Archive for Hal McCoy Feature
Nov
4

Hal At Large: Flyers Pull Great Escape With Win Over Findlay

The Flyers scrambled around, got behind, got ahead, and held on to win…an exhibition…with Findlay in front of 13,455 squirming fans. Read about it from Hal McCoy.

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Oct
24

Hal at Large: How “The Browns” Became The Browns….

There was time when they were the class of the fledgling National Football League. But it’s been 52 years since Gary Collins (above) caught three touchdowns in their last title win over Baltimore in 1964…and many moderns simply don’t remember when the Browns were “The Browns”. Read classic Hal McCoy…at large!

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Oct
18

McCoy At Large: Growing Up (And Still) An Indians Fan….

Baseball in Cleveland as it was. My formative years as an Indians fan included games at old Municipal Stadium. I survived whooping cough, Dusty Rhodes, and writing two stories at the expense of Jose Mesa in a lifetime of chasing dreams and World Series with the Cleveland Indians. Today’s feature from Hal McCoy.

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Oct
12

Hal at Large: And Things I Don’t Usually Write About…

Baseball’s over and now I’m right there with the rest of you trying to find something to watch, to follow, and believe in. Here’s my list of pluses and minuses. Check out my new “At Large” page on Press Pros…today’s inside feature. (Hal McCoy)

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Oct
4

Hal At-Large On The Reds…At Least They Didn’t Lose A Hundred

The Reds’ season was a collection of hits and misses…and not enough hits and too many misses. If you’re wondering on who’s back, besides Bryan Price (above), and who’s gone, here’s some thoughts of my own. Read the final Reds column for 2016 from Hal McCoy…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
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
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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