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From my pal @Bongreatness

Today Great American Ball Park will host the 2016 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring Pete Rose, presented by PNC Bank.  The pregame ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:31PM and will include the introduction of 23 Reds Hall of Famers joining us for this special weekend.  Reds Owner & CEO Bob Castellini will speak on behalf of the organization during the ceremony, which is being emceed by Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman.  The fans will hear from Pete, speaking to the crowd in person for the first time in GABP history, at the conclusion of today’s ceremony.  Things will wrap up with a very unique “Ceremonial First At-Bat”, paying tribute to the most prolific hitter in MLB history.

All fans in attendance today will receive a commemorative Pete Rose Poster, featuring baseball card images from throughout Pete’s career with the Reds, presented by Yucatan Guacamole.  Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 2:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 2:40PM for the general public.  However those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code, should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

Today’s game is being televised on FS1.  The pregame ceremonies will be televised on FOX Sports Ohio (as well as Reds.com).

*Note that BP schedules for today have been moved up by 30 minutes to accommodate today’s ceremonies.  Furthermore, today’s National Anthem is scheduled for 3:18PM.




From my pal @Bongreatness...

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome members of the 1976 World Champion Cincinnati Reds.
• Introductions will take place from the Reds dugout & first base line area beginning at 6:40PM.
• All members of the Great Eight are on-hand for tonight’s introductions except for Joe Morgan, who is currently unable to travel. Joe has recorded a few messages for us to play to fans attending tonight’s game.
• Offering up a ceremonial first pitch on behalf of his ’76 teammates will be Reds Hall of Famer Jack Billingham, which will be caught by fellow Reds Hall of Famer David Concepcion.
• Saying a few words to the crowd on behalf of the team tonight will be 1976 World Series MVP, Johnny Bench.
• Reds Owner & CEO Bob Castellini will present the ’76 team with a Hall of Fame Reunion Plaque, which will also feature a photo opportunity with the team and the 1976 World Series trophy.
• As they exit the field tonight each honoree will receive a custom 1976 World Series Champion 40-year Reunion crystal ice bucket, which will be handed out by Mark & Rick Stowe in honor of their father, and 1976 Home Clubhouse Manager, Bernie Stowe.

Tonight is the 7th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by Cooper Tires. The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a 1976 World Championship soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

All fans in attendance tonight will receive a 1976 Team Photo, courtesy of Coca-Cola. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:40PM for the general public. However those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code, should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

*Note that normal batting practice times for tonight has been moved up by 20 minutes in order to accommodate tonight’s pregame festivities. Additionally the National Anthem time has been moved up and is scheduled for 6:36PM.


Juan Dorado presents this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…

It was an exciting week for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos clinched the Southern League first half title and their 2016 draft picks made their professional debuts for their respective clubs. Overall, the teams went 15-13 on the week.

Pensacola led the way, going 4-0 with crucial victories last weekend to clinch their first First-Half Southern League title. The Blue Wahoos assured themselves a berth to the Southern League playoffs for the second straight season. Pensacola is so that Phil Ervin clubbed a pinch-hit grand slam in the SL All-Star game and Barrett Astin recorded the win in the South’s 5-1 win.

Daytona had another solid week, going 3-1. The Tortugas continue their sizzling June as they are now 13-4 in the month and own the second best batting average and ERA in the month. Daytona’s Brian O’Grady and Gavin LaValley have raised their games to another level in their last three contests. O’Grady is hitting .500 with a homer and 5 RBI while LaValley is batting .467 with three runs scored and four RBI.

The Mustangs got off to a hot start, starting the week 3-0, but have suffered four straight losses. In their first three games, Billings scored over 10 runs a contest and swept Missoula by a combined score of 31-8. The pitching staff has struggled since opening week, allowing 30 runs in their last four games. Despite the struggles on the mound, Antonio Santillan has been outstanding for the Mustangs. The second rounder in the 2015 First Year Player Draft, is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA. He has 15 strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

Dayton and AZL Reds both tallied two wins in the last week. The Dragons Jesus Reyes and Jose Lopez were brilliant in their starts last week. Reyes went five scoreless on 6/17 with 4 strikeouts, collecting his third straight win. While Lopez fired 6 shutout innings with nine strikeouts. He led the Midwest league in strikeouts over the last seven days. The AZL Reds have been led by their offense and the performances of Michael Beltre. The infielder hit .500 (7-for-14) last week three extra-base hits and 2 RBI. He currently has a 3-game multi-hit game streak.

