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#REDS TO HOLD ‘SWING FOR YOUR SEATS’ EVENT ON OCT. 8 AT GABP

Hit a home run to win 2017 season tickets

 CINCINNATI (Aug. 17, 2016) — The Cincinnati Reds are inviting current and prospective season ticket members to the inaugural “Swing for your Seats” at Great American Ball Park on Saturday, Oct. 8.

 Fans who put down a deposit on a renewal or new season ticket membership for the 2017 season will have the opportunity to take three swings on the field at GABP.

 If a participant hits a home run, they receive their 2017 Season Ticket Membership for free! (Up to a $10,000 value)

 Swing for your Seats details:

• Event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m.

• Each participant will receive three (3) pitches

• An automatic pitching machine will be used 

• Deadline is Sept., 30, 2016 to place minimum 25% deposit on a 2017 Season Ticket Membership

• Eligible season ticket plans include 20-game, half season and full season 

Additional prizes for participants include:

• Hit the outfield wall on the fly to win a complimentary luxury suite for up to 16 guests for a game during the 2017 season. (Includes three parking passes)

• Various targets will be set up in the outfield for other opportunities to win Reds prizes.

 Full event details and information on how to place the required deposit are available at reds.com/swing or by calling 513-765-7500.

WEDNESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP VS MIAMI

08-17-16

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From my pal @Bongreatness...

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome representatives from P&G, the Cincinnati Zoo and other community partners who participated in the 2016 “Community Makeover” project in partnership with the Reds Community Fund. Over 400 volunteers joined together with these partners on July 28th for a day-long project at three sites in Lower Price Hill: Evans Field & Playground, Community Gardens and the Joe Williams Family Center at the former Espy Boys & Girls Club.  2016 marked the 7th consecutive year that P&G has spearheaded this invaluable project for the Greater Cincinnati community.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening will be Columbus Crew SC Midfielder Wil Trapp.  Wil is also a member of the United States National Team and is an Ohio native.

TUESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

08-16-16

From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight, the Reds are recognizing one of the key youth baseball programs operated by the Reds Community Fund – the Coldwell Banker West Shell “Match” program.  Now in its 11th season, the “Match” program blends inner-city baseball organizations with suburban counterparts.  Each “Match” receives a grant from the Reds Community Fund to underwrite the expense of joint activities.  These events include games at each other’s home field, and a visit to Redsfest in December.  Tonight the Match kids and coaches will participate in a pregame parade & recognition ceremony.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening will be ATP tour tennis professional Reilly Opelka. Reilly is 18-years old and recently joined the ATP circuit full-time, and is competing in the Western & Southern Open this week. The annual tournament runs through Aug. 21st at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.  Reilly won the 2015 Junior Wimbledon tournament and at 6’ 11” is one of the tallest tennis pros in ATP history.

MONDAY’S #REDS LINEUP VS MARLINS

08-15-16

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Teams playing in Major League Baseball’s 2016 RBI Softball World Series in Cincinnati will participate in a pregame parade and ceremony. Eight softball teams from the U.S. and the Dominican Republic are competing Aug. 11-16 with games being played at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy, Mason High School and Miami University.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening will be Lawrenceburg, Indiana, native and 2006 NHRA Rookie of the Year, driver J.R. Todd.  Todd recently took first place at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

In conjunction with Hoxworth Blood Center, tonight’s videoboard presentation of the Starting Lineups & Scoreboard Stumper are taking part in the “Missing Type Campaign”.  The Missing Type Campaign is a global campaign to create engagement and awareness of the importance of giving blood and the need of blood types A, O and B.  Those letters will be missing from the two videoboard features today. Hoxworth & the Reds partner every season for one of the largest blood drives in the nation.

IF #REDS PLAYERS WERE IN THE OLYMPICS

If you’re like me, the Olympics and Reds baseball have dominated your recent television time.  I’ve spent so much time supplementing the Reds current road trip with the Rio games that I’m beginning to mix them in my sleep.

What if Zack Cozart and Adam Duvall were a synchronized diving team?  How about Billy Hamilton winning a gold in archery?  And was that Michael Phelps mean muggin’ or Joey Votto?   Below are photos of Reds players had they participated in this year’s Olympic games  (please pardon my rudimentary photo shopping!)

 

#REDS MINOR LEAGUE SPOTLIGHT

Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight

The Cincinnati Reds affiliates had a big week on the diamond as they went a combined 20-16, capturing their second winning week in the last month.

