Cozart agrees to terms

Reds shortstop Zack Cozart agreed Friday to a one-year, $2.35 million contract that avoids arbitration. This is the deadline day where teams and players exchange salary figures ahead of arbitration hearings next month.

Cozart was first year arbitration eligible and earned $600,000 last season. No announcement has been made yet by the club.

The Reds still have Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco, Aroldis Chapman and Mike Leake eligible for arbitration.

More to come…


Hope he finds his stroke. If not, do not expect him to be around next yr. (Even Roy McMillan learned how to hit. I know: ” Who is Roy McMillan”?) He played for the Reds in the mid-50’s until about the late ’60s. He was a terrific glove man at shortstop, and was known as “The Boy Bandit”.) But then, I’m dating myself!

Don’t recall him being around as long as the late Sixties.

He wasn’t. He was traded to the Mets….where I believe he finished out his career (not sure about the years…..will have to look it up). He hit a lot more HR’s late in his career (as I remember), so he must have learned something at the plate!

I remember him well. I’m just another old timer like you. Too bad Reds cant have an offensive and defensive squad like football. Just kidding, but I am not a Cozart supporter. Not worth $2,350,000.

Just looked up Roy’s records. He played 10 yrs. with the Reds (’51 -’60) and was traded to Milwaukee -where he played 3+ seasons. Forgot that.) He then played the last 2+ yrs with the Mets, ending his career in 1966. His best HR totals were 10- and 12 which came after he left the Reds. (The remainder of his career he was in single digits.

Roy was a good one, loved watching him play short, he was from Beaumont, Texas if I remember correctly, he seemed to be one of the few Reds to hit Preacher Roe with any regularity. Cozart has more power than Mac did even though Mac would hit one off the foul pole at Crosley once in a while when I was there. Mac couldn’t hit the laundry in left like Wally Post did.

Glad someone remembers like I do! I knew Roy was from TX, but you are right on target with Beaumont. And yes, Wally Post could put a charge into his HR’s. Watched him and his bro., Ed Post, play at Muncie, IN in the old Ohio/Indiana league (Class D) as a kid. Eddie injured his left shoulder and did not make it to the Majors, but he was a good one, too. Wally (& Eddie) were from St. Mary’s, OH. Wally died several yrs. ago, but he was a fine person, as well as a player. Thanks for reminding me!

I think they were from St. Henrys, Oh. Wally also had a rocket for an arm.

You are absolutely right. It was St. Henry’s, not St. Mary’s. (At least I got the St. part!) Carl Erskine (the old Dodger “Boys of Summer” pitcher) is a friend -still living in Anderson, IN, his old hometown -where he has become a real icon (much beloved there and by all who know him). [He founded and is CEO of a major bank & S&L there.] He told me that he tried to get Wally to come to work for the old Midwestern United Life Insur. Co. (out of Ft. Wayne, IN). [Wally did not take Carl up on this suggestion.] Anyway, Carl is now 85-86. He told me that his minister introduced him at church when he reached 84 and told the congregation that Carl had reached 21….for the 4th time! Those guys were wonderful people, as well as good athletes. Harmon Killebrew was another from that mold.

You are also right about the arm. Carl Furillo (the old right-fielder of the same “Boys of Summer” team) and who later worked construction on high-rise buildings in NYC as a laborer(!!) also had a great arm. His was probably more well-known at the time, but Wally did have a rocket, too. I asked Carl (Erskine) if he ever regretted not coming along after free-agency. He said “No, not at all”. I would have expected him to say this, principally because he is a very classy guy. And he was successful anyway. So, good for him. He has maintained close contact with all his former Dodger teammates (as he still calls them). Many have passed on.

Last comment….. He (Roy McMillan) won Gold Gloves in ’57, ’58 & ’59 and was an All-Star in ’56 & 57. Jimmy Dykes, a star infielder in the ’20’s & ’30s and briefly his mgr. with the Reds, called him “as fine a shortstop as I’ve ever seen —any time, anywhere.” After watching McMillan take away a hit from the Cardinals Wally Moon , Eddie Stanky, the Cards mgr. remarked: “Hitting a ball toward McMillan is like hitting it down a sewer.” He died, unexpectedly, of a heart attack on 11/3/97 at age 68 in Bonham, TX. (That may have been his home town, not Beaumont.)

Bonham was his hometown, my mistake, been a few years since I have seen him play, LOL. Always humors me now how fans complain about the present Reds and how “terrible” they are, from 1945-55 when I first became a fan we never finished 500 or better. Still loved my trips to Crosley and especially the All Star game in 1953. Got to see my favorite Red of all time in that game, Big Klu.

Hoosier Virg: I became a Reds fan at the exact same time. Would practically beg anyone to take me to old Crosley Field. They were certainly NOT GOOD during those years. Big Klu was my absolute favorite player…..still is, too. We all marveled at the size of his arms -exhibited more so by the cut-off sleeves of his uniform. (They looked to be the size of most men’s thighs!) We would come down from Muncie, IN (where the Reds had their Class D club) to see the games) Lots of great players that came to town in that era (Musial, Aaron, Snider, Campanella, Mathews, Mays, Irvin, etc, etc.) Would try to see the old double-headers and stay for both games. It was also fun to watch the center fielders try to negotiate the terrace in that field! The aroma from the stockyards also added to the place. And, of course, the laundry behind left field…..that the batters would try to hit. That was a great, old park. It wasn’t until ’56 -the team that hit 211 HR’s- when they began to get better.
Still took a long time to get a good pitching staff. Today’s fans don’t know that half of what the club went through during those yrs. But, they did get better!

JJFa, my greatest experience as a Reds baseball fan and there have been many great ones came later in life. I came from northern Indiana back to my native Cincinnati after graduating from college and my former wife worked with a guy who along with his wife became close friends and who every once in a while would talk about his Uncle Ted. I knew he didn’t really have an uncle but he never said anything more about it except a mention once in a while. We got together quite a bit and one time when we were invited over they surprised me, as we walked into the house there was Eleanor and Ted sitting there. I was like a little kid, I was in my forties then, I just sat there and didn’t say a word and listen to the Gentle Giant. They left shortly later with our friend’s folks for a trip together to Florida. When Ted died their Dad was a pall bearing, they had been friends forever. I feel blessed to have met one of my heroes personally in this life, still remember that day as clear as can be almost forty years later. Ah, the little things in life can mean so much.

Hoosier Virg: Great story! I loved watching Big Klu play. (He nearly always hit a HR when I was there. ???) I remember that the Reds found Big Ted when they were training at the IU campus back in the ’40’s (probably the late ’40’s, but it may have been during, or just after WWII). Anyway, I had a similar experience with another Red’s Hall of Famer. I had gone to the Philly suburban area with a fraternity bro. of mine during spring break during my college yrs. (’56-’60). He had a good friend who lived nearby -whom I was told had a father who was a Cincinnati legend. I asked who that might be, and he said Bucky Walters. Did I know about him? I said that I most certainly did. So we went over, and I got to talk with Bucky for quite some time. What a nice fellow (very humble and most approachable). I loved reminiscing about the things I remember hearing about him…….his starting out as a 3rd baseman and then becoming an All Star pitcher. When you and I began watching Reds baseball, he was in the twilight of his career, but I certainly remember hearing and reading about his exploits. He was a great one. I certainly treasure that moment, too. I agree, that such relatively little things give life some extra meaning…..if you happen to love MLB, as we do.

For those of you who don’t know Bucky Walters, I encourage you to read his bio on the Reds Hall of Fame website. It is one of the most compelling reads I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

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