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Gearing Up For Redsfest: Joey Votto

Jeffery Carr

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It’s Redsfest week! Finally, those precious few days in the offseason where all Reds fans can immerse themselves in their favorite team and forget about their troubles. This week I thought I’d look back on some players from the 2018 season, with fondness, and get you excited to see them this weekend! So, naturally, we are starting off with the GOAT, Mr. Joseph Daniel Votto.

As you may know, Votto didn’t impress with the power numbers in 2018, but he still put up gaudy numbers in the area of on-base statistics (surprise, surprise). Joey led the league in on-base percentage, with a .417 clip, for the seventh time in his career. He etched his name next to that of his idol, Ted Williams (12), Babe Ruth (10), Barry Bonds (10), Rogers Hornsby (7) and Ty Cobb (7) as the only players to ever lead the league in OBP at least seven times. Not bad company.

He, once again, finished the season with more walks (108) than strikeouts (101). He was third in the NL with that walk total and the strikeout total was the second lowest, for a season, in his career. He struck out just 83 times in 2017.

To be honest, it is getting hard to find superlative adjectives to use when describing the greatest hitter the Reds franchise has ever seen. He is getting to the point in his career where his best production may be behind him, but he hasn’t really shown any sign of slowing down. In an era dominated by how the defense is aligned, per fangraphs.com, he hit better than .333 against any type of defensive shift, whether it be a traditional shift or a non-traditional shift.

Sure, his critics will point to the 12 homers and 67 RBIs as lackluster for a highly paid first baseman, but what reasonable fan who has watched Joseph Daniel take the batter’s box in the last 10 years is expecting a Jim Thome-like performance? He is a complete, all-around hitter who will take what the pitcher gives him.

Votto will be just one of many current and former Reds players at Redsfest. I’ll be there, too. Maybe I can meet the GOAT…

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Jeff has spent his entire life around sports. From playing baseball and golf in high school to traveling with college softball, volleyball, and men’s basketball teams as their media relations guy, sports have been at the center of his mind. Just as comfortable talking spread offenses as he is talking Sabermetrics, get ready for simplistic views of complicated sports jargon. The Queen City is his home and he is excited to write about the Reds and the Bengals.

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Recapping Redsfest

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As the clock hit 6:30 pm, last Saturday, I was ready to go to Great American Ballpark. That’s when my wife reminded me that it was December. Every year the Cincinnati Reds put on a first class party for their fans called Redsfest and they’re pretty good at what they do.

I got to meet Michael Lorenzen, Tyler Mahle, Ibandel Isabel, and Jimmy Herget. I got my copy of “The Big 50” signed by Chad Dotson and Chris Garber, made a video with Mo Egger, and talked shop with Doug Gray. Okay, I get it, enough with the name dropping. Basically, it was fun.

I made it a point to ask some light-hearted questions (or in Lorenzen’s case, make a light-hearted, but factual, statement) to see what their reactions would be.

I first met Lorenzen. I told him that he was the real silver slugger and I am attempting to get that other guy to mail him the trophy he deserves. Lorenzen responded with, “Well, that just gives me motivation to hit twice as many homers next year.” Might have to get me a Lorenzen jersey…

I then got Mahle’s John Hancock (or is it Herbie Hancock?) on a baseball and I asked him if we can expec upwards of three, or more, 20-strikeout games this year. He replied “Let’s hope so. I’ll see what I can do.” Hope you folks in the bleachers with K’s are ready to work, this season.

I then got autographs from Isabel and Herget. Isabel just gave me an awkward smile and a chuckle when I asked if he will focus on inside-the-parkers this year instead of traditional homers, since he’s already hit a lot of those. Herget gave me a classic answer to my simple question of what his favorite pitch was when he said, “A strike.” Well played Jimmy.

The main stage offerings were also enjoyable. The best was at the kids-only press conference. Joey Votto, Amir Garrett, and Eugenio Suarez were on stage for the show, and when asked what their favorite memory of 2018 will be, Joey decided it was “When Amir tried to fight the Cubs.” Suarez bumped in, “Yeah, when he struck out Baez and stared him down. That was awesome, man!” As much as we fans may have liked that moment, it seems to have been even cooler to the team.

Memorabilia-wise, there was a ton of stuff to get. I didn’t go too crazy, this year, but I did end up with a new hat that has a Jackie Robinson 42 patch on it. Definitely my favorite hat, now. All in all, a good weekend.

If you went, let me know how your experience went!

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Live (Sorta) from Redsfest with Mo Egger

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Instant Reaction: Bye, Bye Billy

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Wow! It’s the first hour of Redsfest and there are fireworks, already! The world’s fastest man (probably), Billy Hamilton, was non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds making him a free agent. I have a few instant thoughts on this.

Firstly, I am bummed. I watched his career develop in the minors all the way up til he got the call to the Bigs. He looked like a star in the making in Pensacola, but what we now know is that he was defensively gifted and offensively challenged. He will go down, in my book, as the foremost example of “You can’t steal first.” I hope that his next step (if he doesn’t return, that is, but more on that in a second) he finds that missing piece and becomes a star.

Nextly, where do the Reds go from here? The encouragement is that we know Bob Castellini loved Billy and wanted him to be here forever and ever. That means the front office has definitely, officially been handed the reigns. If that’s the case, maybe we see Nick Senzel brought up and given the CF job, or Jose Peraza move to CF (he has a few minutes of experience there) and Senzel put in at shortstop. Those possibilities excite me. Whatever gets Senzel in the lineup is the right course of action, to me.

Lastly, maybe this is a little Michael Johnson maneuvering? For those who don’t follow the other professional franchise in Cincinnati, the Bengals made a move, right before the season, where they cut one of their longtime veterans only to resign him a few days later. They made the move to get some young guys onto the practice squad, but I digress. What if the Reds and Billy have a little head nod and handshake agreement that they will sign him for a year or two at his current rate, avoiding the arbitration-hike in salary he was about to get? This is purely a hypothetical notion by me, by the way, and I don’t know if they can do that, or if Billy would want it that way. Just a thought from a fan who can never truly be unbiased when it comes to Cool Papa Bill.

Anyway, I am sure there will be more to come from Redsfest!

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