Ballhawk Talk #107: Breakfast with Ballhawk Talk

The guys wake up nice and early to start Super Bowl Sunday with a bang. Topics of discussion include new spring training uniforms, Bronson Arroyo’s return to the Reds, and a crazy little league coach’s pre game pep talk. Our Houston insider Angel Arroyo joins us to give a live report from the general vicinity of the Super Bowl Segments include power ranking of breakfast food, and tweets of the week.

As always, you can watch the show every Sunday night at 8 eastern/7 central by clicking the link we send out via Twitter @BallhawkTalk. If you aren’t a Twitter person, you can search “Ballhawk Talk Podcast” on YouTube and click “subscribe.” where you’ll see all of our episodes. Follow us on Instagram and snapchat @ballhawktalk..

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Ballhawk Talk #103

Cole and Larry discuss the recent news in baseball this week including: Edwin Encarnacion’s introduction in Cleveland, Remaining free agents that haven’t signed and the Orioles and Mariners deal involving Seth Smith. A busy week of headlines in Cincinnati, including Brandon Phillips rumors, and Marty Brennaman calling out Joey Votto….. What does Cole think? Also, New Rangers stadium talk. Segments include Tweets of the Week and two minutes of sports.

As always, you can watch the show every Sunday night at 8 eastern/7 central by clicking the link we send out via Twitter @BallhawkTalk. If you aren’t a Twitter person, you can search “Ballhawk Talk Podcast” on YouTube and click “subscribe.” where you’ll see all of our episodes.
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Marty Brennaman Had a Few Words to Say about Joey Votto

It’s no surprise that Reds fans know the out going voice of Marty Brennaman. But recently, on Reds Hot Stove show on 700 WLW here in Cincinnati Marty took his opinionated views to another level with a caller about Joey Votto’s contract. It started off with the caller mentioning Votto’s contract is hurting the Reds this offseason, but implies that this contract wouldn’t hurt 2/3’s of teams. But then, the caller discusses how Votto has been an asset to the team in every way, that’s when Marty goes off and says this, “Time out here now. I’m not going to get into all that crap. I’m going to tell you this: If I were an owner of a baseball team I would say to him if I could trade him, I’d trade him yesterday. And I would say, hell I can lose 94 games without you just as easily as I could lose 94 games with you. I don’t care about the OPS. I don’t care about none of that. This team made a bad deal when they signed Joey Votto to a 10-year contract. And he’s gonna make $22 million and either next year or the following year he’s going to make $25 million. There’s NO sanity on God’s Earth that justifies this being a good contract.”  The caller then proceeds to say  “Ok, well Bryce Harper is probably going to make $30….” At this point, Marty has went from  0 to 100 real quick and says, “I don’t give a DAMN about Bryce Harper! . . . We’re done with this Scott. We can argue all night long and you’re dead wrong. You’re never going to convince me this contract is a good contract.”

Say What?!?!?!?!?!

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Marty is living proof that you either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become a villain. Marty has tended to latch on to certain players and complain about. Before Votto, it was Adam Dunn. Dunn who averaged a solid 41 HR season per year but if you tried to defend Dunn in the mid 2000’s with Marty he would growl at you like that old dog does near your house.

Oh Marty, when will you learn….

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Baseball Fanatic Giveaway Contest #1

As we gear more to opening day, I’ve figured to increase the readership in the offseason as we head towards opening day, getting myself back into the habit of blogging.

I’ve decided to give away a MLB prize each week. Every Thursday, I will post a contest for new item. Then, a winner will be chosen on Friday, a week later.
This week’s giveaway is……

A Gerrit Cole Pittsburgh Pirates Bobblehead that was given away at PNC Park on June 23rd, 2016.
The front of the box


The back of the box 

The bobblehead itself


How to Enter:

1) Leave a comment. Only one comment per post. If you comment multiple times on one post it will only count as one entry.

2) Retweet (RT) my post on Twitter. You can find me on Twitter @cole_adkins. Simply RT the blog link I send out and that will count as one entry.

On Friday’s, I’ll randomize the names and upload the video on YouTube.

Only 87 days until Opening Day.

Ballhawk Talk #102: 2016 review

Cole and Larry ring in the new year by going over some new years resolutions, and by reviewing baseball’s year in 2016. Segments include Power rankings (Best baseball player twitter follows), Tweets of the week, and two minutes of sports.