The AZL Reds led the charge as they went a perfect 5-0 and took control of first place in the AZL Central standings. The Reds have won seven straight games and lead the AZL Brewers by two games in the division. Part-time starter Pabel Manzanero had a big week, hitting .500 (6-for-12) with five RBI. The backstop is hitting .325 (25-for-77) with 13 RBI on the season. On the mound, Duari Moreta continued to dominate. The right-hander went 1-0 with three clean innings of relief. Moreta has not allowed a run since July 24 at AZL Indians.

While the AZL Reds were taking over first place in Central division, the Billings Mustangs posted another winning week in the Pioneer League as they went 4-2. The offense average 5.8 runs a game and has won three straight games. Post draft signee T.J. Friedl has led the charge, batting .500 (12-for-24) with two homers and five RBI since joining the squad. Second rounder Taylor Trammell had a big week at the plate, going 7-for-21 with five RBI in the last week.

Friedl and Trammell’s play may be overshadowed by the play of top pick Nick Senzel. Despite turning in another losing week with the Dayton Dragons, Senzel held his own at the plate. The infielder homered in three straight contest from August 5 through August 7. He finished the week hitting .333 (8-for-24) with three dingers and seven RBI. The Dragons went 2-4 and dropped to 35-81 on the season.

Senzel produced at the dish, while Shed Long took home the accolades. The infielder was awarded FSL Player of the Week honors on Monday after hitting .500 (11-for-22) with two homers and seven RBI. Long joined five other Tortuga players to receive the accolade this season. With Long clicking on all cylinders, the Tortugas went 4-3 and kept their playoff hopes alive as they remain two games back of the Dunedin Blue Jays for the second half crown.

Rounding out the group are the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and the Louisville Bats, who suffered losing weeks for the second straight. Pensacola went 2-3 and Louisville went 3-4. However, there were various bright spots for the Blue Wahoos. Jackson Stephens continued his stellar campaign. The right-hander tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the Blue Wahoos 4-1 win at Biloxi on Sunday night. Stephens is 7-10 with a team-leading 3.15 ERA.

For the Bats it was a slow start to the week as they dropped their first four games, but they have won two straight decisions. Tim Adleman has been a man on a mission. Since returning from the DL on July 9, Adleman is 1-1 with a 1.47 ERA. He has fired 18 straight innings with allowing an earned run. His last earned run allowed was in the bottom of the third inning at Toledo on August 1. Kevin Shackelford has been even better in relief. The righty has not allowed a run in the month of August, going 4.1 innings of scoreless relief without a run. In 15 games with the Bats, he is 1-1 with four saves and a 0.43 ERA.

The Reds affiliates continue their surge towards playoff positioning this week, as they look to finish the last three weeks of the minor league season on a high note.

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10

*This post may be updated as the day progresses

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Cool Papa Bill

From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau

EliasBillyHamilton

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For you wrestling fans

I met “The Monster” Abyss from Impact Wrestling yesterday at the airport.  Turns out he’s not really a monster at all but a really super nice guy.  And get this, he lives in Cincinnati and is a huge Reds fan!

 

Abyss

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Reds College Weekend at GABP, Sept. 30–Oct. 2

Join the Cincinnati Reds to celebrate College Weekend at Great American Ball Park the weekend of Sept. 30–Oct. 2 when the Reds take on the Cubs.

Show your school pride by purchasing a special ticket package that includes an exclusive Reds cap branded with your school colors and logo.

• Friday, Sept. 30 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (Postgame fireworks)
• Saturday, Oct. 1 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 4:10 p.m. (#TeamCincinnati T-shirt giveaway)
• Sunday, Oct. 2 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 3:10 p.m. (Fan Appreciation Day, Reds Team Photo giveaway)

Reds-College-NightPackages start as low as $15, so choose your college below and make sure your school is well represented. Tickets available now at reds.com/college.

• University of Cincinnati
• Xavier University
• Northern Kentucky University
• University of Kentucky
• Miami University

A portion of each ticket sold will benefit a scholarship fund of your school’s choice.