Louisville continued their slide in the month of June, going 1-5 last week. The Bats are 8-14 in the month of June. Despite the tough week for the team, Scott Schebler is scolding hot. The outfielder received Player of the Week honors by the International League on Monday after hitting .318 with two homers and nine RBI from June 13-20. The left-handed hitting Schebler has hit safely in three of his last four, including a 4-for-4 performance on Monday, June 20th.

RED BITES: Nick Senzel, the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 draft, made his professional debut on Friday, June 17, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI against Missoula. In 5 games, he is batting .231 with 2 RBI… Amir Garrett and Tony Renda were promoted to Triple-A Louisville, while Taylor Sparks and Tyler Mahle were promoted to Double-A Pensacola…

The affiliates all continue play this week as all six teams are in action and look to improve their 140-153 mark.


6-23-06 vs Padres


From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 7th annual Zoo Night at Great American Ball Park. Weather permitting, there will be 12 animals on hand to visit with fans in the Fan Zone from 5:40-6:15PM as well as during the 1st inning of tonight’s game. The animals will take a tour around the warning track of the ballpark during pregame ceremonies beginning at approximately 6:35PM.

As part of Zoo Night we also welcome back “Sam” the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens for his third ceremonial flight of the 2016 season, taking place at the conclusion of tonight’s National Anthem. Sam will be making two more flights at games later this season.

Tonight is the second Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season. Now in its 68th consecutive season, the Kid Glove program has helped raise more than ten million dollars to buy baseball & softball equipment for more than 40,000 youngsters in the Greater Cincinnati area.

During pregame ceremonies we will also honor Shakila Ahmad with a Reds Community Advocate Award, presented by TriHealth. Shakila is the president of the board of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati and has dedicated herself to community enriching endeavors for the past 20 years.


2016_HOF_Induction_4C_Name_FINALPregame ceremonies scheduled each day this weekend

CINCINNATI (June 21, 2016) — Join the Cincinnati Reds to celebrate the legendary career of Pete Rose during 2016 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, June 24-26.

This special weekend will include pregame ceremonies to enshrine the Hit King in the Reds Hall of Fame and retire his No. 14 jersey, plus a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series Champion Reds.

A limited number of tickets are available for all three games. All pregame ceremonies are scheduled to begin approximately 40 minutes prior to the start of each game.

2016 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

Friday, June 24 – Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres, 7:10 p.m. (pregame ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m.)
• 5:40 p.m.: Gates open and all fans receive 1976 Reds Team Photo, presented by Coca-Cola
6:30 p.m.: 20 members of the Big Red Machine, including Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Tony Perez, will be introduced on the field to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series Champions
• Reds players and coaches will wear 1976 throwback uniforms
• Postgame fireworks show featuring music from 1976, presented by Cooper Tire.

Saturday, June 25 – Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres, 4:10 p.m. (pregame ceremonies start at 3:30 p.m.)
• 2:40 p.m.: Gates open and all fans receive commemorative Pete Rose poster, presented by Yucatan Guacamole
3:30 p.m.: On-field ceremony to induct Pete Rose into the Reds Hall of Fame, presented by PNC Bank. Marty Brennaman will be the master of ceremonies and Pete will address the crowd. More than 20 Reds Hall of Famers will be in attendance, including Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin and Eric Davis.

Sunday, June 26 – Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres, 1:10 p.m. (pregame ceremonies start at 12:30 p.m.)
•11:40 a.m.: Gates open and all fans receive commemorative Pete Rose print, presented by John Morrell
12:30 p.m.: On-field ceremony to retire Pete Rose’s No. 14 jersey will include appearances by previous Reds legends who have their numbers retired – Johnny Bench (#5), David Concepcion (#13), Barry Larkin (#11) and Tony Perez (#24)
• 6 to 10:30 p.m.: Hall of Fame Induction Gala presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett at the Duke Energy Convention Center

For game tickets and additional details visit reds.com/Pete.

Fans can meet returning Hall of Famers and other alumni at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on Friday, Saturday and Sunday by purchasing special meet and greet packages. Packages include a 2016 Reds Hall of Fame Pete Rose bobblehead and an Induction lapel pin and program. Participating Reds Hall of Famers and alumni include David Concepcion, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo, Ken Griffey Sr., Eric Davis, Chris Sabo and many more. A limited number of packages are available for $22 at reds.com/auctions.

