Jonathan Broxton gave teammates Sam LeCure and Mike Leake goofy haircuts

sam-lecure-goofy-haircutWhen you need to change things up a bit, a different haircut is sometimes the way to go. That was the case for Cincinnati Reds pitchers Sam LeCure and Mike Leake.

Fortunately for both of them, Jonathan Broxton was there to help. The Reds reliever grabbed some clippers and went to work on his teammates and the results were definitely interesting.

If LeCure was expecting something goofy when he looked in the mirror, he got what he was looking for.

If I had to sport one, I’d go with the Mohawk like Mike Leake. Thankfully, I don’t have to choose.


The bad news for the Reds is they lost again on Friday night. The good news is at least they can cut their goofy hair. It certainly didn’t help LeCure, who gave up three hits and a walk in 0.1 innings in relief Friday.

Mike Leake hints Dusty Baker was too friendly with Cincinnati Reds players

Dusty Baker RedsThe Cincinnati Reds announced on Tuesday that former pitching coach Bryan Price has reached an agreement with the team to replace Dusty Baker as manager. Baker was fired following a disappointing season in which the Reds finished third in the NL Central and lost in the wild card round. Still, many were surprised to see the 64-year-old go after reaching the playoffs in three of the past four seasons.

Starting pitcher Mike Leake, who went 14-7 this season with a 3.37 ERA, seems excited that Price is taking over. During an interview with Lance McAlister on ESPN 1530 on Tuesday, Leake implied that Baker had become too friendly with the Reds players.

“No disrespect to Dusty, but he’s such a player’s manager that it’s tough for him to be commanding at times because he wants to be so liked by everybody,” the 25-year-old explained. “Price is the same way. He wants to be liked, but on the other hand he’s not afraid to tell you what he needs to tell you. He can do that for us.”

That almost sounds like the same theory that ran Terry Francona out of town with the Boston Red Sox two years ago. A lot of players enjoy playing for managers who give them freedom, but it can work against the team if there is not a strong enough presence in the clubhouse.

“We have the talent on paper,” Leake added. “We need a little more relentless play. Not that people don’t work hard, but you have certain people that play the way they play and there’s not much fire. The whole team’s kind of like that. I’m hoping that (Pierce) can bring out a little more attitude in everyone. I think it would be a great thing for us.”

With guys like Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, you would think the Reds have enough veteran leadership to work with a player’s manager. If Leake’s comments are any indication, that was not the case in Cincy this season.

Mike Leake Sacked by the LBS Nut Bag for Stealing T-Shirts

The LBS Nut Bag would like to welcome another member to the club of stupidity, Mike Leake. Leake is a former first-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds and currently a starting pitcher for the team. He was booked on misdemeanor theft charges Monday for allegedly stealing six American Rag t-shirts. No joke.

The former 8th overall pick went straight to the majors last year without stopping for a stint in the minors or passing Go. After taking a pull in the community chest, he could be on his way to jail. The value of the shirts he allegedly stole came out to $59.88 and Leake allegedly removed the security tags and left the Macy’s department store without paying for them.

Leake earns $425,000 this season and signed for a $2.3 million bonus in 2009 according to USA Today. In an interview with them a year ago, he said “I hope I never become a guy that plays the game for the money.” After allegedly stealing $59.88 worth of shirts, can’t say the money’s gone to his head.

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