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.
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.
MLB will put a rule in place that prevents home plate collisions.
What do you think of the rule? Join the discussion below.
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.
6:05, The Roundtable Show
Join Lap and me to talk Bengals-Steelers and enjoy the food and drinks!
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.
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.
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)
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?
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!
General sense among teams involved in Shin-Soon Choo sweepstakes is whichever team goes eight years will land him. Believed to have seven.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2013
Sources: #Reds' Phillips definitely in play. Team will move him if it improves club in '14.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2013
One GM says he was told in talks that Shin-Soo Choo would cost $140 million over 7 years.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2013
#reds met on choo last night. have hopes, but inability to trade phillips first dims their chances a bit.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2013
If the Reds wanted to "go big", anyone for Matt Kemp?
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers sets up at bat during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Dodgers know what Matt Kemp is capable of, and should keep him
He has lost his standing in the clubhouse. He has lost his way on the field. His shoulder is scarred. His ankle is weak. His contract is a nightmare.
This would be a perfect time for the Dodgers to trade Matt Kemp.
Which makes it the perfect time to keep him.
SI: Despite obstacles, Kemp deal still possible
5 teams eyeing Kemp in trade talks.
Matt Kemp stats
Due: 6-years, $128M
Year, age, $$
2014 29, $21M
2015 30, $21M
2016 31, $21.5M
2017 32, $21.5M
2018 33, $21.5M
2019 34, $21.5M
Jocketty insists Reds not trying to trade Bailey
Mark Sheldon, MLB.com
A tweet from a Wall Street Journal reporter on Tuesday had the Yankees asking the Reds about Bailey. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty made it clear it wasn't happening.
"I told them we're not trading him," Jocketty said. "We're trying to sign him."
More than 14,000 fans attend Redsfest
CINCINNATI (Dec. 10, 2013) — FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank drew more than 14,000 fans Dec. 6 and 7 the Duke Energy Convention Center.
“The weather certainly affected turnout for Friday based on the timing of when the snow fell,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. “But we were pleased with the crowd of over 10,000 on Saturday and I think everyone who ventured out had a great experience and got to connect with their favorite players.”
Over 22,000 fans attended in 2012.
Highlights from 2013 Redsfest include:
• 76 current and former players, coaches and broadcasters attended including Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Aroldis Chapman and new manager Bryan Price along with 2014 Reds Hall of Fame inductee Ron Oester.
• The local chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America named center fielder Shin-Soo Choo the Ernie Lombardi Award winner as the team’s Most Valuable Player. Starting pitcher Mat Latos earned the Johnny Vander Meer Award as most outstanding pitcher and right fielder Jay Bruce received the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award.
• 7-foot-4 Harlem Globetrotters star “Stretch” Middleton teamed with Reds Minor League Player of the Year Seth Mejias-Brean to win the Celebrity Wiffleball Home Run Contest.
• Bill Kohler of Cincinnati outlasted over 570 poker players to win first place and the $11,000 top prize in the eighth annual Reds Community Fund Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament presented by Prestige A/V & Creative Services.
Proceeds from Redsfest benefit the Reds Community Fund and its baseball-themed outreach programs.
Redsfest 2014 is scheduled for Dec. 5 and 6 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
Pete Muehlenkamp, GetSportsInfo
So, if Gardner is nothing more than a Phillips salary dump and Choo is too expensive, who is left to save the Reds? They must make some moves to upgrade the lineup or they will be relegated to competing for the second Wild Card slot before the season even begins. Here are some names that could relocate in the Queen City with some creativity…
Yankees have inquired about Bailey
The Yankees pursuit of starting pitching could come into play at the Winter Meetings this week, as the team has contacted the Reds about right-hander Homer Bailey Bailey is an impending free agent that the Reds could look to unload for help elsewhere on the diamond.
ESPN: The market for Choo
Choo too expensive for Rangers
Ft Worth Star Telegram
Two baseball sources have said that the contract demands for free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo have escalated beyond the level where the Rangers are comfortable signing him. The growing hope now is that Nelson Cruz will return to help bolster the Rangers' lineup.
#reds havent totally given up on shin-soo choo. might be a long shot, but still hold out hope.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2013
From what I'm hearing today, #pirates probably are out on Arroyo.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) December 10, 2013
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01: Sean Marshall #45 is pulled from the game by Manager Dusty Baker #12 of the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Rockies have talked to Reds about Marshall
The deal appeared close on Monday night, but is idling now. Marshall, a 6-foot-7, 225-pounder, was one of the National League’s most durable and effective relievers from 2010 through 2012, appearing in 231 games. However, he was limited to 16 games a year ago because of shoulder issues. Marshall, 31, is under contract for the next two seasons at $12 million. That’s a reasonable figure, if he’s healthy.
