Peter Edward Rose was banned from baseball in August of 1989. Although his
records on the field demand admittance into the Major League Baseball Hall
of Fame, his post-banishment actions off the field have done everything but
support his case.
In this interview from The Howard Stern Show, Rose and his girlfriend
Kiana talk about their
sex life, gambling, and Pete's appearance in
Bruno's deleted scenes. Definitely not the Hit King at his finest,
but entertaining nevertheless.
The Reds completed a three game sweep of the Houston Astros on Thursday.
After victories from Aaron Harang and Mike Leake, Bronson Arroyo hurled 6
2/3 innings allowing two runs on six hits and received the third straight
win by a Reds starting pitcher. Joey Votto and Jay Bruce both homered while
the Reds' bullpen (Herrera, Lincoln, and Cordero) pitched scoreless ball.
Joey Votto described the Reds current success:
took us a little while to get there, considering how panicky it’s felt at
times. To get back to .500, it gives us the opportunity to put things in
perspective. It’s an up-and-down season. I hope we’re not going to get too
high right now. We’ve got a real tough series against St. Louis. I think St.
Louis will have a pretty good idea we’ve played well. They’re going to be
ready to play against us."
The St. Louis Cardinals have won five straight games, including a four game
sweep of the Atlanta Braves, and own the best record (15-7) in the National
League. The Cincinnati Reds (11-11) have won four games in a row and occupy
second place (four games behind the Cardinals) in the NL Central.
Chris Dickerson re-aggravated his ailing right wrist during the second
inning of Thursday's game. He will return to Cincinnati for an MRI exam and
will miss the St. Louis series. Both Dusty Baker and Walt Jocketty stated
that the Reds
will not play the Cardinals shorthanded. Currently the only Louisville
outfielder on the Reds' 40-man roster, Chris Heisey (.241, 13RBI), will
feasibly get the call. After a slow start to the season in Louisville,
Heisey has hit .298 over his last 11 games. Heisey can play all three
outfield positions and his speed could be used in the Reds' leadoff spot if
needed. Other AAA candidates would be Juan Francisco (.123, 3RBI) and Todd
Frazier (.173, 5RBI).
Chris Dickerson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Chris Heisey
(Reds' 2009 Minor League Player of the Year) has been promoted to the major
league club. Heisey will wear number 28.
The Reds begin a three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday
at Busch Stadium. Johnny Cueto (0-1, 5.73) will face Brad Penny (3-0, 0.94)
at 8:15 pm.
Just days after audacious Reds fans began to dismiss their beloved team, the
fiery squad put together a modest two game winning streak, and began to
appear intact. Manager Dusty Baker supposedly let his players have it after
a embarrassing loss to the Padres on Saturday. With reporters and fans
quietly waiting for the result, the Reds answered, administering a win on
Sunday. On Tuesday, Aaron Harang showed signs of his former self, and became
just the second Reds' starter to receive a win this season.
Aaron Harang faced the Houston Astros on Tuesday and went six innings
allowing two runs on six hits. After Harang left the game with a 5-2 lead,
the bullpen (Herrera, Masset, and Cordero) followed with three innings of
one hit baseball.
was able to get ahead," Harang said. "That inside corner was working for me
. . . I talked to (pitching coach Bryan Price) about being aggressive,
instead of picking around the zone. He said: Go out and be the old you."
course, one good start for the Reds' ace is no triumph, but we suspect it is
the stench of reversal. The Cincinnati Reds will not continue their reckless
ways any longer. The aroma of consummation is in the air. Let there be
Mike "Godzilla" Leake (1-0, 3.92) will face Felipe Paulino (0-2, 5.94) and
the Astros on Wednesday at 8:05pm.
Aroldis Chapman will start for Louisville on Wednesday at 7:05pm.
Mike "Godzilla" Leake dominated the Astros for seven
innings on Wednesday. Leake allowed one run on five hits while picking up
his second victory of the season. Reds win 6-4.
The Reds will begin a three game series against the Houston Astros on
Tuesday before traveling to St. Louis for another three games. Throughout
the rest of April and all of May, the Reds' next 33 games will include 25
against NL Central opponents. They will face every team in their division at
least once. The Cardinals are currently in first place and the only NL
Central team with a winning record (12-7) while the Cubs are 2.5 games
behind them with an even season thus far (10-10). The month of May could be
momentous for the Reds if they decide to turn things around.
