Chad Dotson (our illustrious owner) and I would like to offer our sincere thanks to the writing staff of Redleg Nation. Along with the veteran writers for the site, we’ve taken on a lot of new authors the past two seasons and have been thrilled with the content they have provided on a reliable basis. Before the year’s end, our staff will have made over 1,000 posts in 2015 and the site will set records in views (3 million) and visitors (500,000).

Please allow me the privilege of thanking our writers by name.

In 2015, we upgraded our commitment to Game Previews. Greg Dafler, who was one of the early writers at the site, did a fantastic job coordinating the previews to make sure each one was covered. He and Wes Jenkins wrote most of them, with significant help throughout the year from Nick Kirby. The content was far beyond what I had envisioned when I talked to them in the spring about adding pitching match-ups and line-ups. The daily Game Preview became a terrific source of the latest Reds and other related news.

Our morning column authors never missed a deadline. Nick Kirby covered the NL Central on Mondays. Doug Gray added his insight on the Reds minor league affiliates on Tuesdays and Tom Diesman wrote This Week on the Farm on Thursdays. Tom is another long-time writer at Redleg Nation. Nick Doran and Mike Maffie wrote their great columns on Wednesday and Friday. For Nick K, Doug, Tom and Mike, this was their second year authoring weekly posts.

Taylor Ballinger, Matt Korte and Jeff Gangloff wrote the Saturday morning post This Week In Baseball, a look at interesting and humorous social and economic issues in the broader world of baseball. Their column was exactly what I had in mind when we discussed it in the spring.

Our Sunday Evening Post was a project shared by John Ring, Mark Elliot, Mary Beth Ellis and Greg Gajus. They offered thought-provoking commentary and fascinating historical pieces that were a step or two removed from the heat of day-to-day box scores and transactions.

Our talented afternoon feature writers deserve huge praise for their consistent outstanding content. Grant Freking, Kevin Michell and Nick Carrington wrote once a week. Jeremy Conley wrote a couple times a month.

We received occasional feature articles from Chris Garber, another author whose writing here dates back to the start of the site. Jason Lawrence, Warren Lehman and Justin Merry contributed posts. Tom Nichols (Dayton) and Kourage Kundahl (Pensacola) covered minor league affiliates in detail for us.

Our Titanic Struggle game recaps were mostly written by Nick Kirby, Jason Linden, Chad and myself. It was especially great to see Chad able find time this year to return to the recap writing he had done since 2005. (Although Chad did seem to have the bad luck of getting stuck with more than his fair share of rain delayed and extra-inning affairs, and the couple games that were rain delayed and extra innings also seemed to fall on his nights, too.) And if you’re perceptive, you’ll note how many paragraphs in this post contain the name Nick Kirby. He’s still elite.

One last word of thanks to all the writers who were willing to be flexible with their assignments, often pinch-hitting for me and others at the last minute. It was a pleasure to work with such a cooperative group.

And a special, Diaz-sized thanks to our loyal and valued members. Our goal is to grow a community of people who think about the Cincinnati Reds. Despite the disappointing season turned in by the ball club we follow, you continued to show up here to read and write. Those of you who take the time to post thoughtful and constructive comments are a gigantic part of the value of this website. Please know that we are honored by your contributions (whether or not we agree with them!).

So what’s next?

As major league baseball moves from the regular season to the postseason and then to the offseason, Redleg Nation will be gearing down on content as well. We’ll try to have something new every day as best we can, but it won’t be three or four columns.

However, when the Reds get busy with Redsfest, arbitration, option decisions, trades, free-agent acquisitions, the caravan and other breaking information, we’ll be on it as always, with facts, analysis and opinion. You’ve got us for that.

The good news is that many of the writers have already agreed to return to regular assignments about that time the Reds pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear in February.

39 Responses

  1. Chad Dotson

    I couldn’t agree more. I’m so humbled by the awesome contributors and the dedicated readers/commenters who have made RN so much fun.

    Also, big thanks to Steve, who has worked tirelessly to keep RN going over the last couple of years. Not sure where we’d be without his efforts.

    Love you guys. What a great community of Reds fans, even in a frustrating year.

  2. kmartin

    A big thanks to Chad, Steve, and all the other writers and developers. Thanks for such a great informative blog. Following this blog greatly enhances the season (and off-season).

    • RedAlert

      Without a doubt !!! This is an awesome site – thanks to all the writers and editors for all the time and effort put forth to give us all this great Reds forum !

  3. Eli

    Thanks guys! Dark, dark season, but I enjoyed reading RLN throughout!

  4. DavidTurner49

    I began reading RLN early this season after increasing frustration with the relatively shallow content of the Reds’ beat writers and the b. s. from the cynical people who blow off steam in response to them. What a breath of fresh air here! Many thanks to Chad, Steve, and all the other writers for fact-based thought-provoking posts. The readers/commenters here also add quality discourse most of the time. I’ve enjoyed it all. Go Reds!

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Like you David, I found this site earlier this year and it has been a beacon of light in a dark season. I found the content and even worse, the inane comments offered on the Reds’ MLB site, no longer tolerable. Even with the frustrations of this season, people here are civil to each other even when vehemently disagreeing.

