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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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Apr
11

Hal McCoy: Cory Luebke’s Long Road Home….

Not many would endure so much to preserve the job he loves. Cory Luebke is one of of the few and now appears to have beaten the odds. Read his story of prevail and comeback in today’s Inside feature. from Hal McCoy. (Photo Courtesy of The San Diego Padres)

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Apr
8

Questions For Hal: Volume 3

Our latest from readers of Press Pros for hall of famer Hal McCoy…on where baseballs come from, old baseball parks, favorite “bad” cigars, and how many lives does Billy Hamilton have left as the Reds centerfielder. For your reading enjoyment…in today’s PPM inside feature.

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Apr
4

Hal: What The Opener Should Be, And Usually Isn’t….

You expect marquee names and marquee deeds on the season’s first big stage. But it was a bunch of “Average Joes” that showed up Monday to win it for the Reds.

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Mar
29

Hal: Voodoo And “Oogahboogah”, Awake Flyers In Win Over EKU

A little voodoo, maybe, but a big lefthander named Mason Kutruff had some better magic of his own, pitching UD to a Tuesday win over Eastern Kentucky. Read Hal McCoy’s story in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Mar
29

Questions For Hal: Volume 2

Volume 2 of readers’ questions far and wide…for our resident hall-of-fame baseball writer, cigar broker, and former magistrate of the kangaroo court (from the man cave) for the Baseball Writers of America. For your entertainment and edification…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Mar
22

Hal: An En-Doring Afternoon For UD Baseball Against Toledo

On a bright, and windy, day UD’s offense finally broke out: Dayton 14, the University of Toledo 6, the most runs scored by the Flyers in one game this season, aided and abetted by four home runs. Read more from Hal McCoy in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Mar
19

McCoy: Flyers Fall Flat, No Excuse Against The ‘Cuse

For the Flyers, it was much pain in the paint. They missed at least a dozen shots within a foot of the rim and they couldn’t buy a rebound with cash, check, money order or credit card.

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