From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies today we will honor 15 of our Season Ticket Members for their long-term commitment of support to the Cincinnati Reds franchise.

Today we will also recognize the staff members who make up the Cincinnati Reds front office (those based in Cincinnati). Included in this ceremony will be the recognition of several long-time Reds Gameday staff members who are each retiring after today’s game – including Bill Koshover (Event Security Supervisor – 22 years), Denny Roebel (Usher & Ticket Taker Supervisor – 26 years), Cora Hector (Usher – 35 years), Benny Clary (Chief Ticket Taker Supervisor – 46 years), and Charles Keith (Usher – 46 years). Members of the Reds front office staff will be stationed at the gates of the ballpark at the end of today’s game to personally thank fans for their support during the All-Star Summer.



Todd Frazier, who was in the original lineup, has been scratched.  More information forthcoming.  In the meantime, here’s tonight’s lineup:



From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies tonight the Reds Community Fund will welcome and recognize members of their board & volunteer leaders of their numerous youth baseball and softball outreach programs. Also tonight the RCF will receive donations in the amount of $5,000 from Sargento & Kroger as part of their “Kroger K’s Program” and $28,000 from Mike’s Carwash as part of their season-long “BowTie Tuesday” promotion.

Tonight the Rotary Club of Cincinnati will honor Dr. Henry Heimlich in recognition of lifetime of achievements by presenting him with the Paul Harris Fellowship, named after the founder of the Rotary International.

Tonight’s Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero will be done In Memoriam for Master Sergeant Corey Hood. MSGT Hood died in a tragic accident earlier this summer at the Chicago Air & Water Show. Corey was a Lakota West High School grad and served in Iraq & Afghanistan prior to joining the Army’s Golden Knights parachute demonstration team. We will be joined at tonight’s game by dozens of Corey’s friends and family members, as well as his wife Lyndsay – who will stand in for Corey during our Hometown Hero moment.

As part of a Military Appreciation Night at Great American Ball Park, we will have a post-Anthem flyover conducted by the 77th Weapons Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base. The flyover will be performed using a B-1 bomber flown by Major Kevin Johnson, a Lakota West High School grad, and his crew.



11th Annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic raised $230,000

CINCINNATI (Sept. 29, 2015) — The Reds Community Fund announced today the 11th annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, which took place at Belterra Casino Resort on Sept. 27 & 28, raised $230,000 for the Reds Community Fund.

Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, over 40 celebrities and 170 golfers participated in this year’s event that included two golf scrambles and a Sunday night dinner and comedy show.

This year’s special guest was Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.

Since its inception in 2005, the Marty Brennaman Golf Classic has raised nearly $2,400,000 to support the baseball and softball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

The event was sponsored by CBTS with additional support from Cintas, Belterra Casino Resort and Prestige AV & Creative Services.

The Sunday night dinner and program was hosted by Jim Day and Fox Sports Ohio.

Following the dinner, guests enjoyed a comedy show in Belterra’s CenterStage Showroom featuring comedians Josh Sneed, Dave Dyer and Todd Yohn.



RHP Raisel Iglesias has been a breath of fresh air in an otherwise long season for the Reds in 2015.  The 25 year-old made his Major League debut this year, nearly 10 months after signing a 7-year contract through the 2020 season in June 2014.

Iglesias and his agent meet with the media after signing with the Reds in June 2014

Iglesias and his agent meet with the media in August 2014

From August 1 to September 2, Iglesias produced 7 consecutive quality starts (2-3, 2.31); the season’s longest streak of quality starts by a Major League rookie or Reds pitcher.  From August 23 to September 2, he recorded 13, 10 and 10 strikeouts to become the first pitcher in modern Reds history, rookie or non-rookie, to record at least 10 strikeouts in 3 consecutive appearances.

Iglesias was born in Cuba and left there in 2013.  He became eligible to sign a Major League contract after he established residency in Haiti.  Iglesias now resides in Miami, FL.

With the help of Reds assistant athletic trainer Tomas Vera, Iglesias recently provided Better Off Red a glimpse into his life and personality.  Here’s Raisel in his words…

First Car: My first car is the one I bought last year when I got to the USA.  It’s a Dodge Charger.

Sports Achievements:  I won a bronze medal in swimming during a high school competition for Isla Juventu.

Hobbies:  I go fishing almost every day during the offseason.

The Point He Knew He Was Really Good at Baseball:  After I traveled for the first time with the Cuban National team.  I was 12 years old (We went to Venezuela).

L-R: Aroldis Chapman, Reds primary care doctor Angel Velazquez and Raisel Iglesias

Memorable Birthday Parties:  My 25th birthday (last year).  I had my entire family with me.

Non-Baseball Destination He’d Like to Visit:  I would like to visit Brazil.

