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Happy July Fourth Eve, everyone!

A got a few things for ya today…

First, congratulations to Billy Hamilton, who yesterday was named National League Rookie of the Month for June!


For the month, Billy batted .327 (36-110) with 3 HR, 18 RBI, 14 SB, 18 R, 10 2B, and a .500 SLG.

A well-deserved honor for the guy who I think will run away with the NL Rookie of the Year trophy.

(Author’s Note: It was also determined this month,  that Billy runs much faster than my computer)


I really hope you folks can spend some time at the ballpark over the next ten days.  Tomorrow the Reds begin an 11-game homestand – their longest since 2004.

Eleven games in ten days, leading up to the All-Star break, presents a great opportunity for you to hang out at GABP and watch the team make up some ground in the division.

Single tickets and Standing Room Only are your remaining options for tomorrow night’s game.  Plenty of seats remain for the rest of the long homestand.  Hope to see ya!


Here’s the pitching matchups for the weekend series vs. Milwaukee…

Fri vs Mil: RHP Alfredo Simon (10-3, 2.81) vs RHP Kyle Lohse (9-2, 3.08)
Sat vs Mil: RHP Homer Bailey (8-4, 4.39) vs RHP Matt Garza (5-5, 4.10)
Sun vs Mil: RHP Mat Latos (1-1, .45) vs RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.51)


You have through today to tweet me your #VoteReds lawn signs!  It’s your chance to win a signed baseball by Devin Mesoraco or Todd Frazier!  For more info, CLICK HERE.


And speaking of #VoteReds, the @Reds Twitter account has something fun for you today…


In case you missed yesterday’s minor league transaction, the Reds dealt RHP Jair Jurrjens, who had been with Triple-A Louisville, to the Colorado Rockies for minor league infielder Harold Riggins.  Riggins has been assigned to Double-A Pensacola.


That’s all for now.  I’ll have more in a bit.

Expect good news!





With the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s farewell address upon us, first baseman (and one shortstop) from around Major League Baseball – including Joey Votto – were asked to recite a line from that memorable address.  Here’s the finished product…


In preparation for today’s World Cup match between Belgium and the United States, Tuesday was deemed “Spirit Day” in the Cincinnati Reds offices. Employees were encouraged to wear their red, white and blue to support the US Men’s National Team. Here are some photos…


How ’bout them Redlegs?  With 81 games in the book and 81 to go, the Cincinnati club is 43-38 after starting the season 3-8.

The 2013 club was 46-35 after 81 games; the 2012 Reds were 44-37 and the 2010 team had a 46-35 mark.

A few random stats/tidbits…

  • Just completed 4-game series sweep of the Giants in San Francisco, something the Reds haven’t done since 1972.
  • Are 16-6 over their last 22 games (.727).
  • Have the best record in baseball in June (18-9, .667).
  • Went 6-0-1 in their last 7 series.
  • Since May 1, Billy Hamilton is batting .301 with a .330 on-base pct. and a .443 slugging pct. (55-for-183)
  • Reds lead the Majors with a .989 fielding percentage while committing the fewest errors (32).
  • Reds catchers are 82-for-301 (.272) with 17 homers, 51 RBI, .322 on-base pct. and a .508 slugging pct.
  • Beginning May 28, starting pitchers are 17-7 with a 3.33 ERA and a .239 opponents batting avg over 200 innings.



With the team playing well, here’s hoping you can make it down to Great American Ball Park for the upcoming 11-game homestand; 3 games vs. first-place Milwaukee, 5 games vs the Cubs (including a doubleheader on July 8) and 3 games vs. the Pirates.

It’s a perfect opportunity for the Reds to make up some ground in the National League Central, and what better way to do than with a full ballpark?


The 2014 All-Star Game takes place on on July 15.  We need to get some Reds on the team!  Vote now at

And don’t forget your chance to win an autographed baseball from Devin Mesoraco or Todd Frazier!  CLICK HERE for more details.


For a schedule of upcoming Reds player appearances, please CLICK HERE.


