Happy Holidays!

I just want to take this blog post to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone one of my blog readers. I really appreciate you all and I hope you have a great,fun, and safe Christmas and New Year.

Please spend as much time with family and friends as you can and be thankful for all that you have.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

-Brendan (@HenduBlog on Twitter)

Report: Former MLB Utilityman Ryan Freel has Committed Suicide

Chad Cushnir if FirstCoastNews.com reports that former MLB/Reds utilityman Ryan Freel has committed suicide. He was 36 years old.

Freel may not have had the most god-given talent out of all the players on the field but he always did one thing very well, and that thing would be that he knew how to play the game right and he always did. Ryan gave everything he had and he always worked hard, it’s hard to not respect a man like that.

Freel had a .268 batting average with 22 home runs, 122 runs batted in, and 143 stolen bases in his career as a utility man for several different teams. Freel played for the Reds 2003-2008. He also played for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001, and the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, and the Kansas City Royals during the 2009 MLB season.

Freel also worked with youth baseball after his retirement.

My thoughts are with the Freel family has they go through this very difficult time. Rest in Peace Ryan. 1976-2012.

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Reds Sign RHP Loek Van Mil

According to Matt Eddy (Editor for Baseball America) via Twitter, the Cincinnati Reds have signed Loek Van Mil, a 7-foot-1 RHP from the Netherlands.

Here is the tweet from Matt Eddy (@eddymk)
“ #Reds sign Loek Van Mil, 7-foot-1 RHP from the Netherlands, whose stuff is better than his numbers suggest to this point.”

Van Mil, 28, has pitched for several minor league teams since 2005, when he signed a seven year deal as a non-drafted free agent.

Van Mil most recently pitched for Akron Aeros (Double A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) last season.

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This week I had the opportunity to go to two Reds games, I went to the game on August 1st and after the game I got a room at the Millennium downtown and went to the Reds game the next day. I’m not going to get into detail about the game but overall it was a pretty awesome 24 hours.

Oh yeah, before I forget to tell you, I was sitting down in the lobby enjoyed a cold beverage and I turned around to look at something (I forget what) and I see Xavier Paul and his family walking five feet behind me. That was pretty cool, and I’m 99.9 percent sure I saw Cameron Maybin’s parents at the hotel twice as well. Anyways, let’s get to the pictures.

The lovely Ohio River.

The stacks.

Position players lined up for the National Anthem.

Hanigan and Arroyo.

That leg kick!

First Pitch.

Cozart about to touch home after his lead off homer.

Ludwick before he hit his homer.

The FSO crew.

Mike Leake pinch hitting.

Broxton’s first warm-up pitch as a Red.

The Cuban Missile coming in smiling.

Yes, I took a lot of pictures of Chapman.

Reds win!

BROTHER!

Ok, well that’s all the pictures worth sharing. Hope you enjoyed and sorry that I didn’t resize every picture. There are too many of them!

Note: Feel free to use these pictures for anything, but please tell me or give me credit. Thanks!

Long time no blog.

Hello blog readers. If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been writing on this blog at all recently. I haven’t been writing at all actually. I haven’t written a article for MLBreports.com in a long while also. The reason? I haven’t had the time, things have gotten really busy as of late, that’s summer for you. Busy,busy,busy. Things are looking up though, things have gotten less busy and I hope to get back to writing by the start of next week.

I am starting to tweet a lot more recently which is good because I’m a bit of a Twitter addict like many people are. Speaking of which, if you ever have any questions, comments or concerns feel free to shoot me a tweet. I would also appreciate it if you would tell me some ideas about what to write about because I can’t think of things to write about. At all.

That’s it for now everyone, I was just letting you know why I haven’t been writing lately.

Joey Votto and Giancarlo Stanton Know How to Walk Off in Style

Want to cap off Mother’s Day in “grand” fashion? Ask Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Votto how, Stanton and Votto both hit walk-off grand slams today, which is the first time that has happened since April 10, 1998 when Mo Vaughn and Steve Finley both accomplished what Votto and Stanton did today.

 

Giancarlo Stanton went 3-5 with four RBIs, which all came off one swing of the bat in the bottom of the ninth inning by Stanton. Stanton’s homerun was his 7th of the year. Giancarlo had this to say about his walk-off grand salami,”That one was one of those no-doubters off the bat,”  “First-pitch heater, right down the middle. I’m looking for a pitch that is going to get the heart of the plate.”

 

Joey Votto had the best performance of the day in the MLB today in my opinon, not only because he hit a walk-off grand slam but he hit THREE homeruns in today’s game. Votto went 4-5 today with three bombs; Votto also had six RBIs and a double in today’s great performance. Votto came into today’s game with two homeruns, he left the ball park with FIVE, Votto came into today’s game with one more homer than Albert Pujols, he now has five times the amount of bombs Pujols has this year.

 

To me, this Reds win is going to be a momentum changer for the Reds, which is what the club really needs right now. I mean, after sitting around for three hours after the scheduled start time to finally play, and to come back and win in the 9th inning on a walk-off grand slam? That has to feel awesome; I believe this will get the guy’s sprits up. The Reds will need to have a lot of momentum going their way because they have 19 games in the next 19 days.