As part of their rollout for hosting the 2015 All-Star game, the Reds today unveiled the game logo.

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The Reds FSO broadcasts are the highest rated show during their time period, according to a report by Maury Brown for Forbes Magazine. The games are the #1-rated programming in prime time from Opening Day through July 24. That’s good news for the Reds as they prepare to renegotiate their local media rights contract. Ratings haven’t dipped despite the team’s .500 record.

Source: Neilson Company

Source: Nielsen Company

Pittsburgh Pirate superstar and 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen’s injury could potentially be a crippling blow to their post-season run. A post by Mike Petriello at FanGraphs discusses the possible ramifications. His conclusion:

Again, we’re speculating, because right now, it’s impossible to say for sure what McCutchen’s health outlook is. He could be back next week; he could miss the rest of the year. He could come back at full strength; he could rush it and be limited, like Ramirez was for the Dodgers, and the Pirates could try to make a waiver deal to compensate. No matter how it turns out, though, it’s hard to think of a more damaging situation for a playoff team. A club with no margin of error just lost the best player in the league. It’s not often that turns out well.

Lots of mixed feelings. On the one hand, the Pirates pitch inside a lot, lead the league in hit batters and engaged in a blatant bean-ball war with the Reds last year. One of the casualties was Brandon Phillips who was hit and injured last year on June 2.

On the other hand, that doesn’t make it right in this case for Arizona to retaliate deliberately for what most everyone believes to be an accidental HBP the game before on Paul Goldschmidt.

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As for the pennant run and being a Reds fan watching Bryan Price’s team coping with injuries to Joey Votto (who has an NL MVP trophy on his mantle, too) and Phillips, I know how it feels. Pirates fans, welcome to our world.

15 Responses

  1. Dale Pearl

    Part of the game. When BP was hit last year the Reds showed their pitching weakness in that they refused to retaliate. As much as I despise Tony Larussa the retaliatory hit batsmen was an integral part of his management style. Doesn’t get you very far in the playoffs. Just ask Dusty.

  2. arizonareds

    Tough not to say ‘what goes around comes around’, so I’ll just say it. Awesome to see the high ratings for the Reds (although I fall outside the broadcast radius) just based on the potential extra salary dollars for the upcoming signings of Latos, Cueto and Chapman.

  3. Dale Pearl

    As far as the logo goes = lame. Should be a logo clearly identifying The Reds as the oldest baseball team or alternatively of Mr. Redlegs with a pair of crutches and his leg in a cast.

    As far as ratings goes that can only be good news for the Reds.Spend more money down of the farm.

    • arizonareds

      Officially, if you look at it from a franchise perspective, the Atlanta Braves are the oldest baseball team. The original Cincinnati Redstockings team was formed in 1869 but then disbanded in 1870. In 1871 the owner of that team moved them to Boston where they started as the Redstockings but eventually became the Boston Braves, who then moved to Atlana. The Cincinnati Reds franchise that currently exists was formed in 1875.

  4. arizonareds

    I actually prefer it when the pitcher throws behind the guy. It gives all the message without the potential injury. The problem with that, though, is that you will almost certainly be thrown out of the game which doesn’t help the team. Umpires should start rewarding pitchers for throwing behind a guy in retaliation instead of hitting him. Maybe call it a strike?

  5. George Mirones

    The baseball Gods are leveling the playing field. Pirates lose Cutch, Brewers lose Garza, Lohse pitching like he is injured, Cards lose Molina and trade a starter. Maybe the scales are being balanced.

    Logo is neat and good for the brand but it doesn’t add to the win column this year.

  6. Eric the Red

    ‘Cutch wasn’t injured on the HBP. He was injured on a swing in a game the day after.

    But since you brought it up…I don’t appreciate how he reacts. He went absolutely nuts after Chapman didn’t even hit him, and he threw a fit after this particular HBP. If he’s got an issue, maybe he should take it up with his pitchers, who hit a lot of batters either intentionally or because they believe in pitching inside. Even with a huge lead, as with the pitch that ended Goldschmidt’s season

    • CincyTWW

      Pirate pitchers have hit 61 batters, 12 more than any other team. Morton has 18 HBP by himself.

  7. docmike

    When I saw this news, my first thought was “Well, I guess the Pirates will feel the way we’ve felt for most of the year.”

    Hate to hear of anybody getting injured, but when you have a manager like Clint Hurdle, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that someone on your team will get hurt eventually.

  8. ToddAlmighty

    Pirates have really been asking for it for awhile now. When the NL average is 37, and your team has 61, and the next closest in all of MLB is 12 fewer? They led MLB in HBP last year too.

    Can’t keep hitting other players, hurting other players, and not expect some return… regardless of if you agree with the whole retaliation thing or not, fact is it’ll happen at that point. It’s why their batters also led MLB in HBP last year and are leading this year too.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Yeah, plus the Pirates are pretty much the reason why 4 of the top 5 team in MLB last year in pitchers HBP were NL Central teams.. I think after the 81 HBP their batters had last year due to that, they realized constantly beaning their divisional opponents isn’t a good idea because of how often they have to play them, and toned divisional beaning down at least a little.

  9. Dale Pearl

    only bush league when you require the players to wear skirts. HBP has always been a part of baseball.