#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Howdy folks and a good Sunday to you…

How about that lightning last night? Check out this photo captured by the Reds productions team…

Lightning

As you see in the photo, there is a lightning rod connected to the top of the Great American Ball Park light tower.  That’s what the lightning is striking in the photo.  The reason for the lightning rod is basically to protect the ballpark from a damaging lightning strike.

The rod is connected to a wire conductor to capture the electricity.  The wire, which runs the length of the light tower and is buried deep beneath the ballpark structure, basically transfers the captured electricity into the ground.

Without the lightning rod, the lightning could strike inside the ballpark and cause structural damage, fire, or worse.

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 5:  Grounds crew pull the tarp on the field as lightning from an approaching storm strikes in the distance during the third inning of a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 5, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 5: Grounds crew pull the tarp on the field as lightning from an approaching storm strikes in the distance during the third inning of a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 5, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

So basically, last night’s “player of the game” was the GABP lightning rod, which performed its duties magnificently!

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After last night’s electrical storm, the skies in the area surrounding GABP turned a beautiful shade of gorgeousness…

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Our friend Chadwick Fischer, the media relations director for the Louisville Bats gives us this good news from the Reds Triple-A affiliate…

Catcher Ramon Cabrera has been named the Bats’ 2015 Mary E. Barney Team MVP.  Of all Bats with at least 80 games played, Cabrera is tops among them with a .290 average and is third on the team in hits (92), fourth in doubles (14) and tied for third in RBI (35). His 748 2/3 innings caught for the Bats is more than double anyone that has been behind the plate for Louisville this season.  Cabrera last night vs Milwaukee made his Major League debut.

Other Cabrera notes:

• Batted .389 (15×39) with 5 2B, 6 RBI and 2 R during 10-game hitting streak from 7/4-7/21.
• Hit .320 (32×100) after the All-Star break with 9 2B, 14 RBI and 8 R.
• Hit .444 (4×9) with the bases loaded, collecting 11 RBI.
• Hit .324 (47×145) with runners on base with 8 2B and 33 RBI.
• Hit .367 (29×79) when batting eighth or ninth with 3 2B, 2 HR and 11 RBI.
• Caught 34 pitchers with LOU this season and recorded a 3.93 catchers ERA (327 ER, 748.2 IC).
• Threw out 20% (17×86) of attempted base stealers.
• LOU went 38-46 (.452) in his 84 starts behind the plate.
• Was on the disabled list from 8/5-8/12 with a right back strain.

Previous winners:
2014 – OF Jason Bourgeois
2013 – RHP Greg Reynolds
2012 – RHP J.J. Hoover
2011 – C Devin Mesoraco
2010 – IF Zack Cozart
2009 – IF Kevin Barker
2008 – RHP Jon Adkins, IF Kevin Barker
2007 – IF Joey Votto
2006 – OF Norris Hopper

Ramon Cabrera - 2015 Bats MVP

On behalf of us here at Better Off Red – a hearty congratulations to the man they call The TANK!

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Reds CF Billy Hamilton, who is currently rehabbing a right shoulder injury, went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored yesterday for AA-Pensacola.  Hamilton scored his run from first base on a long single (as seen in the video below).  Hamilton is a game in to what’s expected to be a brief 3-game rehab assignment.

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Oh, when the team was recently in Milwaukee, I spotted these die-hard Reds fans at Miller Park and I promised them I’d post their picture on the blog.  So here ya go…

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For those of you partaking in festivities in or around downtown today/tonight, please be safe and have fun!

Expect good news,

Jamie

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