Today’s Reds transactions:
The Reds have traded to the San Francisco Giants OF Marlon Byrd in exchange for RHP Stephen Johnson.
Byrd will be replaced on tonight’s roster by OF Ryan LaMarre (#65), who has been recalled from Class AAA Louisville.
Johnson was selected by the Giants in the sixth round of the 2012 first-year player draft. In 44 relief appearances this season at Class AA Richmond he went 3-0, 3.41 (58ip, 45h, 29bb, 68k). He will be assigned to Class AA Pensacola.
In 91 games for Louisville, LaMarre hit .257 with 17 doubles, 1 triple, 8 HR, 18 RBI and 11 stolen bases. When he plays, he will become the eighth Reds player this season to make his Major League debut.
In 96 games for the Reds, Byrd hit .237 with 19 HR and 42 RBI. Last night vs the Royals, he pinch hit in the 1,500th appearance of his Major League career.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the annual Reds Community Fund R.B.I Night at the ballpark. Now in its ninth season after returning to the Cincinnati area, the Greater Cincinnati RBI Program, sponsored by the Reds Community Fund, fields 19 baseball and softball teams in the most competitive leagues in the area. More than 500 participants, coaches and support staff of Cincinnati RBI will join us tonight.
During pregame ceremonies tonight we will award the Thomas More College women’s basketball team with a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award. The Saints won the 2015 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship this past March. Tonight’s ceremony, as well as Thomas More College Night at Great American Ball Park, will each be dedicated to Saints football player Mitchell Kramer, who tragically lost his life earlier this week.
Tony Perez featured as an Honorary Captain of the Game
CINCINNATI (Aug. 20, 2015) — To kick off Tony Perez weekend, the Cincinnati Reds will celebrate “Fiesta Rojos” on Friday, Aug. 21 with the following events and activities:
• 11 to 12:30 p.m. at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn (2026 E. Seymour Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45237)
– Hispanic Reds players Brayan Peña, Raisel Iglesias, Eugenio Suarez, Ivan De Jesus Jr., Jumbo Diaz and Pedro Villarreal to meet with 100+ students from Cincinnati Public School’s Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies (AMIS)
– Students will participate in a Q&A, baseball clinic, salsa dancing and learn about how the players got to the Major Leagues
• Reds players and coaches will wear the alternate “Los Rojos” jerseys during the 7:10 p.m. game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
• La Mega 97.7 will provide live entertainment on the Crosley Patio starting at 5:30 p.m.
• On-field events will start at 6:30 p.m. with a Fiesta Rojos parade and dancers from the “Latin Dolls”
• Tony Perez, David Concepción, & César Gerónimo will serve as Honorary Captains of the Game
• Maria Lang, a teacher at AMIS, will receive a Reds Community Advocate Award presented by TriHealth.
• Latina singer Tina DeAndrete will perform the National Anthem
• Ohio Latino Affairs Commission ceremony honoring current Hispanic Reds players
• The Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero of the Game will be Miguel “Mike” Robinson (end of second inning)
Additionally, students and staff from AMIS will be attending Friday’s game compliments of the “Amigos de los Rojos” ticketing program. Now in its fifth year, Amigos de Los Rojos provides free tickets, Los Rojos caps and concession vouchers to local schools and community groups. The program is funded by the Hispanic Reds players.
Today the Reds selected from Louisville the contract of RHP Sam LeCure (#63), recalled from Louisville OF Brennan Boesch (#27), optioned to Louisville RHP Dylan Axelrod, placed on the 15-day disabled list CF Billy Hamilton (right shoulder) and transferred to the 60-day disabled list RHP Nate Adcock (8/4 right elbow surgery).
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight we have a special Wednesday night edition of our postgame Fireworks Show series, presented by PNC Bank. Tonight’s show was originally rained out on Opening Night (April 8). Tonight’s show will begin approximately 10 minutes after tonight’s game and feature a Disney-themed soundtrack set to Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks.
