The Cincinnati Reds are currently sitting with an overall record of 9994 wins with 9702 losses. (1882 – 2011) 8975 of those wins are as the Cincinnati Reds. As Cincinnati Red Stockings (1882 – 1889) they had 549 wins. 470 of the wins are when they were Cincinnati Redlegs. (1954 – 1959)
So 2012 will witness the team with such a rich history go on to win 10,000 wins. Or if you want to get technical 9000 as the Cincinnati Reds. No matter how you look at it, this season will be a record-breaking season. I expect the Reds to bounce back and make the playoffs again this season. Of course I am biased but from what I have seen in the offseason with teams in the Central Division there is only one other team that is really making anything happen and that is Pittsburgh Pirates. The moves the Cardinals and Brewers have made (or have not made) are not scaring me one bit. And the Cubs and Astros don’t really look to promising either.
What a better way to take 10,000 wins than to win the division and go on to the World Series against Los Angeles Angels. Ok, I will wake up now and try to be a little more realistic. The Reds waiting game is paying off so far in my mind but they still need to make some moves in order to even come in 3rd in 2012. I do see Pittsburgh doing better this season though and I really am not sure if the Brewers will be very competitive in 2012 with everything going on with them. (Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder) Cardinals still have a great team but it will be very interesting to see how well they play without Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa.
The moves the Cincinnati Reds make this offseason will either make them or break them. Trading too much away to get a top of the rotation starter that finishes with a 15 – 13 record and killing their future or not trading enough and getting a player that does not give them a big enough push to win their division are the two main things that scare me right now. I think this is why the front office has not made a move yet. They are really looking at all the options and with everything that is going on with the Brewers and Cardinals right now their waiting game is paying off nicely.
In all seriousness I really don’t see an easy solution to their need for a top of the rotation starter. Who could they really bring in for three or four of their top prospects that will walk out with 20+ wins in 2012 with most of those games being in Great American Ball Park? And in my mind trading away three or more top prospects for a 15 to 17 win pitcher is not really going to help in the long run. If the Reds can get their hitters to hit the ball instead of striking out so much the pitchers they have right now are all capable of winning 17 games so why would they want to trade away their future for a pitcher that really might not do very well in Great American Ball Park? And let’s be real honest here, we don’t see many top pitchers knocking on the Reds front door begging to come play in Great American Ball Park for a few seasons. The only way the Reds will get the big starter they really want is by trading for him and they are going to have to trade a lot away in order to get him. I might be the only fan out there that really does not want to see that happen.
Since Cincinnati Reds did not make any moves at the winter meetings to write about, I thought I would look at a player that did well for the Reds in the past, Jim Maloney.
RHP Jim Maloney was drafted by Cincinnati Redlegs in 1959 and debuted on Wednesday, July 27, 1960, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum against Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched 7 innings giving up 6 hits, 1 run and 2 walks while getting 5 strike outs.
Maloney played 11 years with Cincinnati getting 134 wins and 81 losses with a 3.16 ERA in 1818.2 IP. He had two 20 win seasons with the Reds. (1963 and 1965) and pitched in 200+ innings in 5 different seasons and in those 5 seasons his ERA went into 3.00+ only once.
Jim Maloney was a great pitcher for the Reds and as we sit patiently hoping that another great pitcher comes to the team this offseason I only hope Walt Jocketty does not have to give up a lot to get him.
Being a 20 year old ball player in Major League Baseball can be tough. Not only do you have to worry about getting sent back to the minors but you have to learn how to stay productive against top players that might have five to fifteen years on you in the pro’s. Most young players are just happy to get their feet wet. While others jump in head first and make waves right away. Today I wanted to find out how many 20 year old baseball players got over 200 hits in a season. There are five to be exact and some might take you by shock.
Alex Rodriguez takes first place with 215 hits while playing for Seattle Mariners in 1996. Ty Cobb takes second with 212 hits for Detroit Tigers in 1907. Buddy Lewis got 210 hits in 1937 for Washington Senators. 205 hits helped Vada Pinson hit the list in 1959 for Cincinnati Redlegs and made him the only player to do it for the National League. And the only other 20 year old to get exactly 200 hits is Al Kaline who did it in 1955 for Detroit Tigers who were lucky enough to have two 20 year olds make the list. The next 20 year old only had 188 hits and that was done by Orlando Cepeda in 1958 for San Francisco Giants. The most recent 20 year old on the list is Jason Heyward who got 144 hits in 2010 for Atlanta Braves. The question remains, will there ever be another 20 year old to get over 200 hits in Major League Baseball?
20 year olds who got 200 or more hits. (1901 - 2011) Rk Player Year Age Tm Lg G AB H6 BA OBP SLG OPS 1 Alex Rodriguez 1996 20 SEA AL 146 601 215 .358 .414 .631 1.045 2 Ty Cobb 1907 20 DET AL 150 605 212 .350 .380 .468 .848 3 Buddy Lewis 1937 20 WSH AL 156 668 210 .314 .367 .425 .792 4 Vada Pinson 1959 20 CIN NL 154 648 205 .316 .371 .509 .880 5 Al Kaline 1955 20 DET AL 152 588 200 .340 .421 .546 .967