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Hi gang! I hope you all had a nice relaxing holiday weekend (like I did)!  Let’s get back to work, shall we?

First, the Redlegs are making some roster moves…

The Reds today are expected to recall from Class AAA Louisville RHP Carlos Contreras (#53), RHP Daniel Corcino (#64), IF/OF Jake Elmore (#15), LHP David Holmberg (#36), RHP J.J. Hoover (#60), C Tucker Barnhart (#16) and 1B/OF Donald Lutz (#23); recall from Class AA Pensacola OF Yorman Rodriguez (#33); select from Louisville the contracts of OF Jason Bourgeois (#30) and LHP Ryan Dennick (#41); transfer to the 60-day disabled list RHP Homer Bailey.

***Information on the new Reds can be found at the bottom of this blog post.***

And in case you missed it….


The Reds Triple-A Louisville Bats have played their final game of the season, but not before retiring  Corky Miller’s jersey number “8.”

Here’s video of Corky’s jersey retirement speech, courtesy of the Bats’ YouTube page…

It goes without saying that Corky is wildly popular among Reds, Bats, BOR and all baseball fans.  Here’s hoping he remains in the game for a very long time.  Congrats to one of baseball’s great ambassadors, Corky Miller!


Mark Sheldon has a nice piece HERE about Billy Hamilton, who’s on pace to steal 60 bases and possibly win the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

And speaking of Hamilton, I’ve got one of his bobbleheads to give away.  Are you interested?

In order to win, I’m asking for photos of Reds fans doing their best “Billy Bobble Pose.”

Tweet me (@Jamieblog) a pic of you performing your best Billy Hamilton bobblehead imitation.  One lucky winner will be randomly selected this Friday.  Cool?

Here’s your motivation…

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Check out this catch Kristopher Negron made on Sunday at Pittsburgh…

(You can follow Negron on Twitter at @KNegs17)


Very proud of BOR fan and follower, Coach John!  Check it out…


We’ll have more in a bit!

Expect good news,



53 CARLOS CONTRERAS, rhp Louisville: 0g
Was 1 of 10 September callups…is his third stint with the Reds this season (6/21-7/9, 7/11-8/20)…began the season at Class AA Pensacola and in 3 starts and 6 relief apps there went 2-1, 2.70 before he was promoted on 6/21…in that afternoon’s 11-1 win vs Tor threw a perfect ninth inning (1k) in his Major League debut…his first strikeout victim was Colby Rasmus…after 3 relief apps, as part of a series of roster moves on 7/10 was optioned to Class AAA Louisville but rejoined the Reds the next day…after 10 more relief apps returned to Louisville on 8/21 and spent the rest of the minor league season there…in his final appearance before he was sent to Louisville, on 8/20 at StL, left with inflammation in his right shoulder and did not pitch for the Bats during his August stint there…in his career still has not pitched in Class AAA…in the seventh inning on 7/11 vs Pit became the first Reds pitcher to strike out the side on 9 pitches since Rob Dibble on 6/4/89 vs SD (8th inning)…from 4/27-6/2 was on Pensacola’s disabled list with a lower back strain.

64 DANIEL CORCINO, rhp Louisville: 1gs, 0-1, 7.20
Was 1 of 10 September callups…is his second stint with the Reds this season (8/22-8/27)…spent most of the season at Class AA Pensacola, where in 25 starts and 1 relief appearance he went 10-11, 4.13 before he was promoted on 8/22…on 8/26 vs Cubs celebrated his 24th birthday by throwing a perfect ninth inning in his only Major League appearance…struck out his first 2 batters (Wellington Castillo, Chris Valaika)…when Dylan Axelrod was promoted to start on 8/28 was optioned to Class AAA Louisville…made his only start for the Bats in a 5-3 loss on 8/31 vs Indianapolis…from 4/27-6/2 was on Pensacola’s disabled list with a strained lower back.

