How big a funk is Drew Stubbs in?
He is 2 for his last 22 and 4 for last 33.
He has struck out 11 of last 19 AB.
He has struck out 14 of last 23, 21 of last 38 and 32 of last 70.
In 22 games since August 6: 14 for 89 .157/.202 with 38 K
In August: 20 for 107, .187/.243, 42 K
New rule should help Bengals
UC Announces Ticket Process for the Skyline Chili’s Crosstown Classic
CINCINNATI – Current University of Cincinnati men’s basketball season ticket holders are beginning to receive mail and electronic notifications regarding purchasing details and seat location information for the Skyline Chili’s Crosstown Classic contest against Xavier scheduled for Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at US Bank Arena.
Season ticket holders who have already renewed for the coming season will be the first to receive the exclusive opportunity to purchase Crosstown Classic tickets from UC’s allotment of 8,000 tickets. Ticket prices vary from $38 in the upper level to $128 for courtside seating.
To make the ticket purchasing and seat selection process as easy as possible, members of the UC fan development team will be contacting current season ticket holders on an individual basis. Calls will be made Sept. 10-28.
“We want our customer service to be at the forefront of the ticket and seat selection process for our fans,” UC associate athletics director for marketing and strategic communications Brad Wurthman said. “Having this event downtown adds an exciting element to this series and making sure our most loyal and dedicated fans attend the game and have a memorable experience is very important to us.”
New season ticket holders will have the next opportunity to request tickets to the Crosstown Classic. Bearcat followers wanting to purchase season tickets should call 1-877-CATS-TIX or log on to GoBEARCATS.com.
Thursday: 3:05, ESPN 1530
The week ahead
Friday: 6:05, Sports Talk, 700 WLW.......7:05, Inside Pitch, 700 WLW
Walt Jocketty last night
Reds GM Walt Jocketty joined me on Sports Talk last night. Click HERE for podcast.
Highlights I tweeted:
Walt told me: "This is a special group, one of the better I've been around. They enjoy each other. The chemistry is unique"
Votto told him he was "a little rust and sore today"
said he anticipates Dusty "easing Votto back into lineup"..Doesn't think he could play every day right away.
said Hamilton decision will be based on what's best for his development "he's had a long, tough, stressful season"
Walt told me: "There's a good chance of that happening" when I asked about Billy Hamilton getting time in OF in Arizona & Instr League
said with Cozart playing so well at SS they are looking for other spots that Hamilton and Di Di Gregorious can play
Remember this guy?
Rough game for former Reds prospect Zach Stewart last night.
He was called up from AAA Pawtucket yesterday and started for the Red Sox at Anaheim last night. It was his Red Sox debut.
His pitching line: 3.0 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 72 pitches, 46 strikes. Stewart was part of the Reds deal to acquire Scott Rolen from Toronto in 2009.
UC, XU season ticket holders get first dib on Crosstown
“If we have anything left over, it won’t be until November until we open anything else up,” said Brad Wurthman, UC’s associate athletic director for marketing and strategic communication. “But I genuinely believe that we will go through all of them.”
Tonight: Reds-Cards, "Caught Loooking"
New York -- August 29, 2012 -- Caught Looking will air Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, and will feature a behind-the-scenes look at this past weekend’s series between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals, as both teams fight for a postseason berth.
Major League Baseball Productions embedded camera crews with both teams throughout the three-game series, providing a unique perspective on all the action between the lines as the Cardinals tried to close the gap between themselves and the National League Central Division leading Reds, while maintaining their grasp on one of the two NL Wild Card spots.
In addition to exclusive commentary from star players on both sides, the episode features compelling in-game audio throughout the series, highlighted by Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, who wore a wireless microphone during Saturday’s game, in which he went 3 for 5 with a home run and 2 RBI in the Reds’ 8-2 win. The episode also features in-depth interviews with managers Dusty Baker and Mike Matheny, as well as Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo. Off the field, a camera crew walked to the ballpark with rookie of the year candidate Todd Frazier, while another crew tagged along for a cab ride with Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay.
Sweep: Reds 6 Diamondbacks 2
The Reds started Cairo, Navarro, a SS 0 for last 20 and CF not hitting water from a boat.
They trailed 2-0, with 2 hits, going to 7th. They won 6-2 to sweep Arizona.
Reds now 80-52, a season high 28 games over .500.
Reds complete a run of 34 games in 34 days with a record of 22-12. Amazing.
They will sleep well tonight. They get 5 off days rest of the way.
Reds 30-14 (.682) since Votto's injury that is equal to 110-52 over a full season.
Reds add to best record in MLB.
Reds 10-2-2 in series since All-Star break, with 5 sweeps.
Mat Latos now 11-4 3.79.....and added 2 hits
As Jamie Ramsey (Better Off Red) points out: Earliest to 80 wins by a Reds team since 1976. They reached 80 wins on August 22, 1976 in game number 125 (80-45).
Stubbs with 4 more K's....13 in last 19 AB and 21 in last 37. He has 19 K's in last 7 games. Yet Reds move to 45-6 when he scores.
Zack Cozart snapped 0-20 skid.
Chris Heisey homered twice, Phillips and Navarro added HR's.
