Reds Fans, Get Off Hal McCoy's Back!

It needs to be said…and repeated until you can no longer say it. Until you fall asleep.


Apparently, there are a number of Reds fans that are extremely hacked at Hall of Famer Hal McCoy. McCoy has covered the Reds for 37 years and he is unjustifiably being reamed for reporting exactly what Brandon Phillips wanted to put out into the media world. Some are going so far as to blame McCoy for the Reds miserable performance during the Cardinals series.

The Reds lost because they were outplayed, not because of McCoy airing Phillips’ comments or the comments themselves. Anyone, Reds fan or not, that thinks otherwise is way off base here. If you read McCoy’s post from Tuesday, Phillips was taking pleasure on the word being out there. In no blog, article, story or video do I ever see Phillips saying he was misquoted or that his comments were supposed to be off the record. Not one place. Here’s McCoy’s opening statement from Tuesday’s entry.

To his ever-loving credit, Brandon Phillips did not back down. He did not say he was misquoted or taken out of context or that his comments were “off the record.”

One comment I read from this post even stated that it’s possible that Phillips wanted these comments to be off the record. Please. This was McCoy’s opening to the piece. How can you make that supposition when Hal’s first line is this?

Another excerpt from McCoy’s article on Tuesday.

WHEN I ARRIVED at the clubhouse he spotted me right away and headed my way, a large smile on his face. He gave me a friendly fist-punch and said, “Great. It was just great. I have to keep you working.”

McCoy did as Phillips wished. Hal put it out there for all to see. That’s what McCoy is supposed to do. Report on what’s happening.

For those that have suggested that McCoy should have kept this in the clubhouse since he’s a Reds fan are even more off-base. Again, McCoy covers the Reds. He is not a fan although I know he wishes them well. He states such in today’s entry. There’s nothing wrong with that.

I’m more perturbed that McCoy had to author a post today in which he, in some manner, felt the need to defend himself. I may be off base there myself, but if that is the case, he should not have to do such.

To those that are blasting Hal, think about this. Did Hal McCoy throw a pitch? Did Hal McCoy have an at-bat? Did Hal McCoy flash a signal? Did Hal McCoy have a glove on his hand? The answer to all of those is obviously a resounding “NO!”. He does not play baseball. He writes about it from an objective, unbiased point of view. He always has. He always will. That’s what makes Hal McCoy so wonderful to read. I’ve been reading McCoy’s work for many, many years and I wouldn’t want him to change.

We as Reds fans need McCoy’s objectivity in order to inject some dose of reality into our collective slanted point of view.

From this blogger, I say thank you, Hal McCoy.

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  • Bob Clarke

    I’m all for free press and all of that but there HAS to be a lot more common sense used in such fragile interviews and what the interviewee wishes to be printed. Common sense supercedes and it wasn’t used in this case by Hal. Just because Brandon said print it and just because Hal is a reporter does not serve the best interest of the welfare of our team… you can clearly see by now. Was the manager ever asked if it was to sensitive to quote?? Hal has covered the Reds 37 years…. he surely knows what will upset other teams or its members. A very poor judgement call by Hal which will have reprocussions for a long time to come. Hal is not infallible…good yes…but not beyond reproach.

    • Steve Engbloom

      Bob, I ask you this. Would you still feel this way had the Reds swept the Cardinals?

  • Bob

    Since you’re playing the “what if” game…..what if Hals lack of judgement created a fatality? He did not take orders from BP….and on such an extremely senitive issue he should have thought it out, and the consequences, a lot longer. You don’t print EVERYTHING you hear !!!!!!!! Hal chose to print it without thinking of the consequences…..IF he had known what was about to happen if he printed it, do you think he would have anyway?? I doubt it. He screwed the pooch on this one. What do you think got BP banished from Cleveland.

    • Steve Engbloom

      Wasn’t playing the “what if” game. I was merely attempting to gain an answer.

  • bob

    No…winning or losing isn’t relative. Now please answer my question too.


    • Steve Engbloom

      From your initial comment regarding if McCoy consulted Dusty Baker, I don’t believe that’s relative. Hal will print what Hal believes is a newsworthy item. Baker was asked about that (after the fact, obvoiusly) and stated that you can’t put a muzzle on the players. If there’s a issue between Baker and McCoy, those two will discuss that, if it hasn’t already been addressed.

      I’m not sure from where you pulled the death card. Upon some research, I found that you’re more apt to suffer a fatality from going on vacation while enjoying some form of a water sport.

      When I saw the scrum make it to the backstop screen, I did gasp. There was no way anyone that witnessed that scene couldn’t do such.

      And I do believe that Hal still prints the story regardless of possibly knowing the circumstances. He knew it was going to create a stir at least. He knew he possessed a powder keg. On that, we can agree. I don’t believe any writer would have thought any different than Hal. Hal’s been blasted for stories before and he will in the future. Part of the package.