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#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 2

You have until tonight (Thursday) at 11:59 PM ET to VOTE FRAZIER!!

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Reds Legends and MLB Mascots to Join Fans at The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike on Saturday, July 11

Cincinnati Reds legends and members of the 1990 World Championship team, The Nasty Boys — Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble, and Randy Myers — will be in attendance at The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike on Saturday, July 11 in Downtown Cincinnati.

In addition, Mr. Redlegs, Rosie Red, Gapper and Mr. Red along with eight other MLB mascots as well as Runicorn, The Color Run mascot, will be cheering on participants as they start the race and will be available for photographs. Mascots scheduled to appear alongside the Reds mascots include: Baxter (Arizona Diamondbacks), Homer (Atlanta Braves), Paws (Detroit Tigers), Orbit (Houston Astros), Bernie (Milwaukee Brewers), Stomper (Oakland Athletics), Mariner Moose (Seattle Mariners) and Rangers Captain (Texas Rangers).

MLB will make a contribution to two charities supporting youth development – Boys & Girls Club of America, the official charity of Major League Baseball, and the Reds Community Fund – and The Color Run will make a contribution to their charitable partner, Tri-State Bleeding Disorder.

Special festivities for the event include:
• Color Drums event photos sponsored by T-Mobile – bang the drum to send magenta flying in the air!
• A Slip ’n’ Slide with colored water that ends in colored splash pools presented by Scotts
• A Beer Garden created in conjunction with Anheuser-Busch
• To help participants clean up after the event, TriHealth will create a Human Car Wash
• Post-race snacks contributed by Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats
• Hydration stations throughout the event furnished by Gatorade and Aquafina

For more information and to register, please visit www.allstargame.com/run

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From our friends with the Louisville Bats

Irving Falu has been selected as a 2015 International League All-Star, the league announced Thursday. The Bats’ second baseman enters play Thursday fifth among all qualifying batters in the IL with his .316 average and was the lone All-Star selected from Louisville. Falu and the International League All-Stars will take on the Pacific Coast League All-Stars in the 28th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 15 at Werner Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

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All Major League Baseball teams will wear special caps and jerseys for games played on July 4.  Here’s more info from MLB:

• For games on July 4th, MLB clubs will wear special caps and, for the first time, special jerseys. The caps have a blue or red base and feature the club’s primary logo over an image of a waving American Flag. The jersey features stars within the Club’s logo or lettering on the front and number on the back.

• All of MLB’s net proceeds from the sale of those caps and jerseys will be donated to Welcome Back Veterans, which provides grants to university hospitals throughout the country to treat veterans suffering from PTSD or traumatic brain injury. MLB has committed more than $30 million to Welcome Back Veterans.

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There was some talk in the pressbox yesterday about home run distances at Great American Ball Park. Earlier this season ESPN surveyed measurements at GABP and the results were as follows:

  • Power Stacks (top left is 423, top right is 416)
  • All Star Game Logo in RF (middle of logo is 424)
  • Pilot House (middle of the words is 427)
  • Cincinnati Bell (middle of word is 435)
  • LF Main board (center is 446, bottom is 435)
  • RF Video Board (center 434, bottom left 441) – please note board was not up at the time of the survey  but this is ESPN’s current estimate until they return to GABP for an accurate measurement.
  • Toyota Truck (front tire 500)

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Did you see Billy Hamilton yesterday wearing the traditional stirrups?

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Two speedy Reds CFs wearing stirrups

Two speedy Reds CFs wearing stirrups

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It’s only natural for a building with the same name as a baseball legend to get involved in the All-Star festivities. Here’s the Carew Tower in downtown Cincinnati showing off it’s All-Star spirit…

Carew Tower From GABP 1 (2)

Carew Tower From GABP 2 (2)

That’s all for now. More in a bit!

