Why the Reds are primed to be a 60-game sleeper

first_imgThe Cincinnati Reds have endured six straight losing seasons. They haven’t won a playoff series in 25 years. They haven’t won a World Series in 30 years. Yet Cincinnati enters the shortened 60-game season as a possible sleeper to break a few of those droughts. Now is the time for 35-year-old first baseman and potential Hall of Famer Joey Votto to lead that run.   TEAMGAMESPCTTwins3.623Indians4.574Cardinals10.562Brewers10.549Cubs10.519White Sox3.447Pirates10.426Royals4.364Tigers6.292The Reds have 13 cross-over games with AL Central teams that had a below .500 record in 2019, in addition to 10 games against the lowly Pirates.  It still comes down to competing with the Cardinals, Brewers and Cubs in an always-crowded division, but this Reds team is best equipped to do it now. This might be the year to break those droughts. “It looks like guys are ready and motivated,” Votto told the Dayton Daily News on July 4. “It seems like a group of guys who flipped the switch and they have it.” MORE: World Series odds for 2020Votto has led the NL in on-base percentage seven times in his career, but last season was just the second time in the past 11 seasons that his OBP number dipped below .400. He’s still a formidable hitter, however, and the Reds have built perhaps their best team in years around him.  Better than the teams that lost the NLDS in 2010 and 2012 and the wild card in 2013. Here are the reasons why:  Offseason movesCincinnati owner Bob Castellini and GM Nick Krall spent money in the offseason, and those additions should add depth to a young-and-talented roster for second-year manager David Bell. Among those moves:  — A four-year deal for Mike Moustakas, who averaged 33 homers the past four seasons with the Royals and Brewers.  — A four-year deal for Nick Castellanos, who hit .289 with 27 homers and 73 RBIs between the Tigers and Cubs.  — A two-year deal for Wade Miley, who should be a back-end starter in a solid rotation.  — A three-year deal for Shogo Akiyama, a 32-year-old outfielder who hit .300 in Japan.  Cincinnati also added bullpen depth with a one-year deal for Pedro Strop from the rival Cubs. That should add to the good pieces in place.  More power Moustakas and Castellanos add to what should be a heavy-hitting lineup led by Eugenio Suarez, who hit 49 homers with 103 RBIs in 2019. Outfielder Aristides Aquino hit 19 homers in 56 games, and Nick Senzel and Jesse Winker combined for 28 homers and have break-through potential.  The Reds will have added flexibility in the lineup with the addition of the designated hitter in 2020. Cincinnati was below league average in team slugging and on-base percentage last season, but that should change in 2020.  Short-season rotationLook at the first-half splits last season for Luis Castillo (8-3, 2.29), Sonny Gray (8-3, 3.05) and Trevor Bauer (8-6, 3.61). Granted, Bauer was in Cleveland and struggled after being traded, but those three arms form a playoff-caliber trio that could carry a 60-game run.  Miley will add to that, and Anthony DeSclafani and Tyler Mahle can contribute on the back end of the rotation.  A better bullpenStrop was a minor addition, but the bullpen of Michael Lorenzen, Craig Stephenson and Amir Garrett is intact around closer Raisel Iglesias. He had a 4.16 ERA last season, but he still managed to convert 34 of 40 saves. Iglesias converted 87.5 percent of the save opportunities for his career heading into the season.   These guys aren’t the “Nasty Boys” by any stretch, but the bullpen is good enough for a short season.  The schedule breaks nicely. Here’s a look at Cincinati’s schedule by opponent this season.  last_img read more

Medical Examiner: South Florida Doctor Dies from COVID-19

first_imgA South Florida doctor is the first medical professional in the region to die from the novel coronavirus.Dr. Alex Hsu, who once practiced internal medicine at Northwest Medical Center in Margate, died from the virus, Broward County Medical Examiner Dr. Craig Mallak said Thursday.The 67-year-old doctor is the fourth person from Broward County to die as a result of COVID-19.Broward County has the second-most confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state.Dr. Alex Hsu, an internist in Margate for more than 35 years, is the latest casualty of the coronavirus in South Florida.The medical examiner has confirmed that Dr. Hsu died Wednesday night from complications related to the new coronavirus.The Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services listed Dr. Alex Hsu’s cause of death as COVID-19 and listed the manner of death as natural.Dr. Craig Mallak said no autopsy was performed.According to sharecare.com, he graduated from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine in 1982 and completed a residency at the University of Louisville.“Our community was very saddened by the news of Dr. Alex Hsu. He was very genuine. He never denied anyone without insurance,” family friend Lana Van said in a statement.last_img read more

Nelson Legion supports Granite Pointe hosting of BC Juvenile Golf Championship

first_imgGranite Pointe at Nelson is hosting the top young players in the BC as the Rosemont Course plays host to the BC Juvenile Golf Championship August 15-18. To help with the cost of the tournament, Nelson Legion generously made a $1,000 to the organizing committee. Making the presentation was Royal Canadian Legion Nelson Branch President Bill Andreaschuk to Granite Pointe Club President Barry Auliffe and Granite Pointe GM/Pro David Belling.last_img

SANTA ANITA PARK TO PROMOTE LITTLE RED FEATHER RACING’S FIRST EVER ‘CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN’ TO ATTRACT NEW OWNERS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2016)–In its continued efforts to reach out to prospective new owners, Santa Anita Park has entered into a marketing collaboration with Little Red Feather Racing, one of California’s largest ownership syndicates, to help promote Little Red Feather Racing’s new “Crowd Funding Campaign.” The initiative incorporates innovative strategies to attract new people to The Sport of Kings.Little Red Feather has announced that these “Crowd Funding” packages are available on several levels. This unique approach appeals to a wide range of potential owners who seek the kind of excitement that ownership can bring.“We are continually looking at ways to bring new people into our sport and we welcome Little Red Feather’s enthusiasm and commitment in attracting new owners,” said Joe Morris, Vice President, West Coast Operations for the Stronach Group. “Moving forward, we welcome innovation in this area and we look forward to assisting others, in addition to Little Red Feather, in promoting initiatives that grow our sport.”“We are thrilled that 100 partners have so far joined us for this historic venture,” said Little Red Feather CEO Gary Fenton. “It shows if we create the right partnership, people will give horse ownership a try. We can’t wait to show them how much fun it is.”Little Red Feather Racing, which was founded by Managing Partner Billy Koch in 2004, first gained national prominence by winning the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Mile that year with Singletary. Along with General Counsel and CEO Gary Fenton, Little Red Feather horses have now won 192 races from 1,063 starts (18 percent) and grossed $10,735,470 in purses (through June 30, 2016).For more information on Little Red Feather’s new “Crowd Funding Campaign,” please visit www.littleredfeatherracing.com, or call (310) 850-4724. –30–last_img read more