I’m still not used to seeing Jay Bruce wearing blue.



As a thank you for their dedication to helping the Cincinnati community, Jay and his wife Hannah, along with their son Carter were presented with a donation yesterday to the Jay Bruce Golf Benefit & Tournament.  On hand to present Jay with the “big check” were Bob Castellini, Walt Jocketty, Dick Williams, Phil Castellini and Charley Frank.


Congratulations to recently promoted Hernan Iribarren who yesterday clinched the International League batting title!  Here’s the official release from the Louisville Bats…


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Bats infielder/outfielder Hernan Iribarren has won the International League batting title with an average of .327. Iribarren, who was recently promoted to the Cincinnati Reds, finished the Triple-A season with 122 hits in 373 at bats. He becomes the first Louisville player since the franchise joined the IL in 1998 to win the batting title.

Iribarren was also named the International League postseason Utility All-Star, becoming the first Louisville player to be named a postseason All-Star since Billy Hamilton in 2013. Iribarren completed the season with 20 doubles, three home runs, 35 RBI and 46 runs scored. He played eight of the nine positions, the only one he did not play is catcher in 2016.


Our friends at Inside Edge present these interesting Reds tidbits:

  • Joey Votto is hitting .424 (67-for-158) during the second half of the season. (MLB Rank: 1st of 206 full-time players; League Avg: .258)
  • Joey Votto has an OPS of 1.190 (200 PA’s) in the second half of the season. (MLB Rank: 1st of 206 full-time players; League Avg: .750)
  • Jose Peraza is hitting .579 (11-for-19) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 215 full-time players; League Avg: .260)
  • Jose Peraza has 19 total bases in 27 AB’s (.704 Slugging Pct) against relievers since the All-Star break. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 103 part-time players; League Avg: .394)
  • Raisel Iglesias’s BABIP is .193 this year. (MLB Rank: 1st of 177 qualified RP; League Avg: .300)
  • Left-handed hitting opponents are hitting just .111 (5-for-45) against Brandon Finnegan since the All-Star break. (MLB Rank: 1st of 144 qualified SP; League Avg: .256)
  • Adam Duvall has 20 Extra-Base hits out of 33 total hits (60.6% Extra-Base Hit Pct) on two-strike counts . (MLB Rank: 4th of 193 full-time players; League Avg: 32.4%)
  • Michael Lorenzen hasn’t walked a batter with runners in scoring position this season. (MLB Rank: 1st of 176 qualified RP; League Avg: 12.0%)


It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of former Reds’ employee, Julian Mock.  Julian was employed by the Reds from 1981 through 1997.  Notably, he served as the Director of Dominican Operations from 1989-1992 and as the Director of Scouting from 1993-1997.



Major League Baseball plans to release the 2017 regular season schedule on Wednesday, September 14.

MLB’s formal announcement will not include game times.


The thirty Club nominees for the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award from Major League Baseball, were announced today.  The Reds nominee is Michael Lorenzen.

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character. Wednesday, September 7th marks the fifteenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award.

The 30 Club nominees of the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award feature seven 2016 MLB All-Stars (*=MLB All-Star)

Arizona Diamondbacks – Paul Goldschmidt* (#VoteGoldy)
Atlanta Braves – Jim Johnson (#VoteJJ)
Baltimore Orioles – Adam Jones (#VoteAdam)
Boston Red Sox – Brock Holt (#VoteBrock)
Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo* (#VoteRizzo)
Chicago White Sox – Jose Abreu (#VoteAbreu)
Cincinnati Reds – Michael Lorenzen (#VoteLorenzen)
Cleveland Indians – Carlos Carrasco (#VoteCookie)
Colorado Rockies – Carlos González* (#VoteCarGo)
Detroit Tigers – Miguel Cabrera* (#VoteMiggy)
Houston Astros – Lance McCullers (#VoteMcCullers)
Kansas City Royals – Eric Hosmer* (#VoteHosmer)
Los Angeles Angels – Andrew Heaney (#VoteHeaney)
Los Angeles Dodgers – Adrian González (#VoteAdrian)
Miami Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton (#VoteStanton)
Milwaukee Brewers – Ryan Braun (#VoteBraun)
Minnesota Twins – Joe Mauer (#VoteMauer)
New York Mets – Curtis Granderson (#VoteGrandy)
New York Yankees – Brett Gardner (#VoteGardy)
Oakland Athletics – Sean Doolittle (#VoteDoolittle)
Philadelphia Phillies – Ryan Howard (#VoteHoward)
Pittsburgh Pirates – Jared Hughes (#VoteHughes)
St. Louis Cardinals – Adam Wainwright (#VoteWainwright)
San Diego Padres – Tyson Ross (#VoteRoss)
San Francisco Giants – Jake Peavy (#VotePeavy)
Seattle Mariners – Robinson Canó* (#VoteCano)
Tampa Bay Rays – Chris Archer (#VoteArcher)
Texas Rangers – Cole Hamels* (#VoteHamels)
Toronto Blue Jays – Kevin Pillar (#VotePillar)
Washington Nationals – Ryan Zimmerman (#VoteZim)


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