This week, Bryan Price was named the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Price, who replaces Dusty Baker, was the pitching coach for the Reds from 2010-2013. Reds ownership and upper management were impressed with Price during his interview. Reportedly, two people were seriously considered for the position. Jim Riggleman, manager of the AAA Louisville Bats was also interested in the job. However, Price’s interview was so impressive, he was hired immediately afterwards. Price will inherit a team that finished in third place in the NL Central, but had a 90-72 record and qualified for the playoffs.
The 2013 season opened up with a promising start for the Cincinnati Reds. As favorites to win the NL Central, the Reds found themselves with company near the top of the division. Pittsburgh and St. Louis joined the party and seemed to always control the division. It was the Reds playing catch-up the entire season. Despite this, a playoff spot was clinched with ease. Then, the wheels fell off the wagon. After securing a postseason spot, on September 23, no more games were won. After dropping two games to the Mets, the Reds were swept by the Pirates in Cincinnati.
The sweep determined a one game playoff to be played in Pittsburgh last night. The Bucs never trailed, as home runs by Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin helped the Pirates take a 3-0 lead. Cincinnati responded with a run, but the Pirates scored three more, including another Martin home run. A 6-1 lead was more than the Pirates needed. Shin-Soo Choo knocked a solo home run in the eighth inning, that was reviewed, and confirmed. But that was as close as the Reds got to Pittsburgh. The score remained the same through the ninth and final inning.
Pirates celebrate after recording final out in NL Wild Card Playoff.
Final: Pirates 6 Reds 2
“It’s all MY fault for letting down #RedsCountry tonight! Y’all really didn’t deserve this! Got to do better, PERIOD!”
Names mentioned in report include A-Rod
It turns out Rodriguez was only telling the partial truth.
A Miami nurtritional clinic, Biogenesis, was becoming suspiscious to investigators. It turns out if was performance-enhancing substatance distributor and the clinic was forced to close down. Products distritbuted included Human Growth Hormone, which is banned by MLB (and illegal). A New York Times report includes names that were on a customer list. These names include Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, and Nelson Cruz. Cruz and Gonzalez were not connected with PED’s in MLB prior to the reports. Rodriguez confessed to using banned substances in the past but indicated he hasn’t used any since 2003. But the report mentions dates as late as 2009, for transactions with Biogenesis.
In recent activity, LF Josh Hamilton has signed a 5 year/$125 M deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Add that to the power threat of 1B Albert Pujols and look out! Hamilton had previous been with the Rangers, where he was a 5-time all-star and 2010 AL MVP award winner. Last year, Hamilton hit 4 home runs in a game vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Prior to playing in Texas, he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds.
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The Reds, meanwhile, have dealt away CF Drew Stubbs to Cleveland, and were able to add CF Shin-Soo Choo in return. The deal was part of a messy three-team trade. Stubbs has had strikeout issues, and a low batting average. The Reds will miss Stubbs’ speed, however. Choo has a higher BA than Stubbs, strikes out less frequently, and is an above-average fielder. It appears the Reds have the sweet side of the transaction.
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Giants Sweep Tigers in WS
The San Francisco Giants have won the 2012 World Series. In game 4, the Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings. This victory completed a four-game sweep. The Tigers erased a 1-0 deficit with a two-run dinger by 3B Miguel Cabera of Detroit to make the score, 2-1 Detroit. Giants C Buster Posey responded with another two-run blast that gave SF the lead 3-2. This marks the first time in which both batting champs homered in the same World Series, let alone in the same game. Tigers DH Delmon Young tied the game with a solo home run. At 3-3, the game went into extra innings. In the top of the 10th inning, Giants 2B Marco Scutaro knocked in the winning run with a base-hit. The Tigers failed to score against Giants P Sergio Romo in the bottom-half of the 10th and San Francisco claimed their seventh all-time crown.
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The San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 2-0, in game three of the World Series. All the Giants need to do, is win one more game, to claim their second World Series championship in three years. In three WS games, San Francisco has allowed three runs. Only the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks and the 2004 Boston Red Sox have achieved the same feat (both won). Unfortunately, the Tigers have lost six consecutive WS games. Game four begins at 8:07 p.m. on FOX.
Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs in game 1 of the World Series to lead San Francisco to an 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers. In game 2, the Giants were able to win again, this time, mainly because of P Madison Bumgarner pitching seven scoreless innings. Two years ago, he also did not allow a run in his first WS start. This makes Bumgarner the second pitcher to not allow a run in each of his first two WS starts, with the other being Christy Matthewson. Now the Giants have to win two more games to claim their second title in three years. The next three games will be played at Comerica Park in Detroit. San Francisco is 4-2 in playoff road games this season, while Detroit is 3-2.