Reds career saves leader Danny Graves was recently in Cincinnati as a guest of the Reds Hall of Fame.  He’s currently involved in something really cool called 120 Sports.  You should check it out and download the app.


The very popular “I Do’s on the Diamond” event is returning to Great American Ball Park on Friday, August 22 prior to the Reds/Braves game.  That night, couples will get hitched (married) on the field during pregame ceremonies.  For more information, including how you and your better half can participate,  CLICK HERE.


That’s all for now.  More in a bit.

Expect good news!


PS –  Thanks to all of the new @Jamieblog followers!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Righthander Raisel Iglesias Agrees To 7-Year Contract

SAN FRANCISCO – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the signing of Cuban free agent starting RHP Raisel Iglesias to a 7-year contract through the 2020 season.

Iglesias, 24, will join the organization once visa issues are resolved.

“He’s a tremendous athlete, a converted shortstop. He throws 94-96 with two quality breaking pitches, a curveball and power slider, and has the makings of a quality changeup,” Jocketty said. “He has four quality pitches, and our scouts feel he can be a starter and be a starter very soon. What we’ve tried to develop here is pitching and defense. The more pitching we can acquire, the deeper we can get, the more flexibility it gives us going forward.”

Jocketty added, “It was a great organizational effort to get this done, and we’re very excited about it. The decision was based on the evaluation of our scouts, the same group of guys who went to see (Aroldis) Chapman. I guarantee you we saw him pitch more than any other club. I have tremendous respect and appreciation for the evaluation of our scouts. They’re hard-working and very diligent.”

Iglesias pitched for Isla de la Juventud in Cuba’s National Series for 3 seasons and compiled an 8-12 record and 3.47 ERA over 5 starts and 83 relief appearances (223ip, 202h, 115bb, 169k, 11hr).



Take a look at these photos of the Blue Angels flying over GABP this morning…


Hey gang, be sure to join the Better Off Red “Beat The Streak” group! CLICK HERE! (and PS – Reds players only, please!)



The Vote Reds campaign is on! As we continue our drive to get Redlegs on the National League All-Star team, it’s time to get creative!

I have two autographed baseballs to give away; one signed by Todd Frazier and the other signed by Devin Mesoraco.  Would you like one?   Okay, here’s what you have to do…

In order to spread the word about Todd and Devin and all the good things they’ve done to earn All-Star honors, I’m asking you to make good ol’ fashion campaign signs – just like the ones you see in your neighbors’ yard every November.

Tweet me (@jamieblog) a photo of your campaign sign(s), preferably in your front yard, and you will become a candidate to win one of the two autographed baseballs!

I will collect photos through July 3 and randomly draw two winners on July 4th.  Results and photos will be posted right here on Better Off Red!  

Good luck!

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Hamilton 8
Frazier 5
Votto 3
Mesoraco 2
Bruce 9
Heisey 7
Schumaker 4
Cozart 6
Latos RHP

Phillips was scratched with bruised right heel.


Thanks to all of you who participated today in the #VoteReds Twitter Lunch!  Our guys really appreciate your support!  We’ll do it again soon!  In the meantime, here’s today’s roll call….




Beginning Wednesday (tomorrow) at noon ET, we will have #VoteReds Twitter Lunch for the 2014 All-Star election!

For those of you not familiar with Vote Reds Twitter lunch, it’s simply a fun way to engage fellow Reds fans to vote for our prospective Cincinnati All-Stars during the regular Wednesday lunch break.

Help us get our Reds into the 2014 All-Star Game by taking a few minutes during lunch today to cast your ballot!

All you need to do is:

  • Treat yourself to a delicious lunch
  • Log onto and cast your ballot for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game (Vote Reds!)
  • Tweet me using the hashtag #VoteReds to confirm you participated (photos are encouraged but aren’t necessary)
  • That’s it!

I will post a “roll call” of those who participated right here on Better Off Red prior to tomorrow’s Reds/Cubs game.

For you west coast Reds fans, don’t worry – you most definitely are in on this, too.  We eastern time zoners are going to give you ample time to participate, as well.


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