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Reds’ Joey Votto Upset Over Team’s Terrible Start

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Cincinnati Reds’ icon Joey Votto is sounding off as the Reds endure one of the worst start to the season that he has even seen.

“I genuinely hope that we’re trending in the right direction, but this is the worst start I’ve ever seen” Votto said during an interview with Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown on the latest Yahoo Sports MLB Podcast.

“If I’m not mistaken, it’s been noted in the past that this was historically one of the worst starts for this franchise. There are so many people that are losing interest in our organization — and deservedly so. It hasn’t been a fun time to be a Cincinnati Reds fan.”

Votto knows that his comments won’t be found appealing by those within the organization, but it’s not stopping him from airing his opinion.

“Not often does a player get to speak the way I’m speaking right now because my role is to do my job on the field and pretty much zip my lips, which makes sense.

But in the same breath, I’ve been with this franchise for, I think, 17 years now. You can say things are business, but to honest with you, I was a kid when I signed with this franchise, I take it personally.

This is a personal thing to me. People inside of the organization in all likelihood are not going to enjoy my responses. But it’s been disappointing.”

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Reds Hire David Bell as Manager

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The Cincinnati Reds hired former infielder David Bell to be their next manager, according to an official team announcement made on Sunday.

Bell, who worked for four seasons as a manager in Reds minor league system from 2008 until 2011, agreed to a three-year contract with a team option for 2022 and was formally introduced as the Reds’ manager during a Monday news conference.

Bell, 46, has spent the past two seasons as vice president of player development for the San Francisco Giants .

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Reds Place Joey Votto On Disabled List

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The Cincinnati Reds have placed Joey Votto on the 10-day disabled list due to a right knee contusion that he suffered last week when he was hit near the knee by Washington Nationals pitcher Ryan Madson in what has been viewed as intentional.

After the hit, Votto limped to first base as he barked at Madson, who appeared to be retaliating for the plunking of National players, such as Bryce Harper.

The trip to the disabled list will mark the first one for Votto since 2014, and he is posting a .284/.422/.419 batting line this season.

 

 

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Reds’ Jesse Winker Out for Season with Shoulder Injury

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Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker will miss the rest of the 2018 season after dislocating his right shoulder, the team announced on Thursday.

“He’ll be ready for spring training next year,” Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said. “I don’t think we’ll see him playing this year.”

Winker, 24, will be replaced on the roster by outfielder Mason Williams and the Reds transferred infielder Alex Blandino to the 60-day disabled list to create space on the roster.

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