  5. Davis Stuns Goliath

    I didn’t engage/interact as often this year, but I still can’t thank you all enough for your efforts. 20 years ago, out-of-towners like me had to wait for ESPN’s ticker to complete a lap to stay updated. Nowadays, though, you help to bring Cincinnati to me. Kudos to those of you who man the Twitter account as well.

  6. Playtowin

    This is a great site. The writing by the various contributors is interesting and informative. The 2016 season can not come soon enough. It should be an interesting off season for the Reds. There will be moves. Will the Reds pick a pitcher or position player with the #2 pick in the amateur draft? Will they go for an 18 year old just out of high school or a more MLB ready player in college? What will they get in the upcoming Chapman trade? Will they try to patch the roster with medium priced veterans or will they go fully into a tear down and go young except for a few current Reds they decide to keep? I am looking forward to the speculation and analysis by the writers on the site.

  7. Scot Lykins

    This sight is by far the bright spot of the Reds season this year.

  8. jessecuster44

    Thanks, guys. I learned a lot about baseball this year, especially new stats – like exit velocity. Keep up the outstanding work.

  9. wizeman

    Thanks for everything. I learned a great deal.

  10. gardnebj

    I come to this site every day and read the amazing articles about my favorite baseball team. The whole staff does a wonderful job. However, this is the very first time that I have made a comment. I felt like it was important for the team at Redleg Nation to know how valuable and important it is for me, and I’m sure many others, to have a place to share ideas, cheer, complain, or just vent. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  11. ohiojimw

    A particular thanks to you all is in order this year for keeping the site rolling along on even keel as the wheels of its namesake subject fell off again and again and again. It can’t have been easy to keep putting up the high quality content day after day under such circumstances. So, thank you.

  12. WVRedlegs

    Great year, at least here at RLN. This site and Doug Gray’s Reds minor league website are the 2 best websites for Reds info. From Steve’s excellent series on elbows and TJ surgery, thru the excellent SABR lessons, to the graphics used like the heat maps, the spray charts, and other charts, spreading the knowledge by the RLN staff went way beyond expectations.
    Looking forward to reports from the AFL, the winter meetings, Redsfest and everything in between. The Hot Stove League will be starting soon. The Reds won’t be standing pat this off-season. A couple, or a few, of our favorite Reds more than likely won’t be returning next season. The rumors will start swirling soon after the World Series concludes.

    • ohiojimw

      A couple, or a few, of our favorite Reds more than likely won’t be returning next season. …….

      Maybe somebody who needs a top flight pitching coach will even make them an offer they can’t refuse for Bryan Price 😉

  13. muttonlettucetomato

    You guys do a fantastic job and RNL is an exciting and engaging way to follow our team (and baseball in general). Many thanks to all of you for providing this site. Let’s hope for a better year out of the Reds next season. Blessings to you all. MLT

  14. jamesgarrett

    Thanks to all that make this site the best of the best.

  15. VaRedsFan

    Echo the thoughts of a job well done. Looking forward to “Getting the Off Season Right” columns.

  16. Ryan Lykins (@ryan_lykins)

    I don’t always have a lot of time to comment on the posts but I read daily and have been reading this website for about 4 years now. You guys all do a fantastic job with everything. I have learned more about the game in the last few years than I have my whole life. Refreshing and informative. Kepp up the great work.

  17. aktrainer

    Been reading the site daily during Reds season for five years now, and it just gets better each year! Thanks so much for all the work you put into making it great to be a Reds fan (even when the team is terrible)!

  18. ragekage83

    Thanks so much guys. I really love the content on this site. Check it multiple times a day, and although I don’t comment much I do love the (mostly) respectful dialogue that happens here. Cheers!

  19. citizen54

    Great work guys. Glad I found this site this year. I especially enjoy the saber slanted analyses.

  20. louisvilleink

    Thanks to you all. I venture the quality of writing, the actual craft, is as high here as on any fan site/blog. This is my number-one source for following the Reds, besides listening to the games on Reds Radio Network, because I know that I am not only going to get great content but it is going to be eloquently-rendered content. You guys keep getting better and better. Many thanks from a Reds fan going back to the Big Red Machine. You have even educated this Luddite on sabermetrics a bit.

  21. CI3J

    *Premiere League style over-the-head clap*

    Despite what may have transpired on the field, RLN has delivered another All-Star performance this season. It’s always interesting and inspirational to see the contributions of fellow Reds’ fans. We are all different ages and come from different walks of life, but by and large, the discussions on this site are mostly thoughtful discourses rather than outright shouting matches (although there have also been a fair share of… *ahem*…. “spirited discussions”.)

    In some ways, now is one of the more interesting times to be a fan of this club. Baseball is going through a technological, statistical, and financial revolution of sorts and the landscape of the game is changing more rapidly than it ever has in history. Likewise, our Cincinnati Reds are at a crossroads, and it’s nothing short of a Godsend to have a place like RLN where we can come and share ideas with likeminded baseball and Reds fans.

