#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

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The Better Off Red staff is saddened to hear the news of Joaquin Andujar’s passing.  The St. Louis Cardinals great was 62.

Andujar originally signed with the Reds in 1969 and was added to the Reds roster in 1973.  Here’s his bio from the Reds 1973 Media Guide…

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Andujar was dealt from the Reds to the Astros in 1975 for RHP Luis Sanchez (relief pitcher for California from 1981-1985) and P/INF Carlos Alfonso (never made it to the Majors).  It wasn’t one of the Reds best trades.

Andujar became a very good big league pitcher for the Astros and Cardinals.  He was named to the All-Star team 4 times and twice won 20 or more games with the Cardinals.  Andujar was awarded a Gold Glove in 1984 and pitched in the World Series in 1982 and 1985 with St. Louis.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Andujar’s family, friends and fans.

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Major League Baseball today released the 2016 schedule. The Reds open at home against the Phillies on April 4. The entire Reds 2016 schedule will be available soon on Reds.com.

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In the second inning of Monday’s matinee against the Pirates, Jay Bruce collected his 1,000th career hit. Bruce reached the milestone on the 13th pitch of his first at-bat against Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke. Here’s the video…

 

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Down on the farm last night in AA-Pensacola, Reds minor league infielder Ray Chang played all nine positions in the 4-2 loss vs. Mobile.  Chang went 3-for-4 at the plate and stole a base.

“I came into the clubhouse today and our manager, Pat Kelly, came in and asked me if I wanted the day off or if I wanted to play all nine,” said Chang, a shortstop by trade. “I mean, it came out of nowhere, it surprised me, but for me that’s an easy answer. I wanted to play.”

Alex Kraft has more on Chang’s big night HERE.

On Sunday, Pensacola clinched the Southern League’s South Division second-half championship and became the first Reds double-A affiliate to secure a playoff berth since Chattanooga in 2006.  The Blue Wahoos join the Reds’ high-A Daytona Tortugas as organizational playoff teams.  Daytona earned a postseason spot out of the Florida State League’s North Division.

Pensacola will begin their playoff run Thursday in a best-of-five series vs Biloxi.

Daytona plays tonight at 7:05 in Game 1 of their division series vs. Clearwater.  Florida State League co-pitcher of the year Amir Garrett is scheduled to start for the Tortugas.

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Amir Garrett

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Don’t forget to sign up for Saturday’s “Sliding into OM” yoga event at Great American Ball Park! It’s your chance to participate in a special yoga session on the field!  For more information, CLICK HERE!

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Thirty years ago today, this happened at Chicago’s Wrigley Field…

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That’s all for now. I’ll have today’s lineup soon.

Expect good news,

Jamie

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