Best Of 2019

Best Sign of Hope for Cincinnati Sports in 2019: Cincinnati Reds

After an eminently forgettable 2018, the Cincinnati Reds are looking like they are serious about making a run for the playoffs in the coming season, even offering fans hope that the team might just be the one to end decades of bad luck for local pro (and college) sports and win a championship. Though they could have probably coasted through one more “rebuilding” year and distract fans with celebrations around the team’s 150th anniversary and legendary announcer Marty Brennaman’s final season, the Reds anted up. Last fall the team hired popular former player David Bell to be the manager, but it was a late-in-the-year trade that turned fans’ (and division opponents’) heads. Right before Christmas, the Reds did a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers that netted the team productive veteran Matt Kemp and superstar Yasiel Puig. In return, the Reds sent much-maligned (and expensive) starting pitcher Homer Bailey and a couple of young prospects to L.A. The Reds got the better of the trade… by a long shot. Also part of the deal: the hometown squad added left-handed starter Alex Wood to its rotation and received “cash considerations,” which turned out to be $7 million. Reds, Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown reds.com.