PEREZ, GRIFFEY TO MANAGE IN FUTURES GAME; ALL-STAR CAPS UNVEILED
WORLD SERIES CHAMPION TEAMMATES TONY PEREZ, KEN GRIFFEY SR.
TO MANAGE SIRIUSXM ALL-STAR FUTURES TEAMS
Hall of Famer Tony Perez and Cincinnati Reds legend Ken Griffey Sr., who were teammates on the 1975 and 1976 “Big Red Machine” World Series Championship teams, will return to the dugouts to manage in the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday July, 12th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Perez, a native of Camaguey, Cuba, will lead the World Team, while Griffey will manage the U.S. Team.
The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 17th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team leads the all-time series, 10-6.
As part of its live All-Star Week programming, MLB Network will exclusively televise and MLB.com will live stream the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 3:00 p.m. ET, with Matt Vasgersian, Dan Plesac, Heidi Watney and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo on the call live from Great American Ball Park.
SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide live play-by-play coverage of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209) in addition to SiriusXM’s other comprehensive live coverage from Cincinnati. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smart phones and mobile devices and online at SiriusXM.com. All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at Great American Ball Park, culminating with the 86th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14th.
Perez, who was signed by the Reds as a free agent in 1960, played 23 seasons in the Majors as a first and third baseman for the Reds (1964-76; 1984-86), Montreal Expos (1977-79), Boston Red Sox (1980-82) and Philadelphia Phillies (1983). The seven-time All-Star was a .279 career hitter with 2,732 hits, 379 home runs and 1,652 RBI. Perez, who was named the 1967 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player after hitting the game-winning home run in the 15th inning, was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1998, and elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. Perez drove in at least 90 runs in 11 consecutive seasons from 1967-77, and posted over 100 RBI in seven seasons. In 1970, Tony finished third in National League Most Valuable Player voting after hitting .317 with a career-best 40 home runs and 129 RBI. Perez, who managed the Reds for the first 44 games of the 1993 season, had his number 24 retired by the Reds in 2000. During his storied career, Perez appeared in five World Series and six League Championship Series.
Griffey, who was drafted by the Reds in the 29th round of the 1969 MLB Draft, played 19 seasons in the Majors as an outfielder and first baseman for the Reds (1973-81; 1988-90), New York Yankees (1982-86), Atlanta Braves (1986-88) and Seattle Mariners (1990-91). Griffey amassed 2,143 hits, 152 home runs and 859 RBI during his career, batting .296 along the way. Along with Perez, Griffey helped lead the Reds to a franchise-best 108 wins in 1975 en route to the club’s first World Series Championship since 1940. The three-time All-Star was named Most Valuable Player of the 1980 Midsummer Classic in Los Angeles after going 2-for-3 with a home run and RBI. Along with his son, Ken Jr., the duo became the first father-son combination to play on the same team together, when they played their first game together with the Mariners on August 31, 1990. The Pennsylvania native was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2004, and he remains a member of the organization as a part-time Minor League hitting instructor.
The remainder of the coaching staffs, as well as rosters and umpires for the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets are available for purchase for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game by visiting http://www.allstargame.com or visiting the Reds box office at Great American Ball Park.
The 2015 All-Star Game will be played at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 14th. The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL & NEW ERA UNVEIL 2015 ALL-STAR GAME CAP COLLECTION
Players to Wear Special Cap for Midsummer Classic in Ode to Cincinnati Baseball
Major League Baseball and New Era, the official on-field cap of MLB, today revealed a unique cap collection for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds. Inspired by the caps worn on the field by this year’s host club in the 1880’s and 1890’s, MLB and New Era designed this standalone collection to be worn on-field during the Midsummer Classic. This will be the second time that players named to the American and National League All-Star teams will take the field in a team-designated cap specially made for the MLB All-Star Game. All-Stars last year wore caps inspired by the 1970s era batting helmet of the host Minnesota Twins.
Over a century ago, Cincinnati’s Baseball Club, known as the Red Stockings, wore a cap which featured horizontal stripes, commonly known as pleats, around the circumference of the caps. This design concept, which became the basis for the cap that Cincinnati Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs has worn since his inception in 1956 and is featured prominently in the 2015 All-Star Game logo. Now, that 19th century design has been combined with a modern look and fabric to create the 2015 All-Star Game Cap.
This year’s special edition cap is highlighted by two broad, horizontal stripes across the front panel, layered behind the team logo. The color of those stripes match the color of the cap’s back four panels, brim and button, while the front panel is a contrasting color. The color schemes are based on each team’s colorways. Since 1998, players have worn a special edition of their standard issue on-field cap, featuring a commemorative side patch of that year’s All-Star Game logo. This year’s caps for the first time will have a custom All-Star logo patch on the back of the cap.
“This summer, Major League Baseball will celebrate the Midsummer Classic with these unique All-Star caps that embody Cincinnati’s longstanding baseball tradition,” said Noah Garden, MLB Executive Vice President, Business. “We look forward to honoring the heritage of a Reds franchise that continues to vividly represent the Queen City and all of Major League Baseball.”
“With last year’s All-Star cap being extraordinarily well-received by fans, we are again looking to combine the inspiration of the host club’s design history with New Era’s modern performance fabrics,” said Tony DeSimone, New Era’s MLB Category Director. “We are excited to put the best baseball players in the world in these new All-Star caps.”
While the new collection emulates a historic design, it is infused with modern technology built with performance in mind. The caps are constructed using Diamond Era®, New Era’s ultra-lightweight performance fabric. The tech attributes include SOLARERA, 50+ UV protection that helps deflect the sun’s rays and COOLERA technology that wicks away sweat to keep players comfortable and dry.
In addition to the All-Star Game, players will sport caps and jerseys specifically designed for this year’s Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, including the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, and batting practice before the All-Star Game. This gear features a red and black color scheme based on the official colors of this year’s host club, the Cincinnati Reds. Caps of the American League representatives will feature a black crown, red brim and team logo. Caps of the National League All-Stars will be reversed to feature a red crown, black brim and team logo. An alternate All-Star Game logo patch will adorn the left-hand side of all these Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders caps.
Beginning June 25, the complete All-Star cap collection will be available for fans exclusively at MLB.com/shop, LIDS, New Era retail locations and NewEraCap.com. From June 30, the caps will also be available at additional sporting goods stores and headwear retailers around the country. Additionally, the caps will be available in international markets including Aruba, Brazil, Canada, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan.
MLB All-Star Week at Great American Ball Park includes the 86th MLB All-Star Game on FOX (July 14th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day (July 13th) featuring the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders on ESPN, All-Star Sunday (July 12th) including the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network and the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on ESPN, and T-Mobile All-Star FanFest at the Duke Energy Convention Center (July 10th-14th). For more MLB All-Star Week information, please visit AllStarGame.com, the MLB All-Star Game Twitter account (@AllStarGame) and MLB All-Star Game Facebook account (Facebook.com/MLBAllStarGame).