben Roethlisberger Sunday night?
-Prize: $200 Meijer Team Gear gift cards
-Winner must pick the EXACT number of yards.
-Post your entry below in comment section below.
-One entry per person. In the case of multiple posts by an individual, ALL picks by individual will be disregarded.
-Include a tie-breaker to your prediction: How many points will the Bengals score vs Steelers?
(Winner: Closest without going over/or closer than other person)
-Deadline: Sunday, December 15, 7pm (eastern)
Rollover: If we don't have a winner, the contest will rollover to the following week and Meijer will add ANOTHER $100 to the pot.
-Winner will be notified through their post in the comment section below.
Big thanks to the Meijer Team Gear Department, the place to get your Reds, Bengals, UC, XU, UK and OSU gear!
6:05, The Roundtable Show
Join Lap and me to talk Bengals-Steelers and enjoy the food and drinks!
Rick Sweet named manager Brewers' Triple-A Nashville Sounds
(Courtesy UC athletics)
Cronin: Crosstown Classic should be about basketball
If it were up to University of Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin, there would be no question about where the Crosstown Classic against Xavier would be played in the future.
Cronin believes more strongly than ever that the game should be played downtown at U.S. Bank Arena, the site of this year’s game Saturday night.
JaQuon Parker is returning to the Bearcats
CINCINNATI – Former University of Cincinnati guard JaQuon Parker is returning to the Bearcats basketball program as an undergraduate student assistant coach beginning next week, UC head coach Mick Cronin announced on Thursday.
Parker, who played for the Bearcats from 2010-13, signed with a professional basketball team in Finland in June and later played briefly in the NBA Developmental League.
“JaQuon realized that finishing a couple of classes and getting his degree was the most important thing for his future and that basketball will still be out there for him,” Cronin said. “We are excited to have him back in our program. I think he can really help the current players on our team in his new role.”
Parker averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds during his four-year career with the Bearcats. As a senior, he averaged a career-best 10.9 points and shot 40.0 percent (40 of 100) from three-point range. He helped lead the Bearcats to 93 wins, three 20-win seasons, three NCAA tournament appearances (including the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16) and a BIG EAST Championship runner-up finish during his career.
“I’m really excited to be back with the Bearcats family while I complete my degree,” Parker said. “I’m hoping to help the team and Coach Cronin in any way that I can.”
Jeremiah Davis III to Leave UC
CINCINNATI – Sophomore guard Jeremiah Davis III has decided to leave the University of Cincinnati and the men’s basketball program to return to his hometown of Muncie, Ind., it was announced on Thursday.
“Due to the extremely difficult situation that my family has endured with losing everything in a house fire, I’ve decided to go home,” Davis said. “I want to thank everyone at UC, the fans, the coaching staff, Coach Cronin and my teammates for being so understanding and supportive. Trials and tribulations only make you stronger. It’s important to be with my family at this time.”
Davis is looking to transfer to a school close to home.
“Jeremiah informed me that he needs to be with his family at this time, which I totally understand,” UC head coach Mick Cronin said. “I appreciate his efforts as a Bearcat. He was a hard-working player who was on track to graduate after three years. We wish him nothing but the best.”
UC-Nebraska Basketball Tip Time Moved to Noon ET
CINCINNATI – Tip time for the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball game against Nebraska on Dec. 28 at Fifth Third Arena has been moved to Noon ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2, it was announced on Thursday.
Originally scheduled to start at 4 p.m., the contest was moved to help accommodate Bearcats fans wishing to also watch the UC football team take on North Carolina in the Belk Bowl later that day starting at 3:20 p.m. on ESPN.
The pride of St X
How about this shot?
Tommy Tuberville talks about the transition and actually coaching in the Belk Bowl this year.
Former UC defensive coordinator named head coach at UConn.
Spirited St Louis system stars in 2013
That consistency is a sign of a strong organization -- one that's built itself for success from the bottom up -- and that is certainly a way to describe St. Louis. Of the team's eight regular position players during the past season, veterans Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday were the only ones who hadn't been drafted by the Cardinals or hadn't at least come up through their system.
What's more -- the future looks even brighter, given the contributions of Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Siegrist -- each of whom started the year in the Minors -- during the playoffs.
Never managed? You are hired
Wall Street Journal
If major-league teams created listings for their open managerial jobs, they would probably say something about candidates needing a proven knowledge of baseball and an ability to work well with others. But increasingly, they would also add this line: No prior experience necessary.
The Bengals today made the following roster moves:
* Signed CB Chris Lewis-Harris from the Bengals practice squad. Lewis-Harris (5-10, 180; Tennessee-Chattanooga) is a first-year NFL player. He was previously on the roster for Games 4-10 this season, seeing action in three contests and logging three special teams tackles. He was on the practice squad for Games 1-2 and 12-13.
* Waived second-year S Tony Dye, who was on the practice squad for Games 4-10 and on the roster for the last three games. Dye had a special teams tackle and a return of a blocked punt for a TD.
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 16: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball dwhile defended by Ryan Clark #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game at Paul Brown Stadium on September 16, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Clark feels disrespect from Bengals
he implied that the mostly young Bengals team has been chirping adverse things about his team in recent months and years. He implied that the division-leading Bengals, filled with veterans who started elsewhere and fresh-faced players who have been groomed by the franchise within the last four or five seasons, don't know anything about the Steelers-Bengals rivalry, and that they couldn't care less about it.
"I don't think there's a lot of respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cincinnati," Clark said. "I don't think they necessarily understand the history, or know the history, nor care about it."
Bengals' balanced offense poses threat to Steelers
The goal for the Steelers, said defensive end Cam Heyward, is to put the game into the hands of the sometimes-erratic Dalton, who endured a rough two-game stretch before leading the Bengals to their current three-game winning streak. He completed 24 of 34 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-28 win over the Colts on Sunday.
On the Steelers: Offense not running on empty
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
"I think we're capable of changing the pace on offense," Tomlin said Tuesday. "We're capable of running it, we're capable of passing it."
No, they are not, say the cold, hard facts. The Steelers rank lower than they have in their history at 31 in the 32-team NFL with an average of just 77.4 yards rushing per game. Their 3.4-yard average per carry ranks 30th. They have not had a 100-yard rusher in the past 21 games, the longest active draught in the NFL.
Hoard: Harrison on his return to Pittsburgh
These aren't Myron Copes 'Bungals' anymore
Behind The Steel Curtain
Can you believe that? The team that late broadcaster Myron Cope once famously dubbed "the Bungals" is now the class of the division. I say this because the Bengals are 9-4 and have a two-game lead over Baltimore in the AFC North with three weeks remaining. Therefore, unless the Ghost of Bungals Past pays a visit for Christmas, Cincinnati will not only win the division, thanks to a victory over the Patriots earlier in the year, a bye in the first round of the playoffs is also possible.
Remember when we would automatically chalk-up two victories every year because we knew the Steelers played in the same division as Cincinnati?