41 RYAN DENNICK, lhp Louisville: 57g, 4-0-3, 2.36
Media guide bio is on page 214…was 1 of 10 September callups…when he pitches will be making his Major League debut…Tucker Barnhart, Jumbo Diaz, Carlos Contreras and Daniel Corcino already made big league debuts this season…made his first appearance of the season for Class AA Pensacola but spent the rest of the minor league season at Class AAA Louisville…graduated from North Olmsted (OH) High School…was selected by the Reds in the Class AAA phase of the 2012 Rule 5 Draft from the Royals, who drafted him in the 22nd round of the June 2009 first-year player draft.

36 DAVID HOLMBERG, lhp Louisville: 18gs, 2-6, 4.66
Was 1 of 10 September callups…will be his third stint with the Reds this season, including spot starts in the nightcap of the day/night doubleheader on 7/8 vs Cubs and on 8/21 vs Atl…other than those 2 apps spent the rest of the minor league season at Class AAA Louisville…in December 2013 was acquired from the Diamondbacks as part of a 3-team deal that sent C Ryan Hanigan to the Rays…in spring training was limited to 1 appearance by a sore right shin…was on Louisville’s disabled from 4/22-5/11 and 5/21-6/10 with left shoulder tendinitis.

60 J.J. HOOVER, rhp Louisville: 4g, 0-0-0, 0.00
Was 1 of 10 September callups…began the season with the Reds and went 1-10, 5.27 in 46 apps before he was optioned on 8/21 to Louisville, his first minor league stint since 2012…in 4 apps for the Bats posted a 0.00era…his active 10-game losing streak is the longest in Reds history by a reliever…his 10 losses tie for the most in history by a Reds reliever for a single season (Harry Gumbert, 10-10 in 1947; Tom Hume, 9-10 in 1980)…on 7/8 vs Cubs retired all 6 batters by strikeout, a career high for strikeouts in a game and the most by a Reds reliever in a game this season.

16 TUCKER BARNHART, C Louisville: 78g, .246, 1hr, 29rbi
Was 1 of 10 September callups…will be his fifth stint with the Reds…made 13 apps and 10 starts during his first 4 stints (Opening Day-4/6, 4/26-5/17, 7/6-7/10, 8/9-8/17)…last played for the Reds in the nightcap of the day/night DH at Col on 8/17, started behind the plate…made his first Opening Day roster after Devin Mesoraco went on the disabled list…in the fifth inning of the 8-3 win on 5/1 vs Mil tied the score at 2-2 with his only Major League home run (solo off Marco Estrada)…is from Brownsburg, Indiana, near Indianapolis.

30 JASON BOURGEOIS, of Louisville: 136g, .278, 4hr, 43rbi, 24sb
Last name is pronounced BOOSH-wah…was 1 of 10 September callups…as one of the club’s final spring training roster moves was reassigned to Louisville the day before Opening Day…spent the season with the Bats, where he received the club’s Mary E. Barney Most Valuable Player Award…led Louisville in hits and stolen bases and tied for the team lead in apps…during spring training was hampered by a strained right hamstring and didn’t play until 3/6.

15 JAKE ELMORE, inf/of Sacramento/Louisville: 72g, .281, 0hr, 24rbi, 12sb
His media guide bio is available in the press box and online at…was 1 of 10 September callups…spent the minor league season at Class AAA, where for Louisville and Oak’s Sacramento affiliate he combined to hit .281 in 72 apps…went to spring training with the White Sox but was designated for assignment on 2/26…the next day was traded to the Athletics for cash…on 7/31 was designated for assignment and on 8/2 was claimed off waivers by the Reds and optioned to Louisville…prior to this season made 82 Major League apps for the Diamondbacks and Astros, most recently on 9/29/13 for Hou vs NYY…has played every position on the field, mostly SS (37g), 2B (17g) and LF (9g).

