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Better Off Red
Jamie Ramsey is the Assistant Media Relations Director of the Reds. He takes you behind the scenes of a Major League team. And he writes funny captions for his photos.
Plenty of scenery and funny stuff on Big Smudge. I'll be honest, these guys told me they were fans of my show, and even if they didn't mean it, that gets them linked.
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If it's about baseball, these guys usually have something to say about it. And it's usually funny.
Booze, Ladies, and Football.
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A guy from Cincinnati, who uh, well he calls it like it is.
Chris Sabo's Goggles
A Reds fan stuck in Chicago does a blog. He says the purpose of the blog is to inform people of the Reds without the geeky stuff, like facts for example. My kind of guy.
You're probably thinking this website is about me. Actually, it's not.
Local college basketball blog by two guys...one a UC fan, the other an XU fan.
The Godfather of sports blogs.
My favorite baseball blog. I thought I loved the game, then I read these guys.
Stuff guys like. At least stuff normal guys like.
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Very funny sports blog with one of my favorite names.
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John is an outstanding writer who covers everything and anything UK-related.
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Not daily, but almost hourly reading for NFL fans.
Everything and anything Reds...and more, by Reds fans.
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The Ubiquitous college basketblog.
A little UK, a little Louisville. A lot of funny.
Anything and everything hoops.
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Because some things can't be taught.
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Who Dey Revolution
No site better captures the frustration of being a Bengals fan better than this one. Fan empowerment at its best.
ONE MO' THING, 5/23/13
Miss the show today? Here's a bit of it. Go here for 3 full hours.
Mo talks with Jerry Crasnick about Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo.
Mo talks with Howard Megdal about chemistry and the "Reds Way'
Mo talks with former Miami and currently Broncos quarterback Zac Dysert.
Hi. This is me.
This is my radio show...
3:42 - Howard Megdal, Sportsonearth.com. Wrote this piece on the Reds' chemistry. Solid read.
4:20 - Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com. Wrote this piece about Joey Votto. Again, a solid read.
4:42 - Zac Dysert. Former Redhawk. Now a Bronco.
What's the "Reds Way?"
Why I respect the hell out of Shin-Soo Choo?
Notice what no one's complaining about anymore?
What's your favorite #Redsproblem?
Any why I'm done eating sno-cones.
Holy hell, it's going to be a big show. It starts at 3:04 today on ESPN1530.
1) The Reds continue to be good against bad teams. A sweep in New York....
The good: Pretty much all of it.
The bad: Pretty much none of it, save for the questions about Sean Marshall.
The quotable: "Chappy makes 'em happy," from George Grande on Monday night.
Much has been made of the records against above and sub-.500 teams. (23-5 v. above, 6-13 v. sub)
This is the kind of crap you worry in May about when there isn't much to worry about in May: What will the Reds' record against quality opposition mean in October?
Ask me in October. OK, maybe September.
In May, I just want wins regardless of whom they come against. I'll take, to put it in Thom Brennaman speak, "a big 'ol pile" of wins against the dregs of the league right now, because getting your licks in against those squads is what puts you in position to beat better squads come fall.
And I'll worry about the fall when fall gets here.
Right now, it's not even summer.
The schedule is set to get tougher. After the Cubs this weekend, it's 13 straight against winning opponents. Hopefully, they'll win their share of those games. Even if they win them all, which would be quite a feat, it'd tell me nothing about what these guys will do in four months.
It will however, help them get there.
2) Jerry Crasnick on Joey Votto. The "Votto takes the game pretty damn seriously" theme continues...
In terms of his approach, Votto is distinguished by his ability to judge himself by his own internal metrics rather than the commonly accepted measures of success. For decades, the RBI was the holy grail for the middle-of-the-order "run producer," and it was customary for sluggers to expand their zones and do everything in their power to get that runner home. Andre Dawson is one of only four players in history with at least 400 homers and 300 stolen bases, but he languished on the Hall of Fame ballot for nine years in large part because of a .323 on-base percentage. Like many sluggers of his era, Dawson justified his paucity of walks with the explanation that it wasn't part of his job description.
