Although they changed managers after last season, the Reds felt they had a strong enough roster to not only contend for the National League Central, but be a factor in the postseason. However, a litany of injuries and a lack of offensive production prevented a playoff run.
Now that a disappointing 2014 Reds season is in the books, one of the more interesting offseasons in years looms ahead. What brings intrigue is that the club could pivot in a couple of different directions as they hope its stars heal from injuries.
Until Johnny Cueto defeated the Pirates on Sunday, the last time the Reds had a 20-game winner, Ronald Reagan was president of the United States, the Berlin Wall was still fortified and "Don't Worry, Be Happy," by Bobby McFerrin was the No. 1 song on the charts.
With the Reds and Pirates tied in the eighth inning at Great American Ball Park on Sunday, Cincinnati manager Bryan Price decided to let starter Johnny Cueto -- in search of his career-high 20th win of the season -- bat with a runner at third and one out.
Johnny Cueto went eight stellar innings and hit a go-ahead single in the eighth to become the Reds' first 20-game winner since 1988 as Cincinnati downed the Bucs, 4-1, on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.
Voting is underway through Sunday exclusively at MLB.com to help decide the 16th annual winners of the Hank Aaron Award, given by "The Hammer" himself during the upcoming 110th World Series to the outstanding offensive performer in each league.
With a National League Central race still hanging in the balance into the season's final weekend, Reds manager Bryan Price assured the first-place Cardinals on Friday that his already-eliminated club would not simply lie down in a series vs. the second-place Pirates because some of his regulars were injured.
For the second straight night, the Braves scored three late runs to take down the Blue Wahoos 6-2 at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Rich Poythress doubled home two in the eighth to put the game out of reach, before later scoring on a sac fly to give the Braves a four-run lead.
Ben Lively (L, 0-5) was solid in the series opener against the Mississippi Braves on Saturday night at Trustmark Park, but he was still unable to earn his first Double-A win. The Braves put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh inning to snap Pensacola's four-game winning streak with a 6-2 win over the Blue Wahoos.
The Dayton Dragons have gone pink during the month of October. In partnership with Kettering Health Network, the Dragons have turned their website pink to support Kettering's Army of Pink and the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
The Reds Rookie-level affiliate, the Billings Mustangs, won the Pioneer League title on Thursday night. The Mustangs are one level below the Dragons on the Reds organizational ladder, so many of the 2014 Billings players will be Dragons players in 2015.
Minor League Baseball™ has announced the final attendance rankings for all 160 teams for the 2014 season. The Dayton Dragons, a Single-A team, finished sixth in average per date at 8,437 with a season total of 573,709. Nine of the top 10 clubs in the final rankings were Triple-A teams with the Dragons as the only exception.
The Midwest League Championship Series begins on Wednesday with an interesting matchup. Meanwhile, former and future Dragons continue their playoff sets with the Reds Advanced-A and Rookie-level affiliates, Bakersfield and Billings.
The Billings Mustangs announced that Kyle Riley will join the club as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. In addition to media responsibilities, Riley will handle the radio play-by-play duties for the upcoming Pioneer League season, replacing Ryan Schuiling who served as the Broadcasting Director for the past three seasons (2011 - 2013).
The Cincinnati Reds have formally named Dick Schofield as the new field manager for the Billings Mustangs. Joining Schofield in Billings are hitting coach Kevin Mahar, pitching coach Derrin Ebert & athletic trainer Andrew Cleves.
The Billings Mustangs announced that ESPN 910 KBLG will serve as the team's official flagship station for all radio broadcasts during the 2013 season. Each and every Mustangs game, regular season and post season, will be broadcast live in its entirety on 910 AM.
The Billings Mustangs Professional Baseball Club announced today their game schedule for the upcoming Pioneer League season. The 2012 campaign marks the 60th Season that the Mustangs have played and operated in Billings.
The Billings Mustangs organization was stunned by the sad news former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and current Billings Mustangs pitching coach Bob Forsch died suddenly Thursday at his home in Tampa, Fla. He was 61.
