#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11
Hey gang! We’ve got a few things to catch up on so without further ado…
First, some housekeeping. Next month Better Off Red will switch blog platforms from WordPress to Medium. This means the overall look of the blog will appear a lot different than what readers are accustomed to. Expect this change to take place between November 3-8.
It may take a day or so to get used to the different look but I think you’ll find it a bit more pleasing to the eye. Plus, if you’re like me, you’ll agree that the blog probably needed a face lift.
As far as content – Better Off Red will continue to bring you everything that you’re used to and more. In addition, I hope to bring you more photos, videos and written features. For example, we’re currently working on a story about the history of Reds pregame ceremonies that I think you longtime Reds fans will find interesting. This is a feature that will coincide with the platform changeover.
If you have any questions/concerns/comments/compliments, tweet ’em to me at @Jamieblog.
As we prepare for the new-look Better Off Red, we’re also gearing up for the second season of the BOR Podcast!
Production begins soon and we’ll have a whole new lineup of entertaining guests that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
Be sure to tune in when new episodes become available. In the meantime, catch up with season one HERE (click and scroll down until you find podcasts that begin with “BOR Podcast”).
Recent Reds transactions:
On Thursday the Reds claimed off waivers from the Oakland Athletics IF/OF Arismendy Alcantara and designated for assignment IF/OF Patrick Kivlehan.
Alcantara, 24, began the season in the Chicago Cubs organization and on June 9 was traded to the A’s in exchange for IF/OF Chris Coghlan.
Alcantara spent most of this season in the minor leagues, where combined he hit .278 with 12 HR, 56 RBI and 32 stolen bases for Class AAA Iowa and Nashville and Class A Stockton. He made 16 appearances during 4 stints with the Athletics.
OF Tyler Holt, IF/OF Patrick Kivlehan, C Raffy Lopez, RHP Matt Magill and RHP Jon Moscot yesterday cleared waivers and were outrighted to Louisville.
Last year’s Reds #1 pick, Nick Senzel has been named by Baseball America as the top-ranked prospect in the Midwest League. For more details, CLICK HERE.
For a full list of the Reds top prospects, as determined by MLB.com, CLICK HERE.
Surely you folks heard about the “Swing for Your Seats” promotion that the Reds held over the weekend, right? If not, here’s more from my main man Michael “Mando” Anderson:
On Saturday, over 400 Cincinnati Reds season ticket holders took the field at Great American Ball park to attempt to hit a home run and win their 2017 tickets in the inaugural “Swing for your Seats.”
Two fans actually hit home runs and won their tickets: John Benza from Loveland, Ohio and Nick Wright from Mason, Ohio.
John was the first to hit a home run…a shot that just cleared the left field wall. His family has been 20-game season ticket members for 4 years.
About 30 minutes later, Nick (a former Bellarmine Univ. baseball player) crushed his ball into the Sun/Moon Deck in right field. (he was hitting on behalf of a family friend)
The 400+ season ticket members got four pitches each from a pitching machine set to 60 MPH.
Additionally, two fans hit the outfield wall on the fly and each won a complimentary luxury suite for up to 16 guests for a game during the 2017 season. Various targets were set up in the outfield for other opportunities for fans to win Reds prizes.
Check out the video to see the two winning home runs.
From our friends with the Louisville Bats:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats and Cincinnati Reds will play an exhibition game at Louisville Slugger Field on Friday, March 31, 2017. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. This will give fans the first opportunity to see the 2017 Cincinnati Reds and Bats before Opening Day on April 6. The game will also feature an Adam Duvall bobblehead giveaway. Duvall, a Louisville native and former Butler High School and University of Louisville star, finished the 2016 season tied for 5th in the National League in home runs.
That’s all for now. More in a bit.
Expect good news!