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As mentioned, the 2016 schedule has been released…

2016 Schedule-page-001


Tonight’s Reds lineup vs. Pittsburgh




The Better Off Red staff is saddened to hear the news of Joaquin Andujar’s passing.  The St. Louis Cardinals great was 62.

Andujar originally signed with the Reds in 1969 and was added to the Reds roster in 1973.  Here’s his bio from the Reds 1973 Media Guide…


Andujar was dealt from the Reds to the Astros in 1975 for RHP Luis Sanchez (relief pitcher for California from 1981-1985) and P/INF Carlos Alfonso (never made it to the Majors).  It wasn’t one of the Reds best trades.

Andujar became a very good big league pitcher for the Astros and Cardinals.  He was named to the All-Star team 4 times and twice won 20 or more games with the Cardinals.  Andujar was awarded a Gold Glove in 1984 and pitched in the World Series in 1982 and 1985 with St. Louis.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Andujar’s family, friends and fans.


Major League Baseball today released the 2016 schedule. The Reds open at home against the Phillies on April 4. The entire Reds 2016 schedule will be available soon on


In the second inning of Monday’s matinee against the Pirates, Jay Bruce collected his 1,000th career hit. Bruce reached the milestone on the 13th pitch of his first at-bat against Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke. Here’s the video…



Down on the farm last night in AA-Pensacola, Reds minor league infielder Ray Chang played all nine positions in the 4-2 loss vs. Mobile.  Chang went 3-for-4 at the plate and stole a base.

“I came into the clubhouse today and our manager, Pat Kelly, came in and asked me if I wanted the day off or if I wanted to play all nine,” said Chang, a shortstop by trade. “I mean, it came out of nowhere, it surprised me, but for me that’s an easy answer. I wanted to play.”

Alex Kraft has more on Chang’s big night HERE.

On Sunday, Pensacola clinched the Southern League’s South Division second-half championship and became the first Reds double-A affiliate to secure a playoff berth since Chattanooga in 2006.  The Blue Wahoos join the Reds’ high-A Daytona Tortugas as organizational playoff teams.  Daytona earned a postseason spot out of the Florida State League’s North Division.

Pensacola will begin their playoff run Thursday in a best-of-five series vs Biloxi.

Daytona plays tonight at 7:05 in Game 1 of their division series vs. Clearwater.  Florida State League co-pitcher of the year Amir Garrett is scheduled to start for the Tortugas.


Amir Garrett


Don’t forget to sign up for Saturday’s “Sliding into OM” yoga event at Great American Ball Park! It’s your chance to participate in a special yoga session on the field!  For more information, CLICK HERE!



Thirty years ago today, this happened at Chicago’s Wrigley Field…


That’s all for now. I’ll have today’s lineup soon.

Expect good news,



Reds RF Jay Bruce is just 1 hit away from reaching 1,000 for his career.  Today will mark Jay’s 1,098th Major League game.  He’d become the 1,279th player with 1,000 career hits (1,170th since 1900).

According to Baseball Reference, the fastest ever to 1,000 career hits in the 19th century was Chuck Klein who needed just 683 games to get there.  Ichiro reached 1,000 hits in 696 games.  The youngest player to collect 1,000 career hits was Ty Cobb at age 24 years, 145 days.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Today is the 13th annual Mascot T-Ball Game at Great American Ball Park. Dozens of mascots from throughout the region will join us for the annual t-ball battle taking place on the field today at approximately 12:10PM. Mascots will also join us in the Fan Zone during the first few innings of the game for meet & greet with kids attending today’s game. Among the mascots joining us today are Victor E. Viking (NKU), Bear”C”at (UC), The Blue Blob (XU), D’Artagnan (XU), Who Dey (Bengals), Twister (Cyclones), Tommy Mo (Thomas More College), Wooly Bully (Cincinnati Rollergirls) and, of course, Produce Man (Northern Kentucky Health Department).

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Abby Paskvan for the singing of God Bless America.

Following the conclusion of today’s game we will have a Reds Heads postgame parade around the warning track. Today’s event is exclusively for Reds Heads kids club members and their families.


Photos from yesterday courtesy of Amanda Rodriguez…

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During pregame ceremonies yesterday  the Reds presented Todd Frazier with the Cincinnati Reds team award for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s “Heart & Hustle Award

During pregame ceremonies yesterday the Reds presented Todd Frazier with the Cincinnati Reds team award for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s “Heart & Hustle Award


Howdy folks and a good Sunday to you…

How about that lightning last night? Check out this photo captured by the Reds productions team…


As you see in the photo, there is a lightning rod connected to the top of the Great American Ball Park light tower.  That’s what the lightning is striking in the photo.  The reason for the lightning rod is basically to protect the ballpark from a damaging lightning strike.

