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#REDS SELECT NICK SENZEL WITH FIRST PICK

Take Tennessee Infielder Second Overall

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley tonight announced the selection of USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalist IF Nick Senzel (6-1, 205) from the University of Tennessee with the team’s first pick (2nd overall) of the 2016 first-year player draft. His last name is pronounced sen-ZEL.

Later tonight, the Reds will select their second and third players with overall picks 35 (in competitive balance lottery round A) and 43 (2nd round).

“We’re really excited, this is the guy we wanted. He’s a very polished player, one of the better hitters, if not the best hitter, in the draft,” Buckley said. “We think his power will improve the more he plays. He’s a complete player, runs, throws and plays his position well.”

SS Kurt Stillwell, selected with the second overall pick in 1983, is the only other player to be drafted that high by the Reds.

Senzel, 21, this season ranked among the Southeastern Conference leaders in doubles (25, 1st), RBI (59, 2nd), stolen bases (25, T3rd), runs scored (57, 4th), walks (40, T4th), total bases (125, 6th) and hitting (.352, 9th). He was the SEC Player of the Week for May 17-21 after he went 6-for-11 to help his team clinch a spot in the SEC tournament.

Following this season, Senzel was named second-team All-America by Baseball America and third-team All-America by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. In his 3 seasons for the Volunteers, he hit .332 with 196 hits and 126 RBI in 160 career appearances. His 49 career doubles rank seventh on the school’s all-time list.

Last summer, Senzel became the first player since 1995 to win both the Most Valuable Player and the Outstanding Pro Prospect awards in the Cape Cod League, the nation’s top amateur wooden bat league.

The first-year draft will have 40 rounds. Rounds 3-10 will begin at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, and Rounds 11-40 will begin at noon Saturday.

The link to Senzel’s University of Tennessee biography is below.

http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/nick_senzel_865152.html

THURSDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

06-09-16

From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the second of four Bark in the Park events at Great American Ball Park this season, presented by Iams & Kroger. Over 350 dogs and their owners will participate in activities in the Kroger Fan Zone prior to the game, as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.

WEDNESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

06-08-16

From my pal @Bongreatness...

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be celebrity Chef Graham Elliot. Chef Elliot is at the ballpark today as the host of Major League Baseball’s new digital series “MLB Grub Tour Paired with Budweiser”. Chef Elliot will spend the day with GABP Executive Chef James Major, who will catch the first pitch.

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

The Redlegs are 8-3 over their last 11 games.  Tonight, against the Cardinals, they’ll try to even their home record to 16-16.  The forecast calls for clear skies with a gametime temperature of 75.  In other words, a perfect night for a ballgame on the river.

You can get into the ballpark tonight for as low as 7 bucks (click HERE).

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This is well worth another look…

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From the department of “Expect Good News”

  • Reds hitters have a Batting Average of .359 (52-for-145) against righties over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .249)
  • Reds hitters are slugging .662 (129 total bases in 195 AB’s) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .425)
  • Reds hitters have an OPS of 1.059 (216 PA’s) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .749)
  • Jay Bruce is slugging .722 (65 total bases in 90 AB’s) in the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 3rd of 215 full-time players; League Avg: .429)
  • Brandon Phillips is hitting .385 (10-for-26) with two strikes in the past 14 days (10 games). (MLB Rank: 2nd of 152 full-time players; League Avg: .180)
  • Eugenio Suarez has a .909 Slugging Pct (20 total bases in 22 AB’s) over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 6th of 217 full-time players; League Avg: .427)
  • Reds hitters have a Batting Average of .359 (52-for-145) against righties over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .249)
  • Jay Bruce’s OPS is 1.106 (99 PA’s) in the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 4th of 215 full-time players; League Avg: .754)

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More in a bit!

Jamie

SIGN UP FOR FAMILY CATCH ON THE FIELD AT GABP – JUNE 12

CINCINNATI (June 7, 2016) — It’s not too late to sign up for the CollegeAdvantage Family Catch presented by TQL on Sunday, June 12 at Great American Ball Park.