    Cheers to RLN, and cheers to all who contribute to this site.

    And now begins our winter slumber, to be broken only by groundbreaking trades or other news of our beloved Reds.

    I know where I’ll be going to get that news. The only place that matters: right here on Red Leg Nation.

  22. Craig Z

    Thanks to everyone on the site for all your hard work. Great job.

  23. Shchi Cossack

    The Old Cossack feels compelled to make a personal shout out to Mike Maffie for his analytical and statistical perspective presented each week. While all the editors presented well written and well researched articles, I felt like a kid entering the candy store each week as I opened Mike’s post.

    With the wildcard playin games beginning tonight (Go Stros!), a bit of pertinent news hit the blogosphere today. MLBTR published their Projected Arbitration Salaries For 2016:

    Reds (7)
    •Aroldis Chapman (5.034) – $13.0MM
    •Sam LeCure (4.119) – $2.1MM
    •Zack Cozart (4.084) – $2.9MM
    •Brennan Boesch (4.002) – $1.3MM
    •Ryan Mattheus (3.123) – $1.3MM
    •Jason Bourgeois (3.121) – $900K

    Chapman simply must be moved during the offseason. Chapman is certainly worth a $13MM investment for his skill set if properly utilized, but not how the Reds under utilize him.

    LeCure, Boesch & Mattheus should be non-tendered, but I expect WJ will throw more good money after bad and sign at least 2 of the 3.

    Bourgeois would be cheap, but paying anything for negative production is counter-productive. Another non-tender candidate that I’m pretty sure WJ will sign and insert on the 25-man roster.

    Cozart’s catastrophic knee injury scares the bejebers out of me, but even at $3MM, I think I would have to sign him.

    • WVRedlegs

      I agree with your assessments. Cozart at $3M will be a bargain whether he is a starter or not. It is time to move Chapman, either to the rotation or to another team. The $13M can be better spent on an everyday player. Those 60 IP’s can and should be taken over by Lorenzen, at $525k.
      And those four of LeCure, Boesch, Mattheus, and Bourgeois should not get a ML contract. Maybe bring a couple in on a minor league deal, but that is it. That would be a savings of $5.7M by letting these four go. Schumaker and Pena come off the books, too. Badenhop may also. There could be plenty of turnover and change to the 25 man roster this winter.
      New faces, hopefully, all in the right places.

  24. Pooter

    Thanks to this site I feel like I am a much more informed fan. Baseball has always been part of my life. I love it. But I was always a superficial fan. After a couple of years of being here I feel like I am no longer superficial. I enjoy all the content. I have lived in Utah for 8 years now so this site has brought Cincinnati to me. Thank you all.

  25. Geno

    Thanks to everyone for everything you do each day on RLN. This is always my first stop on the web for Cincinnati Reds info.

  26. Steelerfan

    And here is the better thread for it. Thank you to all of the writers and posters here for making this year so much more bearable. As an out of market fan, I have to come to rely on the wisdom and intelligent debate on this site. There are always exceptions, but this has remains a model of how discussion on the internet should work.

  27. Phil Gasson

    Chapman being a starter would be a disaster. He would reach the 100 pitch count by the fifth inning. How long can the Reds keep automatic outs like Jay Bruce and Billy Hamilton in the line up? I think the Reds pitching rotation next year will surprise a lot of people. Brian pena needs to take his 18 RBIs in 110 games somewhere else. Sorry to sound so negative but with 98 losses how else can I sound!!!

  28. James MacKay

    Like many above said, though it was a rough year that was difficult to follow at times, RLN was outstanding! Thanks to all who put in what I assume are hours and hours of hard work to make our enjoyment of the Reds more enjoyable. Bravo to all the writers and contributors. I look forward to off season analysis and building excitement for 2016. Regardless if our team is what we all want in 2016, they will remain my favorite baseball club and this community will remain one of my go-to places each day. Stay positive Reds fans!

  29. Hoodlum

    guys – thanks for your hard work around here. i dont leave near cincy, so this is my source of all in-depth analysis and chatter about the team. appreciate the writers and the posters as well.

    lets go redlegs, lets go reds in ’16.

  30. cfd3000

    Thank you all! A sad year overall for the Reds, but another championship season for RLN.

  31. lwblogger2

    I’ll echo the sentiments of many of my fellow commenters and send out a very heartfelt thank you to the writers at RLN, There is a ton of hard work that goes into this site and it shows. This is by far the best baseball blog I’ve seen and is the best place for Reds news.

    Thanks to my fellow commenters as well for keeping the discussion lively, respectful, and thoughtful. Cheers folks.

  32. misconcepcion

    Brutal season by any measure, but this was my 50th year as a Redlegs fan, and I’ve found nowhere else to go that feels like home. The MLB site is absolutely crawling with the worst kind of negativity, back-stabbing, racism and all-around trollery. I have the utmost respect for the major domos at this site, but also for so many of the frequent readers and commentators (except the ones who refuse to take a name).
    Don’t know when this long, Reds’ National nightmare will end, but this is where I’ll ride it out. Thanks to all…