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

Expect the unexpected in World Series for the ages

2:00 am Oct. 30, 2017

If there is one thing fans can expect in this most enticing and exciting and enigmatic World Series, it is this: Expect the unexpected.

Who would expect the Houston Astros to fall behind 4-0 and 7-4, then blow a three-run lead in the ninth inning and still win Game 5 Sunday night in Minute Maid Park?

But they did it in one of the most incredible World Series games in history, a

Why is it always Dusty Baker’s fault?

12:03 pm Oct. 22, 2017

Do major league front offices realize that only one team can win the World Series every season — one team out of 30?

No, they don’t. They seem to think their team should win it and

Severino silences Tribe to even series

11:06 pm Oct. 9, 2017

It was a genius move by Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona in Game One of the American League Division Series when he started Trevor Bauer against the New York Yankees.

As it turned out, though, it was not a baseball Charles Einstein move when he brought back Bauer on only three days of rest for Game Four Monday night.

After shutting down the Yankees for 6 2/3 innings on no runs and

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