Fans have two options to play catch on the field after the Reds vs. Oakland A’s game:

The “Catch” package is $150 and includes:
• Unique opportunity to play catch on the field at Great American Ball Park
• Two Sun/Moon game tickets to the Sunday, June 12 game (1:10 p.m.)
• Two post-game field passes, authentic batting practice-used baseballs and commemorative certificates

The “Premier” package is $175 and includes:
• Unique opportunity to play catch on the field at Great American Ball Park
• Two Field Box game tickets to the Sunday, June 12 game(1:10 p.m.)
• Two post-game field passes, authentic batting practice-used baseballs and commemorative certificates

Sign up today at reds.com/catch or by calling 513-765-7240. Online registration ends Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m. ET. Additional single-person packages may be added.

The Reds Community Fund is the beneficiary of the annual “Family Catch” fundraising event. RCF programs include: the Reds Rookie Success League, a free, coed, character-building program for 6-12 year olds in Greater Cincinnati, Butler County, Clermont County, Louisville and Dayton; Reds Youth Baseball and Softball Funding, which underwrites expenses for more than 750 inner-city teams throughout Reds Country; and Field Renovation, which has helped restore over 350 baseball and softball fields. Including the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, “Match” Program and Greater Cincinnati RBI programs, more than 45,000 kids and coaches will be connected to the Community Fund in 2016.

TUESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP VS. ST. LOUIS; TRANSACTION

The Reds have optioned to Class AAA Louisville RHP Jon Moscot and recalled from Louisville OF Steve Selsky (#51).

06-07-16

From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight Reds on Radio sponsor Western & Southern Financial Group will make a check presentation to the Barrett Cancer Center on behalf of the Reds on Radio “Strike Out Cancer” program. Tonight’s check presentation will be for $20,000.

Tonight is the first Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season. Now in its 67th consecutive season, the Kid Glove program has helped raise more than ten million dollars to buy baseball & softball equipment for more than 40,000 youngsters in the Greater Cincinnati area.

SUNDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

06-05-16

From my pal @Bongreatness

Kids 14 and younger in attendance at today’s game will receive a Zack Cozart Fathead™ courtesy of Queen City Sausage.

Today is the final game of the 44th annual GE Weekend with the Cincinnati Reds.

Today is also the first Reds Rookies/Birthday Babies game of the 2016 season, presented by TriHealth, Pampers, Kroger & Enfamil. Hundreds of Reds Rookies will participate in activities in the Fan Zone prior to the game, as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.

American Idol: Season 8 winner Kris Allen will lead us in the singing of God Bless America during the middle of the 7th inning break.

UPDATED #REDS INTRO MUSIC

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SATURDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

06-04-16

From my pal @Bongreatness...

The first 25,000 fans in attendance at today’s game will receive a Reds Tote Bag, courtesy of MLB Network. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 2:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 2:40PM 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.

Prior to the singing of our National Anthem today we will pause for a Moment of Remembrance in honor of Muhammad Ali. Ali visited Great American Ball Park in 2009 as part of Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game, where he received the Beacon of Change award.

Today we continue to celebrate the 44th annual GE Weekend with the Cincinnati Reds.

FRIDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

06-03-16

From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 5th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by Coca-Cola. The postgame display, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a “Bunbury Weekend” soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

Tonight is the kick-off to the 44th annual GE Weekend with the Cincinnati Reds. Over 13,000 GE employees and their families will be joining us at games this weekend and participating in traditional GE Weekend pregame activities.

During pregame ceremonies we will honor Lisette Martinez, until recently the Director of Diversity and Language Services at TriHealth, as the Reds 2016 SEAT 21 honoree. SEAT 21 – is an honor given to a well-known person in the community who embodies the humanitarian spirit of MLB Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.

“Sam” the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will be making a ceremonial flight from the Cincinnati Bell Riverboat Deck to the pitcher’s mound at the conclusion of tonight’s National Anthem. This is the first of five ceremonial flights that Sam will make this season.

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