The Reds will be up against a Houston team that contains two notorious Red
killers. Astros' pitcher Roy Oswalt owns the all-time highest winning
percentage against an opponent. Oswalt is 23-1 with a 2.58 ERA in 32 games
against the Reds during his career. Bronson Arroyo will face Oswalt during
the series finale against the Astros on Thursday. Oswalt's sole loss to the
Reds was on April 28, 2006. Last season the Reds handed Oswalt four
no-decisions while defeating the Astros eight times in twelve attempts.
Lance Berkman also fancies facing the Reds. In 143 career games against
Cincinnati, Berkman is batting .327 with 48 homeruns and 133 RBI. Jeff
Bagwell is the only Astro to hit more homeruns against the Reds (49), but
that may change this week. Berkman said this about facing the Reds: "I think
a lot of it has to do with the pitching over the years. They've always had a
lot of right-handed pitching and not a lot of left-handed pitching, and I'm
a much better left-handed hitter than I am a right-handed hitter. I think
it's a combination of factors. Statistical anomalies abound in the game.
Everybody has one team they do well against and a couple they don't hit very
well. I can't explain it more than that.
There's a comfort level when you know you've had success against a team in
the past, and it gives you more
confidence going into a game and a series. So much of this game is mental, and this could
give you a little boost."
Aaron Harang (0-3, 8.31) will face Bud Norris (1-1, 4.26) at 7:05pm on
Reds announcer Marty Brennaman almost pulled a "Jay Bruce" during Saturday's
5-0 loss to San Diego. As Dick Enberg was commending Brennaman's
broadcasting career on Padres television, Marty simulated a middle finger
towards someone within his vicinity. Unlike his son, Brennaman held back the
After Saturday's loss the San Diego Padres, Dusty Baker did not participate
in post-game interviews. It was the first time Baker can recall not speaking
to the media after a game in his 16 year managerial career. Baker seems to
be exasperated at the Reds' substandard season, but composed himself enough
to speak to the media prior to Sunday's game:
about yesterday … I don’ t like to talk when I’m angry. When I get angry,
I’m very angry. Contrary to what people may say…I have a very short temper.
It wasn’t just yesterday, it was a number of things. You just gotta keep
teaching and preaching. Anybody that’s a parent knows that sometimes you’ve
got to chastise your child. Even though you spank ‘em, you still love ‘em. …
It’s over now."
Reds are 7-11 and in last place in the NL Central. There is much more than
"yesterday" to be sorry about.
Arroyo on his teams' inadequacy:
haven’t as whole gotten off to a good start. We’ve only had two or three
really good outings. Even when we’ve started off well, we’ve only made
through six it and given up four runs. We’ve got a 22-year-old with no big
league experience giving us the best chance to win. That shouldn’t happen,
especially this early in the season. You usually feel like the pitchers have
the edge . We’ve got to turn the corner somehow, some way."
Gomes speaks out:
"The numbers speak for themselves. We just haven't played good baseball. It
starts with yourself. We see how much passion Dusty and the coaches have for
us. But we're the ones in the uniforms between the lines. They want to see
us succeed. That's the easiest thing to fix. We've got defense, offense and
pitching. When one aspect is not doing well, we have to pick them up. We're
not doing that right now."
(Photo: Jamie Ramsey)
In episode five of
Whack Reds Radio, we track down Cincinnati Reds beat writer John Fay. John
gives us his thoughts on Edinson Volquez, explains his
beef with Brandon Phillips, and shuts us down regarding Mike Leake's
comment. Check out Mr. Fay's
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53 runs were scored during the
Dodgers and Reds series this week. Reds' pitching was once again
embarrassing, but the offense came out swinging, securing the series victory
for the Redlegs. Leake humbly told John Fay he was delighted:
much gets to me. I’m excited. I just don’t show it."
On Thursday, Mike "Godzilla" Leake became the Reds first starter to receive
a win this season. Leake went seven innings, allowing five runs on eight
hits. The Reds beat the Dodgers 8-5.
