When the Cincinnati Reds drafted highly talented pitcher Homer Bailey back in 2005 everyone thought he was the missing link to a pitching staff back then wasn’t so deep. So it was assumed as a 21 year old back at the time he was gonna step right in and just own hitters well that didn’t happen and it took Homer time to finally reach his full potential.
Every Reds fans and including myself were thinking Bailey was a bust because hasn’t met the expectations the fans wanted but the organization stayed with Homer and gave him time to develop. He changed his pitching form and is no longer trying to throw hard to get batters out.
Last season was his breakout season and one moment that put Bailey in Reds history as he threw a no hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates in PNC Park on September 28, 2012 as the Reds won 1-0 that night he walked two batters while striking out ten. In the postseason against the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of the NLDS Bailey had a no hitter going into the seventh didn’t get it but man we all were saying Homer Bailey has finally figure it out.
Then on July 2nd, 2013 he pitched has second no hitter of his career first in the MLB this season and its funny the last no hitter in the majors was by yes you guessed it Homer Bailey going the distance walking just one and striking out nine San Francisco Giants in a Reds 3-0 win. So with all this being said eight years later we all can say it’s been worth the wait been a long one but with two no hitters in his pocket Homer Bailey has definitely lived up to the expectations we all thought he could accomplish and he’s not done yet has more room to improve which could make him even a more complete pitcher down the road.