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Happy Reds birthday, Edinson Volquez!


July 3, 1983

Edinson Volquez made the All-Star team in his first season with the Reds, and nearly won the Rookie of the Year in 2008, in spite of the fact that he was not a rookie. Three Reds players received votes for Rookie of the Year: Joey Votto, Volquez, and Jay Bruce. Volquez had already spent three seasons with the Rangers, and his rookie status expired in 2007.

Other July 3 Reds birthdays:
Greg Reynolds (1985)
Greg Vaughn (1965)
Jack Daugherty (1960)
Howie Schultz (1922)
Art Fowler (1922)
Curt Walker (1896)
Mike Balenti (1886)
Bill Tozer (1882)

Random Awesomeness (part 208)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Quiet Riot – Live At The US Festival 1983.

Calling all fans of the shiny and Chromy (and Target exclusivity)

UPDATE: Longo and Piscotty (whoever he is) are claimed. Mookie and Eddie are still up for grabs.

I have a few cards that you might be interested in. Let me know if any of this catches your eye, and what Cincinnati Reds goodies you might be willing to part with to acquire them…

Evan Longoria 2016 Topps Heritage Chrome Refractor 079/567

Edinson Volquez 2016 Topps Heritage Chrome 464/999

Mookie Betts Opening Day blue honeycomb parallel

Stephen Piscotty Target exclusive “1967 Stand Ups”

I also have quite a few base cards from Heritage and Opening Day; let me know what you need (card number, player name, and team) and I’ll see if I have it.

2015 ex-Reds, 1990 Score style: Edinson Volquez (Super Star)

Edinson Volquez

In 2008, Edinson Volquez finished fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. But he wasn’t a rookie. He had exceeded rookie limitations during the 2007 season with the Texas Rangers, but some folks got confused when they filled out their ballots in 2008. Volquez had an excellent year with a 17-6 record and a 3.21 ERA, but he wasn’t a rookie.

It wasn’t until 2013 with the Pirates that he excelled again, and he is continuing that excellence this year in Kansas City. Perhaps he should have been an All-Star, but his manager decided to give him the break to rest instead.

Edinson Volquez

The kindness of bloggers

I recently sent Jim at GCRL a handful of Dodger cards, and he responded in kind with some Reds goodies. Here are a few of the cards that are now a part of my collection…

14 mesoraco

The Redlegs just signed their up-and-coming catcher Devin Mesoraco to a new 4-year deal worth $28 million. It boggles my mind that sports contracts are so much today. And we keep supporting them by shelling out big bucks to the games, at the concession stands, at the souvenir shops. I get by as cheaply as I can, and I don’t load up on souvenirs and such, but it’s still a mystery to me how they get away with it.

00 casey

Sean Casey was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame a few years ago. I never really paid much attention to “The Mayor,” as his career was largely during my dark days of “baseball is for kids” days. During that time, very few players were on my radar, and Casey simply wasn’t one of them.

10 harang gold

A few years ago, I joked that Aaron Harang always pitched when we went to a game. I couldn’t stand seeing him on the mound, but it seemed like every single time we went to the park he was the starting pitcher. Then, for the 2011 season, he signed a free agent contract with the Padres. And wouldn’t you know it, the very first Reds game we went to was against the Padres, and Harang was pitching. I saw him again late in the 2013 season when the Mets came to town. I’m willing to bet we will go to a game in 2015, and he’ll be pitching for the Phillies. I just can’t stay away from Aaron Harang.

08 volquez

I liked Edinson Volquez, and was upset when the Reds traded him to San Diego for Mat Latos. To me, Latos never lived up to his potential, and I was not upset when he got shipped off to Miami this year (where he will probably wind up winning the Cy Young Award). Meanwhile, Volquez signed a 2-year deal with a team option for 2017 with the Kansas City Royals. I don’t think he’ll replace James Shields, but hopefully he’ll be more like the 2008/2014 Volquez than the 2009-2013 Volquez for KC.

Thank you for the cards, Jim!

Games 160-162 (at New York)

Game 87

Is anyone else getting a little tired of the Reds allowing Edinson Volquez to stay in the starting rotation? Am I all alone here?

What a game!!!

It was Joey Votto bobblehead night at GABP, and I took the whole family down to the game. We ended up with standing-room only tickets, purchased Thursday. My wife and I went to the park on Monday to try to buy $5 or $8 seats, but the cheapest they had left at that time were $34 each. I like Reds games, but that’s just ridiculous money in my mind. We checked StubHub several times, but finally decided on the SRO tickets.

The Reds played the Marlins, and here is your Marlins star, Mike Stanton

Edinson Volquez started on the mound for Cincinnati. I don’t know how I’ve been (un)lucky enough to see Volq pitch twice already this season…I’ve only gone to three games! Amazingly, he only gave up 1 run.

Here’s a cool shot of the park from left-center.

Jay Bruce hauling one in.

CHAPMANIA! This was the first time I got to see Aroldis Chapman live…and I wasn’t the only one snapping like crazy. The flashbulbs were going off all over the place! I took 179 photos total tonight…44 of them were of Chapman. Yeah, I got the fever.

Even Snoop came out to see the Cuban Missile pitch!

The game attendance is sponsored by Topps. I wonder if that’s what Jonny Gomes card will look like in series 2?

In the 8th inning, the Reds tied up the game, and we were reminded to “Make Some Noise” by the scoreboard graphics…

When the 10th inning rolled around, Edgar Renteria pinch hit for Francisco Cordero and drove in Gomes for the winning run.

Finally, it was time to come home. What a great game, and I even got a Votto bobblehead! He is already in his spot at home, along with Bruce, Chris Sabo, and various other bobbleheads and collectibles.

Game 22

Edinson Volquez actually got out of the first inning without allowing a run. It wasn’t until a 6th inning 3-run shot by Yadier Molina that the Cardinals got on the board, but that was 2 more runs than needed to beat the Reds on Sunday. Joey Votto was his usual awesome self, with a double and 2 walks.

Reds vs. Pirates – 4/17/2011

Normally, when I go to a baseball game, I snap 300-400 photos. That’s the awesome thing about a digital camera…as long as you have the memory, there’s never a wasted shot. But today, I didn’t have the battery power, and the camera died in the second inning after only 15 clicks.

Here are the best shots from that limited time, and they’re not that fantastic:

Miguel Cairo started at second base in place of Brandon Phillips, who is nursing a groin injury. According to his tweets, BP expects to be in the lineup every day and is disappointed anytime he doesn’t see his name penciled in. Cairo did a pretty good job filling in today…three hits including a solo homer, and most importantly, no runners left on base.

Third baseman Scott Rolen…hit the ball hard but it seemed there was always someone standing where he hit it. He did manage to drive in a run off a fifth-inning double, but left 6 other guys on base.

Joey Votto left 4 on base when all was said and done, despite a hit and 2 walks. If just 2 of those 10 guys had crossed the plate…

Edinson Volquez‘s ERA in the first inning this year is 29.25. No misplace decimal there. Twenty-nine point twenty-five. After the first inning, he turns into a good pitcher with an ERA just under 2.00. He’s got to figure out how to get those first three outs quicker…it would have made the difference today.

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