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#REDS BASELINE ITEMS; CINCINNATI SCOUT HONORED

Keep checking today’s Baseline Items, as this post may be updated with information/news as the day progresses.

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Some good news in Reds land today…

West coast cross checker Jeff Barton has been named this year’s recipient of the Scout of the Year Award for the West Region.

The Scout of the Year Award honors a lifetime of scouting excellence.  Jeff received the most votes in the history of the award.  He will be honored at a banquet at this year’s winter meetings in Nashville.

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Congratulations to kcnaeou1978, who was randomly chosen as this week’s Baseline Items prize winner!

kc’s question was:

What do you see are the biggest missing pieces for the Reds to get back to playoffs?

To answer, I’d like to see the team solidify its bullpen, add some power to the bench and continue to be creative in adding “analytic-friendly” players with “high-character” players.

Many of you had great questions and comments on Tuesday’s blog post.  I’ll continue to answer/address here on BOR in the coming days.  Thanks for the participation!

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From the Reds 2015 Season in Review…

SETTING RECORDS: Joey Votto established modern franchise records for walks (143), number of games reaching base at least twice (107) and total number of times reaching base via hit, walk or HBP (319)…he broke his own records, all set in 2013 (135 walks, 105g reaching twice, 316 total times on base)…from 7/10-7/28, he reached base safely at least twice via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 15 consecutive apps, also a single-season franchise record (24-48, .500, 4 2b, 4hr, 9rbi, 17bb, 2hbp, .833slg, .642obp)…the club’s previous single-season mark of 13 such games was shared by Joe Kelley (1903), Johnny Temple (1958), Pete Rose (1967) and Adam Dunn (2002)…from 8/11-10/2, Votto reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP in 48 consecutive games (55-154, .357, .528obp), tying Pete Rose’s single-season modern franchise record (6/12-8/2, 1978)…Votto’s 48-game on-base streak was the longest single-season streak in the Major Leagues since Kevin Millar reached safely in 52 straight in 2007 (6/20-8/25) and the longest in the NL since Barry Bonds’ 58-game streak in 2003…Votto reached base safely in 144 of his 158 apps overall, 2 shy of his 2013 single-season club record of 146g…he led the Major Leagues in all of the above statistical references.

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Hope to have a big Better Off Red announcement soon.  Keep your eyes (and ears) open!

Expect good news,

Jamie

‘VACATION’S OVER, PAL!’

Hi folks!  I’m happy to be back here at Better Off Red Headquarters after spending a gorgeous autumn “staycation” at home in Cincinnati.   This is absolutely my most favorite time of the year and I must say, the Queen City is no slouch when showing off her Fall wardrobe.

In addition to the incredible Bengals game I saw yesterday, I’ve spent a lot time glued to the TV set watching Postseason baseball.  None of the new Fall television shows can quite capture drama like Major League Baseball in October.  The Astros/Royals series is my favorite so far, followed by Cubs/Cardinals.  And yes, I did see the “Utley Slide.”

Speaking of Postseason baseball, my colleague Larry Herms and I have once again been selected to work the NLCS for MLB.  Not sure yet in which city we’ll work, but we’ve been assigned to games six and seven (if necessary).  I have yet to visit Citi Field, so I wouldn’t mind seeing the Mets advance.

Here are a few Baseline Items to catch you up on while I was away…

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Reds HOF & Museum offers Major League Clubhouse Tours

CINCINNATI (Oct. 12, 2015) — The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is once again offering offseason tours of Great American Ball Park that include the Reds clubhouse, radio and TV booths, dugouts and more.

The two hour Major League Clubhouse Tours feature access to the:
• Reds Clubhouse
• Visitors Clubhouse
• Radio & TV Broadcast Booths
• Field Level Media Interview Room
• Plus all the stops on the Scotts® Great American Ball Park Tour including the dugouts, press box, Mercedes-Benz Diamond Club, FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club, Handlebar at the Riverfront Club presented by Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati and more.

The tours begin Oct. 17 and are available on Saturday afternoons at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. only.