The rod is connected to a wire conductor to capture the electricity.  The wire, which runs the length of the light tower and is buried deep beneath the ballpark structure, basically transfers the captured electricity into the ground.

Without the lightning rod, the lightning could strike inside the ballpark and cause structural damage, fire, or worse.

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 5:  Grounds crew pull the tarp on the field as lightning from an approaching storm strikes in the distance during the third inning of a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 5, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 5: Grounds crew pull the tarp on the field as lightning from an approaching storm strikes in the distance during the third inning of a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 5, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

So basically, last night’s “player of the game” was the GABP lightning rod, which performed its duties magnificently!


After last night’s electrical storm, the skies in the area surrounding GABP turned a beautiful shade of gorgeousness…



Our friend Chadwick Fischer, the media relations director for the Louisville Bats gives us this good news from the Reds Triple-A affiliate…

Catcher Ramon Cabrera has been named the Bats’ 2015 Mary E. Barney Team MVP.  Of all Bats with at least 80 games played, Cabrera is tops among them with a .290 average and is third on the team in hits (92), fourth in doubles (14) and tied for third in RBI (35). His 748 2/3 innings caught for the Bats is more than double anyone that has been behind the plate for Louisville this season.  Cabrera last night vs Milwaukee made his Major League debut.

Other Cabrera notes:

• Batted .389 (15×39) with 5 2B, 6 RBI and 2 R during 10-game hitting streak from 7/4-7/21.
• Hit .320 (32×100) after the All-Star break with 9 2B, 14 RBI and 8 R.
• Hit .444 (4×9) with the bases loaded, collecting 11 RBI.
• Hit .324 (47×145) with runners on base with 8 2B and 33 RBI.
• Hit .367 (29×79) when batting eighth or ninth with 3 2B, 2 HR and 11 RBI.
• Caught 34 pitchers with LOU this season and recorded a 3.93 catchers ERA (327 ER, 748.2 IC).
• Threw out 20% (17×86) of attempted base stealers.
• LOU went 38-46 (.452) in his 84 starts behind the plate.
• Was on the disabled list from 8/5-8/12 with a right back strain.

Previous winners:
2014 – OF Jason Bourgeois
2013 – RHP Greg Reynolds
2012 – RHP J.J. Hoover
2011 – C Devin Mesoraco
2010 – IF Zack Cozart
2009 – IF Kevin Barker
2008 – RHP Jon Adkins, IF Kevin Barker
2007 – IF Joey Votto
2006 – OF Norris Hopper

Ramon Cabrera - 2015 Bats MVP

On behalf of us here at Better Off Red – a hearty congratulations to the man they call The TANK!


Reds CF Billy Hamilton, who is currently rehabbing a right shoulder injury, went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored yesterday for AA-Pensacola.  Hamilton scored his run from first base on a long single (as seen in the video below).  Hamilton is a game in to what’s expected to be a brief 3-game rehab assignment.


Oh, when the team was recently in Milwaukee, I spotted these die-hard Reds fans at Miller Park and I promised them I’d post their picture on the blog.  So here ya go…



For those of you partaking in festivities in or around downtown today/tonight, please be safe and have fun!

Expect good news,





From my pal @Bongreatness

As a lead up to the Riverfest Cincinnati Fireworks taking place at 9PM tonight, there will be short bursts of fireworks near the ballpark (by Newport on the Levee) every hour on-the-hour starting at 12PM. We do not expect it to impact play, but team officials will monitor as the day progresses.

Kids 14 and younger in attendance at today’s game will receive a Todd Frazier poster, courtesy of Tri-County Mall.

During pregame ceremonies today we will present Todd Frazier with the Cincinnati Reds team award for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s “Heart & Hustle Award”. Todd will represent the Reds as a finalist for the overall Heart & Hustle Award which will be presented by the MLBPAA at the Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City on November 10th. Previous Reds team recipients of the Heart & Hustle Award include Skip Schumaker (2014), Shin Soo-Choo (2013), Chris Heisey (2012), Miguel Cairo (2011), Jonny Gomes (2010), Adam Rosales (2009), Jerry Hairston Jr. (2008), Ryan Freel (2007) and Adam Dunn (2006).

Also during pregame ceremonies today Todd Frazier will receive an official proclamation from Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann that declares Sunday, September 6th, 2015 as “Todd Frazier Day” in Hamilton County. The proclamation is in recognition of Todd’s inspiring performance and win in the 2015 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby.

During the middle of the 7th inning today we will be joined by the Krienke Sisters who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.




Gates open at 5:10


Reds prospect Beau Amaral made an incredible leaping catch last night in Pensacola’s 15-inning 5-4 win vs Mobile. Take a look…

In that game, OF Jesse Winker went 4-for-6 with 3 runs scored.  In 30 games beginning August 1, Winker is batting .355 (38-107) with 9 doubles, 6 homers, 19 RBI and 21 walks.


