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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


Poll: Do you follow English Premier League Soccer?



MLB 1-run games 2014
Most wins: Marlins 31-18
Most losses: Reds 18-30

Historical perspective 
I went back to 1900 and looked at the yearly 1-run loss records for the Reds.
The Reds have 30 1-run losses through 125 games this season, on pace for 39 losses. The 2014 Reds are currently tied for the 11th most 1-run losses in franchise history.
41: 1946 (28-41)
41: 1916 (26-41)
39: 1907 (22-39)
36: 1937 (14-36)
34: 1932 (19-34)
34: 1914 (22-34)
33: 2011 (29-33)
33: 1933 (24-33)
32: 1963 (23-32)
32: 1958 (22-32)
30: 2014 (18-30)
30: 1979 (30-30)
30: 1950 (16-30)
30: 1927 (31-30)
30: 1911 (19-30)

(Getty Images)

Exit strategy for Walt?
Bernie Miklasz, St Louis Post Dispatch

The contract of Reds GM Walt Jocketty expires after the season, and as the disappointment intensifies in Cincinnati you have to wonder about Jocketty's future. New Arizona baseball CEO Tony La Russa almost certainly will be hiring a new GM after the season, and it's easy to connect the dots here. Will there be a Jocketty-TLR reunion in Arizona? Can't rule it out. Moreover, Jocketty has a home in Arizona. Many baseball people seem to think Jocketty will make a deal to stay with the Reds. We'll know soon enough.

Safe to say they are done?

NL Central
Milwaukee ---
St Louis      2.5
Pittsburgh    6
Cincinnati    9

Wild Card
St Louis
San Francisco
Atlanta      1
Pitt-burgh  2
Miami        3.5
Cincinnati   5

(Getty Image)

Another one run loss
are notes and stats from a 6-5 loss in 10 innings.

Well, at least they played hard....uh, come again?
Bryan Price post game from Mark Sheldon:  I know nobody wants to hear it when you're three games under .500 and you're fading in the division right now, but I'll tell you, they fight every day," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Considering how we lost those two games yesterday and got in at 4 o'clock this morning to the hotel, they came out early to the ballpark, busted their tails and lost in extra innings in a tough way. It stinks to lose, but I'm proud of our guys."

Bryan Price explained his bullpen situation after last night's game.

Simon says: Regression and fatigue
Simon entered this season with a career ERA of 4.11 and just 19 career ML starts. After a 1st half that saw him go 12-3 2.70, Simon is now 0-5 5.46 since the All-Star break. After throwing 87.2 innings last year, he has made 24 starts, tossing a career high 148 innings this year (12-4 3.28). 
Pitches thrown by Simon:
2013: 1,318
2014: 2,229

Dealt a bad hand
Reds series record vs Cardinals
1-18-1 in last 20 series overall
3-26-2 in last 31 series in St Louis
0-10 in last 10 three games series
1-10 in last 11 series overall 

How about this stat?
The last time the Reds came back from a deficit of greater than one run to win a road game (regular season or postseason) was on September 20, 2013. The Reds rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning to tie and eventually won that game at Pittsburgh in ten innings.
The Reds are 29-35 on the road this season.  The biggest deficit in those road comeback wins was one run, including one game (April 23 at Pirates) when the Reds trailed by one run at two different points in the game.
(Thanks listener Mark for pointing this out and Steven Sharp for confirming)

Challenge accepted


ESPN: What if Griffey Jr. had stayed healthy?

Cubs' inverted rebuilding strategy is starting to look brilliant
Since team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer were hired after the 2011 season, a principle that distinguishes this rebuilding project from almost every other one in baseball history: They’re building an offense from within and a pitching staff from spare parts.
This flies in the face of more than a century of conventional baseball wisdom, which states that (1) pitching wins championships, and (2) a team can never have too much pitching. The Cubs’ approach is completely counterintuitive. It’s also completely right.

Di Di's D


Peter King on Vontaze Burfict

Hobson: Bodine in line, but Campbell still iffy
Harvey: Bengals sticking with Bodine? They should
Dehner Jr.: Who will make the 53-man roster?

(Getty Images: Russell Bodine, Bengals center)

UC football
Tom DeWees takes a look at Picture Day for UC football


Dispatch: Buckeyes could be without Braxton Miller for season

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 03: Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)