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  • Shortstop Jose Iglesias proving to be smart, bargain pickup for Reds

    Yardbarker "Reds infielder Jose Iglesias has hired MVP Sports Group to represent him moving forward, according to Mark Feinsand of (Twitter link). Iglesias had been represented by Magnus Sports since 2017 and was with the Boras Corporation prior to that. Iglesias, 29, settled for a..." May 20

  • Jose Iglesias Hires MVP Sports Group

    MLB Trade Rumors "Reds infielder Jose Iglesias has hired MVP Sports Group to represent him moving forward, per Mark Feinsand of (Twitter link). He’d been represented by Magnus Sports since 2017 and was with the Boras Corporation prior to that. Iglesias, 29, settled for a minor league..." May 20

  • Yasiel Puig considered day-to-day after crashing into wall

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Yasiel Puig received a standing ovation for jumping above the right-field wall in foul territory and reaching into the crowd for a catch to end the sixth inning Sunday, but the highlight play resulted in a sprained right shoulder. Puig exited in the eighth inning when he felt his..." May 20

  • Yasiel Puig leaves Cincinnati Reds game with a possible left arm injury

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Yasiel Puig received a standing ovation for jumping above the right-field wall and reaching into the crowd to catch a foul ball to end the sixth inning Sunday, but it may have been costly. With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth inning, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu..." May 19

  • Yasiel Puig thinks licking his bat makes good things happen

    Larry Brown Sports "Not for the first time, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig has tried to explain the logic behind him occasionally licking his bat. Puig has a habit of licking his bat while hitting, but he says he thinks of ice cream while doing it. He admitted that “sometimes it’s not..." May 17

  • Indians had 'mild' interest in Matt Kemp before release by Reds

    Yardbarker "The Indians had “mild” interest in Matt Kemp before the Reds released the veteran outfielder earlier in May, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal writes (subscription required). In fact, Rosenthal notes that Cleveland was the only team who expressed any interest at all in Kemp’s..." May 17

  • Odrisamer Despaigne Opts Out Of Reds Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne has opted out of his minor league contract with the Reds, MLBTR has learned.  Despaigne inked the deal back in January, and would’ve earned $875K in guaranteed money had he reached Cincinnati’s Major League roster. Over eight..." May 16

  • Teams are pitching Joey Votto differently this year, and that might be why he’s struggling

    Red Reporter "Of the some 2,500 things I’ve posted on Red Reporter over the years, this here might well be my least favorite. That’s the first and only line I’ve managed to muster so far, and I already hate doing it. Red Reporter’s history almost perfectly spans the entirety..." May 13

  • Reds in last place despite positive run differential

    Hardball Talk "The Reds salvaged their three-game series in Oakland, winning Thursday afternoon’s game 3-0. The first two games didn’t go well, as Mike Fiers no-hit them on Tuesday and they suffered their fourth walk-off loss of the season on Wednesday. Despite a +23 run differential,..." May 10

  • A's Mike Fiers blanks Reds for second career no-hitter

    ESPN "A light malfunction almost stopped Mike Fiers' night from getting started. A high pitch count nearly prevented him from finishing it. It's a good thing Fiers was allowed to take the mound and stay there all game, because he made history doing it. Fiers overcame..." May 08

  • Cincinnati Reds closer Raisel Iglesias upset with use in non-save situations

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds closer Raisel Iglesias doesn't want to make excuses for his early-season struggles, but he disagrees with the way he's been used in some games.  Iglesias, yielding a career-worst 4.86 ERA, already has lost five games, the most by any reliever in baseball. His five..." May 07

  • Giants hit 4 Reds batters in 6th inning, tie MLB record from 1893

    The Score "The last time a team's pitching staff had an inning as bad as the San Francisco Giants did Monday, it happened in a ballpark made entirely of wood. During their matinee in Cincinnati, the Giants hit four Reds batters in the sixth inning. The performance tied the major-league..." May 06