Major League Clubhouse Tour tickets and pricing are available at:
www.redsmuseum.org
• (513) 765-7923
• In person at the Reds HOF & Museum, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Each tour ticket includes admission into the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

The tours run weekly until March 19, 2016. No tours on Dec. 5 due to Redsfest.

Space is limited and tours often sell out in advance.

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.

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Major League Baseball recently released information recapping the 2015 season.  You might find the following data helpful…

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PACE OF GAME

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INSTANT REPLAY

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From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Ten of the National Pastime’s pioneering voices have been named as the finalists for the 2016 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The 10 finalists for the 2016 Frick Award are: Jack Graney, Harry Heilmann, Al Helfer, France Laux, Tom Manning, Graham McNamee, Rosey Rowswell, Hal Totten, Ty Tyson and Bert Wilson. The winner of the 2016 Frick Award will be announced on December 9 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., and will be honored during the July 23 Awards Presentation as part of the July 22-25 Hall of Fame Weekend 2016 in Cooperstown.

The 10 finalists for the 2016 Frick Award include the three fan selections produced from online balloting at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook site – http://www.facebook.com/baseballhall – in September and October. Graney, McNamee and Wilson emerged as the top three fan selections in the online voting. The other seven candidates were chosen by a Hall of Fame research committee. All candidates are deceased.

(Helfer called games for the Reds in 1935 & 1936).

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MLB AWARDS CALENDAR:

During World Series
• Game 2, Oct. 28, AL City Rivera/Hoffman AL/NL Relievers of the Year presented by The Hartford
• Game 3, Oct. 30, NL City Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet – J.J. Hoover is a finalist!
• Game 4, Oct. 31, NL City Hank Aaron Awards – Joey Votto is a finalist!

• Mon., Nov. 9 (8:00 pm ET) MLBPA Players Choice Awards (MLB Network)
• Mon., Nov. 9 (Evening) Sporting News Executive of the Year GM Meetings in Boca Raton, FL
• Tues., Nov. 10 (6:00 pm ET) BBWAA Awards Finalists Announced (MLB Network)
• Tues., Nov. 10 (7:00 pm ET) Rawlings Gold Gloves (ESPN)
• Wed., Nov. 11 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards (MLB Network)
• Thurs., Nov. 12 Louisville Silver Sluggers (MLB Network)

Mon., Nov. 16-Thurs., Nov. 19
BBWAA Awards (Finalists, Tues., Nov. 10) MLB Network
o Nov. 16 Rookies of the Year
o Nov. 17 Managers of the Year
o Nov. 18 Cy Young Winners
o Nov. 19 Most Valuable Players

• Fri., Nov. 20 (7:00 pm ET) Esurance MLB Awards (MLB Network, MLB.com)
• Tues., Dec. 1 American League Edgar Martinez Outstanding DH
• Sat., Jan. 23 2016 BBWAA Dinner at New York Hilton

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That’s all for now! I’ll have more in a bit, including a chance for you to win some cool prizes from Better Off Red!

Expect good news,

Jamie

WEDNESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; BASELINE ITEMS

 

Todd Frazier, who was in the original lineup, has been scratched.  More information forthcoming.  In the meantime, here’s tonight’s lineup:

9-30-15

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From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies tonight the Reds Community Fund will welcome and recognize members of their board & volunteer leaders of their numerous youth baseball and softball outreach programs. Also tonight the RCF will receive donations in the amount of $5,000 from Sargento & Kroger as part of their “Kroger K’s Program” and $28,000 from Mike’s Carwash as part of their season-long “BowTie Tuesday” promotion.

Tonight the Rotary Club of Cincinnati will honor Dr. Henry Heimlich in recognition of lifetime of achievements by presenting him with the Paul Harris Fellowship, named after the founder of the Rotary International.

Tonight’s Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero will be done In Memoriam for Master Sergeant Corey Hood. MSGT Hood died in a tragic accident earlier this summer at the Chicago Air & Water Show. Corey was a Lakota West High School grad and served in Iraq & Afghanistan prior to joining the Army’s Golden Knights parachute demonstration team. We will be joined at tonight’s game by dozens of Corey’s friends and family members, as well as his wife Lyndsay – who will stand in for Corey during our Hometown Hero moment.

