MONDAY’S #REDS BASELINE ITEMS; SPRING TRAINING BROADCAST SKED

Greetings BOR readers!

The Reds Caravan came and went, the Super Bowl is over and done and the Reds Spring Training equipment truck will be packed up and headed to Arizona this week.  You know what that means?  BASEBALL!!!

This is truly the time of the year in which I start feeling the baseball itch.  There’s so much I’m looking forward to this year, including some of the following (in no particular order):

  • The new wave of young Reds players coming to big league camp
  • Face-to-face interaction with baseball fans/writers/broadcasters while at work
  • An actual All-Star break
  • Reds Hall of Fame induction weekend
  • Opening Day
  • The game itself
  • Aaron Boone on Sunday Night Baseball
  • Boxscores and scoresheets
  • Batting practice
  • etc, etc, etc

I’m pretty sure I’m leaving out a million other things.  What are YOU most looking forward to?

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It’s taken a little longer than I anticipated getting back into the swing of things since the Caravan ended, so below are a few items/reminders for you to chew on…

The Better Off Red Podcast returns this week with a very special guest!

Better Off Red Baseball Trivia takes place Tuesday (tomorrow) following the 6pm live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League Show at the Holy Grail Banks.  Please join us for all of the fun!

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The Reds and MLB will participate in Black History Month community forum (official announcement below)

Black History Month Community Forum on Economics
At National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Feb. 10

Featuring speakers from African American Chamber of Commerce,
Cincinnati Reds, Major League Baseball and DeFuze It

CINCINNATI (Feb. 8, 2016) — The African American Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati Reds, Major League Baseball and DeFuze It will partner for a Black History Month community forum and networking session on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The Black Businesses Matter: Pathway to Prosperity forum will include an historical look at black-owned businesses and a panel discussion on the economic gaps facing African Americans as well as growth and success strategies for diverse businesses.

Event hosts and keynote speakers include:
Sean Rugless – President & CEO, Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce
Phil Castellini – COO, Cincinnati Reds
Wendy Lewis – Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Strategic Alliances, Major League Baseball
Iris Roley – President, DeFuze It
Rev. Damon Lynch III – Pastor, New Prospect Baptist Church
Michael Battle – Executive Vice President, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Agenda:
• 5:30 p.m.: Doors open to NURFC (free admission)
• 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.: Networking
• 6:15 p.m.: Program begins

Background:
• The foundation of this event began as Cincinnati played host to the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.
• Mr. Castellini, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Foley and Rev. Lynch were part of the “All Lives Matter: A Social Justice Dialogue of Faith, Community and Baseball” diversity summit held during All-Star Week at the Freedom Center.
• The topics of discussion were education, economic development, jobs, health and welfare and criminal justice-related issues.
• Local community and business leaders in attendance expressed interest in continuing to provide a forum to discuss those important matters.
• The African American Chamber became the newest partner to the group through its PROSPER 2016 initiative that brings focus to the economic challenges facing African Americans in our region.

Black Businesses Matter: Pathway to Prosperity
Black History Month Community Forum on Economics
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
5:30 to 8 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Grand Hall
50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Admission is free. RSVP in advance is preferred: http://goo.gl/S3aTn4 or (513) 751-9900.

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CINCINNATI’S DURAN SUSPENDED

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Cincinnati Reds outfielder Juan Duran has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Drostanolone, Stanozolol and Nandrolone, performance-enhancing substances in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Duran will be effective at the start of the 2016 regular season.

Reds’ Statement On Juan Duran’s Suspension

Below is the organization’s response to the 80-game suspension of OF Juan Duran for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

“The Reds fully support Major League Baseball’s drug policy and its penalties. The organization does not condone in any way the use of drugs prohibited under the policy. We will have no further comment.”

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The Reds have hired Lou Piniella to serve in a consulting capacity as a senior advisor to baseball operations. He is expected to spend some time with the team during spring training.

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Here’s the 2016 Reds Spring Training Broadcast Schedule…

ST Broadcast Schedule

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