Aroldis Chapman made his third start of the year for Louisville on Thursday.
Chapman was inconsistent (5BB), but his dominance was still evident as he
struck out eight batters in 5.1 innings of work. Allowing no earned runs,
his first win of the season.
Bronson Arroyo (0-1, 4.95) will face Kevin Correia (2-1, 3.12) and the
Padres tonight at 7:10pm.
SCORED BY THE REDS AND DODGERS IN TWO GAMES. THE SERIES IS TIED 1-1.
4.21.10 BY:MEH IN AND OUT OF HOT WATER
FORTY RUNS SCORED BY THE
REDS AND DODGERS IN TWO GAMES. THE SERIES IS TIED 1-1.
Current drummer for
and former member of
Music, George Rebelo (pictured above) attended the Reds game against the
Dodgers on Tuesday. He caught a homerun during batting practice and managed
to rock out at The Southgate House following the game. Against Me! is
currently on tour promoting their upcoming record White Crosses. Did
the Gainesville natives bring good luck with them while visiting the Queen
City? If they did, they took it with them when they left.
"How much is too much? I'm tired of predicting to lose."
On Tuesday, right before Rebelo and his band took the stage in Newport, the
Reds defeated the Dodgers 11-9 at Great American Ballpark. It was their
sixth win of the young season, all of them arriving during their final at
Reds' starter Homer Bailey once again looked dismal going 5.1 innings and
allowing 5 earned runs on eight hits. After falling instantly behind after a
base clearing triple from Casey Blake in the first inning, Bailey managed to
throw four more innings and allowed two more runs. When he left the game in
the fifth, the Reds' offense had taken control, and the score was 9-5.
Danny Herrera finished the fifth inning while Logan Ondrusek and Arthur
Rhodes followed in the sixth. The three relievers notched scoreless outings.
Future closer Nick Masset came on to pitch in the seventh with one out and
allowed four Dodger runs while only retiring one. With the score tied, Mike
Lincoln was brought into the game. He recorded one out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eight the Reds broke the deadlock. After walks to Jay
Bruce and Ramon Hernandez, the light hitting Paul Janish smacked a single to
score Bruce. While the Dodgers' infield attempted to play pickle with
Janish, Hernandez scored making it 11-9. Francisco Cordero entered the game
in the ninth inning, retired the side in order, actualizing the Reds'
Nick Masset currently has a 14.14 ERA as the Reds' set-up man. The idea of
replacing him is becoming more relevant by the second. Dusty Baker believes
Masset will turn the corner:
get Nick straight. He’s got the stuff. You’ve seen it. He’s going through a
little bad period. We need him badly. He’ll find it."
On Wednesday, Aaron Harang started his fourth game of the season. It was yet
another depressing outing for the veteran right hander. Harang was beat up
for seven runs (six earned) on ten hits in 5.2 innings. After a impressive
win the night before, and a seemingly rejuvenated offense, the Reds seemed
to be turning the page after their recent 2-5 road trip. Reds' hitters did
everything they could to keep the Dodgers close, but after Harang left the
game with the score at 7-4, Reds' relievers Micah Owings, Logan Ondrusek,
and Mike Lincoln allowed seven more runs. The Reds were quickly reminded
that their pitching sucks. The Reds lost to the Dodgers by a final score of
14-6. Aaron Harang will not be buying a lottery ticket anytime soon:
bad luck,” Harang said. “This game’s about luck. I’m going through a bad
spell right now."
After Harang's horrific inception to the season, it appears likely that
his next start will be skipped. His next start complies with the Reds' next
off day on April 26th, but Dusty Baker isn't sure:
don’t know. I just got beat to death. I haven’t had time to think about it." Reds' beat writer John Fay reported after Wednesday's game that Walt
Jocketty and Dusty Baker met in the manager's office as he was leaving the
ballpark. Fay insinuated that
"moves could be coming".
The Reds announced that Hall Of Famer Joe Morgan
will join them as a special advisor on Wednesday. Morgan will work with
the community, assist Walt Jocketty on occasion, and spend some time in the
booth. Morgan's new gig will not affect his current employment at ESPN.