As part of a Military Appreciation Night at Great American Ball Park, we will have a post-Anthem flyover conducted by the 77th Weapons Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base. The flyover will be performed using a B-1 bomber flown by Major Kevin Johnson, a Lakota West High School grad, and his crew.

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11th Annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic raised $230,000

CINCINNATI (Sept. 29, 2015) — The Reds Community Fund announced today the 11th annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, which took place at Belterra Casino Resort on Sept. 27 & 28, raised $230,000 for the Reds Community Fund.

Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, over 40 celebrities and 170 golfers participated in this year’s event that included two golf scrambles and a Sunday night dinner and comedy show.

This year’s special guest was Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.

Since its inception in 2005, the Marty Brennaman Golf Classic has raised nearly $2,400,000 to support the baseball and softball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

The event was sponsored by CBTS with additional support from Cintas, Belterra Casino Resort and Prestige AV & Creative Services.

The Sunday night dinner and program was hosted by Jim Day and Fox Sports Ohio.

Following the dinner, guests enjoyed a comedy show in Belterra’s CenterStage Showroom featuring comedians Josh Sneed, Dave Dyer and Todd Yohn.

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MONDAY’S #REDS LINEUP IN DC; BASELINE ITEMS

Keep checking today’s Baseline Items, as this post may be updated with information/news as the day progresses.

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CLUBHOUSE CHEMISTRY?

In light of what happened in the Nationals’ dugout yesterday, there was a Twitter discussion today on “clubhouse chemistry” and whether or not it has an effect on the success of a team.  So, let me pose the question to you:

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THE NATION’S CAPITAL

The Reds are in DC this afternoon to take on the Nationals at 3:05pm.  Today’s game is the makeup of the July 8 contest that was postponed due to wet grounds and the threat of rain.  The Redlegs will return to GABP tomorrow to begin the final home series of the season – a 3-game set against the Cubs.

Here’s today’s lineup at Washington:

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VOTTO WATCH

In yesterday’s 8-1 loss vs New York, Joey Votto went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 44 straight games. It’s the longest such current streak in the Majors.

Overall this season, Joey has reached base safely in 139 of his 152 appearances.

With 7 games remaining in the season, Votto is trying to join Barry Bonds (4x), Ted Williams (3x) and Babe Ruth (2x) as the only players in Major League history to hit at least .300 (.318) with 30 home runs (29) and 150 walks (140).

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MARTY GOLF

Plenty of photos continue to come in to Better Off Red Headquarters from the CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic currently taking place at Belterra Casino and Resort.  Here are a few courtesy of my pal Michael “Mando” Anderson

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SUNDAY’S REDS TRANSACTION

The Reds claimed off waivers from the Indians OF Tyler Holt and transferred to the 60-day disabled list IF/OF Kristopher Negron.

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CONGRATULATIONS, DICKIE!

In pre-game ceremonies yesterday the Reds recognized Dick Maus, who is retiring after helping bring games into the homes of Reds fans for more than 5 decades. Dick worked for 700 WLW Radio from 1961-75 and since 1979 has been a part of the Reds TV crew.

Dick Maus and family on the field for pregame ceremonies 9/27/15

Dick Maus and family on the field for pregame ceremonies 9/27/15

Dick is widely considered among his peers here at GABP as the kindest, sweetest man around.  He’s certainly going to be missed here at the ballpark.

On behalf of those here at BOR, best wishes, Dick!

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As the season winds down, there’s still a lot of prizes to be given away here on Better Off Red, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

That’s all for now! More in a bit.

Expect good news!

Jamie

FRIDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; BASELINE ITEMS

9-25-15

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TONIGHT’S RUNDOWN

From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 13th Fireworks Friday of the 2015 season, presented by Adam’s Recovery Center. The postgame fireworks show will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game and feature Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a Disney themed soundtrack.

During pregame ceremonies we will recognize Reds Way Employee of the Month for the month of September, Retail Associate Tori Pfeiffer.