  • A Reds Game Was Delayed By A Swarm Of Bees On The Field

    Uproxx "Spring baseball is a wonderful break from the doldrums of winter and all that comes with it. Flowers bloom, the hopes of baseball teams soar along with the temperatures and massive swarms of bees invade the playing surface to make playing baseball impossible. At least that last thing..." May 06

  • Reds To Select Josh VanMeter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds will select infielder Josh VanMeter’s contract from Triple-A Louisville, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. VanMeter’s promotion will give the Reds a full man 40-man roster. VanMeter has made a case for a call-up by serving as one of the minors’ best hitters..." May 05

  • Matt Kemp's potential landing spots: Indians, Dodgers, Yankees among teams who could use veteran outfielder

    CBS Sports "On Saturday the Cincinnati Reds released veteran outfielder Matt Kemp, who is currently recovering from a fractured rib. Kemp hadn't played well for the Reds when he had been healthy, hitting just .200/.210/.283 in 62 plate appearances. Factor in his unavailability and the Reds' recent..." May 05

  • Cincinnati Reds release Matt Kemp, demote Scott Schebler and call up Cody Reed

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds made a few big changes to their outfield Saturday, releasing Matt Kemp and optioning Scott Schebler to Triple-A Louisville. The Reds recalled left-hander Cody Reed to fill Schebler's spot on the 25-man roster.  Kemp was batting .200 with a home run and five RBI in 60..." May 04

  • Reds call up top prospect Nick Senzel, will hit 2nd in Friday debut

    The Score "The Cincinnati Reds began a highly-anticipated new era Friday, as they called up Nick Senzel, the team's top prospect and the fifth best in baseball, per MLB Pipeline. The 23-year-old will make his debut Friday when the Reds host the San Francisco Giants at..." May 03

  • Why Jesse Winker has been waving at Mets fans after Reds' victories

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds left fielder Jesse Winker secured the final out of Wednesday's 1-0 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field on a sliding grab in foul territory.  On his back, Winker raised his right hand and signaled No. 1 toward the infield. About a foot from..." May 02

  • Attendance drops for 12 MLB teams, as loss of gate takes on more permanent look

    USA Today "Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is not going away, as a significant dip in 2018 has endured into the new season – even with better weather and a boost from some big-name stars on the move. As the game’s worst part of the calendar comes to a close, 12 of 30..." April 30

  • Reds 'contemplating' promoting top prospect Nick Senzel

    MLB Trade Rumors " The Reds are “contemplating” a call-up for top prospect Nick Senzel, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter link). The much-hyped 23-year-old could make it onto the roster as soon as this Friday, per the report. Senzel might already have forced his way..." April 30

  • MLB seeing continued surge in home runs

    Hardball Talk "With a home run on Monday or Tuesday night, Cody Bellinger will enter May with 15 home runs, which would be a record. Currently, Bellinger and Christian Yelich this season have joined Albert Pujols (2006) and Álex Rodríguez (2007) as the only players..." April 30

  • YouTube Scores MLB 13-Game Package With Exclusive Rights in U.S., Canada

    Variety "YouTube, in its biggest swing yet at the sports-media biz, landed a deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream 13 games during the 2019 season worldwide — free for viewers to watch and available exclusively through YouTube in the U.S., Canada and Puerto..." April 30

  • Reds analyst apologizes to Braves' Albies for comments about contract

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds television analyst Chris Welsh caused an internet firestorm Wednesday night when he said this about Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies: “It’s funny, I’ve read a lot about it, and I’ve read opinions on both sides. A lot of people are blaming the agent for..." April 25

  • Reds Announcer Makes Insulting Comment on Braves' Ozzie Albies During Live Broadcast

    12 Up "Ozzie Albies made headlines earlier this month when he signed a contract extension with the Braves, which many deemed to be undervaluing the young second baseman. Many around the league have given their two cents on Albies' bargain contract, but none were quite as..." April 25