Favorite Music: Salsa, Reggaeton, and Pop Music.

Favorite Electronic Gadget:  My cell Phone

Pets:  I have two German Shepherds (Diablo, and Luna).  When I was in Cuba I had more than 50 pigeons.

Superstitions:  If I have a good game, I repeat everything I did the next time I pitch.

Favorite TV Shows:  I watch a lot of soap operas.


Siblings:  I have 5 siblings; four sisters and one brother.  My brother is here with me in the USA.

Do your siblings watch your games: In Cuba you can’t watch an international TV station.  Also, they don’t show any games in which a Cuban player is playing.

Role Modes/People He Looks Up To:  My mom is my role model and I admire Mariano Rivera.

Favorite thing to do in Cincinnati:  I like to walk around downtown Cincinnati.

Greatest Gift Given:  I gave a glove with my name on it to a little kid in LA this year.

Favorite Meal:  Rice, beans and steak.

What He’d Do If He Didn’t Play Baseball:  I would be a little league coach.

What He Likes To Do With Free Time On The Road:  I stay in my room and play video games.






In yesterday’s 5-1 loss at Washington, Joey Votto went 1-for-3 with a walk to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 45 straight games. It’s the longest such current streak in the Majors.

Overall this season, Joey has reached base safely in 140 of his 153 appearances.

With 6 games remaining in the season, Votto is trying to join Barry Bonds (4x), Ted Williams (3x) and Babe Ruth (2x) as the only players in Major League history to hit at least .300 (.318) with 30 home runs (29) and 150 walks (141).


From my pal @Bongreatness

Delivering the official Game Ball today will be (ret.) Navy Commander Willie Anderson.  Mr. Anderson is completing a lifelong journey of seeing a baseball game at every current Major League ballpark with tonight’s Reds/Cubs matchup at GABP.



Reds CF Billy Hamilton tweeted out the following this morning…



Keep checking today’s Baseline Items, as this post may be updated with information/news as the day progresses.



In light of what happened in the Nationals’ dugout yesterday, there was a Twitter discussion today on “clubhouse chemistry” and whether or not it has an effect on the success of a team.  So, let me pose the question to you:



The Reds are in DC this afternoon to take on the Nationals at 3:05pm.  Today’s game is the makeup of the July 8 contest that was postponed due to wet grounds and the threat of rain.  The Redlegs will return to GABP tomorrow to begin the final home series of the season – a 3-game set against the Cubs.

Here’s today’s lineup at Washington:




In yesterday’s 8-1 loss vs New York, Joey Votto went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 44 straight games. It’s the longest such current streak in the Majors.

Overall this season, Joey has reached base safely in 139 of his 152 appearances.

With 7 games remaining in the season, Votto is trying to join Barry Bonds (4x), Ted Williams (3x) and Babe Ruth (2x) as the only players in Major League history to hit at least .300 (.318) with 30 home runs (29) and 150 walks (140).



Plenty of photos continue to come in to Better Off Red Headquarters from the CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic currently taking place at Belterra Casino and Resort.  Here are a few courtesy of my pal Michael “Mando” Anderson




















The Reds claimed off waivers from the Indians OF Tyler Holt and transferred to the 60-day disabled list IF/OF Kristopher Negron.



In pre-game ceremonies yesterday the Reds recognized Dick Maus, who is retiring after helping bring games into the homes of Reds fans for more than 5 decades. Dick worked for 700 WLW Radio from 1961-75 and since 1979 has been a part of the Reds TV crew.

Dick Maus and family on the field for pregame ceremonies 9/27/15

Dick Maus and family on the field for pregame ceremonies 9/27/15

Dick is widely considered among his peers here at GABP as the kindest, sweetest man around.  He’s certainly going to be missed here at the ballpark.

On behalf of those here at BOR, best wishes, Dick!


As the season winds down, there’s still a lot of prizes to be given away here on Better Off Red, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

That’s all for now! More in a bit.

Expect good news!





From my pal @Bongreatness...

As part of Fan Appreciation Day at Great American Ball Park, the first 20,000 fans in attendance today will receive a 2015 Reds Team Photo, courtesy of Snickers & Kroger. Over 250 prizes will be given away during today’s game to lucky fans throughout the ballpark due to the generosity of Reds corporate partners and other community organizations.

During pregame ceremonies the Rosie Reds will make their annual presentation of scholarships to numerous local collegiate baseball players. The scholarships are one of the many contributions that the Rosie Reds make to our community as part of their philanthropic efforts to enhance the game of baseball in our region.

Also during pregame ceremonies today we will recognize longtime member of the production teams of the Reds on Radio & Reds on TV, Mr. Dick Maus. Dick is retiring at the end of the 2015 season after a combined 52 years of work during game production at Crosley Field, Riverfront Stadium & Great American Ball Park.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Smooth Transitions, who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.