As always, you can watch the show every Sunday night at 8 eastern/7 central by clicking the link we send out via Twitter @BallhawkTalk. If you aren’t a Twitter person, you can search “Ballhawk Talk Podcast” on YouTube and click “subscribe.” where you’ll see all of our episodes.

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Reds In The Off-season

Hello everyone! I would like to take a second to introduce myself, my name is Tyler Ricketts and I am a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati. I met Cole via twitter over the summer and have gotten to know him fairly well. I reached out to him about writing on his blog a little bit, and he kindly allowed. I like Cole, am a diehard Reds fan and fellow season ticket holder. You can find me in section 142 at Great American Ballpark! I am looking forward to writing on Cole’s blog on a part-time basis so I hope you all enjoy!

For us Reds fans, the off-season got started well over two months ago, when another frustrating season came to an end. Our beloved Redlegs finished the 2016 campaign with a 68-94 record, but with a surprising 36-37 record in the second half and the continued development of the young players, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. The end of the Reds season meant that General Manager Dick Williams is now calling the shots for the club as Walt Jocketty officially stepped aside and well now serve as an advisor. It will be interesting to see what Williams can do now that he controls the day-to-day decision making. The winter meetings have come and gone and not surprisingly, the Reds made no major moves. Dick Williams has said publicly about improving the bullpen and possibly adding a veteran starting pitcher to compete for the 5th spot in the starting rotation. I don’t expect the Reds to make any real moves in the near future as the market for relief and veteran starting pitching seemingly collapses every year and leaves guys scrambling for one year deals. The Reds want no part of giving veteran pitchers multi-year deals and that is what virtually everyone is asking for currently. I wouldn’t expect the  names the Reds bring in to be big names either, the Reds will not be breaking out the checkbook this off-season to improve the bullpen. There is really only two, maybe three spots open in the 2017 Reds bullpen but, I could still see a free agent singing to come in a take a spot in what should be an improved bullpen. Also, if the possible veteran starting pitcher that is brought into camp ends up making the 25- man roster the Reds are in deep trouble in my opinion. 4 out of the 5 spots in the rotation are virtually locked up with Bailey, DeSclafani, Straily, and Finnegan, and that leaves only 1 spot for one of the numerous youngsters to grab. Cody Reed, Robert Stephenson, Amir Garrett, and Tim Adleman are just some of the candidates on the 40-man roster who will compete for the 5th spot. If one of these young arms cannot step-up and grab the last spot, and they need to turn to some journeyman guy, this organizations rebuild will not be looking good. It’s time for one of those guys to grab it and flourish in the big leagues. In the slim chance the Reds trade a proven starter like Straily or Finnegan another spot will open, the Reds asking price is extremely high so don’t look for that to happen.

In addition to the Reds small presence they will have on the free agent market, the club has four arbitration eligible guys they need to settle on. Tony Cingrani, Blake Wood, Billy Hamilton, and Zack Cozart are the four guys the Reds will enter into negotiations with very shortly in hopes of avoiding arbitration. By sometime in mid-January, the teams and players must exchange arbitration figures and present them to the arbitration panel in the event they have yet to sign yet. The rare hearings occur throughout the month of February. The Reds went to arbitration with JJ Hoover in 2014 for the first time since 2004.  Projection salaries have Tony Cingrani in the $1.9 million range. His case is a little tricky as it is still somewhat unclear exactly what Cingrani’s role is in the Reds bullpen. Tony worked as a closer and late inning reliever a fair amount the past two seasons. A closer will obviously be rewarded a much higher salary than say a middle reliever, which is where I see Cingrani in the future, so it will be interesting to see where the two sides settle. Blake Wood is projected at a surprising $2.1, I don’t expect him to get that much but regardless, Wood will be getting a nice raise after making $600,000 this past season. Speedster Billy Hamilton projects at $2.3 million, which is a solid amount for a first-year eligible player. Lastly, third and final year arbitration eligible Zack Cozart has projections showing him at $4.7 million which would also be a healthy raise from his $2.925 salary a season ago. I can see Cozart’s health being a liability to him when entering negotiations as he has been slowed by his surgically repaired right knee the past two seasons. The Reds may not be dealing with the arbitration process with Zack Cozart as they will no doubt look to trade Zack Cozart to free up playing time for Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera which leads me to my next and final topic.