With the Cincinnati Reds hard at work in Arizona, Homer decided to dust of his kickball and start getting ready for the Mustangs home opener at Dehler Park on June 20. The Reds have 22 former Billings Mustangs in Spring Training vying for a spot on the Opening Day roster. While Homer didn't make the trip south, he has been hard at work getting ready for […]
Though the Cardinals have not yet publicly announced which 25 players they will be carrying on their National League Division Series roster, the organization's plans came into better focus as manager Mike Matheny started informing some players on Wednesday whether they'd have a place.
After aggressively pushing Michael Wacha through the month of September, hopeful that the right-hander would be ready to be an impact piece in the postseason, the Cardinals have settled on using him out of the bullpen during their National League Division Series matchup against the Dodgers.
Because of how the schedule falls, Shelby Miller will have two weeks off between his final regular-season start and Game 4 of the NLDS. He plans to throw three side sessions in between to stay sharp. One of those came in Arizona over the weekend. He threw the second on Wednesday, adding about 10 extra pitches to the mix. He will throw again on the side at Do […]
Matt Holliday says that he is feeling "much better, really good" after a few days away from the field. Not only has he kicked the illness that sidelined him, but Holliday said that he has been able to use the downtime to also get his body back to full strength.
Renovations to 100-year-old Wrigley Field continued Wednesday as the statue of Ernie Banks on Clark Street was temporarily removed for restoration. It will receive a new base along with Harry Caray's statue, which was also expected to be transported on Wednesday.
The emphasis in the first three seasons under Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has been to restock the Minor League system and build a foundation of impact players. In 2015, Epstein feels the Cubs will take a major step and not just develop players, but be competitive.
It is just one week before the start of another exciting Arizona Fall League season. The question at hand: Which hitting and pitching prospect are we most looking forward to seeing play in the AFL this year?
An influx of highly regarded talent joining Cubs cornerstones Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro and an expected shift in offseason strategy bodes well for the North Siders, whose home park will have a new look to complement the team's.
Astros legend Craig Biggio and his wife, Patty, played host to dozens of kids at their annual Sunshine Kids party on the ballpark's playing surface. Children of all ages got the chance to bat against Biggio and run the bases and outfield before being treated to lunch, an autograph session and an Astros goodie bag.
Even though the season is over, Jose Altuve isn't slowing down. Two days removed from being crowned the first batting champion in Astros history, Altuve said he wished he could have played another game. The All-Star second baseman was the guest of honor at a private reception Tuesday night as he was recognized for his 2014 season.
A.J. Hinch went right to work in his first day as manager of the Astros on Tuesday, a day that included a series of meetings, a tour of Minute Maid Park and a get-to-know-you session with All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve.
A.J. Hinch said all the right things when he was introduced to the media at a press conference Monday at Minute Maid Park as the Astros' new manager, which wasn't easy considering how many questions he was peppered with throughout the day.
Wednesday night's 8-0 loss to the Giants was a rough way for the Pirates to end their season, but they didn't lose sight of the successes they had together along the way in 2014, when they finished second to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central for the second consecutive year.
While some of the record PNC Park crowd scattered over the Allegheny River in an effort to beat traffic, the ones who remained during the ninth inning of the Pirates' 8-0 season-ending loss to the Giants on Wednesday night realized and appreciated what was happening. Russell Martin -- the 31-year-old Bucs catcher who has had a career season and turned i […]
Madison Bumgarner was masterful in extending his postseason scoreless innings streak, while Brandon Crawford became the first shortstop in playoff history to hit a grand slam in the Giants' 8-0 win over the Pirates on Wednesday night in the NL Wild Card Game.
After two days of plots, subplots and plotting, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford boiled the National League Wild Card Game down to a one-act drama. He took Edinson Volquez out of PNC Park, and took that notorious PNC Park crowd out of the game. Crawford's fourth-inning grand slam Wednesday night also took the Pirates out of the 2014 postseason, dooming […]