SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE, HALL OF FAME NEWS & THE FINAL “WHO AM I QUIZ”

Are you planning to attend  Redsfest on December 6-7 at the Duke Energy Convention Center?  If so, here’s your final chance to score a pair of free tickets with Better Off Red’sWho Am I Quiz.”

For correctly answering “Wayne Granger,” Becca was randomly selected as Monday’s winner.  Congrats, Becca!  See you at Redsfest!

Now, it’s your turn.

Over 70 Reds players, alumni and staff are set to appear at the annual fan fest.  In order to win the free tickets, you have to correctly identify one of those men by using the five clues below…

  1. Former teammates include: Ron Robinson, Don Robinson, Jeff Robinson, Steve Christmas and Chris Speier.
  2. One of only 19 big league players to wear “00.”
  3. Appeared in six postseason games – none with the Reds.
  4. Had a career high 20-game hitting streak in the late 80s.
  5. Five times collected his team’s only hit of the game.

Need a little more help?  CLICK HERE for the updated list of players/alumni/staff attending Redsfest.

Answer correctly by using the ‘Comments’ section of this blog post.  One random winner will be selected and announced Thursday (tomorrow).

Please note, only I can see the blog comments!

Good luck!!

Jamie

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Reds release 2014 Cactus League schedule
Spring Training games start February 26

CINCINNATI (Dec. 4, 2013) — The Cincinnati Reds have announced their 2014 Cactus League exhibition schedule.

The Reds open the 2014 spring training season with three games against Ohio rival Cleveland Indians on Feb. 26-28 at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona.

The Reds will play 33 exhibition games during the spring training season, including 17 at Goodyear Ballpark, and will host Cactus League opponents Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s, Arizona Diamondbacks and more.

The Reds will close out the Arizona portion of their 2014 exhibition schedule on March 27 against the Diamondbacks at Goodyear Ballpark.

The Reds then travel to Pensacola, FL for an exhibition game on March 28 against their AA affiliate Blue Wahoos, followed by a trip to Louisville, KY for an exhibition game against their AAA affiliate Bats on March 29.

The Reds return to Cincinnati for Opening Day on March 31 to host the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park.

The full exhibition schedule can be found at reds.com/spring.

Spring Training Ticket Information
Deposits are currently being accepted for 2014 Spring Training season ticket plans. Full season (all Reds and Indians home games) and half season (all Reds home games) ticket plans are available.

Three game mini-plans and group tickets go on sale Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

With mini-plans, fans are able to combine Reds and Indians home games to make up the perfect spring training getaway.

Individual game tickets go on sale Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. MST.

Complete ticket details can be found at reds.com/spring or by calling Goodyear Ballpark Ticket Office at (623) 882-3130.

Fun Facts about Goodyear, Goodyear Ballpark and the Phoenix Area
• Goodyear is just 20 minutes west of Phoenix
• The Phoenix New Times “Best of Phoenix 2012” named Goodyear Ballpark best place to see a Spring Training game
• There are 15 teams in the Cactus League and all play in ballparks around the Greater Phoenix area
• Fans have free access to watch the Reds players during morning workouts at the state-of-the-art Reds Player Development Complex next door to Goodyear Ballpark
• Average March temperature: Goodyear – 70 degrees, Cincinnati – 44 degrees
• There are over 60 golf courses and 30 day spas within 20 miles of Goodyear Ballpark
• Desert mountain trails and parks offer hiking, biking, running and horseback riding opportunities, as well as jeep tours
• The Grand Canyon, one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”, and picturesque Sedona are just a day trip away

Note: Arizona’s time zone is the Mountain Standard Time (MST) zone, which is currently two hours behind Cincinnati. Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time (March through November), and after March 8, 2014 Arizona will be three hours behind Cincinnati.

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PrintReds Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2014
Ken Griffey, Jr., Dave Parker, Ron Oester and the late Jake Beckley to be inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame

CINCINNATI (Dec. 3, 2013) — Outfielders Ken Griffey, Jr. and Dave Parker, second baseman Ron Oester and 19th century first baseman Jake Beckley will be the next four players inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.

Griffey, Jr. was the top vote-getter selected by fans, alumni and media through the Modern Player Ballot, presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett.

Parker, Oester and Beckley were selected by the Veterans Committee, comprised of Reds Hall of Fame members and executives, baseball historians and members of the media.

The four will be honored during 2014 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, which will be announced at a later date.

• Ken Griffey, Jr. was one of the most iconic players ever to wear a Reds uniform and was a three-time National League All-Star during his eight-and-a-half seasons in Cincinnati.

• Dave Parker played four seasons for the Reds from 1984 to 1987 and was a two-time National League All-Star.