23 DONALD LUTZ, inf/of Louisville: 52g, .236, 6hr, 33rbi, 4sb
Was 1 of 10 September callups…has made 18 apps and 5 starts during his 3 stints with the Reds (5/23-6/9, 7/11-8/8, 9/2-current)…made 5 starts at 1B, 2 starts in LF and 1 start at DH…last played for the Reds as a pinch hitter on 8/4 at Cle and last started on 7/29 vs Ari (LF)…began the season at Pensacola and made 23 apps there (.360, 6hr, 16rbi) before he was promoted to Louisville on 5/16…in 52 apps overall for the Bats hit .236 (6hr, 33rbi, 4sb)…while with Pensacola, on 4/21 at Jacksonville hit for the cycle for the third time in his career.

33 YORMAN RODRIGUEZ, of Pensacola: 119g, .262, 9hr, 40rbi, 12sb
Was 1 of 10 September callups…will be the second Reds player this season to make the jump from Class AA (RHP Carlos Contreras)…spent the minor league season at Pensacola…when he plays will be making his Major League debut…Tucker Barnhart, Jumbo Diaz, Carlos Contreras and Daniel Corcino already made big league debuts this season.




From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies today Reds second baseman/outfielder Skip Schumaker will receive his award as team recipient of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Associations “Heart & Hustle” Award.  The Heart & Hustle Award is given annually to one member of each of the 30 MLB teams.  Of the 30 team representatives, one player will be selected as the overall winner of the MLB Heart & Hustle Award, which will be awarded at a dinner in New York City this coming November.  Past Reds team recipients of the award include 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).

Offering up a simultaneous first pitch today will be AVP tour players Emily Day & Summer Ross. This pair won its first AVP tournament last year at the Cincinnati Open, and is seeded third in the women’s bracket this week.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the annual Rosie Reds “Guest of the Reds” Night.  The Rosies recently celebrated their 50th anniversary as an organization and tonight they will participate in a pregame parade and ceremonial first pitch.

We will also recognize and salute representatives of the four charitable organizations who were beneficiaries in the inaugural “Schu’s Crew Fantasy Football Challenge”, which is taking place at the ballpark today.  The event brings together fans with many of the Reds players in a fantasy football league which raises valuable funds for charity.  Skip Schumaker brought the concept to Cincinnati this year, after its launch by Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright in St. Louis last season.  The charitable organizations that today’s event benefitted include Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the Jessie Rees Foundation, the Reds Community Fund and Big League Impact.


#34 Bailey – “Fred Bear” by Ted Nugent
#68 Barnhart – “Thunderstruck” & “Highway to Hell”
#51 Broxton – “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath
#32 Bruce – “Trophies” by Drake (start at :05)
#54 Chapman – “Wake up” by Rage Against the Machine & “Jingo” by Santana
#52 Cingrani – “The King is Dead” by A Wilhem Scream (2:05) (Pitching)
#52 Cingrani – “Black Nurse” by Glass Jaw (Hitting)
#2 Cozart – “It’s all about the South” by Cadillac Three (start at :58)
#47 Cueto #1 – “Siguelo” by Wisin y Yandel (Pitching)
#70 Diaz – “Mozart LaPara” by Pa’Gozar
#21 Frazier – “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
#6 Hamilton #1 – “All the Way Turnt Up” by Roscoe Dash (start at :14)
#6 Hamilton #2 – “A Milli” by Lil Wayne (start at :14)
#6 Hamilton #3– “This is How We Do It” by Montel Jordan (start at beginning)
#9 Hannahan – “Today was a Good Day” by Ice Cube
#28 Heisey – “Gimmie Dat” by The Ambassadors (start at :21)
#60 Hoover – “Awake and Alive” by Skillet (start at :05)
#55 Latos – “Higher” by Mark Rosas (Pitching)
#55 Latos – “Disclosure” by Latch (Hitting – start at 3:08)
#44 Leake – “Intro” by The XX (Pitching)
#44 Leake – “Fitzpleasure” by Alt-J (Hitting)
#63 LeCure – “Prodigal Son” by Black Angels
#48 Ludwick – “Smoke a Little Smoke” by Eric Church (start at :09)
#23 Lutz – “Rattle” by Bingo Players (start at :37)
#45 Marshall – “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin
#39 Mesoraco #1– “Right Where I Need to Be” by Gary Allan (start at beginning)
#39 Mesoraco #2 – “Fishing in the Dark” by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (start at :06)
#17 Negron – “Movin’ On” by Collie Buddz
#66 Ondrusek – “Sweet Child O’Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
#43 Parra – “Jump Around” by House of Pain
#46 Partch – “Flower” by Moby
#29 Pena #1 – “Turn Down for What” by Lil John (start at :15)
#29 Pena #2 – “All I do is Win” by DJ Khaled (start at :02)
#29 Pena #3– “Beautiful” by Snoop Dogg (start at :17)
#4 Phillips #1 – “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea
#4 Phillips #2 – “About the Money” by T.I.
#4 Phillips #3 – “Lifestyle” by Rich Gang
#4 Phillips #4 – “No Flex Zone” by Rae Sremmurd
#5 Phillips #5 – “Awwsome” by Shy Glizzy
# 7 Santiago – “6 AM “ by J Balvin (start at :35)
#25 Schumaker – “Play it Again” by Luke Bryan (start at :45)
#31 Simon – “Dile” by Don Omar
#50 Soto – “Peligro” by Cosculluela (start at :39)
#19 Votto – “Lucifer” by Jay Z (start from beginning)


