Hal Answers:  Volume #2

Got a question about baseball that no one can, or will, answer? Send them to the "famer"... hall of fame columnist Hal McCoy. He guarantees satisfaction, more or less. Read some of the recent best - on brushback pitches, where baseballs are made, and if Blue Emu ointment works - in today's Press Pros inside feature.

Recent Hal McCoy Articles
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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