Something I forgot to share with you folks in yesterday’s road trip recap…

I was minding my own business recently in the Reds clubhouse while the team was in Chicago, when Raisel Iglesias walked in whistling the Star Spangled Banner.  It was kind of touching, if not a subtle reminder that Iglesias, a Cuban who currently doesn’t speak fluent English, is doing his best to immerse himself in the USA and get acclimated to his surroundings.

I really like Raisel – and not just for his brilliance on the mound.  He usually has a smile on his face and is very friendly to everyone he comes into contact with.  And yes, he’s working on his English.  For what it’s worth, I saw him the other day greet Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon with a “What’s up, what’s up!”

Of all the great Reds pitchers in franchise history (Soto, Walters, Maloney, Rijo, Rixey, Blackwell, Seaver, etc), it’s amazing that Iglesias is the first to ever record double-digit strikeouts in 3 straight games.  Hopefully it’s a sign to come!


Congratulations to Lisa Foster, who was randomly chosen as the winner of yesterday’s BOR contest.  She gets some cool All-Star Game schwag.

Don’t worry, I plan on giving away some more stuff soon, so stay tuned!


If you’re planning on attending one or both games of today’s doubleheader, gates to Game One open at 11:10 for season ticket holders and 11:40 for general public.  For the nightcap, gates are scheduled to open at 5:10, but they could possibly open earlier depending on the conclusion of the matinee.

Because today’s games are part of a day/night doubleheader, you’ll be required to have a ticket to each game.  (One ticket doesn’t cover both contests).

The Reds Stein will be given away to the first 20,000 fans attending Game one (only).

The second game of today’s doubleheader will NOT be televised by Fox Sports Ohio.





From my pal @Bongreatness

Game #1 of today’s Day / Night Doubleheader will start at 1:10PM. The ballpark will be cleared out between games with Game #2 scheduled to begin at 6:10PM. Gates to the ballpark are tentatively scheduled to reopen for Game #2 at 5:10PM for all fans, however that time may be adjusted depending on the ending time of Game #1.

Game #1 is Redstoberfest at Great American Ball Park. Today we celebrate the rich German heritage of our region with numerous activations throughout the ballpark. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a Reds Stein, presented by Hollywood Casino. Additionally today we will welcome the German Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Peter Wittig, who is joining us for today’s celebration and will offer up one of our ceremonial first pitches. The German American Citizens League of Cincinnati will present colors for today’s game & the Kolping Sangerchor will sing our National Anthem.

Game #1 is also the second Reds Birthday Babies/Reds Rookies game of the 2015 season, presented by TriHealth & Pampers. Over 200 babies and their parents will participate in a pregame parade around the warning track and festivities in our Fan Zone prior to the game.


From today’s Reds Gamenotes…

DOUBLE DIPS: Last night’s rainout was the Reds’ fifth postponement of the season (4/25 vs Cubs, 5/8 at WSox, 6/18 vs Det, 7/8 at Wsh)…another game, on 6/27 at NYM, was suspended and completed the next day…today will mark the Reds’ third doubleheader of the season and second day/night DH (10-4 win & 8-2 loss on 5/9 at WSox, 9-1 win & 6-5 loss in day/night DH on 7/22 vs Cubs)…the Reds last swept a doubleheader on 7/8/14 vs Cubs, last were swept in a DH on 8/28/07 at Pit and last were swept in a DH at home on 8/17/90 vs Pit.


The Tri-County Mall Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash benefitting the Reds Community Fund has been rescheduled for  Saturday, September 12.


Tonight’s game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers has been postponed due to rain. Tonight’s game will be made up tomorrow, September 5 at 6:10 PM. Fans holding tickets for today’s game may present their same ticket at the gate for the rescheduled game with no exchange necessary.

Tickets do not need to be exchanged today.

Please check your ticket for specific rain check instructions. Keep your ticket. It is your rain check and may be exchanged at face value for any remaining 2015 Cincinnati Reds regular season home game (excluding September 12), subject availability. Ticket exchanges are available at Great American Ball Park throughout the regular season in advance of game day only.

Fans holding tickets purchased through StubHub may use their same tickets for the make-up game only with no exchange necessary. Please contact StubHub for more information.

Fans holding ticket for the Diamond Club, Champions Club, Handlebar, Cincinnati Bell Technology Pavilion, or CBTS Pilot House should hold on to their tickets. Those tickets will be valid for the same location for the make-up game.

Questions regarding the Diamond or Champions Club tickets should call (513) 765-7210. Handlebar ticket questions should be directed to (513) 765-7600.


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