My name is Tom, and I’m a longtime Reds fan like everyone else here. I currently reside in Kokomo, IN but I was born and raised in the Cincinnati area. I’ll turn 42 later this summer, the same day we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pete Rose breaking Ty Cobb’s all time record for base hits. My earliest recollections of the Reds are from the late 60’s and I grew up with the Reds and rise and fall of the Big Red Machine in the 70’s. Johnny Bench was my hero growing up.
I became very interested in the minor leagues in the eighties as I followed the rise of a high school classmate/teammate through the minors into the majors. My work took me out of the Cincinnati area in 89 and I’ve been a transplanted Reds fan ever since. I discovered the internet in the early 90’s which allowed me to continue to follow the Reds closely and introduced me to the world of sabermetrics. I’m far from an expert, but I’ve always liked baseball statistics and I enjoy the insights they provide into the game.
I’m honored to have been asked to participate in Redleg Nation. I can see the bloggers on the site have already provided many interesting insights, opinions, and analysis on our beloved Reds. I hope you’ll find my contributions to the site to be as informative and interesting as I have found my fellow bloggers entries to be. I look forward to discussing the Reds with you as we enter into what appears to be a very interesting season.