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Reds Baseball Heaven
The Baseball Heaven Alumni Association is selling raffle tickets for a spot in next year’s (2015) Reds fantasy camp. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Only 500 total tickets will be sold so the odds are pretty good. The winner’s name will be drawn at RedsFest in December. You do not need to be present to win.
Get all the details at HERE (click on “Buy Raffle Tickets” for the specifics)
Thanks and good luck!
Steve Ritchie – HOF 2013, BBHAA



2B Brandon Phillips will begin at rehab assignment Friday night at Triple-A Louisville.  Phillips had surgery on July 11 to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. Phillips suffered the injury on July 9 while trying to make a diving catch in the field. He was expected to miss eight weeks. Friday will mark five weeks since the injury. At the time of the injury he was hitting .272-.308-.393-.701, 7 HR, 40 RBI.

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Photos I took at the morning practice:

Whit, Andy and Hue.

Sanu lined up opposite AJ.

Nice crowd this morning.

I broke my sunglasses. I opted not to wear with one flap.


120 games down, 42 games to go
Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds for Reds:
Earn Wild Card: 12.5%
Win division: 3.4%
Odds making playoffs: 15.9%

NL Central
Brewers ---
Cards    1.5
Pirates   2
Reds     5.5
Wild Card
1. Pirates
2. Cards
Giants   .5
Braves  2.5
Reds     3.5
Miami 4.5

Big payrolls no longer rule
USA Today 
The Los Angeles Dodgers, with a record player payroll of $248 million, are the only first-place team in baseball with a payroll exceeding $140 million, according to salary documents obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

Put him in the hall
Former Red Dmitri Young talks Pete Rose and the Hall of Fame.


Read 'em and weep
HERE are notes and stats from Wednesday's 5-4 loss to Boston.

Looking back at what I wrote about this franchise at the trade deadline.
It still applies today.

Drew Stubbs

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Drew Stubbs will got down as one of the most frustrating Reds players of my lifetime. The former Reds CF is having a career year with the Rockies.
He's on pace for career highs in BA (.289), OBP (.332), SLG (.482) and OPS (.815).
He has 11 HR, 31 RBI and 14 SB. He is also striking out at the highest rate of his career (31.4%) 97 in 284 at-bats. Stubbs is making $4.1M this season, and is eligible for arbitration for a third time this offseason.
He has feasted at Coors Field: .354-.381-.632-1.013
He has struggled on the road: .228-.286-.338-.624
He has owned LHP: .364-.429-.596-1.025
He has been struggled vs RHP: .254-.279-.431-.710
Stubbs has started and hit in six different spots in the batting order. He's made the most starts (29) batting second, with 16 starts in the fifth spot.
Drew has always been good vs LHP (Career .286/.360) and awful vs RHP (.229/.294).
Why Dusty Baker could never figure that out is beyond me.
2013 vs RHP: .216 in 313 PA, vs LHP .266 in 168  PA
2012 vs RHP: .189 in 395 PA, vs LHP .283 in 149 PA
2011 vs RHP: .226 in 547 PA, vs LHP .319 in 134 PA
As frustrating as he was to watch, I was always a fan of Stubbs. He was a likable guy and a very smart and thoughtful guy. Drew could always run, catch and throw. He just never made enough contact and could never seem to decide what type of player he wanted to be. Remember Drew's 2010 season that teased us all? 22 HR, 77 RBI and 30 SB at age 25. Who can forget his 205 strikeout season of 2011? He had stolen base seasons of 30-40-30 with the Reds from 2010-2012 (82% success rate). His career batting average when putting a ball in play is .330. But he has a career strike out rate of 29.6%. Stubbs has a career total of just 17 bunt hits in 2,505 at-bats. Here are his bunt hit totals by season: 1, 4, 4, 4, 3, 1. Billy Hamilton has 13 bunt hits this season in 429 at-bats.

Simon struggles 

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Alfredo Simon has lost all four decisions since the All-Star break.
2nd half:  0-4, 4.78 ERA,  26.1 innings.
After throwing 87.2 innings last year, he has tossed a career high 143 innings this year. 
Pitches thrown by Simon:
2013: 1,318
2014: 2,146
Simon has pitched five or fewer innings in four of his last five starts.
He has walked 10 batters in the last 8 innings, after walked just 14 in his previous 71 innings.
Bryan Price says he's not concerned with Simon's struggles.
More on Simon's struggles HERE.
Simon's pitch breakdown for 2014.
Is he tired? Bryan Price says no. Can the Reds continue to run him out there if he is going to go just five innings? With Bailey on the DL, do they have a choice?

Down on the Farm
Check out the night for Reds pitching prospect, and former St John's baseball player, Amir Garrett.

From the Dayton Dragons
Eastlake, Ohio—Amir Garrett fired a three-hit shutout and struck out a career-high 12 batters as the Dayton Dragons defeated the Lake County Captains 6-0 to earn a split of a doubleheader on Wednesday night.  Lake County won the first game 9-8.
Garrett (7-6) walked only one batter in becoming the first Midwest League pitcher in 2014 to toss two complete game shutouts.  He shutout Bowling Green on June 11 at Fifth Third Field.  Garrett’s strikeout total was two short of the club record of 14 and the most for a Dragons pitcher since Drew Cisco notched 12 strikeouts on April 18, 2013.  Garrett struck out all three batters he faced in both the third and sixth innings.  He struck out six straight batters starting with the final out in the second inning.  He retired the last 10 batters he faced.

Baseball America's J.J. Cooper has a feature on Garrett worth reading.


Report: Marlins will build around Stanton, add top arm


What might have a been
From Jeff:

Ben Zobrist Stats since All Star Break:
AVG: .345 (3rd in AL).
OBP: .427 (4th in AL).
OPS: .967 (5th in AL).

How about this shot for your first ML HR?
Watch where this shot by San Diego Padre Rymer Liriano lands.

And how about this blast by Adam Dunn?


Hobson: Iloka not backing down

Harvey: 3 areas to watch today

Skinner: Who's next in Bengals receiver shuffle?

Dehner Jr.: Joint Bengals-Jets practice doesn't work out

Polian says he'd still be GM with Colts if he'd drafted Andy Dalton

UC football
From Tom DeWees 
The UC football team goes through a strenuous off-season conditioning program to get them ready for the upcoming season. However, when they get to training camp they have to get into “football shape”. What is the difference?

Xavier basketball



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