Cincinnati Reds did nothing during the trade deadline and many fans are hurt and confused. I, on the other hand, am very happy with the news. This means they will have room for one Billy Hamilton at the end of this season. I know he is not playing the way many had hoped in his first season at AAA Louisville but he is only 22 years old! 22 years old and already in AAA? I am not worried one bit. He has a .251 BA and a .309 OBP in 390 AB. 64 SB with 12 CS. Remember now, there are a lot of veteran catchers and pitchers trying to make a name for themselves again in AAA. Some guys that have been in baseball for more years than Hamilton has been alive. They know all the tricks and have maybe even invented a few of them.
I really want to see what the kid can do on the Reds and if we have to wait, so be it. But with no trades at the deadline it brings on the question if Hamilton will be called up later this season. If Hamilton and Derrick Robinson can be put into the batting order the Reds might be able to play a different kind of baseball. Get them on, let them run, get them in baseball!
Since starting this blog about my favorite baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, I have had the pleasure of meeting many other great fans not only of the Reds but of every MLB team out there. I have also been able to chat with a lot of people behind the scenes of baseball.
Yesterday I got a message through twitter from the creators of Out of the Park Developments. (OOTP 14) I will be 100% honest with you, I felt pretty proud. (That is why I am writing this today, I had to let it sink in that it was real.)
I have played OOTP 14 and I have to say it is a lot of fun to play. You can play single player and online against other great MLB fans. And once again I will be 100% honest with you, Cincinnati Reds general Manager Walt Jocketty has nothing to worry about, I will never be able to steal his job from him. I have made many bad trades and the best part of all with OOTP 14, I can start over again if I don’t like the trade. (Except in online play, some trades you never forget.)
There are many options to the game which is one of my favorite parts. You can play the current season with the 2013 roster or you can go back in time and play a classic game and change history. Babe Ruth with the Cincinnati Reds? Why not? The sky is the limit with this great game. You can also create your own fictional baseball league with tons of options.
Online play is something I have just started this season and I have to say, it is a lot of fun. You get to play against other great fans of the game and learn a lot from each and every one of them. Like I said before, you learn very quickly who you should trade and who you shouldn’t. (I traded Buster Posey for scraps and almost got run out-of-town.) With most games there are secrets to learn and OOTP 14 online is the same. You find out very quickly who to deal with and who not to. I have had the pleasure of being in some great leagues with a lot of very helpful players. My word of advice to those wanting to try online play, don’t let them push you around, stand your ground and most of all, have fun playing the game. There are many great online leagues out there right now with tons of great players from all around the World. Here is an example of an online league; Championship League Baseball
The creators of Out of the Park Developments (OOTP 14) have given me a OOTP 14 serial number to give away and I thought long and hard about what I would do in order to make this fun and thought what better way then to ask my readers to play a game with me;
Since the trade deadline is upon us and many Reds fans are very upset with the fact that Walt Jocketty has not made any moves to make the team better. What one trade would you make if you were Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty? You are allowed one trade, who would it be and why? I will make it fun and make the deadline July 31, 2013. Get your trades in before July 31 and get a chance to win a OOTP 14 serial number to play this great game.
RULES: Have fun with your trade, the more detail the better. Post your one trade and info in the comments of this blog post. Please include your twitter name in your post so then I can get in contact with you if you win. [ Follow me at 2r2dblog ]
Out of the Park Developments (OOTP 14) are just supplying the serial number as a prize, they are not deciding the winner, I am. So you can not complain to the company if you do not win. — I just love adding stupid stuff like this… Hint, I am just having fun with this so the best way to win is to just have fun and be creative with your trade.
I will post on the blog after July 31 who won and it will be posted on twitter also, so keep checking the blog and twitter to find out who wins.
I would like to thank OOTP 14 for this great offer and I hope to talk more with them in the future.
Is this going to be another one of those trade deadlines for the Reds? Is Walt Jocketty and the rest of the Cincinnati Reds front office really content with what they have or will they pull the trigger and make the team even better? With more fans going to the park there should be some more money to spend in order to keep first place for the rest of the season. I know that many will jump in and say why jinx it by trading now? But, must I remind everyone what happened when the front office didn’t make any moves last time the Reds were hot? One or two more much-needed pieces will help push this team even higher up the rankings, plus a little competition for some position players like Drew Stubbs might help motivate them more.
So far there have been a few rumors surrounding left-handed lead off hitters but nothing solid. If the Pirates make another move to better their team before the trade deadline I think Walt will have to try to do something in order to keep up. But, those are just my thoughts.
Pssst, Walt! Make a move, I dare you. 🙂