He will be entering his first professional season outside of the Cincinnati Reds organization in 2015. The question is, will he be with the Dodgers or in the minor leagues? Chris Heisey is only batting .074 this spring—that’s 2 hits in 27 at-bats. One of those hits was a home run, but that really doesn’t do much to help his cause in an already crowded Los Angeles outfield. I was disappointed when the Reds let Heisey walk away; he was a valuable bench player over the past five seasons in Cincinnati. I hope he is able to get out of this slump and succeed with LA…as long as he doesn’t hit the Reds’ pitchers too hard.
The Dodgers needed a pinch-hitter/sixth-string outfielder, and the Reds needed another pitcher that likes to allow the other team to score (6.51 ERA in six major league starts). Matt Magill was roughed up in the bigs, but he didn’t fare much better in the minors, posting a 5.21 ERA at AAA Albuquerque. Of course, Chris Heisey‘s .222 batting average isn’t much to get excited about either, regardless of how nice a guy he is.
TWJ contributor Patrick e-mailed these 1974 Topps “Traded” cards to me last night to post on the blog today. They look great, though I would like to learn how to airbrush the logos rather than Photoshop to make it more faithful to the original style. They are great cards though, and I wish Heisey the best of luck in Los Angeles.
The Reds traded outfielder Chris Heisey to the Dodgers last night for pitcher Matt Magill, and non-tendered pitchers Logan Ondrusek and Curtis Partch. I always liked Heisey and Ondrusek, and hope they find success elsewhere in the majors. Below are some of the “fun cards” I created for them over the years.
Photoset: Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers (September 25, 2012 @ Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati OH)
Photoset: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies (May 26, 2012 @ Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH)
Saturday night’s ballgame against the Colorado Rockies was a slugfest, featuring home runs by Chris Heisey, rookie Devin Mesoraco, and a pinch hit shot by Ryan Ludwick. Starting pitcher Mike Leake only lasted only 3.2 innings, giving up three Colorado runs, but the bullpen came in to shut down the Rockies and preserve the Reds’ win. The Reds’ pitchers combined for eleven strikeouts, winning everyone with a ticket stub a free pizza from LaRosa’s and a free ice cream cone from United Dairy Farmers. Not a bad deal, if you ask me!
Here are some photos from the game…
Phillips…sliding with style!
Heisey’s first home run of the season
Keep your eye on the ball…all the way out of the park
The strikeout flames
Leake hitting a double
Vottomatic on the basepaths, watching BP’s hit fall before taking third
Despite blowing an 8-run lead, the Reds were able to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in 13 innings. Chris Heisey started off the game with a lead-off inside-the-park home run, and Jay Bruce added onto that with his 19th roundtripper of the season. The Cardinals battled back and finally tied the score in the bottom of the ninth, but Sam LeCure, Jose Arredondo, and Aroldis Chapman were able to hold them at bay in extras. The GW-RBI (I miss that stat) was a ground-rule double hit by Ramon Hernandez, driving in Bruce in the top of the 13th. Chapman recorded his first major league save.