  • Reds OF Matt Kemp hits IL with broken rib

    Sportsnaut "Cincinnatti Reds outfielder Matt Kemp left Sunday’s game early with a chest wall contusion. On Tuesday, he was placed on the injured list. The Reds made the move official. In a corresponding roster move, they announced that Phillip Ervin has been brought up from..." April 23

  • MLB is not the authority on a black player’s ownership of the N-word

    SB Nation "On April 19, Major League Baseball suspended Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for one game, following his emphatic bat flip against Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller two days earlier. Keller had retaliated by hitting Anderson with a pitch in..." April 23

  • Reds prospect Nick Senzel will make season debut at Triple-A Louisville Tuesday

    Cincinnati Enquirer "After playing in a few extended spring training games within the past week, Reds top prospect Nick Senzel will make his season debut at Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. Senzel, who sprained his right ankle sliding into second base at the end of March, started playing in extended spring..." April 22

  • Votto records a career first in back-to-back ABs "The Reds enjoyed a night of firsts Thursday at Petco Park. First baseman Joey Votto connected for his first career leadoff home run, Tucker Barnhart hit his first home run from the No. 9 spot of the lineup and Tanner Roark earned his first win with the Reds as Cincinnati beat San..." April 19

  • Struggling MLB Players Already in Danger of Getting Benched

    Bleacher Report "Midway through April, we're still in the very early stages of the 2019 MLB season. However, for players who are off to particularly terrible starts, it might already be time for teams to start weighing their potential replacement options. Whether it's a young player..." April 19

  • Luis Castillo's changeup has been absolutely lethal

    The Sports Daily "The Cincinnati Reds revamped their roster over the winter with hopes of competing in a very deep National League Central division in 2019. But entering Thursday’s games, the Reds are in last place and six games out of first with a 5-12 record. Only the Miami Marlins have more losses in..." April 19

  • Reds pitcher on unwritten rules: 'Baseball players couldn’t survive playing another sport'

    USA Today "After yet another benches-clearing incident over a perceived slight, the baseball world is divided in the battle over the game's "unwritten rules." On Wednesday, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was drilled by Royals pitcher Brad Keller after he tossed his bat to..." April 18

  • Struggling Joey Votto confident he can turn it around: 'It's just not over'

    The Score "Joey Votto hasn't looked like himself through 17 games. The Cincinnati Reds veteran first baseman has been one of the most historically reliable on-base machines throughout his 13-year career. So far, however, he's hitting .228/.323/.386 with one home run and..." April 18

  • After spring training setbacks, Alex Wood not expected to rejoin Cincinnati Reds until May

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Joining the Reds in Los Angeles to visit with teammates and check in with the training staff, injured pitcher Alex Wood joked with catcher Tucker Barnhart that he needed to drink a Red Bull before Monday’s game. He wasn’t used to staying up late while rehabbing in..." April 18

  • Here’s a crazy Joey Votto stat you won’t believe

    Sportsnaut "Former National League MVP Joey Votto is known as one of the most disciplined hitters in the game. The Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman has posted a .300-plus average nine times in his 12-year career. He’s also walked 100-plus times in six different seasons. What Votto had..." April 17

  • Mets, Phillies reportedly interested in trading for Rangers starter Mike Minor

    Philly Voice "The Phillies could use some pitching help, especially in the starting rotation — the team pretty much made that clear earlier on Wednesday when they optioned Nick Pivetta to the minors and added Jerad Eickhoff to their rotation.  And while the Phillies are looking..." April 17

  • Votto hitting leadoff for first time since 2008 "For just the second time in his career, Reds first baseman Joey Votto was in the leadoff spot for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, who have right-hander Kenta Maeda on the mound. Votto, who is slashing .240/.333/.400 on the season, hasn’t led off since June 18, 2008, also..." April 16

