Daily Archives: May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012

10,000 days since Marge Schott’s reign began

In a minor Cincinnati Reds historical item, The Hardball Times notes that it was 10,000 days ago today that Marge Schott became the majority owner of the Reds.

It was a tumultuous and, ultimately, mostly embarrassing time in the Reds’ history. Yes, they won the 1990 World Series, but that may have been despite Schott, given her reluctance to hire scouts and black players.

What’s interesting, is that Schott was initially a fairly popular owner. She’d make herself publicly visible during games and talk to fans. She kept the concessions prices low, and even kept the seat prices as low as she could. She always loved children and throughout her entire adult life was very active in charity foundations for children.

Mainly, I see a large streak of provincialism here; a streak many others share but those who are so provincial rarely have as much public stature of money that Schott had. Or if they are, they’re not so vocal about it.

Thankfully, those days of controversy where the team’s owner took up more headlines than the actual team are in the past. And it’s taken a while, but the Reds’ have rebuilt their scouting department into one that is supplying some mighty fine major league talent. The team has definitely come a long way since the ’80s.

May 8, 2012

The Daily Brief: Reds start off right against Brewers

Last Game
The Reds took the first game in the series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Bronson Arroyo gave up only one run before his team came to support him to the tune of 5 runs. They tacked on one more in the ninth to make the final score 6-1.

Next Game
The Reds continue the series with the Brewers at 8:10 p.m. ET. Homer Bailey (1-2, 3.77 ERA) takes the mound for the Reds against Yovani Gallardo (1-3, 5.79 ERA).

What a Relief
The Reds bullpen leads the National League. It hasn’t given up a run in 8 games (23 1/3 innings).

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Reds’ pitchers’ 17 strikeouts in Sunday’s game tied the franchise record for strikeouts in a 9-inning game. The last time that many Ks were recorded in 9-innings was May 23, 2008 when Edison Volquez and crew did it against the Padres.