Expect good news,

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 18

In case you haven’t yet seen the All-Star mustache statues around town, the Reds’ fabulous media relations interns provided us with some photos.  Check ’em out…

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And keeping with the mustache theme, I love this video…

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Yesterday we played a little game on Twitter in which you tweeted me people/products/companies that you associate with the Reds (no players or broadcasters). I got some good ones. Here’s just a sample…

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Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is scheduled to host a youth baseball camp next month.  CLICK HERE for details.

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Third Annual ‘I Do’s on the Diamond’ at GABP adds new elements

CINCINNATI — Couples will be stepping up to the plate for their dream wedding at Great American Ball Park at the third annual “I Do’s On The Diamond” on Friday, July 31, presented by DateNightCincinnati.com.

Two new additions to the “I Do’s On The Diamond” game include:

Wedding Crashers Ticket Package
Fans can enjoy all the fun of a wedding reception before the game. This special “Wedding Crashers” ticket package includes a View Level ticket, a Reds-themed Wedding Koozie and $10 concession credit for food and beverage. Plus, we’ll have a DJ in the Kroger Fan Zone playing all your favorite wedding songs starting when gates open at 5:40 p.m. until the first pitch of the game. Tickets available at reds.com/reception.

Kenzie’s Closet Dress Drive
Fans are encouraged to donate gently used bridesmaid and prom dresses at the July 31 game to receive a voucher for a $10 View Level ticket for the September 6 game. Vouchers will also be available for all donations dropped off at the three Cincinnati area Appearance Plus Cleaners locations. Kenzie’s Closet, a nonprofit organization, provides complete prom attire for financially-disadvantaged junior and senior high schools girls in the Greater Cincinnati region. More information is available at reds.com/reception.

Couples participating in the “I Do’s On The Diamond” on-field wedding will say their vows in front of thousands of fans before the Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game at 7:10 p.m. An officiant licensed by the State of Ohio will conduct the ceremony.

Following the pregame ceremony, the newlywed couples will join 12 of their closest family and friends to party the night away like a VIP in an exclusive reception featuring an upscale dinner and open bar. The night will be capped off with unparalleled views of the post-game Rozzi’s fireworks show, which will feature a soundtrack of wedding-themed music.

The “I Do’s On The Diamond” wedding package includes a congratulatory scoreboard message, special Reds favors and decor and photo opportunities with the Reds mascots.

A second package is available that includes only the on-field ceremony and two Field Box tickets to the Reds vs. Pirates game. (Exclusive reception not included; additional game tickets for family and friends can be purchased.)

For complete details, visit reds.com/wedding or contact the Reds Special Events Department at events@reds.com.

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That’s all for now.  More in a bit!

Expect good news,

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR JUNE 17: HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS; PLAY OUR #REDS TWITTER GAME!

In a season of ups and downs and strikes and gutters, it’s important for the folks here at Better Off Red to keep things loose.  That’s why this morning we unveiled a simple Twitter game for you Reds fans that will surely entertain and amuse.  The game is simple.  All you have to do is tweet me (@jamieblog) a person/company/product that you closely associate with the Cincinnati Reds (One caveat: the person CANNOT be a player or broadcaster).

For example, here’s who I came up with…

To make it worth your while, I’ll randomly choose one lucky tweeter and give him/her a Barry Larkin bobblehead, just for participating.

I’ll post some of my favorite responses to this Twitter game a little bit later right here on BOR.

(You can probably tell, I’m most amused by the more obscure and esoteric responses).

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Homestand Highlights • June 17-21 • Reds vs. Tigers & Marlins

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:10 p.m. (Student Discount Day, Mustache Appreciation Game)
• UC Night: Over 500 students, faculty and staff from the University of Cincinnati will be at the ballpark for the annual UC Night at GABP. UC President Santa Ono will deliver the official game ball during pregame ceremonies.
• Cincinnati Zoo Bald Eagle Flight: “Sam” the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will perform a flight from the roof of the Cincinnati Bell Technology Pavilion in center field to the pitcher’s mound during the singing of the National Anthem. This is the first of four scheduled flights for Sam during the 2015 regular season. Sam began making these flights in 2004.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:10 p.m. (Thirsty Thursday, Mustache Appreciation Game)
• “Share a Coke” Summer Tour: Visit the Kroger Fan Zone to personalize two Coke mini cans – one to keep and one to share.

