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Sep
22

Hal: Signs Of How Bad The Reds, And The Times, Are (Have Been)…

Just because…when the baseball season’s been this long, and this bad, you mind begins to wander. The order of things, and life, aside from balls and strikes, fair and foul. A lot of this is really “foul”. Read, smile, don’t take life so seriously. Have some fun in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Sep
20

11 Tough Questions For Hal…Final Edition, 2016

Our final column of the 2016 baseball season for readers’ questions for Hal McCoy…with respect to the past, the present, and the future of the Reds’ hopes.

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Sep
11

Hal At Large: Baseball By Two Sets Of Rules

The call-up rule for September seems unfair, inconsistent, and frankly makes no sense. None. But then a lot of things about baseball makes no sense anymore.

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Aug
31

Hal At Large: Tebow The Risk, Versus Tebow The Reward

He’s won the Heisman, but he’s failed in every other professional sports endeavor he’s tried. What makes anyone think now that Tim Tebow can be successful in baseball? Added coverage tonight: 1) Tipp vs. Shawnee football after tonight’s game, and 2) The Friday “Picks” Page.

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Aug
28

Hal At Large: Homer Bailey, And The School Of Hard Knocks

Once so obnoxious it was impossible to look him in the eye, Homer Bailey has now mellowed and matured…and seeks to counsel other young pitchers in the errors of his ways back then. If they’re will to listen, Homer’s talking.

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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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