Following the conclusion of today’s game fans will have the opportunity to Run the Bases of Great American Ball Park, courtesy of Entenmann’s Little Bites. This is the third and final Run the Bases opportunity of the season.


Yesterday, the Reds honored my friend and long-time Reds beat writer John Fay, who is retiring from the Cincinnati Enquirer.  Here are some pics from yesterday’s in-game celebration…

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John Fay (center) poses with members of the Reds Media Relations department

John Fay (center) poses with members of the Reds Media Relations department

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The Reds today hosted the inaugural “Rookies Meet Rookies” event in Great American Ball Park’s Champions Club.  The event presented an opportunity for first-year season ticket members to meet and take photos with the Cincinnati Reds rookie players.

Below are photos from this morning’s affair.  If you’re interested in becoming a Reds season ticket member, CLICK HERE.




From my pal @Bongreatness...

The first 25,000 fans in attendance today will receive a commemorative All-Star Game Figurine, presented by the Tri-State Chevy Dealers.

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During pregame ceremonies today we will welcome hundreds of the volunteers that comprised the Community Organizing Committee (COC) for the 2015 All-Star Game. The volunteers will participate in a pregame parade around the warning track and co-chairs of the committee – Melanie Chavez, Sharry Addison, Delores Hargrove-Young & Lauren Bosse will offer up a simultaneous ceremonial first pitch. We will also host a ceremony to honor and recognize a group of leaders who were instrumental in pulling together city, county & state offices and entities in one collaborative effort for our region to host the All-Star Game.

Today is “Lauren Hill Day” at Great American Ball Park, in conjunction with the Lawrenceburg, Indiana, community that she grew up in. As part of today’s event the Lawrenceburg community will present Lauren’s family with a donation for the Lauren Hill “Fight For Cure” foundation as part of fundraising efforts at today’s game.

Rafael Gonzalez of Florence, KY, will receive the keys to a brand new Toyota Tundra during pregame ceremonies from representatives of the Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Toyota Dealers. Rafael won the Tundra thanks to Jay Bruce’s 8th inning home run on Thursday night.

During the end of the 1st inning break today we will salute Cincinnati Enquirer sportswriter John Fay. Fay, who is leaving the Reds beat at the end of the 2015 season, has been covering the club for the Enquirer since 2001.





From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 13th Fireworks Friday of the 2015 season, presented by Adam’s Recovery Center. The postgame fireworks show will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game and feature Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a Disney themed soundtrack.

During pregame ceremonies we will recognize Reds Way Employee of the Month for the month of September, Retail Associate Tori Pfeiffer.

Also during pregame ceremonies representatives of GE, PNC Bank & Encore Technologies will make a $7,000 donation to the March of Dimes on behalf of a promotion tied to each Reds home run hit during the 2015 season.




May main man Bill “Seg” Dennison tonight will be presented with the prestigious Colerain High School Distinguished Alumni Award during halftime of the Colerain/Middletown football game.

Seg is a fixture on the Cincinnati airwaves (700 WLW) and at Great American Ball Park, assisting in the production of Reds on Radio broadcasts.  He joins the likes of Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune and former Major League pitcher Roger McDowell in receiving this celebrated honor.



Thanks to Jay Bruce’s 8th inning home run last night off Hansel Robles, Rafael Gonzalez of Florence, KY won a brand new Toyota Tundra!

Normally winning the Tundra requires a home run ball to hit the actual truck that rests high above GABP or one of the specific signs inside the ballpark.  However, the rules were loosened last night to allow a winner if a Reds home run landed anywhere between the rightfield foul pole and the edge of the Sun/Moon Deck seats (Section 146). Bruce’s homer landed in the Moon Deck seats, where Gonzalez was sitting.

Gonzalez will receive the keys to his brand new Tundra prior to tomorrow’s game with the Mets.



Joey Votto last night went 2-for-3 with a walk.  He’s reached base safely in 41 consecutive games and in 135 of his 148 appearances this season.  Votto is currently batting .316 with 29 homers and 138 walks and is trying to join Barry Bonds, Ted Williams and Babe Ruth as the only players in Major League history to hit at least .300 with 30 homers and 150 walks.  He has 10 games left to do it.





That’s all for now. More in a bit!

Expect good news!



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 25, 2015


Major League Baseball issued the following statement today:

“On Thursday, September 24th, Commissioner Rob Manfred met with Pete Rose and his representatives at Major League Baseball’s New York office regarding Mr. Rose’s application for reinstatement. Commissioner Manfred informed Mr. Rose that he will make a decision on his application by the end of the calendar year. Both parties have agreed to refrain from further comment.”

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