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Reds demote 10-loss reliever J.J. Hoover to Triple-A

Aug 21, 2014, 5:20 PM EDT

J.J. Hoover Reds AP

J.J. Hoover has been one of the Reds’ primary setup men all season, logging 55 mostly high-leverage innings, but he’s been brutally bad in those spots with a 1-10 record and 5.27 ERA. And now he’s been demoted back to the minors.

Hoover was excellent for the Reds in 2012 and 2013, totaling 97 innings with a 2.61 ERA and 98 strikeouts. He’s missed plenty of bats this season too, striking out 11.0 per nine innings, but 29 walks and 10 homers have done him in.

He heads to Triple-A tied for the Reds franchise record in relief losses with 10, which is especially remarkable considering he won his first decision of the season before dropping 10 straight.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Well that’s a relief.

    *BOOM* Don’t forget to tip your waitress.

  2. contraryguy - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    I’m torn, because while this is great news, it’s also too late to get those 10 lost games back. It’s a testament to the lack of quality in the Reds farm system that they stuck with this guy that long.

  3. contraryguy - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    One more stat. The Reds are 9-37 when Hoover pitched this year. Is there a reliever in MLB with a worse mark than that?

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Were the Reds fans were associating the name Hoover with Damn?

  5. firegoodell - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    His name says it all…he sucked this year. And I don’t care what he did in 2012 or 2013 – it’s 2014 and he has absolutely KILLED the reds

  6. sfm073 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    How did he make it this long? How does a manager continue to put him out there is crucial situations.

  7. Tim's Neighbor - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    I’m not remotely a Reds fan, but Hopefully he puts this behind him and gets back on track. By all accounts Hoover is supposed to be a really nice dude and teammate.

  8. naticats19 - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:15 AM


  9. cincinata - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM


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