It’s Spring Training time, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Reds are getting new signs…but not THOSE kinds of signs, rather, actual new signs at Great American Ball Park.
More from my colleague Michael “Mando” Anderson…
Great American Ball Park will be getting three new signs for the 2015 Cincinnati Reds baseball season, replacing those located over the main gates on Crosley Terrace, the sign on top of the scoreboard and the sign on the southwest corner of the ballpark.
The new signs will be paid for by Great American Insurance Group, as part of their naming rights sponsorship of Great American Ball Park thereby relieving the Cincinnati Reds and Hamilton County from having to fund the sign replacement.
The new signs will use modern, energy-efficient LED lighting that will significantly reduce power consumption and maintenance requirements.
The removal of the existing signs is beginning this week and the installation of the new signage is to be completed by Opening Day on April 6.
Single Game Tickets go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m.
Excludes Opening Day
CINCINNATI (Feb. 25, 2015) — Single game tickets for 2015 Cincinnati Reds regular season home games go on sale Saturday, Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. ET, excluding Opening Day.
Get the best seats for your favorite games of the season including:
• FIREWORKS FRIDAYS – Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks after every Friday home game, including a special show featuring the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on July 3
• SUPER SATURDAYS – Premium giveaway every Saturday, including NINE bobbleheads
– Todd Frazier Bobblehead presented by Coca-Cola: April 11 vs. Cardinals, 1:10 p.m.
– Nasty Boys Triple Bobblehead presented by PNC Bank: April 25 vs. Cubs, 1:10 p.m. (triple bobblehead featuring Randy Myers, Rob Dibble and Norm Charlton of the 1990 Reds celebration)
– Johnny Bench “Stars of the Queen City” Bobblehead presented by John Morrell: May 16 vs. Giants, 7:10 p.m.
– Billy Hamilton Bobblehead presented by Cincinnati Bell: May 30 vs. Nationals, 4:10 p.m.
– Barry Larkin “Stars of the Queen City” Bobblehead presented by Duke Energy Retail: June 6 vs. Padres, 4:10 p.m.
– Brandon Phillips Bobblehead: June 20 vs. Marlins, 4:10 p.m.
– Devin Mesoraco Bobblehead presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare: Aug. 1 vs. Pirates, 7:10 p.m.
– “Stars of the Queen City” Bobblehead (Player TBA): Sept. 12 vs. Cardinals, 1:05 p.m.
– 2015 All-Star Player Bobblehead: Sept. 26 vs. Mets, 4:10 p.m.
• SUNDAY FAMILY DAYS– Sunday Family Days presented by Klosterman Bakery with kids giveaways, live mascot races, circus performers and exclusive ticket offers just for families
Other can’t-miss games of the 2015 season include:
• Opening Night – Wednesday, April 8 vs. Pirates, 7:10 p.m.: Be there for a special celebration of the season’s first night game featuring post-game fireworks, live music from The Rusty Griswolds and a special pregame red carpet player appearance in the Kroger Fan Zone. The Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer will be joined by players and coaches from the 2014 National Championship team to participate in various pregame events and festivities.
• 1990 World Champions Celebration – Friday, April 24 vs. Cubs, 7:10 p.m.: Members of the 1990 wire-to-wire Reds will be on hand to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their World Series championship. Reds and Cubs players will wear 1990 throwback uniforms.
• STAR WARS™ Night – Friday, May 15 vs. Giants, 7:10 p.m.: May the Force be with you as the Reds journey to a galaxy far, far away with a night full of STAR WARS fun and excitement including a post-game fireworks show featuring a STAR WARS-themed soundtrack.
• Independence Day Fireworks Show – Saturday, July 4 vs. Brewers, 7:10 p.m.: A special post-game fireworks show to celebrate Fourth of July weekend, starting approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game.
• Tony Perez Day – Saturday, Aug. 22 vs. Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.: Ceremonies honoring the legendary Reds first baseman will include the unveiling of a bronze statue outside Great American Ball Park and a pregame first pitch by the Hall of Famer. Tony Perez Replica Statue to the first 30,000 fans.
To view the full 2015 Reds promotional schedule, visit reds.com/promotions.
Fans have many options to purchase single game tickets beginning Saturday at 9 a.m.:
• Online: reds.com
• Phone: 513-381-REDS or 877-647-REDS (7337)
• In person: Great American Ball Park ticket windows and select Kroger stores with Ticketmaster retail outlets.
We concluded the Better Off Red Baseball Trivia season last night at the Holy Grail Banks with a special “Reds-Only” trivia contest. A record-tying 13 teams participated in what was arguably the best trivia night of the season. A special thanks to our friends at Holy Grail for taking care of us and putting up with our Tuesday night shenanigans. And a very special thanks to all of the teams that participated this year! Thank you!