  • Reason revealed for why Yasiel Puig was late to Dodger Stadium revealed

    Larry Brown Sports "Yasiel Puig returned to Dodger Stadium for the first time as a visiting player on Monday, and he would have been the recipient of a nice gift prior to first pitch had he shown up on time. The Cincinnati Reds slugger was late to the ballpark, however, and now we know why. According to..." April 16

  • Stunning study shows MLB umps got 32K calls wrong in 2018

    Sportsnaut "If you’re a proponent of robot umps taking over at the MLB level, then a new study put together by graduate students at Boston University will strengthen your stance. The information garnered by this study, which evaluated nearly four million pitches over the span of..." April 16

  • Yasiel Puig is eager to ‘beat my old teammates’

    Larry Brown Sports "Yasiel Puig will make his first trip to Dodger Stadium since being traded on Monday, and it’s fair to say he’s feeling motivated. Puig didn’t hide his desire to get a measure of revenge on his former team as the Cincinnati Reds visit the Los Angeles Dodgers for their..." April 15

  • Yasiel Puig’s “complicated legacy” in Los Angeles

    Hardball Talk "Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times has written the story I think everyone knew was going to come out sooner or later: the “now that Yasiel Puig is gone, what did the Dodgers really think of him?” story. And you know what? It’s a good, even-handed story and..." April 15

  • Sonny Gray leaves with injury after four shutout innings

    Larry Brown Sports "Sonny Gray was having his best start of the season with the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, but the right-hander was forced to leave the game with an injury. Gray allowed just two hits over four innings against the Miami Marlins, but he took a comeback line drive off the calf in the..." April 11

  • The IRS gives baseball teams a break

    Hardball Talk "April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017. The relevant provision related to how businesses are..." April 11

  • Forbes: Yankees remain baseball's most valuable team at $4.6B, $1.3B more than Dodgers

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes’ list of team values released Wednesday. If there’s déjà vu you’re feeling, it’s because the Yankees have sat atop the rankings every year Forbes..." April 10

  • Yasiel Puig's reason for not appealing ban: 'I don't want to talk to Joe Torre again'

    The Score "Cincinnati Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig was suspended two games Tuesday by Major League Baseball for his involvement in Sunday's benches-clearing brawl with the Pittsburgh Pirates, which began after Chris Archer threw behind Derek Dietrich. Puig says..." April 10

  • The three-batter minimum is coming to MLB in 2020, and some relievers are opposed to the rule change

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's recent true norths -- to invent a plural form -- is that commissioner Rob Manfred will tinker at the margins in order to improve pace of play, at least notionally, and re-calibrate a game that, according to sturdy consensus, has become too infested with..." April 09

  • Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

    USA Today "So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors. When the Trump administration abruptly cancelled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue. Players..." April 09

  • MLB Announces Chris Archer, Yasiel Puig Suspensions

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced several suspensions today arising out of a review of Sunday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Pirates and Reds. You can take your own look at the incident in question right here. Pittsburgh right-hander Chris Archer was hit with a..." April 09

  • Scott Boras calls young players’ contract extensions “snuff contracts”

    Hardball Talk "Mid-February marked the beginning of contract extension season in baseball. Since February 13, 25 contract extensions have been signed, notably by many young players including Ronald Acuña Jr., Blake Snell, and Eloy Jiménez. Acuña Jr. and Snell were last year’s..." April 08

  • Pirates' Chris Archer denies intentionally throwing at Reds' Dietrich

    The Score "Chris Archer says he wasn't throwing at anybody. The Cincinnati Reds beg to differ. Archer's fastball that sailed behind Derek Dietrich two innings after the second baseman admired a long home run sparked a rather fiery benches-clearing..." April 08

  • Rob Refsnyder traded to Cincinnati

    CBS Sports "Refsnyder was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Reds on Sunday for a player to be named later or cash. Refsnyder signed a minor-league deal with Arizona in November and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his lone appearance with Triple-A Reno. " April 07