Just for fun, we did an Internet search, and George Bell, Pedro Guerrero, Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Greg Vaughn, Matt Williams, Jose Canseco and Albert Pujols are among the hitters through the years who have uttered the phrase, "I get paid to drive in runs." Joe Morgan once told the story of how he stole home and was lying at home plate, and teammate Tony Perez admonished him: "Don't ever do that again. I get paid to drive in runs. Next time, I'll swing."
Now along comes Votto, who pays zero attention to conventional stats like runs scored and RBIs and focuses strictly on having the most productive at-bats possible in his quest to make life hell on pitchers. Votto doesn't step in the box looking to draw walks, but he does adhere to a standard that many new-school bloggers and statistical types hold dear. In an insightful ESPN the Magazine piece by Buster Olney in March, Votto explained his philosophy and talked about "reframing the challenge."
Votto's ability to execute so efficiently is what places him in a different realm from mere All-Stars. He practices his craft in a place where Cabrera, the St. Louis version of Pujols and a select few others dwell.
I hope the "VOTTO ISN'T PAID TO WALK" crowd reads this. He isn't paid to walk, he's paid to not make outs, and to give his team the best at-bats possible. Sometimes, as it did yesterday, said at-bat ends in a home run. Other times, it ends with him trotting down to first. Still others, it ends with him making an out, but you can see that those outs don't come because he's unprepared.
3) The Cardinal Way. Here's an SI cover photo that will make you lose your lunch. From SI....
When we think of the Cardinals, we think of a distinct organizational culture: anodyne, diligent, supportive, resolute. Midwestern, really. And that includes fiscal discipline; St. Louis's next truly onerous free-agent contract will be its first. We think of red-clad fans who turn up at Busch Stadium even for midweek day games against very bad opponents-more than 44,000 showed for last Thursday's 12:45 start against the Mets-where they perform the wave without irony.
Mostly, we think of consistency. Since 1960 the Cardinals have had consecutive losing seasons just once, in '94 and '95. Their 11 championships have been well distributed. No son or daughter of St. Louis born since 1902 has reached the age of 25 without having lived through at least one victory parade.
Baseball changes. The Cardinals stay the same.
There's more. On (yuck) Yadier Molina...
An organization committed to agility cannot be tied for a baseball generation to a single player, no matter who he is. It is no coincidence that two months after Pujols signed with Los Angeles, St. Louis announced a five-year, $75 million extension for catcher Yadier Molina. The Cardinals have long understood a catcher's defensive value. Their clubhouse is home to the winners of eight of the last 10 NL Gold Glove winners at the position, in Matheny (St. Louis's backstop from 2000 to '04) and Molina.
While you can replace what Pujols did to a degree (led by Allen Craig, Cardinals first basemen combined to hit .293 with 21 homers and 109 RBIs last year to Pujols's .285, 30 and 105), St. Louis views Molina as one of a kind. His physical skills-throwing out runners, blocking and framing pitches-and his game-calling, for which he relies on an elephantine memory, are unmatched. "We would sit down at meetings, and he would say, 'Well, you remember back two years ago, when we faced this guy?'" says Duncan. "He would remember stuff like Tom Seaver could remember stuff. I couldn't remember it, but he did."
It's difficult to statistically determine how much of the rotation's ERA is due to Molina, but Miller has an idea. "He is a game-changer for me," says Miller, who despite his stuff had a 4.74 ERA in Triple A last year. "I'm not even out there thinking what to throw. Whatever he calls, I'm going to go with."
"You want to get our pitchers mad," says Matheny, "start talking poorly about Yadi."
And I like this part too....
Any good fortune will be shared by the entire organization. In 2011, the Cardinals flew 170 people to Texas for Games 3 and 4 of the Series and doled out 400 diamond-encrusted rings when they won.
Rooting allegiances aside, it's a pretty good read. The piece goes into how the Cardinals continue to evolve philosophically, how they withstood the loss of Pujols, their organizational depth and how their players embrace the tradition of the organization.