I’m kicking the tires on having a few trivia nights during the baseball season, so stay tuned to Better Off Red for any such announcements.
To check out last night’s questions/answers, click -> February 24
And here’s last night’s leaderboard…
1st – Team Burning Spear (136 pts)
2nd – Spro Knows (124 pts)
3rd – Lactos Intolerant (108 pts)
4th – Catch Ya Later (101 pts)
5th – Team Arbormist (69 pts)
6th – Nenni’s Ninnies (64 pts)
7th – Meso’s Financial Advisors (29 pts)
T8th – OU Bobcats (1 pt)
T8th – Flight Club (1 pt)
T10th – Head’s Up (0 pt)
T10th – Riverfront Top Six (0 pts)
T10th – The Liars (0 pts)
T10th – Here 4 the Beer (0 pts)
Join me tomorrow night (Tuesday) at the Holy Grail Banks for the offseason finale of Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!
The finale will take place immediately following a live production of the Reds Hot Stove League program, and will feature ALL REDS* trivia questions!
The Hot Stove show starts at 6pm with trivia beginning at approximately 7:10ish. Tuesday’s trivia finale will be a great way to bid adieu to the Reds offseason.
BOR Trivia has been great fun in its “first season” and I’d love to personally thank all of the regulars who’ve made it so enjoyable! I hope to see you all Tuesday night!
From Major League Baseball…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — February 23, 2015
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ANNOUNCES RETURN OF THE COLOR RUN MLB ALL-STAR 5K PRESENTED BY NIKE ON SATURDAY, JULY 11
Major League Baseball and The Color Run are joining together to host The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike on Saturday, July 11 in downtown Cincinnati.
This will be the second joint event conducted by the two groups and is sure to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans. Participants of all ages will make their way through an All-Star themed course that will feature appearances by MLB legends, mascots and other special guests. The event is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which participants are doused in different colored powder at each kilometer. Following the event, the Finish Festival including music, giveaways and contests will take place in Sawyer Point Park. The paint race, which is open to participants of all ages, is an entertainment experience for the whole family.
The starting line will open at 9:00 am ET with additional waves beginning every few minutes. All registered participants will receive a limited edition Shine Tour Participant Kit, including: custom race t-shirt, gold finisher’s medal, tattoos, headband and powder packets. Fans who sign up by February 28 will receive a special VIP price of $29.50 if signing up as part of a team of four or more. Thousands of fans are expected to participate in this unique fun run and festival. Space is limited so participants of all ages are encouraged to sign up early. Registration and event information is available at AllStarGame.com/Run. Previous All-Star races have been held in St. Louis (2009), Anaheim (2010), Kansas City (2012), New York (2013) and Minneapolis (2014).
“The inaugural The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike was a great addition to the All-Star schedule of events attracting thousands of fans,” said Jacqueline Parkes, Chief Marketing Officer, Major League Baseball. “We are excited to again join with The Color Run to bring the great baseball fans in Reds Country a unique and colorful way to take part in the festivities surrounding the 2015 All-Star Game.”
“The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K is a tremendous opportunity for thousands of baseball fans from across Reds Country to be active participants in the 2015 All-Star Summer,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer.
“We had an amazing time last year and are thrilled to be partnering with Major League Baseball and Nike for the second year in a row,” said Travis Snyder, CEO of The Color Run. “This will be our fourth time coming to Cincinnati and through this partnership we will debut the Shine Tour with an all new course, new venue and fresh elements to excite our fellow Cincinnati baseball fans.”
The Color Run, also known as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet,” is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Now the single largest event series in the United States, The Color Run has exploded since their debut event in 2012. The Color Run hosted more than 270 events in 30+ countries in 2014. More information on The Color Run and other events is available at http://www.TheColorRun.com.
For more MLB All-Star Week information, please visit AllStarGame.com, @AllStarGame.
New Reds Theme Offers On Sale Now
Special ticket packages feature 1990 World Series Ring, STAR WARS™ R2-D2 Bobble, All-Star Mondays and All-Star T-Shirt Tuesdays
CINCINNATI (Feb. 17, 2015) — Four brand-new Reds Ticket Packages that include an exclusive promotional item are on sale now only at reds.com.
“For the first time ever we are giving fans the opportunity to guarantee a collectable Reds item that is bundled with a ticket offer,” said Aaron Eisel, Reds VP of Ticketing. “All packages have limited quantities and the only way for fans to get one of these is to purchase a package online.”
1990 World Series Replica Ring Ticket Package
Friday, April 24 vs. Chicago Cubs (7:10 p.m.)
