Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy shares his thoughts on the Cincinnati Reds

Mahle sharp in debut but offense lets him down

5:22 pm Aug. 27, 2017

CINCINNATI — Tyler Mahle’s major league debut Sunday afternoon was a mixed bag and was proof once again that it is not how one starts but how one finishes.

Mahle held the Pittsburgh Pirates to no

Gene Bennett: The scout of all scouts

10:21 am Aug. 18, 2017

If ever there was a bad word uttered about Gene Bennett, I have never heard of the person who said it.

Bennett was not only an icon as a baseball scout, he was even more of

Finding a rotation for 2018 a challenge for the Reds

5:04 pm Jul. 18, 2017

CINCINNATI — The cycle is complete. Scott Feldman was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, meaning every Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher who came out of spring training in the rotation has been on the disabled

Hamiltonn comfy, cozy at the bottom

6:29 pm Jun. 20, 2015

CINCINNATI — There is no doubt the pressure is off Billy Hamilton, that he has been more productive batting ninth behind the pitcher than he was under the stark and harsh lights of batting leadoff.

And it hasn’t slowed his base thievery. He leads the majors with 31 steals and has been arrested only five times.

The 24-year-old converted shortstop/center fielder and converted right handed batter to switch-hitter entered Saturday’s game against

Frazier should be All-Star starter

3:16 pm Jun. 19, 2015

CINCINNATI — Todd Frazier not only belongs on the All-Star team, he should be starting at third base when the National League plays the Kansas City Royals, disguised as the American League All-Star team.

Frazier, though, is third in the voting, more than 2,1 million votes behind St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter. And he is 500,000 votes behind Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant.

Frazier, though, isn’t afraid to tell the

Hot bats get a scheduled day off

5:12 pm Jun. 18, 2015

CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce collected a career-best five hits Wednesday night and Todd Frazier hit two home runs, including a game-ending grand slam in the 13th inning to beat the Detroit Tigers, 8-4.

Guess where both were for Thursday’s game against the Tigers and Justin Verlander? They were on the bench. They were in the dugout. They were not on the lineup card in the batting order.

Manager Bryan Price believes it

A little good news trickles out for Reds

4:57 pm Jun. 17, 2015

CINCINNATI — Manager Bryan Price leaned back in his office chair, locked his hands behind his head and flashed a smile.

Talking as if he might be a television anchor, he said, “And here’s some good news.”

Good news? Coming from the home manager’s office in Great American Ball Park? There hasn’t been good news emanating there since, oh, the second week of spring training.

After Price said, “And here’s some good news,”

Just call him ‘First-Pitch’ Joey

12:50 pm Jun. 10, 2015

CINCINNATI — Back from a wonderful few days in Salisbury, N.C., the only city in America that loves sport writers. I was inducted into the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Hall of Fame. I was introduced for my speech by broadcaster George Grande and he gave the most magnificent introductory speech I have ever heard.

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