The first 25,000 fans in attendance at tonight’s game will receive a Star Wars™ Mr. Redlegs X-Wing Fighter bobblehead, courtesy of Dynegy Energy Services. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:40PM for the general public. However those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.
During pregame ceremonies tonight we will honor many of our long-time Season Ticket Members as part of our first Season Ticket Member Appreciation Game of the 2016 season.
Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be former Reds catcher (’94-’00) Eddie Taubensee.
We intend to show the running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby on the GABP videoboards during today’s pregame – post time is scheduled for 6:34PM.
Congratulations to Tim Stoops, winner of the latest Better Off Red prize pack!
@Jamieblog “if you write a book about the arm without Sandy Koufax you didn’t write a book about the arm” – Better Off Red Trivia
— Tim Stoops (@timmer82) May 5, 2016
If you are attending the Reds vs. Brewers game on Saturday, May 7 (7:10pm) you’ll have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a “Reds Wives’ Favorite Things” basket raffle.
Eleven gift baskets have been filled by the players’ wives with their favorite items.
Items include food and gifts from their home state, gift cards to their favorite stores along with books and DVDs, an autographed baseball and four tickets to an upcoming Reds game.
Player baskets include: Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco, Tucker Barnhart, Caleb Cotham, Blake Wood, Ivan De Jesus Jr., JJ Hoover, Brandon Finnegan, Dan Straily and Jordan Pacheco. There will also be a Reds themed basket.
The retail value of each basket is well over $300.
What mom wouldn’t love this?
The Reds Wives will be selling raffle tickets (cash only) inside the first base side re-entry gate at Great American Ball Park starting when gates open at 5:40 p.m. until the end of the 7th inning. Fans must have a ticket to the game to purchase raffle tickets. Tickets will be on sale for one for $5 or three for $10.
The winners will be drawn at random during the 8th inning. Fans do not need to be present to claim their baskets.
All proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen Southwest Ohio which is the local source for funding programs that provide lifesaving research, breast health services, breast cancer education and outreach.
C Devin Mesoraco on Tuesday will have surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder.
He last played on 4/27 at NYM and on Monday went on the 15-day disabled list.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the 3rd Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by United Dairy Farmers. The approximately 15-minute fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a Star Wars™ soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.
Tonight is the start of Star Wars™ weekend at GABP and the first 20,000 fans in attendance tonight will receive a free Star Wars™/ Reds poster. At tonight’s game and throughout the weekend we will be joined at the ballpark by Star Wars characters from the Ohio Garrison of the 501st Legion, the Apollo Base of the Rebel Legion, and the Rancor Clan of the Mandalorian Merchs to participate in a variety of activities.
Here’s this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight from Reds Media Relations staffer Juan Dorado…
The Reds farmhands have been outstanding on the field of late as Louisville (4-2), Pensacola (4-2) and Daytona (3-2) posted winning weeks. Louisville leads the IL in the Wild Card race by one game over the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) while Pensacola is 1.5 games behind the Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee Brewers) for first in the Southern League standings.
The dominant play on the field was rewarded. Each affiliate was recognized by their respective league offices as the
Reds were the only organization in baseball to receive an award at each level.
Jermaine Curtis of the Louisville Bats was named International Player of the Month. The third baseman, hit .385 with 18 RBI and a .515 on-base percentage. Curtis hit .464 with runners on-base in April, and an even better .526 (10-for-19) with runners in scoring position. He leads the Reds system in batting average and RBI.
Curtis was not the only hitter to receive an award as Phillip Ervin (Pensacola) and Aristides Aquino (Daytona) took Player of the Week honors in their respective leagues.
Ervin was named Southern League Player of the Week after going 7-for-15 with three homers, two doubles and five RBI. He stole four bases during the streak and snapped a 1-for-24 seven-game prior to the start of April 25. Ervin leads the Reds system with nine stolen bases.
Aquino was on the same boat as Ervin, batting a season-low .157 entering the April 25th contest against Clearwater. The right-fielder ended the week batting .444 (8-for-18) with four homers and eight RBI and was named Florida State League Player of the Week. He leads all Reds farmhands with five homers on
On the bump, Franderlin Romero (Dayton) snagged the Pitcher of the Week award in the Midwest League. Romero went 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA. He struck out 13 in 11 innings on the mound. On April 26, the right-hander was four out short of tossing a no-hitter against Kane County.
With April in the books, the Cincinnati Reds affiliates will continue to improve their 47-59 overall record in the month of May.