Mike Leake will start for the Reds on Thursday against the Dodgers. Leake
has been the Reds best starter thus far (0-0, 2.63 ERA) and will need to
give the Reds' pitching staff a break, as well as a boost, during Thursday's
game. First pitch from "Godzilla" is at 7:10pm.
Aroldis Chapman will make his third start for the Louisville Bats on
Thursday. Chapman (0-1, .93 ERA) will face the Indianapolis Indians at 7pm.
Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez has been suspended by MLB for violating their
Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Whether or not you accept
Edinson Volquez's reasoning behind using a substance banned by MLB, the
ignorance he displayed in undeniable. Volquez released the following
statement on Tuesday:
"Prior to the conclusion of last season, my wife and I sought
medical advice in Cincinnati with the hope of starting a family. As part of
my consultation with the physician, I received certain prescribed
medications to treat my condition. As a follow up to our original
consultation, my wife and I visited another physician in our home city in
the Dominican Republic this past off-season. This physician also gave me
certain prescribed medications as part of my treatment. Unfortunately, I
now know that the medication the physician in the Dominican gave me is one
that is often used to treat my condition, but is also a banned substance
under Major League Baseball's drug policy. As a result, I tested positive
when I reported to spring training.
Although I understand that I must accept responsibility for this mistake and
have chosen not to challenge my suspension, I want to assure everyone that
this was an isolated incident involving my genuine effort to treat a common
medical issue and start a family. I was not trying in any way to gain an
advantage in my baseball career. I am embarrassed by this whole situation
and apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates, and the entire Reds
Organization for being a distraction and for causing them any difficulty. I
simply want to accept the consequences, learn from the mistake, and continue
to strive to be the best person and baseball player I can be."
Drugs are obviously good, but ignoring your employers policies is beyond
dense. His fifty game suspension will start tomorrow. Volquez will
subsequently lose over $120,000 of his 2010 salary, but will not miss any
games thanks to his current stint on the disabled list due to recent Tommy
John surgery. Volquez will be allowed to continue his recovery in Goodyear,
but will be denied any Major League participation until his intermission is
completed. Reds' GM Walt Jocketty stated that Volquez's rehabilitation is
still rigorously on target:
he’s ready to pitch, he should be able to pitch. He’s still on track
probably for the end of July. That’s kind of what the estimate was. When
he’s ready to pitch in games, the suspension should be over."
How important is the upcoming homestand for the Reds? After only thirteen
games, many are labeling it the turn of the tide. The Reds are a team
desperate for a victory. Fans have already started to kick the bucket, the
early ambitions of a competing team have vanished, and general Redleg
interest is beginning to decease.
We're about to find out where the 2010 Reds are at and where the future is
headed. This team has to find a way to gut out a 4-2 homestand at the bare
minimum to bring the record to .500 before heading to the road again to take
on divisional foes Houston and St. Louis.
If the Reds come out flat at home in these six games, they'll spiral further
into the abyss and the talk will continue that Dusty Baker needs replaced
before seasons end and that hitting coach Brook Jacoby needs fired.
The Reds are not pitching; they haven't had a win from a starting pitcher
yet. They are the only team in the Major Leagues with that dubious
distinction. They aren't hitting with runners in scoring position. They
aren't getting on base. They're walking too many of the opposition's
If the Reds cannot accomplish a winning homestand, this team is done for the
season. Some people might think it's premature. However, no Reds team that
has started 5-8 has ever won the World Series. If you think that's a lofty
goal, the only teams that started 5-8 or worse in Reds history to make the
playoffs was the 1995 team. The 1999 team also started 5-8, but of course
missed the playoffs by one game. One game that the Reds have already blown
could cost them a chance for October meaningful baseball.
But if the Reds don't show up this homestand, it won't even be a close shave
by late in the year.
The Reds won't extend Dusty Baker's contract. Attendance will suffer.
Veterans will be shopped, down to guys like Brandon Phillips, Bronson
Arroyo, Jonny Gomes and Francisco Cordero.
The Reds are the only team in the Majors without a win from
its rotation. Their five starters have a 5.45 ERA that is ranked 13th in the
National League. It was 3.11 before the just-completed 2-5 road trip began.
Their starters' 37 are the third-most in the league. The entire pitching
staff also leads the Majors in total pitches thrown.
