Hal Answers:  Volume 9

Got a question for the 'famer'? Send it to us and Hal McCoy will give you a more-or-less educated answer from his 50 years of covering the Reds and major league baseball. But hurry, because where has the summer gone...along with the Reds?

Recent Hal McCoy Articles
Hal At Large:  …And How Much Bad News Can One Team Take?
Nov
28

Hal At Large: …And How Much Bad News Can One Team Take?

The obstacles keep jumping up in the middle of the road…while the Flyers just go about their business as if it’s business usual. It’s not even December yet, so this could get really good. Read the latest from Hal McCoy…at large!

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Hal McCoy:  Beat-Up Flyers Beat ‘Bama…Barely!
Nov
15

Hal McCoy: Beat-Up Flyers Beat ‘Bama…Barely!

Big win for the Flyers, with an even bigger loss of forward Josh Cunningham. And with a shortage of size inside, sophomore Ryan Mikesell comes up big at the end in UD’s win over Alabama. Read more from Hal McCoy in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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UD VS Austin Peay – Charles Cooke Turns Up The Heat At UD’s First Home Game
Nov
12

UD VS Austin Peay – Charles Cooke Turns Up The Heat At UD’s First Home Game

This game might just as well have been a one-on-one playground game pitting Cookie against Austin Peay’s, Josh Robinson. As a senior, Cooke is accepting a leadership role, mostly trying to set examples by playing hard every second he is on the court. Read Hal McCoy in today’s feature.

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Hal At Large:  Flyers Pull Great Escape With Win Over Findlay
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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Hal at Large: How “The Browns” Became The Browns….
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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McCoy At Large:  Growing Up (And Still) An Indians Fan….
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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Hal at Large:  And Things I Don’t Usually Write About…
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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Hal At-Large On The Reds…At Least They Didn’t Lose A Hundred
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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11 Tough Questions For Hal…Final Edition, 2016
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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Hal At Large:  Baseball By Two Sets Of Rules
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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Hal At Large:  Tebow The Risk, Versus Tebow The Reward
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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Hal At Large:  Homer Bailey, And The School Of Hard Knocks
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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McCoy At-Large: When Saying Hello Is The Happiest Good-Bye
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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Questions For Hal:  Volume 10
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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Hal At Large:  Joe Torre, Of All People, On Balls And Strikes…?
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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McCoy At Large:  Who Believes That .255 Makes You An All-Star?
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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McCoy “At Large”:  How Long For The Reds To Be Good Again?
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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Hal:  Grass Roots Baseball That’s Good For The Soul….
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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Questions For Hal:  Volume 7
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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Hal:  Flyer Season Continues Without Change Of Fortune
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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