May the Fourth Be with You!
For your records:
The Saturday, June 20 game between the Reds and Marlins at Great American Ball Park is now scheduled to begin at 7:10 PM. It had originally been a 4:10 game.
The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum’s 2015 bobblehead series celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Reds 1990 World Championship team.
The series continues in May with catcher Joe Oliver, whose game-winning hit in Game 2 of the 1990 World Series cemented his place on the Reds’ all-time list of postseason heroes. The bobblehead depicts Oliver in the midst of that historic swing.
The bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame beginning Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. and will be available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of May, while supplies last.
The bobblehead series, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, continues each month through August with a different member of the 1990 World Series team in a classic pose that highlights an iconic moment:
• April: Todd Benzinger (now available only to museum members)
• May: Joe Oliver
• June: Billy Hatcher
• July: Tom Browning
• August: Paul O’Neill
Admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for active military/veterans.
The best way to ensure a bobblehead is to join the Hall of Fame & Museum as a member:
• $50 Reds Fan membership (individual) gets the Todd Benzinger and Joe Oliver bobbleheads
• $85 All-Star membership (family) gets the Todd Benzinger, Joe Oliver, Billy Hatcher and Tom Browning bobbleheads
• $200 MVP membership gets all five bobbleheads
• $1,000 World Champion memberships get all five bobbleheads plus additional exclusive perks and gifts.
About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 85 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.
The Museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.
Located next to Great American Ball Park, The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is open year-round with extended hours on game days.
Plan your visit at www.redsmuseum.org or by calling (513) 765-7923.
Major League Baseball today released a second update on the leaders of the Franchise Four campaign.
The current Reds Franchise Four leaders are: Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin.
Voting continues through May 8 at MLB.com/FranchiseFour.
More from MLB:
With more than 17.4 million votes cast so far and close races throughout the 33 categories, the highlights of the current leaders include the following:
• Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax and Tom Seaver continue to lead in the “Greatest Living Players” category.
• Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan appears on the Franchise Fours of the Los Angeles Angels, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. The only other player to appear on multiple Club Franchise Fours is Vladimir Guerrero (Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Angels).
• Nine different franchises – the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees, the Oakland Athletics, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals – have four Hall of Famers representing them in their respective Franchise Fours.
• The changes since the first balloting update issued on April 22nd are as follows: Luis Aparicio has passed Harold Baines to join the group of leaders for the White Sox; Walter Johnson has passed Tony Oliva to join the group of the Twins’ franchise leaders, including their Senators roots; Robin Roberts has passed Chase Utley to join the Phillies’ leaders; Rogers Hornsby has passed Ozzie Smith to join the Cardinals’ leaders; and Ichiro Suzuki has passed Randy Johnson to join the Mariners’ leaders.
That’s all for now. More in a bit!
Expect good news,
RHP Homer Bailey has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow…he is expected to return during the 2016 season…“After consulting with (team medical director) Dr. Kremchek and other orthopaedic surgeons, we determined the best option with the most predictable outcome is to surgically repair the ligament,” said Reds President of Baseball Operations and General manager Walt Jocketty. “It does not appear the injury is at all related to the right elbow flexor mass injury Homer sustained late last season.”…Kremchek will perform the “Tommy John” surgery next Friday at Beacon Orthopaedics in Cincinnati…in other medical news, minor league IF/OF Donald Lutz this morning had season-ending reconstructive UCL surgery…he injured his right elbow last week while playing for Class AAA Louisville.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 29, 2015
MLB All-Star Game Ballot Launches on MLB.com and 30 Club Sites;
Esurance to Be the Official Sponsor
Major League Baseball today marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds.
MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program is the largest of its kind in professional sports. Nearly 160 million ballots have been cast over the past five years, including a record 40.2 million ballots cast in 2012. In addition, over 300 million votes were submitted in 2014.
For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online. Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. During the voting period, the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot will be available in English and Spanish, and will offer audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually-impaired fans. Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese versions of the online ballot will be available in May. Banco BHD will sponsor online All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via LasMayores.com, the official Spanish-language Web site of Major League Baseball.
“As we launch our annual tradition of All-Star fan voting, Major League Baseball and the Reds look forward to the upcoming celebration of the Midsummer Classic in a city known for its enduring baseball history,” Baseball Commissioner Robert J. Manfred, Jr. said. “Baseball fans represent the heart of our game, and through All-Star balloting, I am proud to bring the best that our sport has to offer to the great fans and community of Cincinnati this summer.”
Details regarding the unveiling of the 2015 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be available in the coming weeks. The AL All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers – NL skipper Bruce Bochy of the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants and AL manager Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals.
Following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period. Now in its 14th season with more than 480 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile phones.
This year’s final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans can vote exclusively at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2015 All-Star Game will be played at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 14th. The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
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From my pal @Bongreatness…
Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be Kara Sewell, co-anchor of FOX19 NOW.
Serving as tonight’s Honorary Captain will be country music singer/songwriter Dustin Lynch. Dustin will be part of the Kick the Dust Up tour that stops at Paul Brown Stadium on July 18th.
The Reds don’t plan to show Nelson any “love and affection” tonight.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the first of four Bark In the Park events of the 2015 season, presented by Iams & Kroger. Over 500 dogs are expected to be in attendance tonight with their owners to enjoy activities in the Kroger Fan Zone and a pregame parade around the warning track, in addition to watching the game down the first base line of the Terrace Level.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill be will offering up one of tonight’s ceremonial first pitches.
Today is going to be a great day!!! I can feel it! #GOODVIBES
— Kristopher Negrón (@KNegs17) April 27, 2015
My friend Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) is in town this weekend covering the 25th anniversary celebration of the the Reds 1990 World Championship for MLB.com. Of the several stories she’s posted this weekend, this one is my favorite.
While reading Alyson’s coverage of that 1990 team, I’m reminded how much I loved Eric Davis. I was 14 in 1990, and ever since he burst onto the baseball scene 4 years prior, I was in awe of “Eric The Red.” Before Larkin and after Rose, Eric was Cincinnati’s premier national superstar. He could do it all; the first legit 5-tool player I ever watched on a regular basis.
When I was just a little whipper-snapper, I watched “Good Morning America” in the morning with my parents as they got ready for work and I prepared for school (cartoons were watched after school). I’ll never forget that one morning when Joe DiMaggio appeared on GMA and declared Eric Davis to be the most exciting young player in baseball. Joe D was talking about MY GUY who played for MY TEAM! I was so proud.
Through tremendous good fortune, my job allows me to see Eric Davis on a semi-regular basis (Spring Training, Caravan, Redsfest, etc). My childhood hero actually knows me by my first name and when we see each other, we chat like old buddies. It’s surreal.
As a kid, you’re oblivious to the character of your TV role models. It’s only years later, as an adult, that I can confirm what I had always hoped when I was a boy – Eric Davis is not only a baseball legend, he’s a world champion person, too.
Below are some videos to help you remember the greatness of E.D….