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Today the Reds selected from Class AAA Louisville the contract of RHP JC Ramirez (#66) and designated for assignment RHP Tim Melville...RHP Keyvius Sampson, designated for assignment on Monday, has been outrighted to Louisville.

Ramirez is the first player born in Nicaragua to play for the Reds.


PNC/Players for the Planet E-Waste Recycling Drives, May 5-7

CINCINNATI (April 22, 2016) — PNC, The Cincinnati Reds and Players for the Planet are joining forces again with Cohen Recycling and many of Cincinnati’s leading corporations for the 7th annual PNC/Players for the Planet E-Waste Recycling Drives on May 5-7, 2016.

The PNC/Players for the Planet E-Waste Recycling Drives provide an easy way for Reds fans and residents of Greater Cincinnati to responsibly recycle old electronics.

The public is encouraged to visit three convenient locations with their electronic waste for recycling:

Thursday, May 5, 2016 – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• PNC Bank/Kroger – Northgate Square: 9650 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, 45251

Friday, May 6, 2016 – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• PNC Bank/Kroger – Anderson Towne Center: 7500 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, 45230

Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• PNC Bank/Kroger – Hyde Park Plaza: 3740 Paxton Road, Cincinnati, 45209

Players for the Planet will accept personal computers, cell phones, cords, monitors, televisions, small home appliances and most other electronics. The full list of acceptable electronics is listed at:

The first 300 cars at each event will receive two free tickets to a select 2016 regular season Reds game.

A minimum donation of $10 per car is suggested to offset recycling costs and to benefit the Reds Community Fund.

A CRT television or monitor can contain more than six pounds of lead, which poses very serious health risks if not properly recycled.

Last year’s recycling drives collected nearly 200,000 pounds of electronic waste from over 2,000 cars.

Over 950,000 pounds of e-waste has been diverted from landfills since the drives started in 2010 and the 1,000,000 pound total is expected to be surpassed on the first day of the drive.

Sponsors who make this event possible include PNC, Cohen Recycling, Macy’s, CBTS, Rumpke, Kroger and Duke Energy.

Organizing partners include City of Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability, Green Umbrella, Butler County Solid Waste and Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste.

About Players for the Planet
Players for the Planet is non-profit that promotes environmental awareness and education in order to preserve the stadiums and playing fields for future generations. Founded by former Reds outfielder Chris Dickerson and former MLB pitcher Jack Cassel, this organization dedicates its resources and the talents of professional athletes to support its mission to educate everyone who enjoys playing and watching youth, amateur and pro sports:

Cohen Recycling is a proud sponsor of the Reds and Players for the Planet
The largest family-owned metal and electronics recycler in the region, Cohen is one of the only two companies worldwide to be certified to both e-Stewards and R2. These third party audited standards guarantee your e-waste is recycled safely and responsibly. All data bearing items will be destroyed. Learn more about how recycling works, what items can be recycled, and where you can recycle at




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the second Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by Thomas More College. The postgame fireworks show featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, set to songs from the Cincinnati Pops “Superheroes” soundtrack, will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game. A portion of tonight’s fireworks show will pay tribute to American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor – Prince.

Joining us at tonight’s game for pregame and postgame fan enjoyment will be the Amateur Softball Association’s “Stadium Power Tour”. This competitive home run derby of softball players will start with 3 participants pregame (starting at 6:15PM) and conclude with 6 participants postgame. The participating sluggers include Cincinnati natives John Mocahbee (mock-a-bee) and Brian Wegman.


From our friends at Fox Sports Ohio

On Friday, April 22, 2016, FOX Sports Ohio is airing Cleveland Cavaliers @ Detroit Pistons and Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs at the same time. Please see the channel information below.

Reds vs. Cubs
Reds Live Pre-game Show begins at 6:30pm | Game at 7:00pm

Cincinnati, Dayton, Bowling Green (KY), Evansville (IN), Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Fort Wayne, Louisville/Lexington, & Charleston/Huntington areas:
o Main FOX Sports Ohio cable channel
o Direct TV: FSCincinnati – 661 & 661-1
o Dish: FSCincinnati – 427 & 412-17
o AT&T: FSCincinnati – 732 & 1732

Columbus/Lima, Toledo, & Wheeling/Steubenville areas:
o Direct TV: FSCincinnati – 661 & 661-1
o Dish: FSCincinnati – 427 & 412-17
o AT&T: FSCincinnati – 732 & 1732
o Cable subscribers: The programming and game is being made available to providers to air on the alternate FOX Sports Ohio cable channels. Alternate channel information can be found here.

The game will replay on the main FOX Sports Ohio channel in all Reds viewing areas the following morning at 6:00am.

The Reds game will also stream live on FOX Sports GO.
o Only subscribers of participating pay-TV providers in Reds viewing areas will be able to access live streams of the Reds through FOX Sports GO.
o Check participating providers at
o FOX Sports GO is currently available for iOS, Android, Android TV, Fire tablets and Fire phones, select Windows devices, and online at Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store.