The memorable weekend concludes with the Hall of Fame Induction Gala presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett on Sunday evening at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The gala will feature players and coaches from the current team, along with Hall of Famers and other alumni honoring Pete Rose.

2016 Hall of Fame Induction Gala Sponsors

Title Sponsor: Clark Schaefer Hackett

Presenting Sponsors: The Castellini Family, The Williams Family and Prestige AV & Creative Services

Legend Sponsors: Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Gorilla Glue, Great American Insurance Group, HBK Wealth Management, JACK Cincinnati Casino and Kona Ice

Hall of Fame Sponsors: Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Castellini Group of Companies, CEI Sports, Cooper Tire, CR Brands, DeanHouston and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Encore Technologies, First Financial Bank, FOX Sports Ohio, General Mills, Jeff Wyler Automotive Family, MarketVision Research and Infintech, MSA Architects, Ohio Eagle Distributing, Robert S. Castellini, Safeco Insurance, T-Mobile, TriHealth, William Lang & Sons and Eckert Erectors

Major League Sponsors: AAA Club Alliance, Brandstetter’s Kanga Roof, Caring Place Healthcare Group, Chas. Seligman Distributing Co., Cincinnati Bell, CBT Company, Dorna Signage, Enterprise Rent-A-Car & National Car Rental, Esterline & Sons, The Gendell Family, Heidelberg Distributing, Holman Motors Inc., Holthaus Lackner Signs, John Henry Homes and Dynamic Metal, Kaplan, Litwin, Kaplan & Associates of Stifel, LaRosa’s, Robert Lawrence, Moerlein Lager House, Paycor, Total Quality Logistics, United Dairy Farmers and USI Insurance Services


In case you missed the Reds in Houston over the weekend, Billy Hamilton put on a display in center field that would’ve made Willie Mays proud. Check out the videos below…


Reds and Pirates makeup game set for Sept. 17

Makeup from rainout on May 10 will be played at 12:10 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader

CINCINNATI (June 17, 2016) — The Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game at Great American Ball Park from May 10 that was postponed due to rain will be made up on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12:10 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader.

To accommodate the make-up game, the start time for the game originally scheduled on Sept. 17 at 4:10 p.m. vs. the Pirates has been moved to 6:10 p.m. The Reds Stein giveaway to the first 25,000 fans will be distributed prior to the 6:10 p.m. game.

Reds vs. Pirates day-night doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
• Game 1: 12:10 p.m. (make-up from May 10)
• Game 2: 6:10 p.m. (originally scheduled for 4:10 p.m.)

Fans holding tickets from the May 10 rainout game may present their same ticket at the gates for the Sept. 17 12:10 p.m. game, with no exchange necessary.

Tickets to May 10 may also be exchanged for a remaining 2016 regular season home game (exclusions apply), subject to availability.

Ticket exchanges can also be made at the Great American Ball Park ticket windows.

For fans that ordered tickets online at reds.com or by phone through Ticketmaster, please contact Ticketmaster customer service at 1-800-745-3000.

Full rainout information can be found at reds.com/rainout.


Over the weekend the Reds signed their 19th-round pick of the 2016 draft, RHP Matthew Blandino (no relation to Reds prospect Alex Blandino)

The Reds have now inked 18 of their 41 picks, including each of those selected in the first four rounds.


From our friends with the Louisville Bats


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Bats outfielder Scott Schebler was named the International League Batter of the Week, the league announced on Monday. Schebler joins Daniel Wright (Pitcher of the Week, May 16-22) and Jermaine Curtis (Player of the Month, April), as award winners this season. Schebler is the first Louisville Bat to win the Batter of the Week award since Yorman Rodriguez from June 22-28 last season.

Schebler hit .318 with two home runs and nine RBI for the week. He also tied for the IL lead in total bases (18) and extra-base hits (5). Three of his four triples this season came last week and all in consecutive games from June 13-15, becoming the first Bat to triple in three straight since Norris Hopper from April 24-26, 2009 at Toledo.



Click on the image below to view a current list of Reds 2016 signed draft picks…

Players listed in black have signed

Players listed in black have signed



‘Baseball 101’ event on July 21st at Great American Ball Park

CINCINNATI (June 14, 2016) — Are you looking for a unique and fun night out with the girls while learning more about the game of baseball?