Friday, June 19, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Miami Marlins, 7:10 p.m. (4 for $48, Fireworks Friday, Mustache Appreciation Game)
• Shamrock the Ballpark: As part of Irish Heritage Night, festivities will include Irish dancers performing before the game and many of the pregame and in-game ceremonies will feature representatives from local Irish organizations. Reds players and coaches will wear alternate white and green jerseys.
• Fireworks Friday: Post-game fireworks show with a “Shamrock the Ballpark” soundtrack, presented by Jeff Wyler Automotive Family.
• Players Favorite Things Basket Raffle: The Reds Wives will be selling $5 raffle tickets (cash only) for the annual “Players Favorite Things” basket raffle. Baskets are filled with food and gifts from their home state, gift cards, books and DVDs plus four tickets to an upcoming Reds game and an autographed jersey. Raffle tickets will be sold near the Reds Connect Zone on the third-base concourse starting when gates open at 5:40 p.m. to the end of the seventh inning. Player baskets include: Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Mike Leake, Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco, J.J. Hoover, Tucker Barnhart and more. The retail value of each basket is well over $500.
• “Share a Coke” Summer Tour: Visit the Kroger Fan Zone to personalize two Coke mini cans – one to keep and one to share.
• Club Red Friday Night Party: Club Red members and their friends are invited to a party in the Kroger Fan Zone during the third through sixth innings. Parties are presented by Coca-Cola and feature entertainment by Kiss 107, raffle prizes and more. Club Red is for fans ages 13-17.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Miami Marlins, 7:10 p.m. – previously scheduled for 4:10 p.m. (4 for $48, Super Saturday, Military Appreciation Game, Mustache Appreciation Game)
• Brandon Phillips Bobblehead: As part of Super Saturdays, free bobblehead of the Reds second baseman to the first 25,000 fans, presented by FOX Sports Ohio.
• Military Appreciation Day: Tonight is the fourth Reds Military Appreciation Day of the season, presented by DAV, Disabled American Veterans and RetireMEDiQ. Many of today’s pregame and in-game activities will honor the men and women of the five U.S. military branches: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.
• Baseball Across the Region: Representatives from Baseball Across the Region will participate in pregame activities. #BATR, an initiative of the Community Organizing Committee, is a twist on the passing of the Olympic torch – using an official All-Star Game baseball to visit a variety of regional attractions, events, and baseball games to build excitement for the 86th MLB All-Star Game.
• Pitch, Hit & Run: Eight winners from the Pitch, Hit & Run competition presented by Scotts will be honored during pre-game ceremonies. Earlier in the day, the Reds hosted MLB’s Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship in which 24 local winners competed. The eight winners (four girls and four boys) will have their scores pitted against those from across the country. The top three scores in each division advance to the National Finals, held during MLB All-Star Week at GABP.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Miami Marlins, 1:10 p.m. (4 for $48, Family Sunday, Mustache Appreciation Game)
• Father’s Day Reds Tumbler: Free travel cup with lid to the first 10,000 dads, presented by Kahn’s.
• Kids Poster: Kids 14 and younger will receive a free Johnny Cueto poster, presented by Arm & Hammer.