So much will be made of The Cardinal Way, and while it might make you queasy just to admit it, their way is worth emulating, on and off the field.
What's "The Reds Way?"
If I asked you to give me two or three sentences to describe the Reds Way, what would it be?
Here's my stab...
"Invest in homegrown talent early, and use free agency when it's needed to fill temporary gaps. Make the centerpiece of the team a good, deep, starting rotation. Mine areas of the world previously ignored and make the backbone of the organization a rich minor league system. Draft power pitchers and develop them in a uniform manner philosophically. Don't make panic moves or decisions based purely on emotion."
Maybe that's not very deep, and maybe some of it might be a little idyllic, but it's what I'd go with. I'm going to ask this on the radio today, but email me your description of the Reds Way, or leave it in a comment below.
4) A great NBA Playoff game last night. We're only talking about the final 2.2 seconds of Heat/Pacers, but the first 52 minutes and 57.8 seconds was fantastic. From the tip, that game gave us everything, mainly a a 53-minute punch/counter-punch night that ended with the Heat looking both grateful to get a win and troubled by an Indiana team that isn't backing down.
Frank Vogel is getting hammered for his decision to not have Roy Hibbert in the game on the final play, and he should. Hibbert at the rim could've either prevented LeBron's layup, or caused the Heat to settle for a lower percentage jump shot.
But it should obscure the quality coaching done by both Head Men last night. These two teams adjusted so many times that I wonder if they haven't emptied the bag for the rest of the series.
And if we're still on the "LeBron isn't clutch" meme, go find me the list of players that have had both a triple-double and a buzzer beater in the same game.
Get back to me on that.
5) Some love for the UC Baseball team in USA Today. They rock the postgame interview....
We're on today at 3:04 on ESPN1530, a blog to preview said show will be forthcoming. When life gives you rain, make a water slide out of it.
ONE MO" THING 5/22/13
This is the "fight" between Mat Latos and Jay Bruce
Miss the show today? Here's the first part. Go here for 3 full hours.
Mo talks with Solomon Wilcots about Bengals offseason and why Margus Hunt reminds him of JJ Watt.
Mo talks with SI's Chris Burke about ways to use Tyler Eifert this season.
It feels like I haven't hosted this show in a month.
3:20 - Chris Burke, NFL Writer for SI.com, talking about his piece on Tyler Eifert
3:33 - Joe Spatafora, the Louisiana high school coach whose player passed away at practice, leading to Andrew Whitworth paying for the funeral.
4:04 - Solomon Wilcots, NFL Network and CBS.
What's wrong with asking Andy Dalton to do more?
Jay Bruce, and why he makes some fans remind me of a pack of girls in their 20s
Roger Goodell hears something I don't.
How you know things are going well with the Reds...regardless of what happens today.
Also, at some point we'll get to today's #MoEggerTQD, and instant reaction to today's Reds game in New York. The fun starts at 3:04 on ESPN1530
FIVE MO' THINGS, 5/22/13
A mini-vacation has ended. Back to work today.
1) Mike Leake. You know those people who were losing their minds on Twitter on Saturday when the Reds decided to send Tony Cingrani down? (While I was in the midst of a four-day mini-Twitter break, I did notice these people) They were probably secretly hoping that Mike Leake would fall on his face last night in New York.
That's a hard Mets lineup to fall on your face against.
Still though, the guy got it done last night, has gotten it done most of the season, and deserved both his start last night at CitiField and the right to keep his place in the rotation.
His good might not be as good as Cingrani's, but Cingrani isn't, and wasn't a finished product. Leake might never be as good as Cingrani once Tony learns how to chuck something besides a fastball, but right now he fills his role as fifth starter as well as anyone in the game.
And the way he's thrown in his last seven starts (2.28 ERA), he's actually been much better than that.
2) The consistency myth. Jay Bruce did very little with the bat last night, with his first hitless game in the last 11. Still though, the guy has been raking. He'd hit in 18 of his last 20, has homered five times in the last week, and has set an RBI pace of over 100.