On Friday, manager Dusty Baker and pitching coach Bryan Price held a
closed-door meeting with the starters. The topic wasn't revealed, but it'd
be easy to guess that throwing strikes was near the top of the agenda.
"Our starting pitchers are throwing way too many pitches," Price said on
Sunday. "They're averaging just under 20 pitches per inning as a group.
We're walking too many guys. Between walks and hit batters and a low
first-pitch-strike percentage, we're just not doing everything we can to
increase our chances of pitching more effectively. We've addressed that.
However, we have to put it to work."
winning the first two games of the road trip in Florida, the Reds were
winning games and had fans beginning to believe their may just be something
“1990-ish” about this team. However, back-to-back losses against the Marlins
and getting swept by the Pirates over the weekend caused a road trip that
started so well to end in complete disaster. It also caused fans to believe
that this team would make the same mistakes as years past and Cincinnati
would have to endure another losing season. In the words of a cowboy trying to get his
horse to stop, “Whhhhhoooooaaaaa…” The Reds are 5-8. They have played 13 games,
which is equal to 8% of their 162-game schedule.
The importance of the Reds' next six games is indescribable. They are
already four games behind the first place Cardinals in the NL central, three
games behind the Marlins in the wild card race, and quickly disintegrating
It's not time to panic and it's not time for concern. It's time to win.
Whack Reds is begging you....
Homer Bailey (0-1, 6.97 ERA) will face Chad Billingsley (1-0, 5.73 ERA) and
the Dodgers at 7:10pm on Tuesday.
Prior to Sunday's 5-3 loss to
the Pirates, Scott Rolen tested out his sore back in the batting cages and
had negative results. He proceeded to miss his third game in a row. Rolen is
currently the Reds' homerun leader, but has only drove in 4 runs and is
batting only .219 in 32 at-bats. With four straight days off for Rolen (the
Reds don't play Monday) and five straight losses from the Reds, Rolen's bat
will be required if his team decides to boomerang. Rolen had this to say on
"I'm feeling better. I'm trying to figure out if I can play
Major League Baseball. I can walk around like a normal human being. But
that's a little different than what I'm being called upon to do."
The Pittsburgh Pirates completed a three game sweep of the Cincinnati
Reds on Sunday. The last time the Reds were swept by the Pirates was during
the 2003 season when they completed the task twice (Once in a 2-game series
and once in a 3-game series).
Bronson Arroyo started for the Reds on Sunday and went six innings allowing
five runs on five hits. After retiring the first nine batters he faced,
Arroyo crumbled during the fourth inning, granting the Pirates all five of
their runs. Paul Janish provided the Reds with a RBI double
Jay Bruce answered his critics (and us) with two solo home runs instead of
two middle fingers.
Reds beat writer John Fay said that Johnny Gomes could have caught the ball
that allowed three of Arroyo's runs:
"...Jonny Gomes nearly ran down but it fell for a three-run
double. Gomes probably would have made the catch if he took a better route."
Bronson Arroyo commented on his Sunday start:
reminded every year this stuff ain’t easy. I didn’t have much velocity on my
heater, but I was throwing it where I wanted to, setting up guys where I
wanted to. Some of big plays were hitting (Bobby) Crosby, then that ball
sneaking over Orlando (Cabrera’s) glove. Either one of those don’t happen, I
feel like I have a chance to get out of that inning with two runs at the
most. You give somebody five that early in the game and it’s tough to come
...and his sense of urgency:
always say it’s a long season, but obviously the mentality of the front
office is not going to be a 162-game schedule if we get behind the eight
ball too much. So we’ve got to turn things around quick."
Reds with have a much needed off day to collect their thoughts on Monday.
Tuesday they will begin a NL west abundant six game home stand. The first
three will be against the Dodgers (6-6) and will be followed by three
against San Diego (6-6). Here are the pitching match-ups from
The Reds Report.