Tonight is our annual “Match Night” at Great American Ball Park. The Coldwell Banker West Shell Match program is designed to bring youth baseball teams from the suburbs and the inner city together in the spirit of diversity, interaction and friendly competition. Through the support of Coldwell Banker West Shell, the program has expanded to include 16 organizations. As part of tonight’s celebration local youth baseball coach Charles Kelly will receive a Reds “Community Advocate Award” for his contributions to the Match program.
During pregame ceremonies we will honor the St. Xavier High School Aquabombers and present them with a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award. The Aquabombers won the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s State Swim & Dive Team Title this past February and were named the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association National Champions.
Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be veteran of the US Navy Seal Team Six – Master Chief Paul Tharp. Paul will accept a $5,000 donation on behalf of the US Navy SEAL Foundation from the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family.
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Kansas City Royals, 7:10 p.m. (All-Star T-Shirt Tuesday)
• Redlegs Run Ceremony: Winners from the 14th annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run will be honored during pregame ceremonies. Close to 3,000 runners and walkers participated in the event on Aug. 8 that generated approximately $150,000 for the Reds Community Fund.
• W&S Open First Pitch: Jiri Vesely, the #45 ranked tennis player in the world from the Western & Southern Open, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch tonight. The annual tournament runs through Aug. 23 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Kansas City Royals, 7:10 p.m. (Student Discount Days)
• Fireworks Show: Post-game fireworks show featuring a Disney soundtrack, presented by PNC Bank. (makeup of April 8th Opening Night fireworks rainout)
• Match Ceremony: Pregame ceremonies will highlight the Reds Community Fund’s Coldwell Banker West Shell Match program, which brings youth baseball teams from the suburbs and the inner city together in the spirit of diversity, interaction and friendly competition. Charles Kelly, coach of Evanston’s Six Men Tigers team and co-founder of the Match program, will receive a Reds Community Advocate Award, which recognizes business representatives, community leaders and civil servants who advocate connection and inclusion.
• Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award: Members of the St. Xavier High School swim team will be the recipients of a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award during pregame ceremonies. St. X won its seventh consecutive Ohio Division I state title in February.
• Play Ball: Ceremonies and events this homestand will spotlight Play Ball, a new initiative from Major League Baseball and USA Baseball that encourages widespread participation in all forms of baseball activities among all age groups, especially youth. Fans can visit PlayBall.org for information and resources on proper instructions and play of organized baseball.
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m. (4 for $48, Thirsty Thursdays)
• RBI Ceremony: Pregame ceremonies will highlight Cincinnati’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program and honor the Senior RBI team that recently competed in MLB’s RBI World Series, hosted by the Texas Rangers. It was Cincinnati RBI’s first appearance in the Senior Division World Series since the Reds Community Fund began operating the local RBI program in 2007.
• Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award: Members of the Thomas More College women’s basketball program will be the recipients of a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award during pregame ceremonies. The top-ranked team won the 2015 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship in March.
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m. (4 for $48, Fireworks Friday, Fiesta Rojos)
• Post-game Ceremony with Tony Perez and the Big Red Machine: Following tonight’s game, Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose and other members of the Big Red Machine will be introduced on the field prior to the post-game Rozzi’s fireworks show.
• Fiesta Rojos: Festivities will include pregame ceremonies and activities around the ballpark to celebrate the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month, including Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion and Cesar Geronimo serving as Honorary Captains of the game. Reds players and coaches will wear the alternate “Los Rojos” jerseys. La Mega 97.7 will provide live entertainment on the Crosley Patio from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
• Fireworks Friday: Post-game fireworks show with a “Fiesta Rojos” soundtrack, presented by Cooper Tire.
• Reds Community Advocate Award: Maria Lang from the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies (AMIS) will receive a Reds Community Advocate Award. Maria is an educator and tutor at AMIS and immigration advocate. A native of Argentina, she’s taught for more than 30 years and has spent the last ten years at AMIS.
• Club Red Friday Night Party: Club Red members and their friends are invited to a party in the Kroger Fan Zone during the third through sixth innings. Parties are presented by Coca-Cola and feature entertainment by Kiss 107, raffle prizes and more. Club Red is for fans ages 13-17.