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A few  notes from our friends at Inside Edge

  • Adam Duvall has 19 Extra-Base hits out of 28 total hits (67.9% Extra-Base Hit Pct) with two strikes this season. (MLB Rank: 1st of 168 full-time players
  • Joey Votto’s OBP is .549 in the past 30 days (23 games). (MLB Rank: 1st of 210 full-time players; League Avg: .321)
  • Tucker Barnhart’s Line Drive Pct is 33.3% (19/57) with two strikes . (MLB Rank: 2nd highest of 199 full-time players; League Avg: 20.4%)
  • Brandon Phillips has an OBP of .640 against righties in the past 7 days (7 games). (MLB Rank: 2nd of 182 full-time players; League Avg: .327)
  • Anthony DeSclafani has allowed a slugging percentage of just .208 (21 Total Bases / 101 AB) versus RHB this year. (MLB Rank: 1st of 134 qualified SP; League Avg: .421)

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Happy Anniversary Grandma & Grandpa!

Marylou and Russell Carr today are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary!  They watch all the Reds games on TV and are big time Billy Hamilton fans.

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Reds are 14-9 since the All-Star break.

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Expect good news!

#REDS UPDATED INTRO MUSIC

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Brandon Phillips:

1) Mike Will – Nothing Is Promise :50secs
2) Future – Too Much Sauce :11secs
3) Gucci Mane – Back On Road :06
4) Chance the Rapper – No Problem :04secs
5) Bryson Tiller – Rambo :42 secs

#REDS MINOR LEAGUE SPOTLIGHT

Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight

The Cincinnati Reds affiliates had a big week off the field, but found some struggles on the field as they went a combined 18-22 this week.

Scott Schebler was awarded the International League Player of the Month for his play in the month of July. In July, he hit.359 for the month with six home runs and 18 RBI. He recorded 10 multi-hit games in the month, including six two-hit games, two three-hit games and one four and five hit game. He was called up to the majors after the Reds traded outfielder Jay Bruce, and his absence showed up on the field as the Bats went 2-6 last week.

While Schebler was awarded Player of the Month honors, Zach Vincej and Sal Romano took home Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week honors for the Southern League. In the last week, Vincej hit .360 (9-for-25) with two doubles and 2 RBI. Romano has been electric for the Blue Wahoos. In his last 2 starts, Romano has allowed one earned run in 13 innings of baseball. He has struck out 12 and helped Pensacola to a 3-3 record.

The individual play of those three players has been sizzling of late, but the play of Daytona, Billings and the AZL Reds as a whole has been red hot.

Daytona went 6-2 last week and have inched to one game of first place in the FSL standings. Shed Long has paced the offense. The newly promoted second baseman hit .478 (11-for-23) with two homers and 6 RBI. He has hit safely in three straight games and is hitting .400 since his promotion. Angelo Gumbs has been really, really good too. Gumbs hit .455 last week with a homer and 3 RBI.

Speaking of first place, the AZL Reds and Billings are both in first place in their respective leagues. Billings enjoyed the All-Star break and went 3-1 last week, while the AZL Reds went 4-2. Left-hander Scott Moss has pitched brilliantly for the Mustangs. In his lone start last week, he went five innings, allowing one run and striking out 5.

The former college reliever Moss was outdone by the AZL Reds bullpen last week. Luis Alecis and Dauri Moreta had fabulous weeks for the Reds. Alecis tossed 4 scoreless innings of relief to record a victory, while Moreta hurled 6.1 innings of scoreless relief with 12 strikeouts.

Dayton ended the week 0-8. One of the lone bright spots was Jesus Reyes, who led the league with a 0.00 ERA over 2 appearances. Reyes threw 6.1 innings, allowed two hits and struck out four.

Reds Bites: The Reds signed outfielder T.J. Friedl of the University of Nevada-Reno on Thursday. The former Wolfpack player was passed over by everyone in the draft and was signed after the Reds scouting department realized he was draft eligible player, allowing him to sign as a passed over player in the summer…. The former All-Mountain West team performer was on the USA Collegiate National Team this summer.

The Reds affiliates now have a combined record of 245-264 as they look to finish the second half on a high note.

THURSDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

08-04-16

From my pal @Bongreatness

Today is the 3rd Military Appreciation Game of the 2016 season, presented by Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Hankook Tire as we celebrate the United States Coast Guards’ 226th birthday and the Coast Guard Reserves’ 75th anniversary.  Members of local Coast Guard units will serve as our Honor Guard for today’s game and Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Cador will deliver the official game ball as part of our celebration.

Also during pregame ceremonies we welcome representatives of the teams playing in MLB’s 2016 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. The RBI World Series is being hosted by the Reds for the first time in the tournament’s 24-year history. Twenty-four baseball and softball teams from 19 cities around the United States and the Dominican Republic will compete Aug. 3-16 at several locations throughout Cincinnati including Great American Ball Park, Xavier University, Mason High School and the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy.

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