April 20: vs. Dodgers – Billingsley (1-0, 5.73
ERA) vs. Bailey (0-1, 6.97 ERA)
April 21: vs. Dodgers – Kuroda (1-0, 1.20 ERA) vs. Harang (0-2, 7.88 ERA)
April 22: vs. Dodgers – Padilla (1-1, 8.04 ERA) vs. Leake (0-0, 2.63 ERA)
April 23: vs. Padres – Correia (2-1, 3,12 ERA) vs. Cueto (0-0, 5.06 ERA)
April 24: vs. Padres – LeBlanc (0-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Arroyo (0-1, 4.95 ERA)
April 25: vs. Padres – Richard (0-2, 4.38 ERA) vs. Bailey (0-1, 6.97 ERA)
After Friday's game Jay "The Deal" Bruce is now batting a colossal .158 over
eleven games so far this season. Once a major attribute to the Reds'
offense, Bruce has only had only six hits in his 38 at-bats. He has drove in
one run, struck out ten times, and has
yet to go deep this season. 33% of Bruce's hits so far came in one game,
as he tastelessly rejoiced,
pretending to overcome his tussle. It may be time to worry.
If the Reds are going to win games this season, especially with the way the
starting pitching has struggled (No offense, Godzilla.), Bruce's production
is a must. Even though his average was a fairly weak .223 last season in 101
games, he managed to script 22 homeruns, 58 RBI, and post a .773 OBP. If
Bruce can't mend his terrible season soon, it could promptly become too
The Reds lost Friday's game to the Pirates when Lastings Milledge singled
off Nick Masset during the bottom of the ninth scoring Andrew McCutchen.
Mike "Godzilla" Leake provided a quality start for his team going seven
innings and allowing three runs. The Reds scored two runs in the eighth
inning without even producing a hit as the Pirates pitching staff politely
let the Reds back in the game with five straight walks. Orlando Cabrera tied
the game with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth scoring Chris
Dickerson, but the standstill was short lived. The Pirates won walk-off
The Pirates are are really bad team this year. They are an organization
under the influence. Just read this article Whack Reds
wrote about their turmoil prior to the season. A lost series to the Bucs
would be nothing short of devastating.
Perhaps Thom Brennaman was predicting the future when he was caught
announcing his disapproval during Monday's game against the Marlins. On
Friday, the Reds will play the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:05pm, with the
starting pitchers being Duke and Leake.
After dramatically winning the first two games against the Marlins in
extra-innings, the Reds went on to drop the final two games of the series,
splitting it with the Fish.
Homer Bailey started for the Reds on Wednesday and appeared to be more of a
thrower, instead of the pitcher we expected to see this season. Overthrowing
his fastball and locating pitches spastically, Bailey went 5 1/3 innings
allowing five runs on eight hits. The Reds lost to the Marlins on Wednesday
In dire need of a long outing from one of their starters, the Reds relied on
Aaron Harang to get it done on Thursday. Harang was unable to answer the
call and had his worst start of the season. Harang went only four innings,
allowed eight earned runs on eight hits, and depleted the Reds' bullpen.
Jonny Gomes and Chris Dickerson each had a pair of hits with the rest of the
lineup only producing three more. The Reds lost to the Marlins Friday by a
final score of 10-2.
The Reds starting rotation is becoming a massive concern considering it was
their projected strength prior to the season. The Reds' offense has
generally lived up to it's low expectations so far (all Reds hitters are
batting below .300), but the rotation was supposed to keep the team in
games. The Reds starting rotation is still without a win going into Friday's
game. A headline involving bathroom circumstances is violently appropriate.
Speaking of excrement, Chris Sabo's Goggles gives you yet another
reason to hate the Marlins while Whack Reds
gives you another reason to hate Creed.
The Reds lost to the Florida Marlins 5-3 on Wednesday. Homer Bailey started
the game for the Reds going 5 1/3 innings while allowing five runs on eight
hits. Paul Janish made his first appearance of the season, starting at
shortstop, and went 2-3 with a homerun and a double. The rest of the team
only managed to combine for five measly hits.
On Pete Rose's 69th
birthday, Corey Brinn gives us a great inside look of the Dayton Dragons.
Corey has managed the clubhouse for the Dragons since 2008 and talks to
Whack Reds about Todd Benzinger, Donnie Joseph, and the day to day
responsibilities that go with being a "Clubbie". Visit The Reds' minor
league affiliate at
DaytonDragons.com, or Corey at