I'm not getting nasty Tweets comparing him to Adam Dunn anymore.
The knock on Jay is, and has been for a while, that he's too inconsistent. It's a valid criticism. For every tear the guy goes on, he offsets them with long slumps where the ball doesn't leave the yard, much less touch his bat.
But how many players really are consistent?
I'll admit that I'm making this argument without having poured over the season and career splits of every player in the game, but it strikes me that there just a few guys who are able to consistently hit at an extraordinarily high level, putting up big numbers and spreading them across the full six months.
There's also a handful of guys who spread out ineptitude across the 162.
The rest of them are streaky, going through peaks and valleys, combating slumps with hot streaks, killing their teams at times, and doing enough at others to help their teams overcome the struggles of others.
The difference between Jay Bruce and many of these others guys is that when Jay gets hot, he's better than many other players when they get going.
When he's at his best, you can't help but wonder both how good Jay's numbers would be, and how much better the Reds offense would improve if he could avoid slumping.
But no hitter avoids slumping, even guys who can carry teams for weeks at a time. We talk so much about consistency, but consistency is really rare in baseball. Most hitters, it seems, are evenly spreading out their homers, RBIs, and hits, evenly across the season. Most get those things in bunches.
The ones like Jay Bruce just bunch more of them together when he does get hot.
And you just hope the hot streaks last a little longer.
3) OTAs are underway. Here's a bunch of articles I read during my time away about the Bengals....
Here's a look at offensive rookies likely to make the biggest impact. A Bengal is at the top of the list.
Here's more on Giovani Bernard, including an interview with him.
If you've noticed, and these three pieces were just a sampling, people around the country think the Bengals have a chance to be very, very, good. It seems like that outside of the 275-loop, people who haven't experienced first hand the years of futility have a higher opinion of this team that many here do.
The schedule worries me. The quarterback doesn't completely do it for me - yet. The offensive line has to get better. But I can't help but agree with most national pundits who think that these guys have a chance to have a big 2012.
4) Be at the Holy Grail with us on Friday before the Reds/Cubs game. Here's the artwork...
That ruling is, of course, dumb.
My favorite part of the story however, is this...
The report to the Little League Eastern office followed a slew of complaints about Beebe's dominance on the mound, with parents reportedly taunting the 12-year-old during games.
Yup. That's where we are. Adults heckling children because they're too good at something. Do these parents do this at other activities they're children are in? Do they go to things like spelling bees and taunt the other competitors? School plays? Graduations?
I'm no parent, and there's a good chance I never will be, but if I am and you're taunting my kid, you're driving home in a car with four flat tires.
-The Mo' Your Lawn contest is almost over. Winner gets announced at 5:45 on Friday, and will win season lawn tickets to Riverbend, a new mower from West Chester Lawn and Garden, and I'll cut your grass for you. Sign up here.
-Tiger v. Sergio takes an ugly turn...
“We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”
In the battle of "Who Ya' Got? Tiger or Sergio? (The correct answer was, and is, Tiger) You lose support when you go racial. Though if you want to shed such labels like "choker" and "immature," picking up the "racist" tag is one way to do it.
-After farting around for the first six quarters of the Western Conference Finals, the Memphis Grizzlies decided to start playing, forcing overtime only to lose to the Spurs by four. San Antonio is now up 2-0 - just like last year at this point - but one fan seems to think that the home team actually won something last night.
Also, I'm taking the Heat in six over Indiana. The Pacers are physical enough, and they play defense and rebound enough, to win two games. They don't score enough to win four.
-I would've thought that SpiderMan would be better at basketball....
-David Schoenfeld addresses the Reds and their easy schedule....
This came up a couple times from readers in my chat session Tuesday, suggesting that the Cincinnati Reds may not be as strong as their 27-18 record because they've had an easy schedule so far, in particular compared to the Cardinals and Braves.