In seemingly the final piece of the rebuild, the Reds our tasked with trading their two middle infielders, Zack Cozart and three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, but aging Brandon Phillips. Both are entering the final year of their current contracts with the Reds. Trading either one of them will be extremely difficult but especially Phillips, who turns age 36 in June, as he possesses 10/5 rights. The Reds tried to trade Phillips at least twice last offseason to the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks but the outspoken second basemen respectfully declined. Brandon seems content in Cincinnati and I don’t expect him to waive is 10/5 rights this off-season either and expect DatDude to be in a Reds uniform in 2017. What makes trading Zack Cozart, and partly Brandon Phillips difficult, is simply the lack of a market for middle infielders. Cozart was nearly dealt to the Seattle Mariners at the deadline this past July but the deal fell apart at the last minute. The deal reportedly still had life last month but Seattle ended up acquiring Jean Segura from the Arizona Diamondbacks so that crosses Seattle  off the list of potential suitors. The Los Angeles Angels were seemingly the only team looking for middle infield help as they were interested in Chase Utley early on but don’t expect the Reds to be making any deals with the Halos. The Angels are in a similar position as the Reds so they aren’t in the position to be giving up any prospects for one year of services from a Zack Cozart or Brandon Phillips. Cozart and Phillips wouldn’t be getting to big of a haul in return anyway. The Angels system is extremely depleted and one of the worst in baseball, they are much more likely to be acquiring prospects than to be dealing them away. So, there is really nothing to consider here. I could very well see Cozart being dealt before the deadline next summer but, along with Phillips, expect him to be in a Reds uniform on Opening Day.

In the end, it will be interesting to see what Dick Williams ends up doing, if anything, leading up to the start of spring training in his first off-season being the head of Baseball Operations.

Ballhawk Talk #101: Fan Sided fan of the year Dave Edlund

Cole and Larry welcome McCovey Cove Dave Edlund back on the show to discuss his recent experience at SI’s sports person of the year banquet. Also, Cole and Larry discuss their Hall of Fame ballots.

Highlights:

  • Barry Bonds talk
  • 2-minute warming
  • David Ortiz selfie

As always, you can watch the show every Sunday night at 8 eastern/7 central by clicking the link we send out via Twitter @BallhawkTalk. If you aren’t a Twitter person, you can search “Ballhawk Talk Podcast” on YouTube and click “subscribe.” where you’ll see all of our episodes.

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Ballhawk Talk #100: Century mark celebration

Ballhawk Talk has lasted 100 episodes, and now it’s time to celebrate. Mateo Fischer returns to join the celebration, as well as recurring guests Tony Voda and Angel Arroyo. Topics include favorite past episodes, and the winter meetings.

Highlights:

  • Family show
  • Overrated pitchers
  • Top Guest
  • Evie Voda

As always, you can watch the show every Sunday night at 8 eastern/7 central by clicking the link we send out via Twitter @BallhawkTalk. If you aren’t a Twitter person, you can search “Ballhawk Talk Podcast” on YouTube and click “subscribe.” where you’ll see all of our episodes.

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Ballhawk Talk #99: New CBA

Cole and Larry recap the big headline in baseball over the past week: The New CBA agreement. Also, A winter meetings preview, Bud Selig making the Hall of Fame, Cole’s Redsfest recap, and a GABP ballpark review.

Highlights:

  • Bathrooms
  • Joey Votto
  • Redsfest

As always, you can watch the show every Sunday night at 8 eastern/7 central by clicking the link we send out via Twitter @BallhawkTalk. If you aren’t a Twitter person, you can search “Ballhawk Talk Podcast” on YouTube and click “subscribe.” where you’ll see all of our episodes.

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Ballhawk Talk #98: To Organ or not to Organ

This week on Ballhawk Talk, the boys discuss their favorite commemorative baseballs in power rankings. Ballpark reviews return, as Comerica Park in Detroit is reviewed. Also, could baseball be on the verge of a lockout?

Highlights:

  • Does an Organ belong at the ballpark?
  • Mariners/Diamondbacks 5-player trade
  • Ballhawk Talk Survey
  • Bathroom Reviews

As always, you can watch the show every Sunday night at 8 eastern/7 central by clicking the link we send out via Twitter @BallhawkTalk. If you aren’t a Twitter person, you can search “Ballhawk Talk Podcast” on YouTube and click “subscribe.” where you’ll see all of our episodes.

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