Today’s your last day for a chance to win some cool Reds stuff. Click HERE for details.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight the Reds will be wearing their Los Rojos alternate jerseys, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome participants from the 18th annual Flying Pig Marathon, powered by P&G. Last weekend nearly 40,000 running enthusiasts took part in some of the various events hosted in downtown Cincinnati, which also included over 6,000 volunteers and an estimated 100,000 spectators and supporters. Hundreds of Flying Pig participants will join us in a pregame parade around the warning track and offering up ceremonial first pitches this evening will be the winners of the 2016 half-marathons – David Bea (Cincinnati) and Amy Robillard (Montgomery).
Bobbleheads available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in May
Nicknamed “The Big Bopper,” he was a two-time All-Star during his Reds career from 1965 to 1971 and is often best remembered as one of the players the Reds traded to get Joe Morgan from the Astros. May was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2006.
The bobbleheads are free with regular price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame (or a Scotts Great American Ball Park tour) and will be available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of May, while supplies last.
Only 6,000 bobbleheads have been produced and there is a limit of one bobblehead per visitor per day.
The bobblehead series continues through August with a different Reds Hall of Famer available each month:
• April: Jim Maloney
• May: Lee May
• June: Pete Rose (2016 Reds Hall of Fame Inductee)
• July: Jack Billingham
• August: Gary Nolan
Admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for active military and veterans.
The best way to ensure a bobblehead is to join the Hall of Fame as a member:
• $50 Reds Fan membership (individual) gets the Jim Maloney and Lee May bobbleheads
• $85 All-Star membership (family) gets the Jim Maloney, Lee May, Pete Rose and Jack Billingham bobbleheads
• $200 MVP membership gets all five bobbleheads
• $1,000 World Champion memberships get all five bobbleheads plus additional exclusive perks and gifts
To become a member or plan your visit, go to redsmuseum.org or call (513) 765-7923.
About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. The Museum features 16,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages. Since its inception, 85 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
During pregame ceremonies today the Reds will receive the Most Productive Blood Drive Award for 2015 from representatives of Hoxworth Blood Centers, on behalf of the America’s Blood Centers network. Over the past 9 years the Cincinnati Reds Blood Drive has grown from a one-day drive collecting around 100 units, to a week-long blood drive event at each Hoxworth Neighborhood Donor Center, that collects over 2,000 lifesaving blood products annually.
LHP John Lamb tonight will be returned from a rehabilitation assignment and will be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list.
He will start tonight’s game for the Reds in place of RHP Jon Moscot.
The necessary roster move will be announced prior to the game.
Tonight is the first of four Bark in the Park events of the 2016 season, presented by Iams & Kroger. Over 400 dogs and their owners are expected in the ballpark tonight to take part in various festivities, including a pregame parade around the warning track.
Billy Hamilton is fast. If you watched last night’s Reds/Giants game, you can probably agree that Billy is the reigning world champion of turning routine singles into extraordinary doubles. But what Billy’s been doing at the plate over the past week or so isn’t nearly as flashy or celebrated.
Over the past 7 games in which Billy batted .320 (8-for-25) with just 4 strikeouts in 27 plate appearances, he missed just 2 of the 39 pitches he swung at (5.1%; league average during that span is 22.9%). Since Billy is arguably the fastest guy in baseball, Reds fans would prefer he put the ball in play; well, he’s done just that. Over his previous 14 games, he’s put 21 of 38 swings in play vs right handed pitchers, which ranks 3rd among 215 full-time MLB players.
Billy is a switch hitter who has only come to the plate on the right side (vs lefties) 18 times so far in 2016. He’s 5-for-17 vs southpaws (.294, .922ops) and only once went down on strikes.
Of the 104 pitches he’s seen out of the strike zone against right handers this year, Billy (batting from the left side) has swung at just 19 of them. That’s 18.3% – good for the 13th-lowest such percentage of 220 full time Major League batters.
Billy has been laying off bad pitches, not missing the good ones and putting the ball in play (63.9 ground ball pct). Sure, he could probably stand to improve on 2-strike counts (2-for-32, .062) but even in that situation, he’s putting the ball in play and his BABIP (batting average on balls in play) with 2 strikes will probably go up from its current “tough luck” mark of .056.
Hamilton hasn’t drawn a walk since April 14 and averages 3.84 pitches per plate appearance (3.69 in 2015). But because he isn’t striking out and isn’t swinging at bad pitches, one could draw the conclusion that he’s seeing mostly pitches in the zone; pitches he can do something with.
Perhaps this is the year he turns the corner as a big league hitter.
The Reds have placed on the 15-day disabled list C Devin Mesoraco, retroactive to Thursday, with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
C Ramon Cabrera (#37) has been recalled from Class AAA Louisville and is expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game vs the Giants.