As part of the weekend celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1990 World Champions, this ticket package features a 1990 World Series replica ring and a View Level ticket for only $25. Limited number of packages available now only at reds.com/1990.
STAR WARS R2-D2 Bobble Ticket Package
Friday, May 15 vs. San Francisco Giants (7:10 p.m.)
May the Force be with you as the Reds journey to a galaxy far, far away with a night full of STAR WARS fun and excitement, including a STAR WARS-themed post-game fireworks show and characters from the iconic film series. This ticket package features an R2-D2 bobble and a View Level ticket for only $25. Limited number of packages available now only at reds.com/StarWars.
All-Star Mondays presented by Chevrolet
For Monday Reds home games (excluding Opening Day), fans can purchase a $25 package that includes a Terrace Line ticket and a commemorative MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® baseball. Each month will feature a unique design honoring the five Midsummer Classics hosted in Cincinnati. Collect all five baseballs throughout the season. Limited number of packages available now only at reds.com/Monday.
– 1938 ALL-STAR GAME® Baseball: April 27 vs. Brewers (7:10 p.m.)
– 1953 ALL-STAR GAME® Baseball: May 11 vs. Braves (7:10 p.m.)
May 25 vs. Rockies (1:10 p.m.)
– 1970 ALL-STAR GAME® Baseball: June 8 vs. Phillies (7:10 p.m.)
June 29 vs. Twins (7:10 p.m.)
– 1988 ALL-STAR GAME® Baseball: July 20 vs. Cubs (7:10 p.m.)
– 2015 ALL-STAR GAME® Baseball: Sept. 7 vs. Pirates (1:10 p.m.)
All-Star T-Shirt Tuesdays presented by Rice Krispies Treats
For Tuesday Reds home games, fans can purchase a $25 package that includes a Terrace Line ticket and an exclusive All-Star-themed T-shirt. A different Reds All-Star will be featured each month throughout the season. Limited number of packages available now only at reds.com/Tuesday.
– Brandon Phillips: April 28 vs. Brewers (7:10 p.m.)
– Aroldis Chapman: May 12 vs. Braves (7:10 p.m.) and May 26 vs. Rockies (7:10 p.m.)
– Johnny Cueto: June 9 vs. Phillies (7:10 p.m.) and June 30 vs. Twins (7:10 p.m.)
– Todd Frazier: July 21 vs. Cubs (7:10 p.m.)
– Devin Mesoraco: Aug. 4 vs. Cardinals (7:10 p.m.), Aug. 18 vs. Royals (7:10 p.m.) and Aug. 25 vs. Dodgers (7:10 p.m.)
– Joey Votto: Sept. 8 vs. Pirates (7:10 p.m.) and Sept. 29 vs. Cubs (7:10 p.m.)
These new Reds theme ticket offers are only available online at reds.com. Featured promotional items are NOT gate giveaways and ONLY offered while supplies last.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 20, 2015
Rule Will Require Players to Keep a Foot in the Batter’s Box; Timers Will Track Breaks During Non-Game Action Only; Managers May Invoke Replay from Dugout
Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark and Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz, the Chairman of Major League Baseball’s Pace of Game and Instant Replay Committees, today jointly announced additions to the sport’s pace of game program, which will be effective in Spring Training, the regular season and the Postseason, and a series of modifications to the instant replay system. The World Umpires Association also has given its assent to the new efforts, which will be reviewed by the parties following the conclusion of the 2015 World Series.
PACE OF GAME
• The pace of game program will enforce the batter’s box rule, requiring that all batters must keep at least one foot in the batter’s box unless one of a group of exceptions occurs. The new rule at the Major League level mirrors 6.02(d), which was in place in Minor League Baseball in 2014. (See the end of this press release for how 6.02(d) appeared in the 2014 Official Baseball Rules.)
• A second new component to the pace of game program is the addition of timers that will measure non-game action and break time between innings and pitching changes during each Major League game. One timer will be installed on or near the outfield scoreboard, and a smaller timer will be installed on the façade behind home plate near the press box. Immediately following the third out of each half-inning, the timer will count down from 2:25 for locally televised games and from 2:45 for nationally televised games. An MLB representative attending each game will operate the timers from the ballpark and will track the following events:
• Pitchers will be permitted to throw as many warm-up pitches as they wish prior to the point when 30 seconds remain on the clock; however, pitchers will be deemed to have forfeited any of their traditional eight warm-up pitches that they are unable to complete prior to the 30-second deadline. Exceptions to these rules will be made in a variety of circumstances, including if the pitcher or catcher ended the prior half-inning at bat or on base.
