This Week in Baseball

-Taylor Ballinger, Matt Korte, Jeff Gangloff

Good morning, Nation. We’re back with our weekly installment of “This Week in Baseball”, where Taylor, Matt, and Jeff will highlight interesting and/or important stories happening throughout baseball. As always, hope you enjoy – and let us know what you’ve been reading by posting in the comment section below.

3 Trades the Cincinnati Reds Should Already Be Thinking About

Tyler Grote, Bleacher Report

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2457717-3-trades-the-cincinnati-reds-should-already-be-thinking-about

This is low hanging fruit featuring an article about the Reds from a national outlet, but it’s always interesting to see how the organization is viewed from the “outside.”  As the season continues, we as Reds fans will be on edge waiting to see how management handles and weighs the course of this season versus the next 5-7 years.  In this article, Grote highlights the three obvious trade candidates on our roster in Bruce, Cueto and Phillips…the other highlight; how underwhelming our assets are to trade to actually improve the club.  Outside of Cueto, Bruce’s stock is at an all-time low and the trading of BP would be about a salary dump.  Stay tuned Redleg Nation…the next few weeks of our season could dictate what our next 5 seasons become. (Korte)

How MLB Stays White

Jack Moore, Vice Sports

http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/just-a-bit-outside/story/bud-selig-rule-minorities-hire-interview-manager-front-office-commissioner-050815

This past week the Brewers did something that surprised about 0.4 percent of the baseball community when they dismissed Manager Ron Roenicke and replaced him with former Brewer and Special Assistant, Craig Counsell.  Again…no surprises in the move and for the Brewers sake, hopefully Counsell will be the right man for the job.  That said, with the expediency of the move, it seems like the Brewers directly went against the “Selig Rule” enacted in 1999 to ensure that more minority candidates were being considered for major roles within MLB organizations.  The article highlights the long-term lack of success of the rule, as there are currently 28 white managers in MLB.  I highly recommend diving into this article, a true history lesson into how MLB has struggled with the diversity of its leaders while suggesting that MLB needs to truly treat the Selig Rule as useful tool to improve the diversity in the game. (Korte)

Craziest Ballpark Foods

Compiled by the Sporting News

http://www.sportingnews.com/photos/4639920-crazy-ballpark-food-mlb-milb-yankees-rangers-braves-chicken-waffles-hops-hot-dog-burger/slide/312730

Not much of an article here…just a little bit of fun.  As you are making your summer road trip plans to cross the country in the old family truckster…here is a guide to some of the wildest ballpark foods through the country.  Major league and Minor League teams are now rolling out some of the most off-the-wall menu items you surely won’t find in a normal sit down restaurant.  If you happen to sample any of these this year and live through the heart attack, please let me know what you think.  The Krispy Kreme Donut Dog served by the Wilmington Blue Rocks looks particularly devastating (Korte).

Battering the Batter

Adam Felder, The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/05/no-more-battering-the-batter/391991/

Batters being hit by pitchers is causing big problems but isn’t having nearly enough consequences. Is it time for baseball to take a hard look at the impact that “the unwritten rules of baseball”, “beanballs”, and the unintentional “hit by pitch” are having on the game? Adam Felder takes a look at some of the concerns with pitchers hitting batters and suggests ways in which Major League Baseball can combat it. (Gangloff)

In Alex Rodriguez’s Big Moments, Yankees Start to Look Small

William C. Rhoden, New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/09/sports/baseball/in-alex-rodriguezs-big-moments-yankees-start-to-look-small.html?_r=0

I think this is the third week in a row I’ve included an A-Rod story. The ongoing saga between him and the Yankees is incredibly fascinating. An organization that gets every red cent out of marketing its history and players wants to pretend that one of its players passing Willie Mays on the all-time home run list is no big deal. Give me a break. They’re stiffing A-Rod because they don’t like him and because they signed him to a bad deal to begin with…not because he broke the rules. They kept Jason Giambi around after his steroid admission. Andy Pettitte’s getting a plaque in Monument Park for crying out loud. The hypocrisy in this is mind-numbing. But, like I said a couple weeks back – if any organization can turn A-Rod into a sympathetic figure, it’s the Yankees. (Ballinger)

Reds Fans Start Petition to Send Kevin Gregg to Triple-A After Poor Outing

Chris Cwik, Yahoo Sports

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/reds-fans-start-petition-to-send-kevin-gregg-to-triple-a-after-poor-outing-042920808.html

The title is pretty self-explanatory. The only thing I’ll say is this: I’m not signing the petition, because it’s silly and there are way more important things to worry about. However, it has been tough to watch this Reds bullpen struggle (not just Kevin Gregg). Let’s hope they can turn it around, because I don’t know that there are tons of great options out there for the club. (Ballinger)

9 Responses

  1. Shchi Cossack

    With Larking being officially brought into the fold as a roving minor-league infield instructor, could this be a prelude to the next manager for the Reds? The experience as a roving minor league instructor will certainly provide direct experience and insight with the Reds prospects and Larkin has previously expressed a desire to manage.

    • ohiojimw

      Another guy with personal and (mostly) family ties to the Reds to keep an eye on is Eduardo Perez. He’s probably clearly ahead of Larkin in terms of managerial experience having managed the Puerto Rican national team as well as managing in winter ball both with some success of note. I believe EP was on the announced formal interview list for a MLB managing job this off season (TB?)

      • ohiojimw

        I may have crossed Barry and Eduardo on which was interviewed by TB. Apparently Larkin definitely was. I did not find confirmation that Perez was. But i still tend to think I read he was on someone’s interview list

      • jdx19

        Remember, too… Larkin managed the Brazilian team at the last WBC.

  2. ohiojimw

    Baseball has a problem with domestic diversity period, on the field, in the stands, and in the front offices. Most of the diversity on the field comes from the large and increasing presence of off shore players who come to MLB for the money and to compete in the top league in the world. The better news for MLB is the population of the US is also becoming more diverse because of the influx of immigrants from the same general areas of the world baseball’s off shore players come from.

    However, off shore players who might look to move into management after their playing career are for the most part going to face linguistic and cultural barriers even on a field devoid of unabashed discrimination.

  3. Tom Reed

    I’ve heard a rumor that Paul O’Neil, who does pre and post game broadcasting for the Yankees, has expressed an interest in managing the Reds someday.

  4. PARED84

    Re: battering the batter
    If we’re going to start ejecting pitchers for throwing above the waist, then we better prohibit batters using all that protective equipment on their arms.Too easy to let pitch hit your armor and oops there goes Cueto or Chapman after one pitch .Of course I exaggerate some. Complicated issue for sure.Like to see some of the Redleg Nation experts weigh in.

    • jdx19

      I think the article has a bit of a ridiculous tone. Saying being hit by a pitch is a violent felony is pretty silly. If that’s the case, the entire sports of football and boxing are felonious in nature.

      If guys don’t want to be thrown at intentionally a few times in their career, they can go find a job that does not have an average salary over $4 million.

      With that said, I don’t think it is ‘right’ to throw at a guy intentionally with intent to injure, but I think that is very, very rare. It’s more like ‘intent to cause a bruise.’ Very few guys try to hit someone in the head. It’s usually the thigh or back. And if they do, they should be dealt with swiftly and harshly.