Magic number at 24
From listener Chuck:
Since we are in the season wouldn't it be nice to hear a few holiday favorites?
How about: ' It's beginning to look a lot like Clinchmas'
"We Wish You a Merry Clinchmas"
" I'm dreaming of a Red Clinchmas"
or " The Twelve Days of Clinchmas" .
Baker: You've got to tighten your belt and fight, that's what it's all about
Jocketty on Hamilton
The first pitch for the Reds’ game vs the Dodgers on Saturday, September 22 has been changed from 7:10 to 4:05 p.m. ET to accommodate the FOX national broadcast.
Yahoo Sports: Chapman thriving in relief role, whether he likes it or not
The Reds are 30-14 (.681) since Joey Votto's went on DL.
The Reds were 50-38 (.568) before Votto went on DL.
Reds runs allowed/scored
Before DL: scored 4.20 runs per game, allowed 3.67
Since DL: scoring 4.67 runs per game, allowing 4.07
(AP Photo/Tony Tribble)
Todd Frazier's wild rookie ride
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Frazier entered Tuesday's game in Arizona with the ninth best slugging percentage by a right-handed batter against right-handed pitching (.538). The eight players ahead of him: Miguel Cabrera, Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, Adrian Beltre, Jose Bautista, Carlos Ruiz, Mark Trumbo and Paul Konerko .
Down on the Farm
From Dayton Dragons
Dayton, Ohio—Major leaguer Joey Votto returned to Dayton for the second game of his injury rehabilitation assignment but the Great Lakes Loons scored two runs in the ninth inning and held on to defeat the Dragons 5-4 on Wednesday night. The Dragons were eliminated from the playoff race with the loss. A crowd of 9,035 saw the game at Fifth Third Field.
Votto had three plate appearances, collecting a hard single to center field, a walk, and a fielder’s choice ground out to second base. He also scored a run.
Sliding Billy Hamilton
The next 'Sliding Billy' Hamilton is coming
Perhaps one would think that in the long history of baseball there would be more than one major leaguer named William Hamilton.
As of Wednesday there was only one — a good one. Good enough, in fact, to have a plaque in the Hall of Fame. They called him “Sliding Billy” and he played 14 seasons (seven of them with the Phillies) between 1886 and 1901.
Career stats/bio Billy Hamilton
Did you know Hamilton held the all-time SB record until it was broken by Lou Brock?
Riggleman's 1st year an uplifting experience
“I hope I am back here,” Riggleman said. “I think those decisions will be made in mid-September.“I have aspirations to manage in the major leagues again. From the day I resigned from Washington, the next minute I was hoping to manage again some day in the big leagues. But if I don’t, it’s not the end of the world, either.”
Dez wells speaks for first time
Instead of getting rid of Wells, which is what the conduct board made up of faculty, students and administrators decided to do on Aug. 3, the school should have moved forward with far more precision and clarity. There's no rush to potentially ruin someone's name and their life. Suspend him from the team and maybe even for classes while allowing the judicial system to run its course, that's fine.
But to boot him from the university?
Twitter thought on the week that's been for XU
XU had UC to take part spotlight of The Brawl news cycle. Dez situation leaves XU exposed and alone. What a damaging week to image/rep.
Bengals sign Faine
The Bengals today signed free agent C Jeff Faine, a 10th-year NFL veteran who has started all 117 of his career games, including postseason, with Cleveland, New Orleans and Tampa Bay.
Faine (6-3, 291; Notre Dame) was a first-round draft pick (21st overall) by Cleveland in 2003. After starting 36 games over three seasons with the Browns, he was traded to New Orleans for 2006. After two seasons and 32 starts for New Orleans, he signed with Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent for 2008. In four seasons with the Bucs, he started 49 games. He was released by Tampa Bay on March 14 of this year.
Faine started 15 games for Tampa Bay last season, anchoring an offense that ranked 11th in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed per passing play.
He was named a team captain for both the Saints and Bucs.
The Bengals today waived rookie WR Justin Hilton of Indiana State. Hilton had signed with Cincinnati as a college free agent on May 2. He played in the team’s first three preseason games, with one reception for 30 yards.
Earlier today, the Bengals announced the signing of free agent C Jeff Faine.
Click HERE for my interview with Dave Lapham and his thoughts on Cook and Faine.
Want to be a Basketball Official ?
The Ohio Valley Basketball Officials Association (OVBOA), Cincinnati, Ohio is sponsoring a course for those interested in obtaining an Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Basketball Officiating license for the upcoming 2012-2013 season.
Classes will be held weekly from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Norwood High School beginning Monday September 24, 2012 and will run through Monday November 5, 2012. In addition to the weekly classroom sessions, as a part of your training, you will officiate in live pre-season scrimmages under the instruction and observation of veteran officials.
Cost of this course is $110.00, which covers rule books, classroom and testing materials, as well as first year dues to the OHSAA and OVBOA.
Upon successful completion of the course, new members will be immediately eligible to officiate OHSAA sanctioned basketball contests at the Junior Varsity level and below.
For more information, please contact...
Program Director / Rules Interpreter / New Member Class Lead Instructor
Ohio Valley Basketball Officials Association