Also during pregame ceremonies representatives of GE, PNC Bank & Encore Technologies will make a $7,000 donation to the March of Dimes on behalf of a promotion tied to each Reds home run hit during the 2015 season.

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CONGRATS SEG!

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May main man Bill “Seg” Dennison tonight will be presented with the prestigious Colerain High School Distinguished Alumni Award during halftime of the Colerain/Middletown football game.

Seg is a fixture on the Cincinnati airwaves (700 WLW) and at Great American Ball Park, assisting in the production of Reds on Radio broadcasts.  He joins the likes of Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune and former Major League pitcher Roger McDowell in receiving this celebrated honor.

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HE WON A TUNDRA!

Thanks to Jay Bruce’s 8th inning home run last night off Hansel Robles, Rafael Gonzalez of Florence, KY won a brand new Toyota Tundra!

Normally winning the Tundra requires a home run ball to hit the actual truck that rests high above GABP or one of the specific signs inside the ballpark.  However, the rules were loosened last night to allow a winner if a Reds home run landed anywhere between the rightfield foul pole and the edge of the Sun/Moon Deck seats (Section 146). Bruce’s homer landed in the Moon Deck seats, where Gonzalez was sitting.

Gonzalez will receive the keys to his brand new Tundra prior to tomorrow’s game with the Mets.

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VOTTO WATCH

Joey Votto last night went 2-for-3 with a walk.  He’s reached base safely in 41 consecutive games and in 135 of his 148 appearances this season.  Votto is currently batting .316 with 29 homers and 138 walks and is trying to join Barry Bonds, Ted Williams and Babe Ruth as the only players in Major League history to hit at least .300 with 30 homers and 150 walks.  He has 10 games left to do it.

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NEW BOR STICKERS COMING SOON!

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That’s all for now. More in a bit!

Expect good news!

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

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VOTTO-MATIC!

In last night’s 3-1 loss at St. Louis, Joey Votto went 0-for-3 with a walk to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 39 straight games.  It’s the second-longest such streak in Votto’s career as he reached safely in 41 consecutive games during his MVP year of 2010.

Votto’s 39-game on-base streak is currently the second-longest in the Majors (Joe Mauer, 41).

Overall this season, Joey has reached base safely in 134 of his 147 appearances.

Longest current streaks of reaching base safely in MLB

Longest current streaks of reaching base safely in MLB

The folks at FanGraphs posted THIS outstanding piece on Votto and hitting.  It’s well worth the read.

And while you’re over there at FanGraphs, you might want to also check out THIS entry about the potentially dangerous Big Three in the Reds pitching staff.

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TODD FRAZIER HIGHLIGHTS!

@FlavaFraz21 appeared Tuesday on Intentional Talk. Check it out…

…and then he made this unbelievable catch later that night

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HAMILTON TO HAVE SURGERY

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BRUCE CRUSHES

Check out this 456-foot home run by Jay Bruce on Tuesday night…

Want to know how the distance on that Bruce homer ranks among the Major League leaders this season? Check out MLB.com’s Statcast which has all kinds of that good stuff, including this…

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MONDAY’S CONTEST WINNER

Congratulations to Steve, who was randomly selected to win Monday’s BOR prize! We’ll have more giveaways soon, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled and glued to Better Off Red.

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RIP YOGI

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MIDPOINT MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Reds and Mets won’t be the only ones playing in Cincinnati this weekend.  The Midpoint Music Festival is also taking place in the Queen City from Friday through Sunday with all kinds of cool bands scheduled to perform rock-n-roll music at moderately high decibels.

I hope you folks get a chance to tie in a ballgame at Great American Ball Park with a few live music shows downtown. Perhaps we can meet up at the Moon Duo show on Sunday night at 10pm at the “Lightborne Lot.”

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That’s all for now. More in a bit.

Expect good news!

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR 9/21/15; WINNER ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to Bryan V., who was randomly chosen as last week’s Better Off Red contest winner!  Bryan thinks the Royals will battle the Pirates in the World Series.

Since Bryan won the contest, that means you didn’t.  But don’t worry.  I’m going to give you another chance to receive a cool prize from Better Off Red Headquarters:

In the Comments Section of this blog post, tell me which individual Reds opponent you most enjoy watching.

