Major League Baseball Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre issued the following statement regarding the instant replay review in the top of the ninth inning of the Oakland Athletics-Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field:
“By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief. In the opinion of Angel Hernandez, who was last night’s crew chief, there was not clear and convincing evidence to overturn the decision on the field. It was a judgment call, and as such, it stands as final.
“Home and away broadcast feeds are available for all uses of instant replay, and they were available to the crew last night. Given what we saw, we recognize that an improper call was made. Perfection is an impossible standard in any endeavor, but our goal is always to get the calls right. Earlier this morning, we began the process of speaking with the crew to thoroughly review all the circumstances surrounding last night’s decision.”
Dalton, Ponder must break through or risk Sanchez's fate
Last year, his Bengals managed just 13 points in the wild-card loss to Houston. In fact, Dalton has faced Houston in his only two postseason games and has two losses, zero touchdowns, four interceptions and six sacks.
That's a lot worse than Sanchez's numbers in the postseason in his first two years. Dalton has to break through this season with a playoff win or the pressure will start to mount and his career might look like Sanchez's in a year.
On this date: 1988
Monday evening, May 9, 1988
From Steven Sharp
Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies
Veterans Stadium/Philadelphia, PA
"Danny Jackson Fires Two-hit Shutout, and Joe Nuxhall Greets Visiting Bird"
Danny Jackson started and pitched a two-hit complete game shutout for the Reds at the Phillies. The Reds scored single runs in the top of the sixth inning and the top of the eighth inning. The Reds line-up that evening for acting manager Tommy Helms included rightfielder Ron Roenicke, first baseman Paul O'Neill, and second baseman Jeff Treadway.
Broadcaster Joe Nuxhall greeted a bird who visited the Reds broadcast booth during that half inning. That half inning featured one of the two Phillies hits for the game and the unforgettable around the horn double-play combination of Sabo to Treadway to O'Neill. With the win, Danny Jackson raised his 1988 record to 5-1. It was already his fourth complete game (and second complete game shutout) of the 1988 season.
Things I'm told
Joey Votto visited the Children's Hospital oncology floor yesterday.
From a listener
"Yesterday after the Reds game Joey Votto visited the floor and met with some of the children on the floor signing autographs and making their day a little better. Needless to say he was a huge hit on the floor. It wasn’t announced or anything. It was an awesome gesture and one of those things that never make the news."
From listener Dave
"Attached is a picture of my niece, who met Joey Votto for the second time as he stopped in the oncology department. Also, something else that’s quite amazing, Ryad Ludwick donated to my family an autographed baseball bat to raffle off at her walk coming up this weekend.
This organzation may have somse of the classiest players in the game."
How about this video?
Joey Votto at a 2001 Sunshine Showcase event in Ft Myers, Florida.
Cueto pitches in Dayton tonight
We will have a live listen-in to Cueto's performance tonight on Sports Talk.
Final: Braves 7 Reds 2
*Braves take 2 of 3....
Reds vs teams with winning record (6-13)
1-2 Braves, 0-3 Pirates, 3-4 Nationals, 2-4 Cardinals
Reds vs teams with losing record (13-3)
5-1 Cubs, 3-1 Marlins, 3-0 Phillies, 2-1 Angels
*Reds lose 1st home series of season (tried to go 6-0 for 1st time since '67)
*Dusty let Leake hit for himself, down 2-1, bottom 7th....Leake had thrown 96 pitches, and was due to face top Braves order in 8th...Schafer/Simmons each already had 2 hits vs Leake.
*Options on bench to PH for Leake...vs LHP Minor? (LH .100 vs Minor):
LHB: Hannahan, Paul
RHB: Corky Miller
Switch: Izturis, Robinson (4 for 10 vs LHP/last 2 starts were vs LHP Garcia/Maholm)
Baker: "I let (Leake) hit because he was about as good a right-handed hitter as I had off the bench. It just didn't work." #reds— John Fay (@johnfayman) May 8, 2013
*The 8th screamed for a game to be "saved", to be kept within a 1 run deficit.
First 2 hitters reached vs Leake. Chapman, anyone? He was used with a 4 run lead on Friday and hadn't pitched since Saturday. LHP Marshall brought on to face LH Freeman. He delivered RBI single making it 3-1. Hoover walked Upton, got FC with Uggla, served up grand slam to Francisco....7-1.
*Braves have clearly won the Francisco for Hoover trade......I'm kidding.
*Hoover had not allowed a run in previous 10 appearances/10 innings.
*Six straight non-quality starts by Reds pitchers
*Cozart 2 hits, HR
*Last 4 runs scored on solo HR's: Mesoraco, Choo, Cozart, Bruce
*3rd innning a killer: 3 on, 0 outs, Lutz flew out to LF, Phillips tagged and was thrown out at plate, Mesoraco grounded out.
*Votto and Choo 0-8, 2 K each
*Leake: 7 IN, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 6 K
*Leake last 5 starts: 3.39, 29.2 IN, 11 ER, 6 BB, 22 K
*Bruce hit 2nd homer of season........still has not had a day off this year
*Bruce since September 9: 56 games, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 17 BB, 75 K,
.219 BA, .275 OBP, .332 SLG, .607 OPS in 223 AB.
