The legendary career of Ryan Lavarnway has come to an end with the Cincinnati Reds. Earlier this afternoon he was released by the organization. The catcher had been playing with the Triple-A Louisville Bats.

To say that Ryan Lavarnway made an immediate impression with the Reds would be an understatement. With the Reds having four catchers on the injured list they had to make a move and picked up Lavarnway as a free agent and brought him immediately to Cincinnati. In his first game he went 3-4 with a walk, double, and he hit two home runs and drove in six runs against the Cardinals. He would spend the next handful of days with the Reds before being sent to Triple-A.

When he arrived in Louisville he tried repeating what he had done in his Cincinnati debut. And he almost did it, too. He went 3-3 with a sacrifice fly, two home runs, and he drove in four. In his 13 games with the Bats he hit .225/.319/.500 over 47 plate appearances.

Daytona’s season will end tonight

The Daytona Tortugas season has been cut short due to Hurricane Dorian. They had four games remaining this season, but tonight will be their final game of the season. The series against St. Lucie that was scheduled to run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday has been cancelled. The Florida State League as a whole cancelled the remainder of the season beyond tonight – including the playoffs. With Hurricane Dorian set to likely hit Florida this weekend, the league and teams decided that the safety of the fans, staff, and players was more important. This gives everyone the opportunity to better prepare for what could be coming.

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11 Responses

  1. MK

    Lavarnway on the field in a Columbus Clippers uniform pre-game tonight. Just switched clubhouses.

    • IndyRedsFan

      When I first read about the release, I wondered if this was a “Release him so he can sign with another team that might give him a September call-up” situation.

      It’ll be interesting to see if he ends up on Cleveland’s bench in September.

  2. MK

    Who is going to get the 40-man spot and probably a September call-up?

  3. Simon Cowell

    Stay safe for those of you in the path of the hurricane!

  4. Bryant

    Could we get Doug’s analysis of our erstwhile closer? It seemed like maybe he was getting it back together, but then it turned very bad again.

    • Cguy

      During Iglesias’ first 2 years in the bullpen he wasn’t giving up many HR (7 HR in 78.1 IP in 2016, 5 HR in 76.0 IP in 2017). Things have changed, & not for the better (12 HR in 72.0 IP in 2018, & 11HR in 56.1 IP so far this season). Not sure if Iglesias is a game closer- or a game ender.

  5. RojoBenjy

    “The legendary [record-setting] career of Ryan Lavarnway has come to an end with the Cincinnati Reds.”

    From Cincinnati Enquirer
    “He became the fourth player since the RBI became a statistic in 1920, according to Elias Sports Bureau, to produce at least three hits, two homers and six RBI in his debut for a team. He was the first Reds player ever to have more than three RBI in a debut.”

    From the Fount of All Knowledge (Wikipedia):
    “He was also the first Reds catcher to have three hits, two home runs, and six RBIs in one game since Johnny Bench in 1973.”

    And we witnessed it. ;-)

  6. Colorado Red

    Signed today by Cleveland.
    Must have bad a better chance there.
    Reds might have been nice.