I’ll approve and publish one random winning comment and contact that person via email.

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While the Reds were visiting Milwaukee over the weekend, LHP Brandon Finnegan earned the victory in his first Major League start. Here’s an interesting tid-bit from Elias Sports Bureau on that feat…

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It’s an annual tradition – Cincinnati rookies dressing up in hilarious costumes on one of the final road trips of the year.  It seems that this current Reds roadie was designated for such hijinks in the form of a wedding party!  Here are some various photos that are popping up on social media from various members of the Reds traveling party…

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A few things to keep your eye on when the Reds take on the Cardinals tonight in St. Louis…

From STATS: Jay Bruce homered twice yesterday and now has 61 extra-base hits on the season. Since 2011, Bruce is one of six MLB players with at least 60 extra-base hits in four or more seasons (McCutchen, M.Cabrera, Encarnacion, Ortiz, Trout).

Joey Votto has reached base safely in 37 consecutive games. It’s the second-longest current streak in the Majors (Joe Mauer, 40).

The Reds are 32-35 and scoring an average of 4.31 runs per game this season vs the very tough National League Central.

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Want a new truck?

If a Reds player hits a home run into the Sun Deck/Moon Deck seats in right field during the New York Mets (Sept. 24-27) and Chicago Cubs (Sept. 29 & 30) games at Great American Ball Park, one pre-registered fan will win a new Tundra.

Now through Sept. 23, fans can register at any of the six Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Toyota dealers to be eligible to win:
– Kings Toyota in Cincinnati
– Joseph Toyota of Cincinnati
– Beechmont Toyota in Cincinnati
– Performance Toyota in Fairfield
– Kerry Toyota in Florence, Ky.
– Dry Ridge Toyota in Dry Ridge, Ky.

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It’s with a heavy heart to write about the passing of Tim McKinney.  Tim was a co-host of the popular weekly Redlegs Radio Report on ESPN 102.7 FM/ 1450 AM in Bowling Green, KY.  A loyal Reds fan, Tim was always so kind to me when I’d appear as a guest on the radio show or when I’d see him at the ballpark or on the Caravan stop in Bowling Green.  He fought through 7 separate battles with cancer and recently showed levity when he joked, “Six wins and one loss is still a hell of a record for a starting pitcher.”

On behalf of everyone here at Great American Ball Park and Better Off Red, condolences to Tim’s friends and family, fans and co-workers.

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That’s all for now.  More in a bit!

Expect good news,

Jamie

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#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Congratulations to OF Jesse Winker and LHP Amir Garrett, who’ve been named the top Reds prospects of 2015!

My main man Mark Sheldon has more on this story HERE.

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Don’t forget to vote for J.J. Hoover for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award.  CLICK HERE to do so.

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For those of you folks with iPads and the MLB At-Bat app, your prayers have been answered!  MLB announced yesterday that At-Bat has been updated to support iOS 9 AND will begin picture-in-picture streaming for the iPad!

This is going to be awesome for the stretch run and the Postseason!

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And speaking of the Postseason, in the Comments section of this blog post, tell me who you think will battle it out in the 2015 World Series.  One random participant will win a cool prize from Better Off Red Headquarters!

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Skip Schumaker is now on Instagram!  Follow him at StandardMule55.

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Do you folks know about the Reds All-Star Legacy Brick Campaign? If not, it’s worth checking out HERE.

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That’s all for now.  More in a bit!  Have a great weekend!

Expect good news,

Jamie

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#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

FUNKBLAST FRAZIER!!

Watch (and listen to) this go-ahead home run by Todd Frazier in the 10th inning of last night’s game in San Francisco…

The Reds beat the Giants last night, 9-8.  Frazier now has 34 home runs on the season.

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Can you believe it’s been 27 years?

September 16, 1988: After a 2 hour and 27 minute rain delay, Tom Browning finally took the Riverfront Stadium mound for Cincinnati.  Less than 2 hours later, he became the first Red to ever complete a perfect game.

