WEDNESDAY’S HOT STOVE NOTEBOOK
TODAY’S NEWS: The Louisville Silver Slugger Awards will be announced at 6:00 p.m. ET tonight on MLB Network…RF Jay Bruce is the only Reds finalist…Bruce won a Silver Slugger in 2012…last week, 2B Brandon Phillips won his fourth Rawlings Gold Glove Award…Bruce was a finalist at his position for that defensive excellence award.
BRUCE BACKGROUND: Jay Bruce turned 26 years old 2 games into the 2013 season…won a Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award in 2012…in each of the last 2 seasons was a finalist for Major League Baseball’s Hank Aaron Award and a finalist for the NL’s Rawlings Gold Glove Award…this season he led all Major League right fielders in HR, RBI, doubles and extra-base hits…led the club in total bases, doubles, HR and RBI…ranked among the National League Top 10 in HR (3rd), RBI (T2nd), total bases (4th), doubles (T3rd), extra-base hits (2nd) and outfield assists (13, T3rd)…established career highs in apps, runs, hits, doubles, RBI and outfield assists…became only the third player in Reds history to produce in a season at least 40 doubles, 30 homers and 100 RBI (Dave Parker, Frank Robinson)…in 2013, Bruce was the only player in the Major Leagues with at least 43 doubles, 30 homers and 109 RBI.
VETERANS DAY: From Friday through Monday, in honor of Veterans Day the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum will offer complimentary admission to all veterans and active military members with valid identification…the Hall of Fame, which will be open Monday to accommodate our veterans, is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m….for more information, call (513) 765-7923…Reds Hall of Famers who served in the armed forces include Johnny Bench, Ewell Blackwell, Smoky Burgess, Harry Croft, Lonny Frey, Warren Giles, Tommy Helms, Bob Howsam, Fred Hutchinson, Brooks Lawrence, Mike McCormick, Eppa Rixey, Johnny Temple and Johnny Vander Meer.