Shoulder Surgery Will End Jesse Winker’s National League Rookie of the Year Campaign

Cincinnati.com – Throughout the last couple of seasons, Jesse Winker dealt with pain his right shoulder. 

After he felt more pain Monday, it was determined that Winker would need surgery to repair his shoulder. He will miss the remainder of the season.

A potential Rookie of the Year candidate, Winker was batting .299 this season with seven homers and 43 RBI. The outfielder ranked fourth in the Majors with a .405 on-base percentage. He had more walks (49) than strikeouts (46). 

Welp, that sucks. Jesse Winker was a bright spot for the 2018 last place Reds, having a season that would have likely resulted in the NL’s Rookie of the Year honor if he kept his first-half pace. He either lead or was in the top-5 of every stat among his fellow rookies. Sure, his glove wasn’t much to speak of, but this is a bat the Reds will miss in their lineup for the rest of the season.  Continue reading

The “New” Intentional Walk Rule in the MLB Sucks

I know it’s not brand new this season, but while watching the Reds game last night I found myself annoyed with how much the new intentional walk rule sucks. Since way back in 2017, the manager has been able to call for an intentional walk, giving the batter first base without making the pitcher throw four pitches outside of the strike zone. I can understand the desire for this rule in theory, but it sucks a load of… donkey stuff… in practice. The idea behind the rule, or so I assume, is to help speed up the game and eliminate additional pitches that can cause wear and tear on a pitcher’s arm. Is that worth sacrificing some of the greatest and funniest moments in baseball history for? I say no.

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