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Ticket Offers For This Homestand: reds.com/tickets
• Student Discount Days: Students of all ages can enjoy discount tickets to all Wednesday home games this season, courtesy of First Student: reds.com/Students.
• Mustache Appreciation Games: For all Reds home games June 17-July 5, fans can purchase a ticket package that includes a custom mustache pint glass and a Field Box or View Level ticket. Must purchase ticket through this package to receive pint glass. Limited number of packages available only at reds.com/Mustache.
• Thirsty Thursdays: For select Thursday Reds home games (including June 18), 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 reds.com/Thursday.
• 4 for $48: Enjoy a great weekend of Reds baseball action and save with our 4 for $48 ticket deal, presented by Reach Savings Magazine. For all three games against the Marlins June 19-21, buy four View Level tickets for just $48 and receive four FREE Reds caps at the game: reds.com/4for48.
• Military Appreciation Days: For select games (including June 20), pregame ceremonies will honor military groups and fans can purchase a ticket package that includes Reds-branded aviator sunglasses. Presented by DAV, Disabled American Veterans and RetireMEDiQ. Available only at reds.com/Military.
• Family Sundays: For every Sunday home game this season, families can take advantage of two exclusive offers, presented by Klosterman Bakery:
– Get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of one full-price ticket
– Receive a FREE Kroger Meal Deal that includes a drink, hot dog, chips and a snack with your ticket
Sunday games also include giveaways for kids, face painters, live mascot races and more: reds.com/Family.

Reds Community Fund
• Family Catch: It’s not too late to sign up for the for the annual “Family Catch” event on Sunday, June 21. Fans can purchase packages to play “catch” on the field after the Reds vs. Miami Marlins game: reds.com/catch or call 513-765-7240. Packages will also be available in the Kroger Fan Zone at the game on Sunday. The Reds Community Fund is the beneficiary of the annual “Family Catch” fundraising event.

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Billy Hatcher Bobblehead: The 2015 Reds Hall of Fame Bobblehead Series presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP continues in June with Billy Hatcher. The bobblehead depicts Hatcher in the follow-through of one of his record-setting at-bats of the 1990 World Series and are free with regular-price admission to the Reds HOF & Museum on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in June, while supplies last.
• Herm Winningham Autograph Signings – June 20 & 21: Member of the 1990 World Champion Reds Herm Winningham will appear at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on Saturday, June 20 from 2:30 to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, June 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and in the Reds Hall of Fame batting cages presented by Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., weather permitting. Autographs are free for Hall of Fame members and $5 for non-members.
• Cincinnati Reds Legends Art Exhibit – June 16-22: The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is proud to present a special exhibit featuring original art form the recently published book, Cincinnati Reds Legends. The book is a celebration of the very best players in Reds history as told through the writing of Mike Shannon and through the artistic lenses of Chris Felix, Scott Hannig and Donnie Pollard. The exhibit features over thirty original examples of the artwork featured in the book as well as oversized reproductions and a collection of some of the materials artist Chris Felix uses when creating his distinctive works.

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#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015

First, here are some must-see videos from Great American Ball Park over the weekend…

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Look who was wearing a Reds jersey last night at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati…

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Congratulations to A-Dayton’s Tyler Mahle, who today was named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. Mahle, 20, was selected by the Reds in the seventh round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

And speaking of the Draft, it gets underway this afternoon. The Reds will have the 11th pick in the first round. For more on what the Reds are rumored to do in the Draft, Mark Sheldon has it HERE.

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Following Johnny Cueto’s stellar outing yesterday vs. the Padres, here’s where he ranks among National League leaders…

  1. WHIP (walks + hits / innings pitched): 0.94, 3rd
  2. Opponents’ on-base pct: .250, 3rd
  3. Opponents’ OPS: .608: 9th
  4. ERA: 2.64, 9th
  5. Strikeouts: 73, 15th (not bad considering he missed 2 starts)

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RHP Matt Magill on 5/8 in Cincinnati had successful “Tommy John” surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow (Dr. Timothy Kremchek)…barring complications, he is expected to return in 2016… Magill, acquired in December from the Dodgers in exchange for OF Chris Heisey, went 1-1, 7.90 in 3 starts for Class AAA Louisville.

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Congratulations to Fox Sports Ohio for receiving eight Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts Sciences’ Ohio Valley chapter!