• Rob Oester played his entire 13-year Major League career with the Reds and appeared in more games at second base than all but two players in franchise history.

• Jake Beckley played seven seasons for the Reds from 1897 to 1903 and his .325 average ranks third on the Reds all-time list.

“The Class of 2014 showcases the great baseball heritage we have in Cincinnati with three of the four inductees being products of youth and high school baseball in the Queen City,” said Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. “And the addition of 19th century star and National Baseball Hall of Famer Jake Beckley makes for arguably our strongest induction class ever.”

The induction of Griffey, Jr., Parker, Oester and Beckley will bring the Hall’s membership ranks to 79 players, three managers and three executives.

Ken Griffey, Jr. (Outfield, 2000-2008)
One of the most gifted athletes to ever wear a Reds uniform, Ken Griffey, Jr., joined the Reds on Feb.10, 2000 following a trade with the Seattle Mariners, returning to Cincinnati where he starred at Moeller High School. During his inaugural season with the Reds, Griffey slugged 40 home runs, knocked in 118 runs, and was selected to represent Cincinnati at the 2000 All-Star game in Atlanta. During his career with the Reds, Griffey, Jr. would be selected to represent the club in two more All-Star games in 2004 and 2007. In 2005, Griffey, Jr. received the National League Comeback Player of the Year award and was selected as the Reds team MVP. He ranks 7th on the Reds all-time home run list with 210, 6th on the club’s all-time list with a career on-base plus slugging percentage of .876, is tied for 4th on the Reds all-time list in career slugging percentage (.514), and is the only player in Reds history to hit his 500th and 600th career home runs as a Red. With his induction into the Reds Hall of Fame in the summer of 2014, he will join his father, Ken Griffey, Sr., as the only father-son combination in the Hall.

Dave Parker (Outfield, 1984–1987)
One of the most intimidating hitters of his era, outfielder Dave “The Cobra” Parker became the first major free agent acquisition in Reds history when he was signed by the club in December of 1983. Over the next four seasons, Parker was a fixture in the middle of the Reds lineup and was crucial to the club’s resurgence to postseason contention. The Reds team Most Valuable Player each season from 1984 to 1986, Parker was also a two-time National League All-Star, a two-time Sporting News All-Star and was the winner of two Silver Slugger Awards during his Reds career. In 1985, Parker authored one of the most impressive offensive seasons in club history, batting .312 with a league-best 125 RBI and ranked second in the league in home runs (34), hits (198) and slugging percentage (.551). For his Reds career, Parker averaged nearly 27 home runs and 108 RBI per season. Raised in Cincinnati, Parker graduated from Courter Tech High School in 1970 and remains a resident of the Queen City.

Ron Oester (Second Base, 1978–1990)
A Cincinnati native and 1974 graduate of Withrow High School, second baseman Ron Oester played his 17-year professional baseball career in the Cincinnati Reds organization, including 13 years at the Major League level. Selected by the Reds in the ninth round of the 1974 amateur draft, Oester made his Major League debut in 1978 and began making regular appearances in the Reds lineup in 1980 when he appeared in 100 games and finished fourth in voting for the National League Rookie of the Year Award. In 1981, Oester enjoyed the first of six consecutive seasons as the Reds starting second baseman, a streak that was interrupted by a major knee injury he suffered in July of 1987. He won Major League Baseball’s Hutch Award in 1988 after his successful return to the Reds everyday lineup. In his final season in 1990, Oester was a key player off the bench during the Reds World Championship season and scored the winning run in the Reds pennant-clinching game over the Pirates in Game 6 of the 1990 NLCS. After his playing career, Oester spent six seasons with the Reds as a Major League coach. He remains a Cincinnati resident.

Jake Beckley (First Base, 1897-1903)
Born in Hannibal, MO in 1867, first baseman Jake “Eagle Eye” Beckley was the Reds starting first baseman from the time of his acquisition in May of 1897 through the 1903 season. One of the top batters of his era, Beckley batted over .300 in six of his seven seasons with the Reds and his .325 career average as a Red ranks third on the club’s all-time list. A complete offensive player, Beckley in various seasons ranked among the league’s leaders in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, doubles, triples, home runs and RBI. His 77 triples as a Red ranks third on the franchise’s all-time list, and at the time of his retirement from baseball in 1907, his 244 overall career triples ranked first in the history of the game. One of the period’s true characters, Beckley was an aficionado of the hidden ball trick, successfully executing the play multiple times throughout his career. He was also known for his unorthodox bunting style that found him flipping the bat in his hands while the pitch was in flight and using the handle to hit the ball. Beckley was only 50 years old when he died of heart failure in 1918. He was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

About the Reds Hall of Fame:
Established in 1958, The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Cincinnati Reds. The mission of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration. Plan your visit at RedsMuseum.org.

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