Can we just get to November?
An October to forget in Cincinnati sports:
Reds blow 2-0 lead vs Giants
Bengals go 0-3 for the month
Bearcats lose back to back games
Reds go 0 for 6 in Gold Glove nominations
Blast from the past
Take away games vs Delaware St and Fordham (FCS teams/formerly known as Division I-AA) and Munchie Legaux has completed 47% of his passes this season.
No gold for Reds
BP's style and flair
Clearly the manner in which Brandon Phillips plays the game bothers some in baseball. He's loved in Cincinnati. He's viewed as a player heavy on the mustard and relish by some outside Cincinnati. Remember, not only was Phillips not voted to the '12 All-Star team by Tony La Russa, but players also failed to vote for him. That's after he finished over 770,000 fan votes behind Atlanta 2B Dan Uggla. Last week he was left off The Sporting News year end NL All-Star team, an award voted on by GM's and assistant GM's. In August, Phillips finished 5th in player voting for Sports Illustrated's "Phoniest Player in the game". And don't forget the controversy he created with accusations against Pirates pitcher Jared Hughes. The final piece is Phillips not winning the Gold Glove, an award voted on by the managers.
Barney stats good as Gold
Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney had about as good a defensive season as any player in baseball, and was rewarded with his first career Gold Glove. Barney had the most Defensive Runs Saved of any player at any position with 28 and also led NL second basemen in fielding percentage. He tied Placido Polanco’s major-league record for longest errorless streak by a second baseman- 141 games.
Barney broke the NL record, which previously stood at 123 games. The man whose record he broke was the last Cubs second baseman to win a Gold Glove- Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg in 1991.
Phil Rogers, MLB writer, Chicago Tribune
Darwin Barney is a deserving Gold Glove winner after his 2-error season as the Cubs' second baseman. He adds it to the Fielding Bible Award he was given last week, and it's hard to question either even if he isn't a human highlight film like the Reds' Brandon Phillips. Barney makes good plays -- don't get me wrong -- but he is steady and just collects outs for the pitchers he works behind. He led big-league second basemen in range factor (5.16), putouts (311, which was 26 more than runnerup Robinson Cano) and games (155, one more than Cano) while finishing third in total chances (behind Aaron Hill and Dan Uggla) and sixth in both assists (418) and double plays (96). Barney's defensive WAR of 3.7 shows he was almost twice as valuable as the next-best second baseman statistical. That was Cano, with a 1.9 defensive WAR.
What managers told the Chicago Tribune in September:
‘‘I voted for Barney,’’ Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ‘‘Phillips has obviously been the guy that you measure him against. He’s been steady; he’s made all the routine plays and made some above-average plays.’’
Said Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson, a three-time Gold Glove second baseman: ‘‘On reputation, I looked at Phillips of Cincinnati. He’s a little flashier. I’m more of a steady-Eddie type of guy. And I voted for Barney. Anybody that can have only one error at this point in the season. …’’
(Photo courtesy: Covington Catholic)
I'm told Dan Tieman, former Villa Madonna College (now Thomas More) basketball star, Cincinnati Royal and Covington Catholic teacher and basketball coach passed away Tuesday. He was a native of Covington. "Coach T" started coaching at Covington Catholic in 1978. He coached freshman football and JV baseball until becoming the head basketball coach in 1985. He became the winningest coach in Covington Catholic history. He was named “NKY Coach of the Year” in 1992. Tieman recorded his 300th career victory in 1999. He retired with 314 wins in 2000. Dan is a member of The Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame. He had battled cancer for the last couple of years. He was 71.
Event for a cause
56th Annual Fundraiser & Doll Auction
Presented by The Salvation Army Toy Shop Auxiliary.
A great assortment of NFL/Bengal collectibles, including many autographed items (jerseys/footballs) will be auctioned off this Saturday, November 3rd, 2012. The event benefits The Salvation Army Toy Shop Auxiliary, which provides thousands of books and hundreds of dolls to local children each Christmas and has done so for more than 55 years.
Details for the event:
-- 56th Annual Fundraiser & Doll Auction presented by The Salvation Army Toy Shop Auxiliary
-- Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
-- Silent Auction begins at 11 am; Live Auction at 12:30 pm -- includes refreshments, free parking and no admission fee
-- Armstrong Chapel -- 5125 Drake Road, Cincinnati (Indian Hill), OH 45243
To see a photo album of many of the collectibles that are being offered, including photos of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green with their 'look-a-like' dolls, please follow this link to our local Facebook page. The NFL/Bengals merchandise being auctioned includes apparel, jerseys, tickets, autographed jerseys and footballs from Bengals players as well as those from the Cowboys, Bears, Falcons, Cardinals, Jaguars, and Dolphins.
K is 4 Kate
Kate is a 3 year old Hyde Park girl who is in a fight against neuroblastoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer. Kate was diagnosed with neuroblastoma last February.
The party is on Saturday November 10 at St Mary Robisch Hall from 7:30-11:30. The cost of the benefit is $35 per person and includes all food and beverages (a great deal!). We will have live music, raffles, as well as the silent auction.
St. Mary Robisch Hall
2853 Erie Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Saturday November 10, 2012 from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Johnny and Friends: The Greatest Hits
CINCINNATI, Ohio (September 21, 2012) - On November 3, 2012, join Johnny Bench and other baseball legends for the Character and Courage Foundation's annual fundraising event. We will be celebrating the game of baseball and the dreams of children. Come and enjoy a night you will never forget! You will hear stories from nine former Major League ball players who, collectively, have accumulated over 25,000 hits and 2,500 home runs!
Your ticket includes light appetizers, dinner, beer and wine, dessert and an opportunity to bid on some amazing auction items. Most importantly, all proceeds from this event will impact the lives of children and allow them to play the great game of baseball.
The Character and Courage Foundation will be honoring these Legends of the game for their performance on the field and their support of the Foundation. This will be a night to remember as we honor our guests and raise money for children with physical disabilities, diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, or living in impoverished areas who have dreams of playing the game of baseball.
Buy tickets here or call 513-984-4192 to reserve your seat!