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I’ll have more in a bit.

Expect good news,

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR FRIDAY, MAY 29

Today is Jersey Day in Cincinnati!  Celebrate the Reds today by wearing your favorite jersey (Bonus points if it’s a New Jersey native Todd Frazier jersey!).

Tweet @Jamieblog photos of you wearing your Reds jersey with the hashtag #JerseyDayCin and you may end up right here on Better Off Red!

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A few Reds programming notes:

The Reds/Cubs game on Sunday, June 14 has been picked up by ESPN and will be broadcast as a national Sunday Night Baseball game (8:08pm ET).  This means that game will not air on Fox Sports Ohio.

Fox Sports Ohio has picked up the second game of the Wednesday, July 22nd doubleheader vs. the Cubs.  That game is scheduled to air on FSO at 6:10pm ET.

The June 20th game vs. the Marlins is now a 7:10pm ET game (Fox Sports Ohio).

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If you’re sticking around for the Fireworks Show following tonight’s Reds/Nationals game at GABP, the theme will feature a “Player At-Bat ” soundtrack.

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From today’s Reds Gamenotes…

The Reds’ current starting rotation includes 3 rookies, all of whom have made at least 3 starts (RHP Anthony DeSclafani 9gs, RHP Michael Lorenzen 4gs, RHP Raisel Iglesias 3gs)…2010 was the last time the Reds finished a season with 3 rookies who made at least 3 starts (RHP Mike Leake 22gs, LHP Travis Wood 17gs, RHP Sam LeCure 6gs).

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Reds and P&G partner for new video board
at Great American Ball Park

90’x30’ LED screen to debut in time for the All-Star Game

CINCINNATI (May 28, 2015) — A second LED video board will be added to Great American Ball Park in time for the 86th MLB All-Star Game, thanks to the continued partnership between the Cincinnati Reds and Procter & Gamble.

The video display, which if laid flat would span the entire length from home plate to first base, allows fans with obstructed views to the existing scoreboard a new direct line of sight to all the digital action.

P&G, a long-time partner with the Reds, is providing financial support for the scoreboard which will also feature some of P&G’s great American brands such as Tide, Charmin and Pampers. Construction is kicking off this week.

“We are proud to partner with P&G on this project and excited to showcase the extensive brand portfolio of this iconic global company,” said Bob Castellini, Reds President and CEO. “We are grateful P&G continues to honor its local roots by supporting projects such as this.”

The Reds and P&G have a longstanding partnership. Many of P&G’s popular brands are already featured around Great American Ball Park, and most recently the Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, sponsored by P&G, opened in the Roselawn neighborhood.

“As a company focused on delighting consumers every day, we’re thrilled to create a partnership between America’s favorite brands, Great American Ball Park and our hometown Cincinnati Reds to enhance the fan experience,” said P&G Chairman and CEO A.G. Lafley. “As Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game puts Cincinnati on the worldwide stage, we’re proud to show P&G’s strong commitment to the Reds.”

The new Daktronics LED video display will be installed above the Sun Deck/Moon Deck seats in right field, complementing the existing main video board above left field.

Once the board is installed, about 7,500 seats that have limited or obstructed views of the main scoreboard will directly benefit from the new video display.

The installation of the new video board is scheduled to be completed later this summer in time for the MLB All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park.

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves nearly five billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

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Lineups in a bit.

Expect good news!

Jamie

SUNDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; BASELINE ITEMS

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Down on the farm…

Last night for AA-Pensacola, RHP Robert Stephenson struck out 11 of the 21 batters he faced (4.2ip, 2h, 2r/2er, 5bb) as the Blue Wahoos were defeated by Jacksonville in extra-innings, 8-6.  Over his last 4 starts, Stephenson is holding batters to a .187 batting average (22ip, 8r/7er, 2.86era, 1hr, 24k).

