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Paul Dehner Jr, Enquirer, in-studio, 8-9pm
All-Star game: What about a USA vs World format?


HR Derby: Is it over yet?
Did you watch Home Run Derby? I find it difficult to get worked up over the process.
If you are worked up, you are taking it way too seriously. However, it was again painfully boring and way too long. I believe at one point Giancarlo Stanton went over an hour between swings. Really? I simply can't listen to Chris Berman, the event screams for a new voice. I followed Todd Frazier's night, that was about it. I got home at 9:30 and actually watched the final episode of "24", following the derby on Twitter, so I could flip over and watch Frazier. I'll admit the scene at GABP next year should be nuts.

Photo Gallery for Home Run Derby

Dear new MLB commish: Dump the derby for these events
Gabe Kapler,
I know you may be shaking your head. We’ve had the derby every year since 1985. How will fans react? I’ll answer your question with a question. How’s that replay thing worked out for us? Let’s show true faith in our fans’ intelligence and appetite for a midsummer facelift. We need to show off the best our baseball players have to offer in a skills competition.
Scouts evaluate position players on five “tools” — hitting for average, defense, power, speed and arm strength. I propose that we have players compete in dynamic games to test their abilities on the last three (hitting for average and defense are much more appropriately measured at game speed).

Todd Frazier at Home Run Derby

Sheldon: Frazier has a blast in Derby, falls in finals

Frazier keeps it all in the family
"I would always say to him, 'If you ever make that Home Run Derby, pick me and I'll throw to you,'" Charlie said. "I was on vacation in the British Virgin Islands with my wife and kids and some of her friends from Florida. All of a sudden I woke up in the middle of the night, around 5:30, and I looked up at my phone and I saw about 70-75 text messages saying, 'Hey, good luck with the Home Run Derby.' I had talked to Todd, but it wasn't really like, 'You're definitely in it.' So I went to my iPad and started looking up the articles and stuff and I saw he picked me to do it, and it was like a dream come true. I couldn't go back to sleep. I wanted to actually come home from vacation."


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 14: National League All-Star Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds bats during the Gillette Home Run Derby at Target Field on July 14, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

All-Star game

Can the MLB All-Star game be saved?
Perhaps most disturbing: Sports Business Daily reported the average age for last year’s All-Star telecast was 53, the highest mark yet for the game. Given the 18-to-49 adult demo is the money demo for sports broadcasting, this is not a good trend.  
So Shanks gets this question every year and he got it again last week. How confident is Fox Sports management, in the middle of a long-term agreement with MLB, that the All-Star Game still has growth potential as a property?

Does MLB had too many All-Stars?
Wall Street Journal 
In the majors, over one-fifth of active players (21.7%) have made it to at least one All-Star game, according to Stats LLC. That is the highest percentage of the four major sports, a bit above the NBA (21.4%) and well past the NFL (13.0%) and NHL (11.6%).

What about USA vs World All-Stars?
Fox Sports
Today’s AL players don’t profess an earnest desire to whip the NL, the way Ted Williams might have, in part because a number of them might be playing for the NL by this time next year. A game between Team USA and Team World would do a better job of stirring pride and emotion among superstars on the field — and fans around the globe.

Reds at the All-Star game
The Reds have had 5 players win the All-Star game MVP award. 
Baltimore leads all franchises with 6 ASG MVP's.
St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Francisco each have 5.
Reds All-Star game MVP's
1967: Tony Perez
1972: Joe Morgan
1976: George Foster
1980: Ken Griffey Sr.
1982: Dave Concepcion
Did you know?
From Dan in Western Hills
Since Dave Concepcion's two-run homer in the 2nd inning of the 1982 game, the Reds have gone 77 plate appearances without an extra-base hit. This streak spans 32 years in which 24 different players have come to the plate. Reds All-Stars are 0 for their last 17 since Scott Rolen singled in the 7th inning of the 2010 game. Since 2000 the Reds are 3 for 31 (Dunn 2002, Rolen 2010, Griffey Jr 2007).

Reds All-Time All-Stars, by year HERE 
The Reds had a total of 52 All-Star appearances in the decade of the 1970's, with never fewer than four All-Stars in a season. The Reds had 7 All-Stars in 1976 and 1977.


Playoff odds from Baseball Prospectus

21.5% to win NL Central
26.5 to win Wild Card

Despite playing a first half with 13 players on the disabled list, but going 22-10 since June 10 (Tied best MLB) to cut an 8.5 game deficit to 1.5 games, not everyone is pleased. I got this email this morning:
Your broadcast Monday evening was amazing. Amazingly eye opening at how low of expectations Cincinnati fans have.  The Reds have played roughly 1 good month of baseball, and you people act like they just won back to back world series. What a joke. They happen to be 1.5 games out due to other teams playing poorly. Maybe you guys should have a tad more higher expectations???
Mike, White Oak
Reds fan, a realistic Reds fan.


Watch: Pete Rose on Boomer and Carton 
"What I did is bad, but PEDs are bad too. I had nothing to do with altering the statistics of baseball ... I'm the one who screwed it up, but if I get a second chance, I'll be the happiest guy in the world ... but they'll probably wait 'til I'm gone like they did with Ron Santo."

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg to have pacemaker replaced 

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Paying the price
Sports On Earth
If free agency were treated like draft night, then Stephenson would be that pathetic last guy left in the green room, dropping like sweat in August, watching his future flash a blinking red light before him. He fits the definition of Buyer Beware, a clown who is capable of doing wonderful things with a basketball and destructive things with the team that employs him. He’s a million-dollar talent with a 50-cent head, and those are the players who make you pause, especially when you’re weighing a major financial decision.

Byrd named DL coach at Ohio Mid-Western

Ohio Mid-Western College name Terrill Byrd Defensive Line Coach. Byrd played at Colerain High School and University of Cincinnati. While at Colerain he was selected National Defensive Player of the Year by and Ohio Division I Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Colerain High for then-head coach Kerry Coombs ... earned first-team all-Greater Miami Conference, all-city, and all-district honors after leading Colerain (15-0) to the state championship and a No. 5 national ranking ... recorded 178 tackles and 21 sacks ... three-year regular who helped school to three consecutive league titles, two district final appearances, and a 39-3 record. While at University of Cincinnati: As a Senior in 2008 he was named All-Big East.2007: Associated Press All-America selection ... repeated as a member of the all-BIG EAST first team in his third year as a starter ... honored as the defense's John Pease Award winner as the unit's most-outstanding lineman. 2006: First-team all-BIG EAST Conference choice. He has also played professionally for the Cincinnati Commandos (CIFL / UIFL), Cleveland Gladiators (AFL), Dayton Sharks (CIFL) and Marion Blue Racers (CIFL) winning 4 league championships. Was named First Team All-CIFL in 2010-2011 and 2014 and Honorable Mention All-UIFL in 2012.

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