• Batters will be encouraged to get into the batter’s box with 20 seconds remaining on the timer. This is the same time that the broadcasters return from commercial. The pitcher is expected to begin his motion to deliver the pitch as soon as the batter gets into the batter’s box and becomes alert to the pitcher. Batters who do not enter the box prior to five seconds remaining on the timer and pitchers who do not begin the motion to deliver the pitch prior to zero seconds remaining on the timer will be deemed to have violated the break timing rules.
• These rules will be enforced through a warning and fine system, with discipline resulting for flagrant violators. No fines will be issued in Spring Training or in April of the 2015 regular season. Donations will be made to the Major League Baseball Players Trust charitable foundation based on the level of adherence to the new rules.
Commissioner Manfred said: “These changes represent a step forward in our efforts to streamline the pace of play. The most fundamental starting point for improving the pace of the average game involves getting into and out of breaks seamlessly. In addition, the batter’s box rule will help speed up a basic action of the game.”
Clark said: “The Players believe that enforcing the rules that currently exist regarding between inning breaks and plate appearances is the best way to address the issue of pace of play. We’re confident that today’s announcements will have a positive impact on the pace of the game without jeopardizing the integrity of the competition.”
Schuerholz said: “The Pace of Game Committee wants to take measured steps as we address this industry goal to quicken the pace of our great game. It is not an objective of ours to achieve a dramatic time reduction right away; it is more important to develop a culture of better habits and a structure with more exact timings for non-game action.”
Brian Lam, who represents the Major League Umpires, stated: “These strides to hone the pace of game over time will improve the natural rhythm of baseball, and we applaud and support the Players Association and the Commissioner’s Office as we all move toward this goal.”
INSTANT REPLAY MODIFICATIONS
• Managers may now invoke instant replay from the dugout and will no longer be required to approach the calling umpire to challenge a call. Managers may hold play from the top step of the dugout by signaling to players and the home plate umpire that he is considering a challenge. A decision can be communicated verbally or with a hand signal. To challenge an inning-ending call, managers will be required to leave the dugout immediately in order to hold the defensive team on the field.
• Whether a runner left the base early or properly touched a base on a tag-up play will be reviewable.
• A manager will retain his challenge after every call that is overturned. Last year, a manager retained his challenge only after the first overturned call.
• A manager must use a challenge in order to review whether a play at home plate included a violation of the rule governing home plate collisions. However, in the event that a manager is out of challenges after the start of the seventh inning, the Crew Chief may still choose to review whether there was a violation of the rule.
• During Postseason games, regular season tiebreaker games and the All-Star Game, managers will now have two challenges per game.
• Instant replay will not be utilized during 2015 Spring Training, but it will be in place for exhibition games at Major League ballparks prior to the start of the 2015 regular season.
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6.02(D), 2014 OFFICIAL BASEBALL RULES
(then applicable in Minor League Baseball)
(1) The batter shall keep at least one foot in the batter’s box throughout the batter’s time at bat, unless one of the following exceptions applies, in which case the batter may leave the batter’s box but not the dirt area surrounding home plate:
(i) The batter swings at a pitch;
(ii) The batter is forced out of the batter’s box by a pitch;
(iii) A member of either team requests and is granted “Time”;
(iv) A defensive player attempts a play on a runner at any base;
(v) The batter feints a bunt;
(vi) A wild pitch or passed ball occurs;
(vii) The pitcher leaves the dirt area of the pitching mound after receiving the ball; or
(viii) The catcher leaves the catcher’s box to give defensive signals.
If the batter intentionally leaves the batter’s box and delays play, and none of the exceptions listed in Rule 6.02(d)(1)(i) through (viii) applies, the umpire shall award a strike without the pitcher having to deliver the pitch. The ball is dead, and no runners may advance. The umpire shall award additional strikes, without the pitcher having to deliver the pitch, if the batter remains outside the batter’s box and further delays play.
Rule 6.02(d)(1) Comment: The umpire has the discretion to issue a warning to a batter in lieu of calling an automatic strike for the batter’s first violation of Rule 6.02(d)(1) in a game, so long as the batter’s violation is judged to be brief and inadvertent. The umpire shall give the batter a reasonable opportunity to take his proper position in the batter’s box after the umpire has called a strike pursuant to Rule 6.02(d)(1) and before the umpire calls a successive strike pursuant to Rule 6.02(d)(1).
(2) The batter may leave the batter’s box and the dirt area surrounding home plate when “Time” is called for the purpose of
(i) making a substitution; or
(ii) a conference by either team.
Rule 6.02(d) Comment: Umpires shall encourage the on-deck batter to take a position in the batter’s box quickly after the previous batter reaches base or is put out.