From my pal @Bongreatness, a proud alumnus of Harrison High School…

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will honor the Reds Way Employee of the Month for April, Denise Sterbling. Denise is a Ticket Taker who works the Season Ticket Member gate at Crosley Terrace.

Tonight is also Harrison High School Night at Great American Ball Park. Over 1,000 members of the Harrison community, including students, faculty, residents & proud alumni will be joining us for tonight’s game participating in activities such as a pregame parade around the warning track (weather permitting), ceremonial first pitch by Southwest Ohio School District Superintendent Chris Brown and National Anthem, performed by the Harrison High School Marching Band.



Saturday, May 14 at Great American Ball Park

CINCINNATI (April 20, 2016) – Sign up now for the 15th annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Great American Ball Park, benefiting the Reds Community Fund.

Runners, walkers and families have many options to participate:
• 5K presented by Beacon Orthopaedics: Chip-timed 3.1-mile course starts on Mehring Way behind Great American Ball Park, runs along the riverfront and finishes inside the ballpark near home plate.
• 10K: Chip-timed 6.2-mile course starts on Mehring Way, runs along the riverfront, crosses over the Ohio River on the Taylor Southgate Bridge into Newport and back across the Purple People Bridge and finishes inside the ballpark near home plate.
• One Mile Family Run/Walk: One mile course starts on Mehring Way and finishes inside the ballpark near home plate.
• Gapper’s Kids Fun Run: Kids run around the warning track around the field.

All events are for walkers and runners of all ages, with the exception of the Gapper’s Kids Fun Run, which is limited to kids ages 10 and under.

All participants will receive a custom race medal, race t-shirt (technical shirt for 10K participants), post-race party in the Kroger Fan Zone and one View Level ticket for the Reds vs. Cleveland Indians game on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:10 p.m.

Register online at by May 8 for discounted entry fees:
• 5K presented by Beacon Orthopaedics: $32 ($40 after May 8)
• 10K: $42 ($50 after May 8)
• One Mile Family Run/Walk: $21 ($26 after May 8)
• Gapper’s Kids Fun Run: $16 (for kids 10 and under)

Online registration closes May 8 at 11:59 p.m. After May 8, registration is only available at packet pick-ups and on race day.

Race start times:
• 8:00 a.m.: Runners and walkers for 10K and 5K (includes the first 1,500 5K to register, all 10K and elite runners)
• 8:10 a.m.: Runners and walkers for 5K (includes remainder of 5K runners/walkers)
• 9:30 a.m.: One Mile Family Run/Walk
• 10:15 a.m.: Gapper’s Kids Fun Run

Race day parking is recommended in The Banks Garage. Reduced price parking for $5 will be available until 9 a.m. Additional parking details can be found at

Race sponsors include: Coldwell Banker West Shell, Beacon Orthopaedics, Trophy Awards, Buckeye Running Company, Prestige AV & Creative Services, Coca-Cola, Rumpke, Kroger, Castellini Group of Companies, LaRosa’s, Skyline Chili, United Dairy Farmers, KRAVE Jerky, 700WLW, KISS 107 Cincinnati and WCPO 9 On Your Side.

Nearly 3,000 runners and walkers participated in 2015 generating over $150,000 for the baseball and softball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.


Prior to today’s game the Reds are expected to promote from Class AAA Louisville RHP Drew Hayes (#53) to fill the roster spot vacated by RHP Robert Stephenson, who following last night’s 4-3 Reds win was optioned to Louisville.






During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome representatives of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network of Cincinnati, joining us as part of a “Give Back Game”. Their fundraising efforts through the sale of tickets to tonight’s game has helped the PANCAN Network raise over $6,700, which will be presented during their ceremony.

Also joining us tonight for pregame ceremonies will be 87 members of the 123rd Air Control Squadron, based out of the Blue Ash National Guard Station. The 123rd is preparing to deploy overseas in support of the global war on terror in the coming weeks. It will be their sixth such deployment as a Squadron since the attacks of 9-11-01.


The Reds and Rockies begin a 3-game series tonight at Great American Ball Park and I’m going to give you a chance to win a really cool Better Off Red t-shirt for keeping up with the action.

There’s a good chance that at some point during the series a wild pitch will be thrown.  If/when that first official wild pitch is uncorked, I’ll give an XL BOR t-shirt (the one pictured below) to the first person who tweets to @jamieblog the following sentence:  “Old Hoss Radbourn threw 214 wild pitches.”


Official Rules for BETTER OFF RED Giveaways: Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any MLB entity and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any Better Off Red ( giveaway. Better Off Red ( will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received a Better Off Red ( giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 100 miles from the ballpark where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, Better Off Red ( may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower. You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient. Better Off Red ( will not keep or store your information or use it for any purpose other than sending your giveaway item(s) or providing you information on receiving the item(s). Giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight the Reds will join in the league-wide celebration of Jackie Robinson Day with recognition of our Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner during pregame ceremonies. This year’s recipient of the MVDBP for the Reds organization is AlphaGraphics, a local printing company instrumental in the success of the 2015 MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Jackie Robinson Day is traditionally held on April 15th of each season, but teams with road games on that date hold their own recognition during their first subsequent home game.