Dalton named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.
In a clash of division leaders on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, Dalton led a 42-28 win over Indianapolis with a 120.5 passer rating. He completed 24-of-35 (68.6 percent) for 275 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and he also had an eight-yard rushing TD. His TD passes went 29 yards to WR Marvin Jones, one yard to TE Jermaine Gresham and nine yards to WR A.J. Green.
Earlier this season, Dalton was named Offensive Player of the Week after an Oct. 13 performance at Buffalo, and he also was named Offensive Player of the Month for October. He is only the second Bengal to win a total of three weekly and/or monthly league awards in a season. The only previous instance was by S David Fulcher in 1989 (two weekly and one monthly). The NFL has issued the weekly awards since 1984 and the monthly awards since 1986.
As a team, the Bengals this season have won six weekly or monthly league awards, just one short of the franchise-record seven achieved last season.
In addition to Dalton’s three awards, other winners this season have been P Kevin Huber (Special Teams for Week 13 at San Diego), LB Vontaze Burfict (Defense for Week 11 vs. Cleveland) and WR Marvin Jones (Offense for Week 8 vs. N.Y. Jets).
With three games remaining, the Bengals are one short of the franchise-record seven weekly or monthly awards earned last season.
Flashback: New uniforms in 1981
Check out Dennis Janson!
4. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4)
Last week: 6
Why they’re here: The Bengals went full throttle with their balanced offense to put the big game with the Colts out of reach, 42-28, with just cosmetic touchdowns by Andrew Luck making it look closer than the game was.
Steel curtain shatters with bad execution, worse results
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Here are some other unflattering NFL rankings for a defense that is not used to this: 24th in rushing yards allowed, 27th in interception percentage, 26th in sacks per pass play, 20th in third-down efficiency. If that were a report card, the student might be grounded.
6:05, Sports Talk
John Rodenberg, Moeller football coach
Fred Cranford, Loveland football coach
Dan McSurley, Clinton-Massie football coach
Reds: What move is the right move?
UC football: What do you make of Tommy Tuberville's 1st season?
*2 passes Crosstown Classic Coaches Show--Skyline, 4th and Sycamore, downtown, Thursday, 6pm. + $50 Skyline gift card and basketball signed by Chris Mack and Mick Cronin.
*4 Hot Heat Burrito Gift Cards/Who Am I?
Check out the list of what players will get at each of the bowl games this year.
How about this shot?
Cameron County Red Raiders of (Emporium, PA) beat Ridgway Elkers by a score of 44-43 on a buzzer beater by #2 Dylan Clingan.
Xavier 63 Evansville 60
*Big comeback by Muskies, after sleepwaking thru 1st half.
*Down 13 with about 12-minutes remaining, they outscored EU 28-12 rest way.
*XU scored season low 25 in first half/cranked up pressure and tempo and scored 38 in 2nd half.
*D forced 17 TO with 12 steals.
*Justin Martin big down stretch, blocks, steals, rebounds.
*Matt Stainbrook D-D, 10 points, 15 boards....3 assists.
*Semaj Christon (19 points) has to get to the rim more than any guard in the country. He needs a gear between all or nothing, but he gets to the line: 15 FT last night, 17 Ft Saturday (25 of 33). He entered game with 39 more FTs than any other Muskie and 31% of team FTs.
*Myles Davis is a stop and pop momentum changer with his 3pt shot (46%).....3 more last night.
*Evansville's DJ Balentine held to 15 and he worked for them. Came in 4th NCAA at 24.9 pts.
*XU outrebounded again, still turns ball over and has trouble getting back in transition.
*UC really has to take a look at the in-game/halftime stuff XU does. The halftime magic show by Quick Change drew a standing ovation. Former Musketeer Brad Redford filled-in for in-game host Lindsay Patterson and was excellent. XU has a sponsored game/contest just about every timeout.
*The XU student section chanted, "We want Cincy, we want Cincy," after the game.
*Hazard pay for XU PA guy: Evansville had Rokas Cesnulevisius and Egidijus Mockevicius.
Defense comes to rescue for Xavier
Kevin Goheen, Fox Sports Ohio
In the mind of Evansville coach Marty Simmons, they perfectly reflect their head coach Chris Mack.
“He was a hell of a player. He could do it all,” said Simmons, who was a senior at Evansville when Mack was being recruited there out of Cincinnati’s St. Xavier High School. “He could pass it, shoot it, tough and that’s how they play. I think his team plays with his mentality. They’re a tough team to play against.”
Communication keys defense in win over Boise State