Indeed, if you go to our RPI rankings, you can see strength of schedule. Here are average winning percentages of opponents played:
Cardinals: .515 (sixth)
Braves: .504 (11th)
Reds: .484 (24th)
So the Reds have played an easier schedule. But what's the difference between a .515 winning percentage and .484? Over 162 games, we're talking about an 83-win team on average versus a 78-win team, so while the Reds have played an easier slate than the Cardinals -- Cincinnati has played the Marlins seven times, for example, while St. Louis is yet to play them -- I don't see it as a huge benefit. An advantage? Yes.
You can twist it the other way and point out that the Reds have played the Nationals seven times and the Cardinals three, or the Cardinals have played the Brewers 10 times while the Reds have played them just three.
Plus, as Reds fans in the chat were quick to point out, the Reds have played most of the season without ace Johnny Cueto (who returned Monday night), without a left fielder and with Dusty Baker screwing up the No. 2 slot in the batting order.
Of course, one of those three things is self-imposed.
-I return to the radio today. Matter of fact, I'll be on quite a bit between now and Sunday. The schedule...
Today: ESPN1530 3:00 - 6:00
Thursday: ESPN1530, 3:00 - 6:00, then after Spurs/Grizzlies Game Three on ESPN Radio (heard on ESPN1530) until 2:00am.
Friday: ESPN1530, 3:00 - 6:00, then after Heat/Pacers Game Two on ESPN Radio (heard on ESPN1530 until 2:00am
Saturday: 700WLW, Noon until 3:30, then on ESPN Radio (heard on ESPN1530) from 4:00 until 8:00
Sunday: 700WLW, 9:00 - 12:40'
It's called overexposure. Catch the radio show today starting at 3:00. Here's to any readers who might be graduating....
Day two of a brief two-day break continues. I'm back at it tomorrow, with a chat on Thursday, and on Friday we're doing the show from the Holy Grail downtown. We'll have prizes, guests, and we'll have me. So be there. Here's the artwork.
Also on Friday, at 5:45, we'll be announcing the winner of the "Mo' Your Lawn" contest. One lucky winner will get season lawn tickets to Riverbend, a new mower from West Chester Lawn and Garden, and I'll cut their grass for them. Once. Sign up by going here.
Why are we so eager to say "bye-bye' to Bronson?
SIX MO' THINGS, 5/20/13
I'm enjoying the next two days off, from blogging, radio, and really from anything besides the swimming pool, cold beer, and a cigar or two.
We're back at it online, and on-air Wednesday, and this week's chat will be on Thursday morning.
Three quick, random, sports-related thoughts.
1) Hitters have slumps. Starting pitchers have slumps. Closers have slumps. I'm willing to attribute Arolids Chapman's recent struggles to that.
2) Now on pace to drive in over 100 runs, his average above that of his career, and helping to carry the offense, Jay Bruce is on a tear. Consistency is a myth, few hitters are consistently good. The ones that are named "Joey Votto" or "Miguel Cabrera." The others are hopefully guys like Jay Bruce, capable of going on the kind of runs he's in the midst of right now.
I haven't gotten the "Jay Bruce is like Adam Dunn" Tweet in a few days.
3) The Reds did the right thing in sending Cingrani down and keeping Leake. Tony isn't a finished product. We sometimes fall in the trap of looking at a guy's immediate success and concluding that he's ready.
His ceiling might be higher than Mike Leakes, but Leake is pitching well, has earned a spot in the rotation, and given that the "WALT BETTER MAKE A MOVE," movement will start within a few weeks, and given that the guy we'll most likely want the Reds to trade is Leake, doesn't it make sense for him to add to his value here, rather than there?
4) The Knicks season was a failure, the Pacers were the better team, and Lance Stephenson made me look good when I went on my ESPN show and said he'd be the key to game six. I'm rooting for Indy in the Eastern Finals.
5) Anyone who knows anything about Andrew Whitworth would hardly be surprised to read this.
6) Here's a fat guy singing with his puppet.
I'm out for a couple. Back at it on Wednesday. Enjoy the time without me. I'll be working on a radio version of this...