July 2013

Quiet Trade Deadline for Reds

The Trade Deadline day Wednesaday was mostly quiet around MLB. One major deal was done — starting pitcher Bud Norris from the Astros to Orioles, was the big move of the day.

For the Reds, it was crickets.

“Today was completely dead — nothing,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “This was the quietest today deadline day I’ve had. “It started to pick up the last few days like it always does. (Tuesday) was very busy. But in the end, the guys we wanted weren’t available, and didn’t get traded.”

Jocketty would not identify the players the Reds were targeting, but it appeared the club had at least inquired on outfielder Hunter Pence and lefty reliever Javier Lopez from the Giants and Cubs lefty reliever James Russell.

I will have more from Jocketty soon on Reds.com/MLB.com.

The only Reds transaction I can relay for Wednesday is that RHP Greg Reynolds cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Louisville.

2014 Reds HOF ballot

This is a press release from the Reds:

CINCINNATI (July 31, 2013) — The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum has announced that five former Reds players will appear on the Modern Player Ballot presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett for induction into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2014.

The Modern Player Candidates are:
• Jeff Brantley, P (1994 – 1997)
• John Franco, P (1984 – 1989)
• Danny Graves, P (1997 – 2005)
• Ken Griffey, Jr., OF (2000 – 2008)
• Reggie Sanders, OF (1991 – 1998)

To be eligible for consideration, players have to meet the following requirements:
• Appeared in at least three seasons with the Reds
• Played within the last 13 seasons in a Major League game
• Be in at least their third year since last appearing in a Major League game

The five players were nominated by the Hall of Fame’s Election Governance Committee.

Fans may cast ballots August 1-31 online at http://www.RedsMuseum.org or at ballot boxes located at:
• Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Over 20 locations at Great American Ball Park
• Reds Hall of Fame Grille at Kings Island
• Local establishments (see redsmuseum.org for full list)

The Modern Player inductee will be selected by votes from fans, media and alumni and will be honored as part of the Reds Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.

The Modern Player ballot is presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett, the official accounting firm of the Reds Hall of Fame Induction Ballot

“We are pleased to have the fans continue to play a significant role in determining the next Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer,” said Rick Walls, Reds Hall of Fame Executive Director. “We look forward to honoring one of these five worthy candidates next year with Induction at the ballpark and at the prestigious Induction Gala.”

Complete voting rules and procedures may be found at http://www.RedsMuseum.org.

The Reds Hall of Fame Veterans Committee will consider eligible candidates from before 2001 as part of the Veterans Ballot. Together, the Modern Player Ballot and Veterans Ballot results will comprise the 2014 Induction Class to be announced later this year.

Game 109: at SD

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Game 108: at SD

Reds lineup vs. Padres

Robinson 8
Choo 7
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Cozart 6
Mesoraco 2
Latos 1

*Remember the play on Thursday where Joey Votto hit a single and Shin-Soo Choo was tagged out trying to run back to first base? Well, it cost Votto his single. There has been a scoring change. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Votto’s single has been changed to a fielder’s choice “pursuant to Rules 7.08(3) and 10.05(b)(1)…in summary, although Choo reached second safely on Votto’s single, when he attempted to return to first base the force play at second was reinstated and Choo thus was put out by a fielder’s choice 8-6.”

*Since May 15, Mike Leake has the Major League’s lowest ERA at 1.82 (minimum 14 starts).

*Ryan Ludwick was 1-for-3 with a double and a RBI on Monday for Triple-A Louisville in latest rehab assignment game. Ludwick is 2-for-12 in five rehab games for Louisville and Class A Dayton.

Choo-Ryu big draw in S. Korea

This info was passed on by the Reds tonight…

The TV ratings in Korea for Saturday night’s game vs the Dodgers was 10.34, which is a great rating for MBC Sports considering it was 11:00 a.m. Sunday there.

Choo has sprained ankle

Reds CF Shin-Soo Choo is out of the lineup today because of a sprained left ankle.

Choo pinch hit in the eighth inning of Sunday’s loss to the Dodgers, was hit by a pitch and stole second base. He jammed his ankle with a late slide.

“It’s not that bad,” Choo said. “I talked to Dusty. We didn’t want to make it worse.”

Choo was going to get taped up and hoped to be available to pinch-hit vs. San Diego tonight.

Game 107: at SD

Reds lineup vs. Padres

Robinson 8
Izturis 4
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Paul 7
Mesoraco 2
Cozart 6
Leake 1

Game 106: at LA

Reds lineup vs. Dodgers

Robinson 8
Heisey 7
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Cozart 6
Mesoraco 2
Cingrani 1

*Tony Cingrani was recalled from the AZL Reds to make today’s start. To make room on the roster, RHP Greg Reynolds was designated for assignment.

Game 105: at LA

Reds lineup vs. Dodgers

Choo 8
Heisey 7
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Mesoraco 2
Cozart 6
Arroyo 1

Dodgers lineup

Schumaker 7
Puig 9
Gonzalez 3
Ramirez 6
Ethier 8
A Ellis 2
Uribe 5
M Ellis 4
Ryu 1

How Dodgers faked out Choo

In the eighth inning of Thursday’s 5-2 Reds win, the Dodgers made a smart play to get an out on Shin-Soo Choo. On first base with a leadoff single, Choo was stealing second when Joey Votto lined up single to center field. Choo slid in feet-first and suddenly got up and broke back for first base and was tagged out when he realized he was fooled.

Dodgers second baseman Skip Schumaker explained the trickery to MLB.com’s Austin Laymance.

“You just watch the runner as he steals and you see if he looks in or not,” Schumaker said on Friday. “That usually tells the infielder if it’s a hit and run situation, or if it’s a straight steal. Last night I kind of had a feeling with Votto up that it wasn’t going to be a hit and run.

“If you cause enough chaos, people usually panic. They don’t know what the hell is going on. I think that’s what happened. He slid and didn’t know where the ball was. … I’ve been there before, where I panic. I’ve been on the other side of it and it’s not a fun feeling to have.”

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