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m. (Tony Perez Day, 4 for $48)
•Tony Perez Statue Dedication: At 4:30 p.m., Tony and his teammates will participate in the unveiling and dedication of the Tony Perez Statue on Crosley Terrace. The statue was created by Tom Tsuchiya, who also created the Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Frank Robinson, Joe Nuxhall, Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan statues outside GABP.
• Tony Perez Replica Statue: As part of Super Saturdays, free replica statue of the Hall of Famer to the first 30,000 fans, presented by LaRosa’s.
• Tony Perez Press Conference: Tony Perez and members of the Big Red Machine will meet with the media at 5:30 p.m. in the Field Level Media Interview Room.
• Tony Perez Day Pregame Ceremonies: Tony and his teammates will participate in on-field ceremonies starting at approx. 6:30 p.m., followed by a first pitch by Perez.
• Honorary Captain: Karen Kasich, Ohio’s First Lady and wife of Governor John Kasich, will serve as Honorary Captain of tonight’s game.
Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sundays, 4 for $48)
• Kids Poster: Kids 14 and younger will receive a free Joey Votto poster, presented by PNC Bank.
• Art in the Park Day: ArtsWave and the Reds are teaming up for the third annual Art in the Park Day. Fans can experience music, dance, theater and hands-on art activities in the Kroger Fan Zone from when gates open at 11:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
• God Bless America: Marlana VanHoose from Denver, Ky. will sing God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch.
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:10 p.m.
• June 18 Makeup Game: Tonight’s game is a makeup from June 18 that was postponed due to rain. Tickets from the June 18 game will be honored directly at the gates with no exchange necessary.
• Blue Jackets First Pitch: 2015 NHL All-Star Game MVP Ryan Johansen from the Columbus Blue Jackets will offer up a ceremonial first pitch.
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:10 p.m. (All-Star T-Shirt Tuesday)
• Cincinnati Thunder: Representatives from the Cincinnati Thunder, a USA Hockey-sanctioned junior ice hockey team, will be introduced during pregame ceremonies. The Thunder’s inaugural home opener is Sept. 19 at the Cincinnati Gardens and they will play in the North American Tier III Hockey League.
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:10 p.m. (Bark in the Park, Student Discount Days)
• Bark in the Park: Tonight is the third of four Bark in the Park games this season, presented by Iams and Kroger. Over 600 dogs and their owners will be in a special seating area while the Kroger Fan Zone will turn into the “Dog Zone” with product samples and activities for both dogs and owners. A pregame parade with all the dogs and owners begins at 6:25 p.m. A limited number of dog tickets are still available at reds.com/dogday.
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 12:35 p.m. (Business Day Specials, Senior Citizen Specials)
• Bengals First Pitch: Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Catching the pitch will be former Bengals running back Corey Dillon.
Ticket Offers For This Homestand: reds.com/tickets
• 4 for $48: Enjoy a great weekend of Reds baseball action and save with our 4 for $48 ticket deal, presented by Reach Savings Magazine. For all four games against the Diamondbacks Aug. 20-23, buy four View Level tickets for just $48 and receive four FREE Reds caps at the game: reds.com/4for48.
• All-Star T-Shirt Tuesdays: For all Tuesday Reds home games, fans can purchase a $25 package that includes a Terrace Line ticket and an exclusive All-Star-themed T-shirt featuring a Reds player, presented by Rice Krispies Treats. The August T-shirt features Devin Mesoraco: reds.com/Tuesdays.
• Student Discount Days: Students of all ages can enjoy discount tickets to all Wednesday home games this season, courtesy of First Student: reds.com/Students.
• Thirsty Thursdays: For select Thursday Reds home games (including Aug. 20) fans can purchase a $30 package that includes a Field Box ticket and a $10 concession credit valid for food and beverages. Available only at reds.com/Thursday.