*Lack of corner production
RF: 36 for 145, 2 HR, 17 RBI, .246-.294-.345-.641, 49 K, 10 BB
LF: 27 for 128, 2 HR, 9 RBI, .211-.294-.305-.598, 29 K, 15 BB
Total: .233.-298-.325-.623, 4 HR, 26 RBI, 78 K, 25 BB
Down on the Farm
Ryan Hanigan: 2 for 4, R, 2 RBI, and threw out a runner stealing
Stephenson gets back to basics
The second-ranked Cincinnati prospect has won both his outings since taking the advice, most notably Wednesday, when he produced one of the best starts of his career. The right-hander scattered just three hits, striking out nine without issuing a walk, over six scoreless innings to lead the Dragons to an 11-4 win over the Lansing Lugnuts.
AP: Controversial call robs A's of game-tying homer
Fox Sports: Hernandez gaffe highlights MLB flaw
Why can't MLB do what the NHL does?
If ever there were an argument for an extra replay umpire or centralized replay center, Angel Hernandez single-handedly made it tonight.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 9, 2013
Who is MLB's next commissioner?
Jayson Stark, ESPN
Selig's contract expires in 17 months, and not a single force has been set in motion, by him or anyone else, to begin the process of choosing his successor. Not one.
There's no anointed heir apparent. There's no search committee. There's not even a dart board in the commish's office with 23 possible names to aim his darts at.
Fantasy baseball commish hiring bounty hunter to scare delinquent owner
How the human brain tracks a 100 mph fastball
Huggins molds WVU in image of his UC teams
Times West Virginian
with this season’s recruiting class it is becoming evident that he is looking to rebuild West Virginia University in the image of his best Cincinnati teams, hard hitting on the boards, defensively intimidating and able to run and score from inside and out.
It is something he had been lacking since coming to West Virginia, having inherited a team from John Beilein with players built for a different system and a different mindset. Indeed, much to Huggins’ credit, he molded that into a Final Four team, but in the two ensuing seasons he was caught in between what he was and what he wanted to be.
CBS Sports: College football bowl projections
National Championship:(1) Alabama vs (2) Ohio State, Jan. 6, Pasadena, CA
Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State vs Cincinnati, Dec. 28, Yankee Stadium
CINCINNATI, Ohio – For the third straight game, the Reading Royals (10-5) forced overtime with some third period offense. But unlike the previous two, the Cincinnati Cyclones (9-6) prevailed as Mike Embach buried the game-winner at 16:24 of the extra session to give his team a 3-2 victory. The Cincinnati triumph cut Reading’s best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals lead in half, at 2-1.
The Cyclones will return to U.S. Bank Arena on Friday, May 10 for Game 4 of the best-of-seven series featuring $3 Leinenkugel Summer Shandy! Call 513.421.PUCK or visit CyclonesHockey.com to reserve your seats!
CINCINNATI --- The 2012-13 edition of the Xavier University men’s basketball media guide was selected second in the nation for all of NCAA Division I by a panel of media and design judges on behalf of CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America. Clemson was selected first followed by Xavier and then Kansas. This marks the second time in three years that XU’s basketball guide has been selected among the nation’s best, having been selected first for the 2010-11 season.
“This is a great honor once again for Xavier University and its men’s basketball program,” said Associate Athletic Director Tom Eiser, “Xavier is one of the elite programs in college basketball and this is another example that reinforces that fact.”
The 2010-11 edition of the Xavier University men’s basketball media guide was selected as the “Best in the Nation” in the University Division by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America. Kansas State was selected second followed by Oklahoma and West Virginia.
2013 Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic
CINCINNATI --- The 2013 Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic benefitting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has been set for Saturday, December 14. The annual men’s basketball game between Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati will be played at U.S. Bank Arena for the second straight year. XU will be the designated home team this season.
Xavier University will be mailing its season ticket renewals this week. Included in the mailing will be a priority order form for tickets to the Crosstown Classic. Ticket sales information for the general public sale will be announced at a later date.
The Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic has been named Sports Event of the Year and will receive recognition as such at the Cincinnati Sports Professionals Network 2013 awards dinner tonight at the Sharonville Convention Center. The annual game between the Xavier Musketeers and the UC Bearcats was known as the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout. It was renamed in 2012 and repurposed to show its benefit for all of Cincinnati. Proceeds from the first Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic benefitted the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The game was played on Dec. 19 at U.S. Bank Arena. In October, a collaborative team of students from each school participated in the Bridges Walk for a Just Community, an annual 5K event celebrating the rich ethnic and cultural heritage of the Cincinnati region. That was followed in November by a tour of the Freedom Center for members of the Xavier and UC men’s and women’s basketball teams and an XU-UC Day at the Freedom Center for students, staff and alumni of both schools that included displays about community engagement, service and collaboration at each school. XU-UC Day at the Freedom Center tripled the Freedom Center’s average attendance for the day.