Also last night for Pensacola, Reds prospects Kyle Waldrop and Jesse Winker switched outfield positions. Waldrop made his season debut in left field while Winker, Pensacola’s primary left fielder, moved to right.

After a slow start to the season (.242/.271/.394 in April), Waldrop has been on fire this month.  In 23 games in May, he’s batting .333 with a .351 on-base percentage while slugging at a .541 clip.

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If you’re wondering why Johnny Cueto isn’t making his scheduled start today, he’s suffering from elbow stiffness. Mark Sheldon has more on that story HERE.

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How about this throw from Joey yesterday?!

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More in a bit. Let’s go Reds!!

Expect good news,

Jamie

THURSDAY’S #REDS BASELINE ITEMS; ANOTHER PRIZE OPPORTUNITY

Yesterday, we mentioned the Cincinnati Reds and All-Star Game wines that are available at select retailers.  Here are some photos to make you thirsty…

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For more information on the wine or for official imagery please contact Stefanie Drucker at 917-270-9938 or sdrucker@winebydesignco.com.

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On the Farm…

RHP Jon Moscot (AAA-Louisville) continues to dominate the International League.  Yesterday vs. Norfolk, the 6’4″ righthander allowed an unearned run on 3 hits over 6.0 innings to improve his record to a perfect 6-0.  In 7 starts overall this season for the Bats, Moscot has allowed just 10 earned runs over 21.0 innings pitched (2.06 ERA, 29k, .226 opponents batting average).

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This date in Reds history…

On this date last year, Reds manager Bryan Price lit a fire under the boys…

On this date in 2012, Mike Leake hit his first big league home run.  It was the first of 3 consecutive homers hit off the Braves that inning…

As the Reds prepare for a weekend series against their in-state rival Indians, let’s go back exactly 5 years ago to see highlights of Cincinnati’s exciting win over the Tribe…

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Congratulations to Suzanne, the winner of yesterday’s Better Off Red prize closet contest.

Let’s give away some more stuff today, shall we?  In the “Comments” section of this post, tell me about the first Reds game you ever remember watching – either in-person or on TV.

Please note that when you leave a comment, only I can initially see it (it gets emailed to me).  I will randomly “approve” the one winning comment and it will appear at the end of this blog post tomorrow (Friday).  Cool? Good luck!

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#REDS BASELINE ITEMS: MAY FOURTH EDITION

May the Fourth Be with You!

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Votto vs. Vader. Joey’s OPS is much higher.

 

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Little known fact: Brennan Boesch has two purebread Imperial Walkers

 

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For your records:

The Saturday, June 20 game between the Reds and Marlins at Great American Ball Park is now scheduled to begin at 7:10 PM. It had originally been a 4:10 game.

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Oliver-BobbleheadCollectible Bobblehead for May: Joe Oliver

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum’s 2015 bobblehead series celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Reds 1990 World Championship team.

The series continues in May with catcher Joe Oliver, whose game-winning hit in Game 2 of the 1990 World Series cemented his place on the Reds’ all-time list of postseason heroes. The bobblehead depicts Oliver in the midst of that historic swing.

The bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame beginning Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. and will be available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of May, while supplies last.

The bobblehead series, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, continues each month through August with a different member of the 1990 World Series team in a classic pose that highlights an iconic moment:
• April: Todd Benzinger (now available only to museum members)
• May: Joe Oliver
• June: Billy Hatcher
• July: Tom Browning
• August: Paul O’Neill

Admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for active military/veterans.

The best way to ensure a bobblehead is to join the Hall of Fame & Museum as a member:
• $50 Reds Fan membership (individual) gets the Todd Benzinger and Joe Oliver bobbleheads
• $85 All-Star membership (family) gets the Todd Benzinger, Joe Oliver, Billy Hatcher and Tom Browning bobbleheads
• $200 MVP membership gets all five bobbleheads
• $1,000 World Champion memberships get all five bobbleheads plus additional exclusive perks and gifts.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 85 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.

The Museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.

Located next to Great American Ball Park, The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is open year-round with extended hours on game days.

Plan your visit at www.redsmuseum.org or by calling (513) 765-7923.

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Major League Baseball today released a second update on the leaders of the Franchise Four campaign.

The current Reds Franchise Four leaders are: Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin.

Voting continues through May 8 at MLB.com/FranchiseFour.

More from MLB:

With more than 17.4 million votes cast so far and close races throughout the 33 categories, the highlights of the current leaders include the following:

• Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax and Tom Seaver continue to lead in the “Greatest Living Players” category.

• Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan appears on the Franchise Fours of the Los Angeles Angels, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. The only other player to appear on multiple Club Franchise Fours is Vladimir Guerrero (Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Angels).

• Nine different franchises – the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees, the Oakland Athletics, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals – have four Hall of Famers representing them in their respective Franchise Fours.

• The changes since the first balloting update issued on April 22nd are as follows: Luis Aparicio has passed Harold Baines to join the group of leaders for the White Sox; Walter Johnson has passed Tony Oliva to join the group of the Twins’ franchise leaders, including their Senators roots; Robin Roberts has passed Chase Utley to join the Phillies’ leaders; Rogers Hornsby has passed Ozzie Smith to join the Cardinals’ leaders; and Ichiro Suzuki has passed Randy Johnson to join the Mariners’ leaders.

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That’s all for now.  More in a bit!

Expect good news,

Jamie

WEDNESDAY’S #REDS BASELINE ITEMS – LAST CHANCE TO SECURE YOUR NASTY BOYS BOBBLE

Look what I arrived today to Better Off Red Headquarters

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Today is your last chance to secure one of these beauties by ordering your Nasty Boys Pick 6 Plan!  Also, there are single tickets and Standing Room Only tickets still available.

Remember, the first 30,000 people through the gates on Saturday will receive a bobblehead.  Gates to GABP on Saturdays generally open 2 hours before first pitch, unless large crowds on Crosley Terrace dictate opening any earlier.  Basically, what I’m saying is, if you want a bobblehead, get your ticket now and get to the ballpark early!

CLICK HERE for more details.

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A few minor league notes…

In Louisville’s 13-8 loss yesterday to Toledo, IF Irving Falu went 2-for-2 with a triple and 3 RBI. Falu is batting .371 in 10 games for the Bats (13-for-35, .870ops).

OF Jesse Winker (2-for-5) yesterday hit his first home run of the season in Pensacola’s 8-4 loss to Birmingham.

RHP Nick Travieso fired 6 shutout innings in the first game of Daytona’s doubleheader vs. Dunedin. He scattered 5 hits with 2 walks while striking out 5.

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How awesome was this last night…

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Lineup and more to come,

Jamie

FRIDAY’S #REDS BASELINE ITEMS

Awesome day for sports. Finally get to see what this Bryant dude can do with a bat…

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Did you guys see the drama that went down on Twitter Thursday morning? Brayan Pena, was ready to go to the gym with Billy Hamilton, but speedy Billy was more like sleepy Billy.  A tweet later, hilarity ensued and #WakeUpBilly was born.  See below…

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One of the nicest young guys in the game, Michael Lorenzen, is off to a hot start at Triple-A Louisville.  In 2 starts for the Bats, he’s 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA and a .196 opponents batting average.  He’s allowed just 1 run (solo homer) on 9 hits over 13.0 innings (3bb, 5k).

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A big thank you to Jessica Barga and the folks at Miami University for inviting me back last night to my alma mater to speak at the Oxford Writing Festival.  It’s always great to be back on the most beautiful campus in the country! #LoveAndHonor

Miami

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The Reds are in St. Louis tonight to battle the Cards. I’ll have lineups and possibly other news later right here on Better Off Red.

And speaking of BOR, I have still have some shirts to give away…want one?

Expect good news,

Jamie

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