I just want to take this blog post to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone one of my blog readers. I really appreciate you all and I hope you have a great,fun, and safe Christmas and New Year.
Please spend as much time with family and friends as you can and be thankful for all that you have.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
-Brendan (@HenduBlog on Twitter)
Chad Cushnir if FirstCoastNews.com reports that former MLB/Reds utilityman Ryan Freel has committed suicide. He was 36 years old.
Freel may not have had the most god-given talent out of all the players on the field but he always did one thing very well, and that thing would be that he knew how to play the game right and he always did. Ryan gave everything he had and he always worked hard, it’s hard to not respect a man like that.
Freel had a .268 batting average with 22 home runs, 122 runs batted in, and 143 stolen bases in his career as a utility man for several different teams. Freel played for the Reds 2003-2008. He also played for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001, and the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, and the Kansas City Royals during the 2009 MLB season.
Freel also worked with youth baseball after his retirement.
My thoughts are with the Freel family has they go through this very difficult time. Rest in Peace Ryan. 1976-2012.
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According to Matt Eddy (Editor for Baseball America) via Twitter, the Cincinnati Reds have signed Loek Van Mil, a 7-foot-1 RHP from the Netherlands.
Here is the tweet from Matt Eddy (@eddymk)
“ #Reds sign Loek Van Mil, 7-foot-1 RHP from the Netherlands, whose stuff is better than his numbers suggest to this point.”
Van Mil, 28, has pitched for several minor league teams since 2005, when he signed a seven year deal as a non-drafted free agent.
Van Mil most recently pitched for Akron Aeros (Double A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) last season.
This week I had the opportunity to go to two Reds games, I went to the game on August 1st and after the game I got a room at the Millennium downtown and went to the Reds game the next day. I’m not going to get into detail about the game but overall it was a pretty awesome 24 hours.
Oh yeah, before I forget to tell you, I was sitting down in the lobby enjoyed a cold beverage and I turned around to look at something (I forget what) and I see Xavier Paul and his family walking five feet behind me. That was pretty cool, and I’m 99.9 percent sure I saw Cameron Maybin’s parents at the hotel twice as well. Anyways, let’s get to the pictures.
The lovely Ohio River.
Position players lined up for the National Anthem.
Hanigan and Arroyo.
That leg kick!
Cozart about to touch home after his lead off homer.
Ludwick before he hit his homer.
The FSO crew.
Mike Leake pinch hitting.
Broxton’s first warm-up pitch as a Red.
The Cuban Missile coming in smiling.
Yes, I took a lot of pictures of Chapman.
Ok, well that’s all the pictures worth sharing. Hope you enjoyed and sorry that I didn’t resize every picture. There are too many of them!
Note: Feel free to use these pictures for anything, but please tell me or give me credit. Thanks!
Hello blog readers. If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been writing on this blog at all recently. I haven’t been writing at all actually. I haven’t written a article for MLBreports.com in a long while also. The reason? I haven’t had the time, things have gotten really busy as of late, that’s summer for you. Busy,busy,busy. Things are looking up though, things have gotten less busy and I hope to get back to writing by the start of next week.
I am starting to tweet a lot more recently which is good because I’m a bit of a Twitter addict like many people are. Speaking of which, if you ever have any questions, comments or concerns feel free to shoot me a tweet. I would also appreciate it if you would tell me some ideas about what to write about because I can’t think of things to write about. At all.
That’s it for now everyone, I was just letting you know why I haven’t been writing lately.
Want to cap off Mother’s Day in “grand” fashion? Ask Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Votto how, Stanton and Votto both hit walk-off grand slams today, which is the first time that has happened since April 10, 1998 when Mo Vaughn and Steve Finley both accomplished what Votto and Stanton did today.
Giancarlo Stanton went 3-5 with four RBIs, which all came off one swing of the bat in the bottom of the ninth inning by Stanton. Stanton’s homerun was his 7th of the year. Giancarlo had this to say about his walk-off grand salami,”That one was one of those no-doubters off the bat,” “First-pitch heater, right down the middle. I’m looking for a pitch that is going to get the heart of the plate.”
Joey Votto had the best performance of the day in the MLB today in my opinon, not only because he hit a walk-off grand slam but he hit THREE homeruns in today’s game. Votto went 4-5 today with three bombs; Votto also had six RBIs and a double in today’s great performance. Votto came into today’s game with two homeruns, he left the ball park with FIVE, Votto came into today’s game with one more homer than Albert Pujols, he now has five times the amount of bombs Pujols has this year.