It took just 101 pitches (72 strikes) to breeze through the soon-to-be World Series Champion Dodger lineup. Twenty-seven up, 27 down. Browning induced 10 fly outs and 10 ground outs while fanning 7.  Not once during the game did he reach a 3-ball count.  It was truly perfection.

Here’s highlights from that fateful night 27 years ago…

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This past Saturday, over 400 people took over Great American Ball Park before the Reds/Cardinals game to participate in “Sliding Into OM” – a special yoga session on the field. Here are some photos courtesy of my pal Michael “Mando” Anderson

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Including the 2012 NLDS, the Reds have won 12 of the last 15 meetings vs. the Giants at AT&T Park.

Something to keep your eye on during tonight’s game: Jay Bruce (9) is trying to join Billy Hamilton (56), Brandon Phillips (20), Todd Frazier (12) and Joey Votto (11) with double-digit steals totals. The last time the Reds produced at least 5 players with 10 or more steals was 1999, when they had 6 players (Mike Cameron 38, Pokey Reese 38, Barry Larkin 30, Aaron Boone 17, Greg Vaughn 15, Michael Tucker 11). Cincinnati currently leads the Majors with 128 stolen bases.

That’s all for now. More in a bit!

Expect good news,

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Keep checking today’s Baseline Items, as this post may be updated with information/news as the day progresses.

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Way to go, J.J.!

RHP J.J. Hoover has been named Reds nominee for the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award!  Hoover is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others.

J.J. has committed to giving back to the community and is looking to expand on his family’s connection to become more involved with the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.  Hoover is aware of the importance of giving back to Reds Country, the same community that has given so much to him.

The Reds will host a pregame ceremony when the team returns to town on Thursday, September 24 recognizing J.J. as the club’s nominee. A $7,500 donation from Chevrolet will be made to the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky in J.J.’s honor.

Beginning Wednesday, September 16th (Roberto Clemente Day), fans are encouraged to vote for J.J. Hoover to win the prestigious Clemente Award and register for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 World Series on ChevyBaseball.com.

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Congratulations and good luck to the Reds’ Skip Schumaker!

From MLBPA:

Thousands of baseball fans participated in an Internet poll on http://www.MLBPLAYERS.com between September 10 and 13, to determine which players inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.

From this list of 30 players, Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles) was tabbed to represent the AL East, Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers) and David Robertson (Chicago White Sox) – TIE – the AL Central, Robinson Cano (Seattle Mariners) the AL West, Dee Gordon (Miami Marlins) the NL East, Skip Schumaker (Cincinnati Reds) the NL Central and Justin Turner (LA Dodgers) the NL West.

These seven players will have their names placed on the 2015 Players Choice Awards ballot to determine this season’s Marvin Miller Man of the Year award winner. 2015 Players Choice Awards ballots will be distributed to all Major League players on Wednesday, September 16, when the accounting firm of KPMG conducts the league-wide, players-only voting.

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Check out this highly amusing video from the Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash (poor Jumbo!)…

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Voting season continues!

Online fan voting begins today for the 2015 Esurance MLB Awards.  Fans, members of the baseball media, club front-office personnel, former MLB players and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) members – each count for 20% of the winner selection.  Winners in each of the 24 categories will receive the trophy known as the GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball).

The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards Show, will air Friday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET exclusively on MLB Network and MLB.com.

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Ford Frick Award Update

Over 20 broadcasters from the “Broadcasting Dawn Era” are eligible for the 2016 Ford Frick Award, including former Reds mic men Dick Bray (1937-43) and Harry Hartman (1931-33).  Voting for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Frick Award is open now through October 2 at www.facebook.com/baseballhall.

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The End of the Road

The season has ended for the three Reds minor league teams that qualified for the postseason in their respective leagues.

AA-Pensacola was eliminated by Biloxi in the Southern League playoffs (3-0).

A-Daytona was defeated by Charlotte in the Florida State League finals (3-1).

R-Billings fell to Missoula in the Pioneer League playoffs (2-1).

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Disco

Disco!

Raisel

Raisel

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That’s all for now. Check back soon on how you can win a cool prize from Better Off Red Headquarters!

Expect good news,

Jamie

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