1. Pete Rose Killed Mario Soto's Career: Part II—Evidence For Naysayers

    Since yesterday's article, "Pete Rose Killed Mario Soto's Career," a few folks have doubted the validity of my argument. For some reason, I cannot let go of this...

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  2. Pete Rose Killed Mario Soto's Career

    Today is the 20-year anniversary of Pete Rose waking up, knowing he would not drive to the ballpark and manage the Reds...

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  3. Baseball Gods: Please, Hear Us Out

    Baseball Gods, you know that we prayed, fasted, and flogged for you to hear our cries. All Maria and I asked was that Cincinnati Reds' manager, Dusty Baker be fired...

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  4. 1986 Cincinnati Reds: Tom Runnells

    This is the second in a series of 34 player profiles of each member of the Cincinnati Reds' 1986 season. Details of the project were described in this article...

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  5. No NFL For Me This Year: Besides Very Limited Occasions

    Alright, I used to be one of "those guys" who would get up at the break of dawn—well, not really. But I would damn sure set the alarm so to get up and make coffee by the time the ESPN pregame show started...

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  6. 1986 Cincinnati Reds: Mike Smith

    This is the first of 34 player profiles described in yesterday's article. Most likely it will start with minor players and work up to the key players...

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  7. Bingo! I Have a Project

    As my good buddy Cliff Eastham will vouch, we "Featured Columnists" have many a responsibility. Well, not really. But we did agree to write three weekly Reds related articles during the season and two a week in the off-season...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 123 reads 7 comments

  8. How Bleacher Report Saved Me from Myself

    I am an ex-junkie. It is not a part of my past that makes me proud. Nevertheless, and for better or worse, it has shaped my mind into what my fellow bleacher creatures read every time they click on one of my articles...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 109 reads 29 comments

  9. Salary Dumping With the Cincinnati Reds

    Rejoice ye Reds fans. The team just dumped some smart salary. Alex Gonzalez, the injury-plagued, slick fielding shortstop has been traded to Boston...

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  10. Scott Rolen Proves His Wussiness

    Scott Rolen, the Cincinnati Reds' disabled listed third baseman, made a trip to the St. Louis Cardinal offices and gave the Cardinals' manager, Tony LaRussa, a heartfelt apology. There is a special title for guys who do things like this: wussy...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 565 reads 12 comments

  11. What If Josh Hamilton Was Black?

    Josh Hamilton is a crack-addicted drunkard. A big deal was made in 2008 about his "journey to hell and back," the "demons" on his shoulder, and how he found Jesus who was to help him leave the past behind...

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  12. Hal McCoy: Not So Funny When It Happens To Your Family

    If video killed the radio star, then the Internet—sure as war—has killed the last of the great baseball beat writers. Hall-of-Fame journalist Hal McCoy will retire at the end of the 2009 baseball season...

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  13. Justin Lehr is No One Hit Wonder

    Reds and Cubbie fans got a look at the real Justin Lehr on Wednesday night. His ball was moving like a Solid Gold dancer after a handful of diet pills...

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  14. Hal McCoy Has Eaten Enough Hot Dogs to Give Babe Ruth Indigestion

    The Hall of Famer, Mr. McCoy, posed a very interesting question on his Dayton Daily News blog last night. "How do you fix the future Reds?" There were a few stipulations. First, a budget of $75 million or under...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 242 reads 3 comments

  15. Feeling Dusty Baker's Pain

    If you are a Reds' fan, even the harshest critic of Dusty Baker, and you do not feel at least a little sympathy for the man—then the color of your heart needs to be checked. The world's best manager couldn't get this team to play ...

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  16. Cincinnati Reds' Prospect Profile: Darren Baker (Satire)

    Darren Baker, the slick-fielding 10-year-old shortstop and son of Reds' skipper Dusty Baker, could get a sniff of the bigs when the September call-ups roll around. Regardless, he is in the running for the Reds' 2010 starting shortstop position...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 1,870 reads 5 comments

  17. Black Friday in Cincinnati Reds' Country

    When I heard we had traded Edwin Encarnacion, Jerry Hairston, Josh Roenicke, and Zach Stewart, I thought of Walt Jocketty and Iron Mike. Then I thought of Tyson saying he "want[ed] to eat [Lennox Lewis'] children...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 545 reads 16 comments

  18. Confessions Of a Self-Absorbed Bleacher Creature

    Yes, I am one of "those guys". I spend most of my Bleacher Report time admiring my own profile. Hitting the "F5" key every five minutes—always on a five or zero minute number...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 165 reads 39 comments

  19. Happy Birthday to the Finest Cincinnati Red Ever

    Today, July 30, is Joe Nuxhall's birthday. He would have turned 81 if non-Hodgkin's lymphoma had not given him a case of pneumonia that, on Nov. 15, 2007, he was unable to shake...

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  20. Cincinnati Reds: Say It Ain't So, Hal

    I have some pretty unruly mates—a few even criminal. When I told them what I had read, concerning Dusty Baker's future with the Reds, a few of them tried to take it out on me, the messenger...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about over 5 years ago 271 reads 4 comments

  21. Cincinnati Reds: Nothing Nice To Say—Don't Say Anything at All

    I really hope I can stick to those wise words but, you see, as a "Featured Columnist", I am obligated to write three articles per week concerning my beloved Redlegs. And right now, I can barely bring myself to watch them...

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  22. Cincinnati Reds' Starting Pitchers: First Inning Blues

    As far as numbers go, 404 looks pretty cool. Take away the parts that jut out of the fours and it would be 101—or binary for five. And five is a great number. One can do all kinds of things with five...

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  23. Last Time the Cincinnati Reds Beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in LA

    For most, July 28, 2005 is not all that long ago in the grand scheme of things. Fans of the Cincinnati Reds may disagree. That was the last time the boys in red beat the boys in blue in Los Angeles...

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  24. Sports Writing As More Than a Hobby: Get Real

    Does your Bleacher Report profile say anything similar to "Aspiring Sports Writer"?  How about "Journalism Major"?  "Future GM of the Red Sox"? If so, dream on, my soon-to-be chagrined friend...

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  25. Cincinnati Reds: Buy, Sell, Or Sit Tight?

    As July 31 approaches or "deadline day" (in baseball circles), what should the Cincinnati Reds do; buy, sell, or sit tight with their hands under their tooshie and wait until next year? ...

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