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Joey Votto goes off over Reds’ horrific start to season

Joey Votto

Apr 9, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Votto has officially entered the Roger Murtagh “I’m too old for this” stage of his MLB career.

The Cincinnati Reds slugger let his displeasure be known on Thursday over the team’s disastrous start to the 2022 season. Cincinnati’s loss to the San Diego Padres earlier in the day dropped them to an MLB-worst 3-16.

“This is awful to experience each and every day,” said the former MVP Votto, per C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. “We’re competitors, professionally. We’re competitors. Our job is to win. To go out and get smacked around every day is anti-everything that we’re about.

“For me, it’s an awful and embarrassing experience,” he added. “You have to keep going. But when you’re in the middle of it, it’s definitely embarrassing.”

The Reds have been every bit as bad as their record suggests. They have now lost 14 of their last 15 games and hold a putrid run differential of minus-49 (which is also the worst in baseball).

The 38-year-old Votto is now in his 16th career season in Cincinnati. While he went through four straight sub-70-win seasons with the team from 2015 to 2018, this sounds like the angriest Votto has been since he got heckled by fans a few years ago.

Jesse Winker takes shot at former team after offseason trade

Jesse Winker in a Mariners helmet

Mar 17, 2022; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker during spring training workouts at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jesse Winker moved from the Cincinnati Reds to the Seattle Mariners during the offseason, and he sounds absolutely thrilled with the move.

Winker took a clear shot at his former team Sunday following the Mariners’ 5-4 12-inning win over the Royals. The outfielder said he’d always wanted to play for an organization that was trying to win, with the clear implication being that the Reds were not.

Winker broke in with the Reds in 2017. His only taste of the postseason was two games in the expanded 2020 postseason, which saw the Reds held scoreless for 22 innings in a pair of losses to the Atlanta Braves. Winker’s trade in the offseason was one of several that suggested the Reds were cutting costs and rebuilding despite a relative lack of recent success.

Reds fans probably won’t be angry at Winker over these comments. If anything, they’ll probably find themselves in agreement.

Reds exec criticized for controversial comments on radio

Phil Castellini in a suit

The home opener for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday garnered national attention for all the wrong reasons.

Reds President and Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini made controversial comments during an interview with 700 WLW in Cincinnati’s Mo Egger and Scott Sloan Tuesday morning.

The Reds made several trades this offseason that seem to indicate they are rebuilding. Castellini was asked why fans should still maintain trust in the team’s front office. He didn’t mince words in his response.

“Well where are you gonna go?” Castellini asked.

“If you want to look at what would you do with this team to have it be more profitable, make more money, compete more in the current economic system that this game exists – it would be to pick it up and move it somewhere else. And so be careful what you ask for.”

Castellini then acknowledged the team’s front office was not happy with the results but asked fans to maintain their loyalty.

Telling fans that they are trapped into cheering for the Reds probably isn’t the best selling point, which is why Castellini received criticism.

Castellini was given the opportunity by WLTW5 sports reporter Brandon Saho to issue a clarification. Castellini, who spoke with Saho prior to Tuesday’s game against Cleveland, seemed to double down on his initial message.

“Are you going to abandon being a Reds fan?” Castellini said. “We haven’t abandoned it. We haven’t abandoned investing in the team. The point is how about everybody just settle down and celebrate and cheer for the team.”

Reds fans have every right not to have faith in Castellini and the entire organization.

The Reds had their first back-to-back winning seasons since 2012-2013, recording an 83-79 record in 2021 and a 31-29 record in 2020 that culminated in a trip to the National League Wild Card round.

There seemed to be some hope that the Reds could be a consistently competitive team again, and one that could contend for just their third division title since 2000, both this year and beyond.

But that success looks like it may be short-lived.

The organization executed a number of big trades this past winter, including sending two stars to the Seattle Mariners. The Reds have the 10th-lowest payroll in baseball, according to Spotrac.

Trading away All-Star-caliber players, combined with having a bottom-tier payroll, is all the evidence Reds fans need to know that Castellini’s comments are hollow.

The Reds are 2-2 so far this season, and began a two-game series with the Guardians Tuesday.

Photo: Phil Castellini, Cincinnati Reds president and chief operating officer, guides a tour of the changes at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Monday, March 29, 2021. The Reds introduced a number of new amenities, concessions and COVID-19 related regulations for the 2021 season. Sam Greene/The Enquirer via Imagn Content Services, LLC

MLB announces details of second Field of Dreams game

White Sox Yankees

Major League Baseball’s first Field of Dreams game was a massive success, and the league plans to return in 2022 with a new set of teams.

The league announced Friday that the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs would play at the Field of Dreams site in Dyersville, Iowa on August 11, 2022. The Cubs will be considered the home team for the event.

The Cubs are a natural choice for the event. The team retains a significant fanbase in Iowa, and the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate, the Iowa Cubs, play in Des Moines.

