On August 26, 1939, a baseball game was televised for the very first time. A doubleheader between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Reds had only 2 cameras, compared to the thirteen cameras used for a Dodgers game now days! One camera was above home plate to see the view of the entire diamond. To pick up throws from the infield, another camera was looking down the first base line. About 3,000 people tuned in for this historical event.
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Aroldis Chapman, of the Cincinnati Reds is known for his world record speeds of his fastball topping 105 mph. During Spring Training, the pitching coaches will be transforming Aroldis from reliever to starter. A very hard transition here. Through his whole career he has been inconsistent and has had numerous control problems. You know that “kid” that always brags about how fast he throws but can’t hit the side of a barn? Well, it doesn’t matter how fast you throw if you can’t throw strikes. I think when he becomes a starter it will be a huge hit or miss. Also, he got away with mainly using his fastball since it was so fast and being only a reliever, he wasn’t expected to pitch a whole game. He will absolutely need to develop some variety and more dangerous pitches or they’ll just tee-off of him. If he can develop a dangerous curve and change up, he could be unstoppable. Imagine a 101 mph fastball followed by an 85 mph change up. Scary, right? Also, becoming a starter will dramatically increase the number of innings pitched. He could throw his arm out if he’s not prepared correctly.
I have a feeling this won’t be a good transition, but who knows? I’m just not convinced he’ll be able to go the distance. I believe the Reds should keep Aroldis as a dangerous reliever.
The Cincinnati Reds are looking pretty good right now in many aspects of the game.
The Reds have very good pitching. Newly acquired star pitcher, Mat Latos, will truly help the Reds in pitching depth. He is one of the most feared pitchers in the game. I’m very surprised the Padres traded him. Bronson Arroyo, is also a very good pitcher. He didn’t have a great year last year, but has had five years with 14 or more wins. I think Bronson is a very under rated pitcher with all of his good statistics and performances. The rest of the starting rotation is pretty solid. The Reds have lost their great closer, Francisco Cordero, but have found a new closer that I think will be just as good. He’s from the Phillies and he is Ryan Madson. Ryan had to replace Brandon Lidge when he was on the Phillies and he did an outstanding job. If Aroldis Chapman can locate his record breaking speed, I think he’ll be unstoppable. The Reds pitching seems to be pretty good at the time. Pitching will probably be the biggest part of the year for them.
Another good player the Padres traded to the Reds is outfielder, Ryan Ludwick. He’s an above average hitter that teams would love to have. The best hitter on the team is obviously the 2010 NL MVP, Joey Votto. Votto can hit with power or for contact, and he also has great plate discipline. The Reds are very thrilled to have other hitters whom are Scott Rolen, Jay Bruce, and Brandon Phillips. Cincinnati has a solid line up. There are threats up and down their batting order.
I think the Reds will have a good year, but not good enough to win the World Series. I say they take third place in the NL Central.