Former Ohio State University football player and 2016 NFL draft hopeful Braxton Miller will offer up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening.


A few Reds notes…

  • Eugenio Suarez has an OPS of 1.457 (26 PA’s) at home this year. (MLB Rank: 1st of 79 full-time players; League Avg: .709)
  • Jay Bruce has 13 total bases in 26 AB’s (.500 Slugging Pct) on two-strike counts this year. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 50 full-time players; League Avg: .264)
  • Reds hitters are hitting .340 (16-for-47) on pitches 94 mph or greater this season. (MLB Rank: 3rd of 30 teams; League Avg: .251)
  • Reds hitters have 29 Extra-Base hits out of 61 total hits (47.5%) against fastballs this season. (MLB Rank: 3rd of 30 teams; League Avg: 34.9%)


Monday, April 18, 2016 – Reds vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:10 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Day Celebration: Pregame ceremonies will commemorate the 69th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Baseball’s color barrier in 1947. (Reds players and on-field personnel wore the Number 42 on April 15, the official date recognized by MLB, when the Reds played the Cardinals in St. Louis.)
Diverse Business Partner Award: Cinda Morse of AlphaGraphics Cincinnati will accept the 2016 Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award from Reds COO Phil Castellini. The award is presented annually by the Reds and Major League Baseball.
First Pitch: Former Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver/quarterback Braxton Miller will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
#RedsSocial Night: Fans of the Reds on social media can purchase a special ticket package for only $20 that includes a ticket to the all-new Fioptics District, a Billy Hamilton t-shirt and your first drink. A limited number of tickets are available at

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – Reds vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:10 p.m.
Pregame Ceremony: The Reds will welcome and recognize members of the 123rd Air Control Squadron, Blue Ash Air National Guard Station, who are preparing to deploy overseas in support of the global war on terror.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – Reds vs. Colorado Rockies, 12:35 p.m. (Business Day Special, Senior Citizen Special)
First Pitch: Former Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Darron Lee will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (Thirsty Thursday)

Friday, April 22, 2016 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday)
Fireworks Friday: Post-game fireworks show starting approximately 10 minutes after the end of the game, presented by Thomas More College.
Long Haul Bombers: The Long Haul Bombers return for a pregame and post-game home run hitting exhibition showcasing the biggest sluggers in the World Softball League.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (Super Saturday)
Vottomatic Super Bobblehead: As part of Super Saturdays, free Joey Votto bobblehead to the first 25,000 fans, presented by John Morrell.

Honorary Captain: Cincinnati native and PGA tour player Jim Herman will serve as the Honorary Captain of the game. Jim played golf at St. Xavier High School and the University of Cincinnati and recently won his first PGA event at the Shell Houston Open.
Reds Wives Fundraiser: The Reds Wives will be hosting a Mystery Ball and Mystery Photo fundraiser inside the first base side re-entry gate at GABP. For a $40 donation, fans will receive a signed ball and for $20 fans will receive a signed photo. Signed items could be from any player (or coach) on the Reds 40-man roster.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday)
Super-Themed Fathead® Wall Decal: As part of family day at the ballpark, free Fathead® Wall Decal to kids 14 and younger, presented by CollegeAdvantage.
High School Baseball Showcase: Players and coaches from 92 high school baseball and softball teams who participated in the fifth annual Skyline Chili Reds Futures High School Showcase presented by Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics will be featured in a “March at the Majors” pregame parade. MVPs from the Showcase games will be recognized on field during pregame ceremonies.
Run the Bases Days: Fans of all ages can line up after the game to run the bases, presented by Entenmann’s Little Bites.

Ticket Offers For This Homestand:
• Business Day Special: 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:
• Senior Citizen Special: For select games (including April 20) fans 60 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only: Excludes Dugout Box, Upper View Level, Value View and Kroger Bleachers. Subject to availability.
• Thirsty Thursdays: For all Thursday Reds home games, 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
• Family Sunday: For every Sunday home game, families can get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of a full-price ticket, presented by Klosterman Bakery:

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Jim Maloney Bobblehead: The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum’s collectible gift program continues in 2016 with a series of five Reds Hall of Famer bobbleheads, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. The first bobblehead in the series features Reds Hall of Famer Jim Maloney. The bobbleheads are free with regular-price museum admission (or a Scotts Great American Ball Park tour) Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of April, while supplies last.
• Choose Your Favorite Bobblehead Vote: Fans can vote for their favorite Reds or Reds Hall of Fame bobblehead in the Choose Your Favorite Bobblehead Vote sponsored by Clark Schaefer Hackett. The 81 bobbleheads have been broken into eight different themed groups. Each week through May 26, fans will be able to vote on a new grouping of bobbleheads. For each voting week, one lucky fan will win a set of 2016 Reds Hall of Fame Bobbleheads. Vote today at


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