1. CBS Commissioner League Fantasy Baseball: Flat-Out Amazing

    I had high expectations for the cbssports.com Commissioner Leagues. My high expectation were not only met, they were exceeded at least 10-fold. Never have I played a fantasy game so intricate...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 4 years ago 108 reads 0 comments

  2. Pete Rose and the Hall of Fame: The Definitive Edition

    Seems like every year at about this time in the season, Reds' fans and their "Pro-Pete Cooperstown" articles pop-up more than Miley Cyrus television appearances—and with equal annoyance...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 4 years ago 704 reads 16 comments

  3. Cincinnati Reds: Aroldis Chapman's Bad Back Update

    Aroldis Chapman was forced to leave an exhibition game on Monday, March 22, versus the Colorado Rockies with what my best friend and mentor, Hal McCoy, described as, "a twinge in his back, or stiffness in his back, or tightness in his back...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about almost 5 years ago 466 reads 15 comments

  4. CBS Commissioner's League Fantasy Baseball: Tony Perez Style

    For those who haven't heard, CBS Sports is offering FREE Commissioner Leagues to the Bleacher Report community. Any member who joins one of these leagues saves $180...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about almost 5 years ago 546 reads 0 comments

  5. Cincinnati Reds: Can Bryan Price Improve Johnny Cueto's Mechanics?

    When Richard Henry "Dick" Pole was sacked from his post as the Cincinnati Reds' pitching coach and Bryan Price was brought in to replace him, it easily ranked as the team's biggest ...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about almost 5 years ago 597 reads 11 comments

  6. The Sexiest Babes In Sports

    Perhaps due to my haircut, my masculinity has been questioned more than once on this site. To prove I dig the ladies, and to solidify the fact that my hair is much cooler than your hair, I have decided to create my first slide show...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about almost 5 years ago 1,238 reads 0 comments

  7. Cincinnati Reds Five Hole: Aroldis Chapman, Mike Leake, or Matt Maloney?

    There's a smoldering question in Reds' country.  Who will be the No. 5 guy in the rotation?  Coming back from Goodyear to the Queen City, the first four are set.  We've got Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, and Aaron Harang...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about almost 5 years ago 797 reads 3 comments

  8. Baseball Historian Hall of Fame: Why I Deserve a Henry Chadwick Award

    Baseball dorks finally have made it to the Hall of Fame. Yes, they had to create their own: the Baseball Historian Hall of Fame, with an award named after Henry Chadwick...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about almost 5 years ago 271 reads 0 comments

  9. Cincinnati Reds World Champions 2010 (and at Least Through 2011-2019)

    Smell that? Seriously, can you really? That's the lovely aroma of the ball park: peanuts, popcorn, Cracker Jacks, all mixed with the breath of that drunk guy sitting beside you. Beautiful! And the best part; it's right around the corner...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about almost 5 years ago 636 reads 5 comments

  10. Holy Crap! Cincinnati Reds Sign Cuban Uberstar Aroldis Chapman

    The Cincinnati Reds will, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at high noon usher in a new era of Reds' baseball. Seemingly out of nowhere, they won the Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about almost 5 years ago 427 reads 2 comments

  11. The Kids on the Farm: Cincinnati Reds' Prospect Yonder Alonso

    Grabbed with the seventh overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft, Yonder Alonso is the face of the Reds minor league system. And for good reason. The kid can flat-out hit a baseball...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about almost 5 years ago 707 reads 0 comments

  12. The Kids on the Farm: Cincinnati Reds' Prospect Juan Francisco

    It's easy to get excited about a 22-year-old prospect who jacked 27 homers between AA and AAA last season.  Especially when, during his September cup of coffee with Cincinnati, and in his second ...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 1,395 reads 10 comments

  13. The Kids on the Farm: Cincinnati Reds' Prospect Billy Hamilton

    When a baseball team drafts a player who rejects a full-ride scholarship to play wide receiver for a major college football team, it's safe to assume the kid is fast...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 1,972 reads 5 comments

  14. What the Cincinnati Reds Can Do with $8.5 Million

    A couple of days ago the Cincinnati Reds dumped $8.5 million by not picking up the option year of catcher Ramon Martinez. Now let's say that the Reds don't go all nutters and start trading like a stockbroker on crack...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 236 reads 4 comments

  15. B/R, How Much Money Do I Owe You?

    To the fine folks who run this site, I need to apologize.  Honestly, I had no idea we were suppose to pay for the privilege to post our articles on your servers.  The recent bickering over how the site is run has led to my newly acquired knowledge...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 94 reads 9 comments

  16. Cincinnati Reds' Offseason: So Far, So Good

    Reds' fans should be digging the offseason so far. First, Diamond Dick Pole was sacked—well, that was during the last week of play (the unofficial start of Reds offseason). Anybody would be better than Pole...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 249 reads 0 comments

  17. New York Yankees: Bad for the Bronx, Bad for Baseball

    In the not so distant past the New York Yankees embodied everything good about baseball and America. Slowly that faded. Yankee lore officially died on August 19, 2006—ground breaking day of New Yankee Stadium...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 1,586 reads 47 comments

  18. Eating Another Plate of Crow

    Eating crow is a fine meal when it benefits one's team. Scott Rolen has been nothing short of fantastic since joining the Reds. And all I did was whine and complain when first hearing the trade rumors...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 302 reads 4 comments

  19. Yankee Fans 1935: Celebrating Almost 75 Years of No Class

    Yankee Stadium, Sept. 14, 1935, the Detroit Tigers came to town for a double header. Hank Greenberg, a native New Yorker, and the first formidable Jewish baseball player did not gather a hit in either game and struck out five times...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 468 reads 30 comments

  20. Innocent Joy: Opening a Fresh Pack Of Cards

    Is that not the most incredible Eric Davis baseball card ever? Man, I loved that guy, easily my all-time favorite Reds' player. "The Class and the Ass" was the immediate title that came to mind when I saw the Don Mattingly and Mark McGwire card...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 150 reads 20 comments

  21. College Football is the Best Thing About Loving a Cruddy Baseball Team

    I'm a Cincinnati Reds' fan. They are nowhere near contention for a spot in the postseason...per usual. One would think I'd be upset over this. Not the case. It's Saturday morning, and I haven't slept a wink—I'm way too excited...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 68 reads 4 comments

  22. Bar Chief? I'll Have One Ball Player with a Twist of Character, Please

    I was reading an article earlier today that mentioned John Kruk. What a corporate shill he has become. May as well put Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse ears on his head. I'm ashamed he's a fellow West Virginian...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 50 reads 6 comments

  23. Pirates, Reds, September, and Pop Culture

    Any U.S. white kid who went through puberty during the 1980s and is not familiar with the work of the recently deceased film director John Hughes is either Amish, has a brain more than a tad addled by booze and/or drugs, or is currently in a coma...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 76 reads 4 comments

  24. I Am In Love With GnomeGirl

    Meet GnomeGirl, my future wife. Sometime last week while Googling myself, I noticed another enlightened site (GnomeGirl) had paid B/R a couple a million for the right to print some of my work...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 265 reads 21 comments

  25. Milton Bradley: Borderline Personality Disorder?

    Is Milton Bradley a jerk? Well, it's probably safe to say that not many baseball (especially Cubs) fans would invite him to be a FriendFace buddy. But back to the question—yes, Bradley is a jerk...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 1,203 reads 11 comments