The 2021 game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox drew rave reviews from fans and players alike, and television ratings were high. The novelty will wear off if the league goes back to it too many times too frequently, but for now, this should be another memorable event.

Reds, Cardinals in bench-clearing incident after Nick Castellanos exchange

Reds Cardinals Molina Castellanos

The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds were involved in a bench-clearing incident on Saturday.

Matters began in the bottom of the fourth inning when Nick Castellanos was hit by a pitch from Cardinals reliever Jake Woodford. Castellanos and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina talked things out after the hit by pitch.

Later in the inning, the bases were loaded and Woodford threw a wild pitch. Castellanos broke for home and dived in for a run. He yelled in Woodford’s face afterwards, which upset Molina, who stood up for his teammate. Both benches ended up clearing over the matter.

Things settled down and the inning resumed, though Castellanos was ejected. Molina has never been shy to stand up for his teammates, especially against the Reds.

Reds make unwanted history in getting swept by Braves

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The Cincinnati Reds’ loss to the Atlanta Braves in the NL Wild Card series was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

The Reds lost 5-0 on Thursday, following up on a 13-inning 1-0 loss on Wednesday. It meant the Braves finished off a two-game sweep of the Reds to advance to the NLDS.

That wasn’t all, though. The Reds’ failure to score even one run was a first in MLB playoff history. No team had ever failed to score in a playoff series before, one-game wild card games notwithstanding.

The caveat is that these were the first two-game playoff series in MLB history, but they count all the same.

The Reds got a great outing from Trevor Bauer in Game 1, but their offense wasted it. Thursday’s game was also tight until Atlanta broke things open in the 8th inning. This will come as a huge disappointment to Cincinnati, as they really went for it this season. Ultimately, they end up with nothing to show for it — not even a single run in the postseason.

Thom Brennaman resigns from job with Reds

Thom Brennaman

Longtime Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has resigned from his position with the team.

Brennaman confirmed on Friday to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he has turned in his resignation to the Reds and FOX Sports Ohio. The 56-year-old was suspended last month after he was caught on a hot mic during a broadcast using a homophobic slur.

Brennaman issued an apology during the broadcast after realizing what he said went out in live television. He left the set during the Aug. 19 game between the Reds and Kansas City Royals after begging for forgiveness. He said he wasn’t sure if he would be putting on the headset again.

Brennaman is the son of former longtime Reds announcer Marty Brennaman, who retired last year. Thom has been a Reds announcer since 2006 and also serves as a national announcer for FOX. We previously wrote about him a few years ago when he bizarrely interviewed a bird during a game as part of a gimmick.

Video: Cincinnati Reds worker falls hard on tarp after retrieving ball

Reds worker tarp

A Cincinnati Reds worker took a hard spill after retrieving a ball during the team’s 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

During the top of the ninth inning, the Reds worker hustled off his behind to chase down a foul ball from the stands. He hustled down the aisle, hopped the wall, and ran to grab the ball. But as the worker approached the tarp, he leaped and slipped. He ended up doing a hard face-plant.

The worker gets an “A” for effort, and an “O” for ouch. Let’s just hope he is OK, because that looked like it hurt.

Reds trade for Archie Bradley, Brian Goodwin before deadline

Cincinnati Reds logo

The Cincinnati Reds were quite busy just before Monday’s MLB trade deadline.

The Reds made a pair of trades just before the 4 p.m. ET deadline. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, they acquired outfielder Brian Goodman from the Angels, and also added reliever Archie Bradley from Arizona.

Goodwin is a solid, athletic left-handed hitting outfielder. Last season, he hit .262 with 17 home runs. He is hitting .242 this season, but with a solid .330 OBP. He can play all three outfield positions, and is under team control through 2022.

The Bradley acquisition may prove the bigger move. He’s never matched his 2017 season that saw him post a 1.73 ERA. He’s still a solid reliever with closing experience, as he saved 18 games for Arizona in 2019. He is under team control through 2021.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Reds did not part with any top prospects to land Bradley.

The Reds made big moves last year to set themselves up for contention in 2020. At 15-19, they have been disappointing, and there has even been speculation they might consider selling. Instead, they’re clearly going in the opposite direction.

Reds ejected after bench-clearing incident with Cubs

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Three members of the Cincinnati Reds were ejected from Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs after a bench-clearing incident in the fourth inning.

Adbert Alzolay was pitching in the bottom of the fourth for the Cubs against the Reds and threw a pitch up and in on Shogo Akiyama. Some from the Reds’ bench, like Joey Votto, began yelling out in protest of the pitch.

Reds manager David Bell, as well as Votto and Jesse Winker, were all ejected from the game.

There is some background.

In the top of the fourth, Cubs manager David Ross was ejected after the Reds threw a pitch over Anthony Rizzo’s head.

Rizzo hit two home runs in the Cubs’ 3-0 win over the Reds earlier in the day in the first game of their doubleheader.

In total, five members of the teams were ejected from the second game of the doubleheader as of this story being published.