To me, this Reds win is going to be a momentum changer for the Reds, which is what the club really needs right now. I mean, after sitting around for three hours after the scheduled start time to finally play, and to come back and win in the 9th inning on a walk-off grand slam? That has to feel awesome; I believe this will get the guy’s sprits up. The Reds will need to have a lot of momentum going their way because they have 19 games in the next 19 days.
After all the bad-mouthing of Scott Rolen last night via Twitter, Reds fan will not be seeing Rolen play for a while. Scott Rolen who was batting .174 this year with only 11 RBIs will be heading to the 15-day disabled list with a hurt left shoulder.
The Reds purchased the contract of Mike Costanzo from AAA Louisville to take Rolen’s spot on the active roster. Costanzo was batting .291 this year in Louisville with 11 RBIs and three homeruns. Costanzo is 28 years old and was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft, Costanzo has played for three different organizations, and he has been with the Reds organization since 2010. He is expected to dress tonight for the Reds game and he will make his MLB debut when he plays.
I like this move for a couple different reasons; number one is that we now have a left-handed bat on the bench, which always is helpful. The second reason is he has been tearing up the competition in the minors and I think that he is ready, not to play every day, but to fill in whenever needed.
Maybe the most controversial topic in baseball and sports in general is should players get paid when they are injured. Many people believe that they shouldn’t get paid if they don’t play as do I. Why do you say that is the question you may have if you are disagreeing with me, well do “common” people get paid when they don’t work? No they don’t so why should MLB players get paid when they don’t play or “work?”
For example, Albert Pujols is scheduled to make $12,000,000 this year. Let’ say he tears his ACL and is out for the rest of the season. (I don’t wish this to him or to any player; this is just for an example.) He would have played 28 this season so far, so 12,000,000 divided by 162 is approximately $74,074 a GAME, that is a pretty good amount of money. If he got paid after every game, he would have made $2,074,072 so far this year, if he didn’t play another game this season I think that he should have earned $2,074,072 rather than 12,000,000 since he only played 28 games, I think that he shouldn’t get paid for the 134 games he didn’t play, but things don’t work that way, he would get paid as if he played the whole 162 game season, which he did not. So, basically I’m saying that players should get paid for the games they play in rather than just getting paid what he would make in 162 games when he only played in 28 games.A certain amount of money shouldn’t be “guaranteed” to a player, in my opinion you should have to “earn” your pay, you don’t play, you don’t get paid, it’s that simple. Nothing is guaranteed in life, so why should money be guaranteed?
If I would have told you that the Nationals were in first place in the NL East anytime in the last several years you wouldn’t have believed me. You would have said something like this, “The Nationals? The horrible team in the nation’s capital? They are in first place? Yeah, right!” Well, that’s not the case anymore; the Nationals are in first place in the NL East after finishing last in the division in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. The Nationals now are 18-9 and they are sitting pretty in the top spot of the NL East. The Nats are 5-5 in their last 10 games but they are currently riding a nice 4 game win streak.
Why have the Nationals been doing so well? Well, I can tell you one reason, and that is pitching. The Nationals have the best team ERA in the MLB right now with a low 2.36 ERA. The Nats pitching lead the league in least homeruns given up with 63; they also lead the MLB in team strikeouts with 228. That’s not all either, Nats opponents have only hit .208 this year, that’s pretty good pitching if I say so myself. With the pitching rotation of the Nats having Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Edwin Jackson you should expect more dominate pitching from this club in the future.
The National’s bats on the other hand aren’t doing the best; the Nats have a team batting average of .238 which makes them the 23rd best in the MLB. The power hitting hasn’t been there for the Nationals this year either, they have only 18 team homeruns which is the 25th best in the MLB. The hitting hasn’t been quite “there” yet but I expect them to pick it up here pretty soon, with a lineup with Jayson Werth,Adam LaRoche, and newly called up Bryce Harper, this team should be able to start getting more runs.
Batting average- Adam LaRoche- .311
Stolen Bases-Jayson Werth-3
WHIP-Jordan Zimmermann- 0.84
I believe that the Nationals will win their division, call me crazy but that’s just what I think, the reason I think the Nats will win the NL East the most is because teams can’t win if they can’t score. Teams have not been scoring very well against the Nats because of their great pitching. I feel that the Nats can score enough runs to support their pitchers, there isn’t much pressure on the batters because the pitchers need little run support. I think the bats will come around, it’s just a matter of time, they have a decent lineup that will hit the ball.