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Aug
16

McCoy At-Large: When Saying Hello Is The Happiest Good-Bye

As an example of when saying goodbye is the most gratifying hello…remember Josh Hamilton. And has there ever been a better example of a baseball team wasting money on ludicrous long-term, huge-money contracts?

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Aug
3

Hal At Large: Who Are These Guys, And How Much Did They Cost…?

Bye-Bye Bruce….At the rate it’s going fans will soon buy a copy of a baseball prospectus at the ballpark instead of a scorecard. The trend is trades made not for actual major league players, but for unheard-of names that come cheap, and too often, play that way, too. Read Hal ‘at large’ in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
25

Questions For Hal: Volume 10

Volume ten of questions for hall of famer Hal McCoy from Press Pros readers around the area, and around the country…on uniforms, getting kicked out of games, #1 draft choice Nick Senzel, and why some baseballs get thrown out of games while others don’t. A good read…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
19

Hal At Large: Joe Torre, Of All People, On Balls And Strikes…?

Once a feared hitter with the Braves, Cardinals, and Mets, and later a manager, Joe Torre, the player, had a reputation for being critical of ball and strike calls. Now, as a baseball administrator, he says it detracts from the integrity of the game, and umpires. And interesting read from Hal McCoy in his latest “at large” column.

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Jul
6

McCoy At Large: Who Believes That .255 Makes You An All-Star?

Joey Votto’s batting average is approaching respectability again, but he won’t be an All-Star. And if the All-Star game is to be merely an exhibition game with no reason to win other than pride, which as it should be, then it is OK to include a .255 hitter if he’s the best his team has to offer. Read Hal McCoy “at large” in today’s feature.

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Jul
1

Hal McCoy At Large: Why More Home Runs…?

They used to be a rarity, something you could come home and talk about as a special emphasis to your trip to a major league game. Now they’re so common they’ve skewed the record books. Hal McCoy “at large”, sponsored by Dave Arbogast Buick, GMC, in Troy…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
27

Questions For Hal: Volume 9

From here there, then and now, volume 9 of readers’ questions for hall of famer Hal McCoy…on the Reds minor league prospects, Devin Mesoraco, former Red Fred Norman, and…why does Atlanta have to build another new ballpark (above)? Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
23

McCoy “At Large”: How Long For The Reds To Be Good Again?

They’re not good now, and chances are it’s going to be a while. Fans get all that, while still asking the age-old question, “How long will it take the Reds to be good again?”

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Jun
12

McCoy “At Large”: Tired Of Soft Baseball

Call me old school, but I still want to see the take-out slide at second, collisions at home plate, umpiring without replay, and a little head-hunting only adds passion to the game. They’ve tinkered with the game too much…and they’ve tinkered with the wrong things! Read more in today’s Press Pros.

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Jun
12

McCoy “At Large”: Tired Of Soft Baseball

Call me old school, but I still want to see the take-out slide at second, collisions at home plate, umpiring without replay, and a little head-hunting only adds passion to the game. They’ve tinkered with the game too much…and they’ve tinkered with the wrong things! Read more in today’s Press Pros.

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Jun
7

Questions For Hal: Volume 8

Volume 8 of questions from Press Pros readers for Hal: including conspiracy over Homer Bailey’s arm surgery, do major league teams actually lose money if no one shows up for the games, and will there ever be another Big Red Machine in Cincinnati? And check out Hal’s new “At Large” page on Press Pros.

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Jun
4

Hal McCoy: Deja Vu For The Indians

Mistakes on the bases and in the field came back to haunt Ft. Recovery in Friday’s semi-final loss to reigning state champion Newark Catholic. Read more from Hal McCoy in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
3

Hal McCoy: Versailles Outpitched In Semi-Final Loss To Berlin….

Hoping For A Better End…Jared Niekamp and the Tigers were looking for one more game, but a tough Berlin pitcher took the Huntington Park mound Friday on a string of 102 straight innings without giving up an earned run, a state record. He brought unhappy closure to the Tigers’ season. Read more from Hal McCoy.

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Jun
2

Hal: Grass Roots Baseball That’s Good For The Soul….

There were many things that were delightful: No egos, no bat-flipping, no strutting and preening, no loud and obnoxious walk-up music that says, “Hey, look at me, I make millions and you don’t.” A delightful, first view of the OHSAA state baseball tournament from hall of famer Hal McCoy.

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May
25

Questions For Hal: Volume 7

It’s become one of our most entertaining features, the weekly questions from Press Pros readers for Hal McCoy…on the Reds, where’s the help that’s on the way, who will the Reds draft, and has anyone seen Crosley Field lately? Read more in today’s Press Pros Inside Feature.

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May
12

Hal: Flyer Season Continues Without Change Of Fortune

A consistent inconsistency keeps the UD Flyers in their season-long funk of being good enough to contend, but just short of breaking through to win. Read more from Hal McCoy.

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May
10

Questions For Hal: Volume 6

Questions for Hal McCoy in this edition from readers far and wide, on: Interleague play, Joey Votto, state of Reds catching, does anyone miss Aroldis Chapman now, and whatever happened to Elmer Dessens? Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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May
3

McCoy: A Long Year Of Candidates…And Frauds!

How are all those trades working out? Frazier, Cueto, Leake, Latos? Dusty let go in place of Bryan Price? And now, even Pete Mackanin (remember him?) is winning in Philly. It’s anyone’s quess as to what’s next for the Reds.

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Apr
25

Questions For Hal: Volume 5….

The latest in volume 5 of questions for Hal McCoy: On alternative faces on the $20 bill, the Rosie Reds, why some ballparks (like GABP, above) give up more homers than others, and why is there an infield fly rule? Read and enjoy in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Apr
21

Questions For Hal: Volume #4….

The latest from Press Pros readers, and some old regulars that we welcome back to the page…this week on early wins, high pitch counts, Jay Bruce (above), free Cokes at the ballpark, and, are attendance figures for baseball…rigged?

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