When the prestigious Arizona Fall League opens on October 7, the Reds will be well-represented with six players:

  • RHP Nick Howard
  • RHP Ben Klimesh
  • IF Seth Mejias-Brean
  • IF Kyle Waldrop
  • IF Ryan Wright
  • OF Jesse Winker

These Reds farmhands will play for the defending champion Surprise Saguaros, managed by AA-Pensacola’s skipper Delino DeShields.



Happy birthday, Mom!



From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the third of four Bark in the Park games during the 2014 season, presented by Iams & Kroger.  Over 600 dogs, and their owners, are expected at tonight’s game and will participate in a pregame parade around the warning track.

Serving as our Honorary Captain tonight is 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor High Jump National Champion – Christian Patterson of Wilmington College.  Christian is originally from Norwood, OH and he graduated from Wilmington in May.




From my pal @Bongreatness

The first 8,000 kids 14 and younger at the ballpark today will receive Rosie Red’s Adventure Book, presented by PNC Bank.

During pregame ceremonies today we will welcome back over 90 participants in the 2014 Reds Fantasy Camp, which took place just prior to the start of Reds Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona. The campers are in town for the annual Fantasy Camp Reunion game, which takes place at Great American Ball Park tomorrow.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will welcome Dave Bertis to lead us in the singing of God Bless America.




From my pal @Bongreatness

The first 25,000 fans inside the ballpark today will receive a commemorative Mr. Redlegs 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Bobblehead.  Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Holders and 5:40PM for the general public. However those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code, should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

Tonight is the second Reds Rookies game of the 2014 season. Hundreds of proud parents will be bringing their babies, all of whom are members of the Reds Rookies fan club, to the ballpark tonight and enjoying festivities in the Kroger Fan Zone as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.



Photos courtesy of my colleague Michael “Mando” Anderson




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 11th Fireworks Friday of the 2014 season, presented by KOI Auto Parts. The 15 minute fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, will be set to a “Wedding Party” soundtrack and will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

Speaking of weddings – tonight is the 2nd annual “I Do’s on the Diamond”, coordinated by Reds Special Events. We have 20 couples who will be saying their vows on the field tonight, with ceremonies slate to begin at approximately 6:35PM. Five of those 20 couples are actually renewing their vows. Due to the I Do’s ceremonies, BP times have been adjusted with both teams tonight.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, the President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The Freedom Center is celebrating its 10th Anniversary of opening this weekend.


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