The Day Tom Browning Sat at The Rooftop Bleachers

Today, we heard the sad news about the passing of MLB legend Tom Browning. He played with the Cincinnati Reds in an era when players didn't take themselves as seriously as players do nowadays. Browning was part of the 1990 Cincinnati Reds squad that beat the highly favored Oakland A's in the World Series. On …

Today in Baseball: The First Father And Son Combo on The Same Team

On this day in 1990, the very first father and son combo played together on the same team. Throughout the history of MLB, there have been many fathers and sons in the game, but until this day, no father and son played on the same team. Of course we are talking about the Griffeys. Ken …

Today in Baseball: An Inside-the-Park Home run at the Age of 42

It sounds almost unbelievable but it happened today 104 years ago. (Hall of) Fame(d) shortstop Honus Wagner hit his final round-tripper that happened to be an inside-the-park home run. In the fourth inning, Wagner goes deep off Reds' right-hander Elmer Knetzer in the team's 2-1 victory at Cincinnati's Redland Field. Even at the wrong side …

Today in Baseball: Second no-hitter in a row

In this episode of "Today in Baseball," we pay attention to Johnny Vander Meer's consecutive no-hitter back in 1938. The "Dutch Master" had thrown a no-no four days earlier. In the very first night game in Brooklyn, as a matter of fact, in the whole city of New York,  the Cincinnati Reds took on the …

Baseball Shorts: How the Bunt got its Name

One of the most underrated hitting techniques in baseball is the bunt. If executed right, it can be a formidable weapon against a dominating pitcher. The bunt came into fashion when it, according to the legend, was invented by Henry Chadwick, the player-manager of the Cincinnati Ballclub. But how did the short hit got its …

Pedro Strop to Cincinnati

After seven years with the Chicago Cubs, Dominican-born Pedro Strop has signed a one-year contract with division rival Cincinnati. The deal is worth $1.825 million and Strop can earn an additional $1.5 million in incentives. The reliever with a father from Curaçao and a mother from the Dominican Republic will earn $1,825,000 and an additional …

Tortugas Dodgerized for the occasion

In the past few years, you could read several posts about my aversion to minor league clubs adopting the identity of the parent club. Good examples are the Dodgers' and Braves' farm teams. But sometimes adoptions like that are inevitable.  On April 17, 18, and 19 the Daytona Tortugas will be Dodgerized for the occasion …

Calten Daal signs with Twins

Curaçao shortstop Calten Daal has signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins. After seven years with the Cincinnati Reds he opted for free agency. Daal broke into professional baseball in 2013 as he made his first steps with the AZL Reds (rookie). Later that season, Calten was promoted to Advanced Rookie-level (Pioneer League, …

Today in baseball: First trade ever

In today's episode of Today in baseball, we pay attention to the very first trade in baseball. Today 133 years ago the Cincinnati Reds and the Saint Louis Browns were the first teams to do so. We write 1886, a time in which players were bought from other teams on a regular basis. But today, …

Today in baseball: First rookie no-hitter

During this time of the year, plenty of World Series items could be picked. I picked this one as I thought it was the most interesting. Today 127 years ago, on the last day of the regular season, a rookie pitcher went the distance and threw a no-hitter. Charles "Bumpus" Jones made his MLB debut …

Today in baseball: Cincinnati Greens

The title of this blog post may tell you it is about St. Patrick's Day. Next, to being the very first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds had another first in the history of baseball. In 1978 during a St. Patrick's Day practice game, the team donned Green jerseys instead of their traditional red ones. …

1962, the year Don Newcombe went to Japan

Don Newcombe, the legendary pitcher of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who recently passed away, had a "secret" I did not know about. In the final year of his baseball career, Newcomb played in Japan. Not as a pitcher but as a position player. In 1962, the year the New York Yankees won their last World Series …

MLB teams sport 150-anniversary logo

This year, MLB will celebrate the 150th anniversary of professional baseball. In 1869, the Cincinnati Reds were baseball's first fully paid team. All 30 MLB teams will wear the special patch on the right sleeve of their jerseys all season long. Next to the patch on the right sleeve, all 30 clubs will wear a …

A lot of throwback unis next year in Cincinnati

Uniform lovers will enjoy the 2019 season as the Cincinnati Reds will sport fifteen different throwback uniforms next year. The reason? The club will celebrate its 150th anniversary or a sesquicentennial.  Next to the uniforms, the club has unveiled a commemorative logo. In 1869, the (then) Cincinnati Red Stockings became the very first professional baseball …

Twins and Blue Wahoos team up, Padres signs deal with Amarillo

Even though there is no official announcement yet, the website of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos shows the logo of the Minnesota Twins as its parent club. And with the San Diego Padres signing a deal with the new Amarillo Texas League franchise, the Twins and the Blue Wahoos are the only teams left in AA. …

Reds return to Chattanooga

After an absence of ten years, the Cincinnati Reds have returned to Chattanooga. The MLB club signed a two year Player Development Contract with the local Lookouts (AA Southern League) that will run through the 2020 season. When the Reds moved on after the 2008 season, the Dodgers jumped in and stayed in Chattanooga for …

Minor League Affiliation News

In the last few days, there has been a lot of PDC extensions. The Baltimore Orioles extended the player development contracts with five of their affiliations and the Cincinnati Reds did the same with their Advanced Rookie team of the Pioneer League, the Billings Mustangs. The Baltimore Orioles extended the PDCs with the Norfolk Tides …

Didi Gregorius reaches 700 game mile stone

Last night, Didi Gregorius played his 700th MLB game. In the 7-2 win over the Seattle Mariners, Didi went 1 for 4.  With that 700th game, Didi set a record of most MLB games played by a Dutch-born player, overtaking Bert Blyleven, who participated in 699 games in his extensive career. Next, to the 692 …

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