• Family Sundays: For every Sunday home game this season, families can take advantage of two exclusive offers, presented by Klosterman Bakery:
– Get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of one full-price ticket
– Receive a FREE Kroger Meal Deal that includes a drink, hot dog, chips and a snack with your ticket
Sunday games also include giveaways for kids, face painters, live mascot races and more: reds.com/Family.
• Business Day Specials: For all 12:35 p.m. weekday Paycor Business Day Special games, get a View Level seat loaded with $10 in concession credits for just $20: reds.com/SkipWork.
• Senior Citizen Specials: For select games (including Aug. 27) fans 60 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Some restrictions apply. Presented by Tri-State Centers For Sight: reds.com/Senior.
Reds Community Fund
• Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash – Sept. 5: Register today for the inaugural Tri-County Mall Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Super Bowl in Erlanger, KY. Join Brandon and his Reds teammates for an exciting evening of food, fun and bowling all while raising money for the Reds Community Fund: reds.com/bowling.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
During pregame ceremonies this evening we will honor top finishers in the 14th Annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run, which was held on August 8th. Trophy Awards 10K winners Jeff Denny & Kerry Lee, along with Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine 5K winners JJ Webber & Katie Lenahan will all offer up ceremonial first pitches. The Redlegs Run raised nearly $150,000 for the Reds Community Fund this year.
Offering up a ceremonial first pitch on behalf of the Western & Southern Open tonight will be Jiri Vesely, World Ranked #45. Vesely was awarded with the ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates in 2013.
With the Little League World Series approaching, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier participated in a press conference call this afternoon to reflect on playing for the 1998 LLWS championship Toms River team. Below are some highlights…
- Todd’s brother Jeff, played in the Little League World Series in 1995 when Todd was 9 years-old. Todd remembered, “I had two really close friends come up with me (to Williamsport) and I told them that this is our dream – this is what we need to do. Once we got there, it was unbelievable.”
- Frazier said Williamsport, the site of the Little League World Series, is “the Mecca for a kid that’s 11-12 years old.”
- Todd met many people during his Little League World Series experience, including kids his age from all around the world. “The people you meet is the coolest thing,” said Frazier.
- Now that Frazier is an established Major League star, many current Little League players cite him as their favorite player. Regarding that, Frazier said, “When you’re growing up, you want to make the big leagues. And now you have kids in New Jersey, Kentucky and from all over the world saying you’re their favorite player. I think that’s pretty neat.”
- Frazier is rooting for the Bowling Green, KY team in this year’s Little League World Series.
- The most challenging part for the Toms River team in 1998, according to Frazier, was advancing out of New Jersey. “There are so many good Little Leagues there,” said Todd.
- Todd’s brother started the “Beast of the East” nickname for the Toms River team.
- Frazier thinks it’s a mistake for parents to have their children concentrate on just one sport. “I played baseball, football, basketball and soccer.” He’ll support his son if he wants to play several different sports.
- Todd’s parents Charlie and Joan will receive the “Little League Parents of the Year” award this year in Williamsport.
- Frazier and his Toms River teammates reunited for their “10 year reunion” in 2008. Todd plans to host a 20 year reunion at his house in 2018.
The Reds tomorrow (Tuesday) begin a 10-game homestand against the defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals (18th & 19th), Arizona Diamondbacks (20th-23rd), Detroit Tigers (24th, make-up of the 6/18 game) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (25th-27th).
We’d love to see you at Great American Ball Park over the next several days! For tickets, CLICK HERE.
The Reds are 28-26 at GABP this season (.519)
Longtime Reds public safety officer and avid Better Off Red reader Tim Brown is celebrating his last day on the job this afternoon before embarking on a hard-earned retirement. After serving over 26 years as a police officer, Brown began working for the Reds in 2003 – the first year of Great American Ball Park. On behalf of Burt BobbleRed and the rest of us here at BOR, we wish Tim all the best!
Eight rookie pitchers have started at least one game for the Reds this season, tying the modern club record using the 1958 rookie qualifications (1901, 1902, 1907, 1908). Five of those eight started in their Major League debuts (Raisel Iglesias, Michael Lorenzen, Jon Moscot, Josh Smith, John Lamb).
