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Small market Reds break the bank…again

The Reds have once again proven that the “small market” label used by many sports teams is nothing more than an excuse.

In 2012, fans were preparing for the worst, fearing that two of their stars would skip town for a long-term contract and bag o’ cash.  Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto were outgrowing Cincinnati and the small-town Reds.  Could the Reds possibly scrape up the money to sign one of them?  After Votto agreed to the biggest contract in club history, Phillips signed a six-year deal for big money.

The Reds have inked Homer Bailey to a six-year, $105 million contract.  The 27-year old has developed into the pitcher that the club and fans have been waiting on.  I really like this deal.  Bailey has his moments, but he is a workhorse with immense talent.

Joey Votto Foundation

This is not just the re-posting of a link. This is the personal endorsement and expression of admiration in regards to the Joey Votto Foundation. Votto wrote about his newly created foundation in the Cincinnati Enquirer. The foundation helps returning veterans and the family members deal with PTSD and related issues.

It is a tremendously worthy cause. Congratulations to Joey Votto and everyone involved.

Visit the foundation’s website at

Jerry Votto?

Did the Reds medical staff drop the ball?

Sean Marshall has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left shoulder.

Marshall was mysteriously absent from the Opening Day marathon against the Angels. When asked why Marshall didn’t pitch, he revealed that the lefty had been experiencing soreness in his pitching shoulder. Apparently, this had been an issue going back to the last week or so of Spring Training.

Evidently, Marshall was cleared to pitch on Sunday and threw a scoreless inning. He is now on the disabled list, with that appearance eliminating the possibility of having a retroactive start date.

I don’t know if clearing him to pitch on Sunday was a mistake or if the initial diagnosis (or lack thereof) was the mistake. Either way, a mistake was made. Again.

Let’s look at three situations that quickly come to mind. There are more if you want to do some research.

  • Ryan Madson is acquired by the Reds last winter and needs season-ending surgery before he throws a pitch.
  • What in the world is up with Nick Masset? Luke Skywalker had his hand chopped completely off and the artificial mechanism installed faster than Masset’s rehabilitation. Is he even doing rehabilitation?
  • Joey Votto has knee surgery. Then has another. Don’t play with daddy’s Porsche.

When are people going to start holding the medical staff accountable?


Yesterday, Yu Darvish provided a valuable lesson for pitchers and catchers across Major League Baseball.


Darvish froze Votto with a curveball for a called strike, prompting a reaction of ooohs and aaahs from the crowd at Goodyear Ballpark.  Darvish then made the mistake of trying to slip another one by Votto.  Big mistake.

Joey Votto is one of the smartest hitters I have ever seen.  His preparation and focus are unmatched by any players.  Anyone teaching young players how to hit should watch video of Votto on an endless loop.  Every at-bat has a purpose.  Every at-bat is a learning experience.  Every at-bat is important and none are wasted.

It was very interesting to see Votto’s reactions after the home run.  Immediately after the swing, he dropped the bat and looked to his left.  I would guess someone made a snide remark after the first curveball and Votto wanted to see if anyone had remarks after the second.

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After crossing the plate, he very briefly gave a “Shhhhh…” gesture to the crowd to ensure them that he had the situation under control the whole time.

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