The third annual St. Elizabeth Healthcare A Night of Their Own – Baseball 101 will be held Thursday, July 21 at Great American Ball Park from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This exclusive event gives women of all ages the opportunity to EAT, PLAY and LEARN with Reds coaches, broadcasters, staff and special guests to get an inside look at the game of baseball.

• Enjoy a dinner buffet in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club
• Open bar with beer, wine, and our signature drink, the Rosietini

• Throw a pitch from the mound and snag a flyball in the outfield
• NEW: Take cuts in the Reds batting cage on the field
• NEW: Call game highlights at the broadcast station, courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio

• Meet Reds manager Bryan Price and broadcasters Marty & Thom Brennaman
• Receive tips from the Reds coaching staff including third base coach Billy Hatcher

Event tickets are $175 and include:
– Upscale buffet with open bar
– NEW: Upgraded gift bag featuring an exclusive ladies Reds watch and wine tumbler
– Ticket for an upcoming Reds game
– Guided tour of Great American Ball Park with stops in the Reds clubhouse, press box and broadcast booths.

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Space is limited. Sign up today at reds.com/baseball101 or (513) 765-7237.

Event schedule:
– 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Registration and check-in
– 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner, cocktails and welcome
– 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Ballpark tours, field stations and Q&A sessions

All proceeds from benefit the baseball-themed youth outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

A special thanks to the event sponsors and partners: St. Elizabeth’s Healthcare, Hewlett Packard, D-Lo & Kristie from KISS107, Spruce Nail Salon, BLOWN Blow Dry Bar, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Prestige AV & Creative Services and Michael Bambino Photography.


We here at Better Off Red recognize that there are times when we need a break from the real world to enjoy a chuckle or two.  We’re going to try just that today.

I often tell fans that the “Reds” are your delicious breakfast while Better Off Red is the back of the cereal box; a supplement to what you’re really interested in.  If you’re familiar with the back of a cereal box, it usually has fun games and puzzles and other interested things to keep you entertained while you’re woofing down your Apple Jacks.

Below is some “back of the cereal box” material for you while you prepare for the next Reds game.  Most of this stuff was plucked from the photo folder on my laptop.  Enjoy!

Let’s start with this one…


Look out, Mark!

Quite possibly my all-time favorite (doctored) photo involves MLB.com writer Mark Sheldon trying to get away from a monkey riding an ostrich.



Former Reds outfielder Brennan Boesch takes his pet AT-ATs out for a walk on the field during Spring Training last year.



Remember when Billy rescued a kitten from high atop a tree? It made the news!






This photo was taken to promote the Reds wearable fleece blanket giveaway. It as actually Bronson Arroyo‘s idea to get the guys together like this to pose for the photo. Remember Daniel Ray Herrera and Mike Lincoln?!



He’s got the whole world in his hands…



Several years ago during Spring Training, I tried to snap at least one photo of Corky Miller everyday. This one is probably my favorite.



It’s easy to imagine Devin Mesoraco being honored during a pregame ceremony…in 1966!



One of the truly bizarre photos I’ve ever seen, and of course, Doug Flynn is in it. That’s him and former Red Joel Youngblood taking their dogs to prom.



Uh oh

Who can forget that time Opening Day was postponed due to Godzilla?



Enchanting Great American Ball Park.


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Chris Heisey used to moonlight as “Hawk Man” when he played for the Reds.



Trent, John and Froggy

For many years, C. Trent Rosecrans and John Fay would travel to elementary schools and nursing homes to put on puppet shows. Here’s a backstage photo of them before one of their biggest ever shows at Hayes Elementary School in Hamilton.



One of the final days of Riverfront Stadium.



Joey riding Nibbles



“where did he come from?!”

That time an elephant knocked Joey out of the batter’s box.



Mike Leake and Bronson Arroyo survey the field after GABP was infested with sun flowers.



The Iron Sheik make Jim Day humble.



Queen Marty.



Votto vs Vader



The Sam Abides

One of my all-time favorite photos of Sam LeCure.



One of the many times my office in Goodyear was destroyed by interns.



Votto vs. Dragon



Another of Doug Flynn and his dog photo. Look at that afro!


We’ll do this again soon. Hope you giggled!

Expect good news,



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