Marlana VanHoose returns to Great American Ball Park on Sunday, 8/23 to sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch of the Reds/Diamondbacks game. You might remember the last time Marlana sang at GABP…
From my friends at Ohio Alleycat Resource…
— OH Alleycat Resource (@OARnow) August 16, 2015
In 29 games since the All-Star Break, Joey Votto is batting .412 with a .565 on-base percentage and a .711 slugging average (40-for-97 with 11 doubles, 6 home runs and 33 walks).
Last week, I asked who you’d cast in a Big Red Machine movie. I had lots of great responses; thank you all who participated. The random winner of a Better Off Red prize pack is…
That’s all for now! More in a bit.
Expect good news,
In the Reds’ 7-3 win over the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday, Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with a home run (#20), stolen base, walk, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.
From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau…
But the Padres aren’t the only West Coast victim of Votto’s talents. Joey also has great success against tonight’s opponent, the Los Angeles Dodgers. According to STATS, he has a 1.009 OPS (on-base + slugging) vs Los Angeles since 2009, which is second only to Giancarlo Stanton (1.029) during that time.
Also from STATS – the Reds and Dodgers have played each other 19 consecutive times in which neither team scored more than 6 runs.
The Padres celebrated “Wayback Wednesday” at Petco Park yesterday in which the club treated its fans to a complete throwback experience. In addition to the Padres wearing their “old school” uniforms, the San Diego media relations staff even produced their daily gamenotes in typewriter font on 1980s-style letterhead. The Petco Park scoreboard also got in on the fun (at the Reds expense). Take a look…
I think the “Wayback Wednesday is fantastic. Would you like to see the Reds have a similar promotion?
Don’t forget – if you’re interested in attending the Tony Perez Legacy Dinner on Friday, August 21 here at GABP’s Handlebar, CLICK HERE for more details.
Nearly all of the Big Red Machine legends are scheduled to attend the event. This presents a great opportunity for you to experience the awesomeness of being in the same room with all of these guys at once. I don’t think I’m overstating it when I say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most folks. You won’t want to miss it.
And speaking of those Reds Hall of Famers, my pal Lisa Braun and I were discussing which actors we’d cast in a movie about the Big Red Machine. This gave me the idea for another Better Off Red giveaway….
Follow me on Twitter (@Jamieblog) and let me know what actors you’d choose to portray those ’70s Reds legends in a Big Red Machine movie. Tweet me your casting decisions using the hashtag #BetterOffRed. I’ll announce one lucky/random winner on Friday. Up for grabs is a mystery bobblehead, a 2015 All-Star Game media guide and a BOR t-shirt (and maybe more). Good luck!
The Padres today are celebrating “Wayback Wednesday” by wearing the brown pinstripe uniforms worn by the team from 1985-1990. (Roseanne is NOT scheduled to perform the Star Spangled Banner today).
Happy birthday to Zack Cozart, who today turns 30.
Today would’ve been former Reds manager Fred Hutchinson’s 96th birthday. “Hutch” is a beloved figure in Reds history and was the first to have his uniform number (#1) retired by the team. Hutchinson lost his battle with cancer in 1964 at the age of 45.
From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau…
“The home team won all 15 games on the MLB slate on Tuesday night. That’s the most games in one day, all won by the home team, in major league history. The previous record was 12 games on May 23, 1914. There were three major leagues in 1914, the National (four games that day), American (four) and Federal (four), which had a two-year lifespan (1914 and 1915).
The Yankees and Indians also played a long game that day, a 10-9 Yankees win in 11 innings at the Polo Grounds.”
For those wondering…
The All-Star Game moustache benches are being moved to corporate sponsor and private donor locations throughout the region. However, there will always be two benches on display for the public to see – one at Great American Ball Park and the other at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn.
From my friends at Ohio Alleycat Resource…
— OH Alleycat Resource (@OARnow) August 12, 2015