Cincinnati Reds are still holding all of their off-season secrets very close to their vests. Which, as a Reds fan we have gotten very used to over the past few years. So when someone mentions the Reds in the news I am usually all over it, because let’s be bluntly honest, there is not much really going on with the Reds this off-season. Even the rumors are blah! I was searching through articles and found something that amused me so I thought I would share it.
“clubs have had to gulp and swallow hard just to stomach the idea of $200 million contracts (hello, Cincinnati and Joey Votto, who agreed to $225 million over 10 years, and Seattle and Robinson Cano, who made a deal for $240 million over 10 years). This Stanton deal makes the Reds and Mariners look like Walmart greeters.” Source
And that my friends is how slow the Reds off-season is right now. Come on Walt, do something crazy! Show these guys the Reds are not Walmart greeters!
Cincinnati Reds offseason has been slow and now it sounds like it is not going to get any better. General Manager Walt Jocketty has told reporters that they are happy with what they have and that if they do not get any deals done they will still have a team that will contend in the National League Central. Jocketty has said that other teams are asking way too much for a starting pitcher and that is why no deal has been made yet. Teams are asking for Yonder Alonso, Devin Mesoraco or Yasmani Grandal and one or two more prospects for just one top of the rotation starter.
If the Reds do not make a move to get a starter they have been reported to be looking into signing a free agent closer. I really hope this is not true. I would rather go with the in-house idea (Edinson Volquez, Bill Bray, Nick Masset or Sam LeCure) then have them sign another closer for a lot of money. Save the money and get a top end starter next offseason.
I have just learned that the Reds signed RHP Kanekoa Texeira. Texeira has played for Seattle Mariners (2010) and Kansas City Royals. In 2011 for the Royals, he played 6 games and had a 2.84 ERA with 6.1 innings pitched.
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