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Hock A (LOOGY): Time to do away with lefty specialists

Usually, the only evidence he was ever in the game comes not from the box score, but from the collective groan audible from the crowd reckoning with the fact it is about to watch two pitching changes in a span of one, maybe two, outs. Let’s be clear, the only thing more exciting than watching an aging manager waddle like a penguin to the pitching rubber and summons a substitute reliever is watching that same manager do it twice in five-minutes time.

There’s always next year: A case for the 2017 Cincinnati Reds

Like mad scientists blending hazardous chemicals, the mix concocted by this Reds brain trust was a combustible blend that very nearly exploded in historic fashion, but appears now to be a super juice that has Joey Votto batting nearly .450 since the All-Star break, Brandon Phillips poised to post his best offensive numbers in about five years and a pitching staff that now at least on borders on respectable.