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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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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

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

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

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Thirty years ago today, while I sat on the living room couch in my Underoos and my mom ironing clothes nearby, I watched Pete Rose collect his 4,192nd Major League hit…

It was 8:01 pm when Pete singled off the Padres’ Eric Show.  Not soon after, Ramsey Family rules dictated that I had to go to bed.  I was upset when I found out the next morning that I missed Pete’s seventh inning triple and his head-first slide into third.

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It was a big night for the Redlegs last night as they defeated the Cardinals, 11-0.  John Lamb earned his first Major League victory and Todd Frazier (3-for-5, 3r) collected his 32nd home run and 40th double.

From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau...

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Regarding Frazier, he’s now in some pretty elite company.  He’s the fourth player in modern Reds history (since 1900) with 40 doubles and 30 home runs in a season.  The others are Jay Bruce (2013), Dave Parker (1985) and Frank Robinson (1962).

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The Reds held another fabulous Season Ticket Holder Luncheon this afternoon at Great American Ball Park. Today’s luncheon gave Reds season ticket holders an opportunity to get photos with Reds players and participate in a Q&A session with players and staff.  The Reds also treated STH to a delicious lunch and prize raffle.

It’s always nice to see the fans who do so much in supporting the team get treated by the Reds with such perks as the Season Ticket Holder Luncheon.  If you’d be interested in reaping the benefits of a season ticket holder, CLICK HERE for more details.

Here are some photos from today’s luncheon…

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That’s all for now. More in a bit!

Expect good news,

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

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

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Congratulations to Linda Kammerer, who was randomly selected as the winner of yesterday’s Better Off Red contest!

Linda wins a mystery bobblehead and a virtual hug.

More BOR contests coming soon, so stay tuned!

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I’m sure by now you’ve seen what happened in last night’s game in which both Joey Votto and Bryan Price were ejected by homeplate umpire Bill Welke.

Here’s what Price had to say to the media immediately after the game…

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Votto today is celebrating his 32nd birthday!  Here’s a great story on him by MLB.com columnist Phil Rogers.

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The Reds are trying to play the role of spoiler in the final month of the 2015 season – 17 of their final 24 games are against teams currently eligible for the Postseason (7g vs StL, 4g vs NYM, 3g vs Chi & 3g vs Pit).

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The Reds are hoping LHP John Lamb brings them success tonight against the Cardinals.  St. Louis is batting .263 as a team this season against righties, compared to .232 vs. Lefties.

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Congratulations to the Reds High-A affiliate Daytona Tortugas for completing the 2-game sweep last night over Clearwater and advancing to the Florida State League Championship Series!

Daytona won a nail-biter, beating the Threshers, 2-1.

RHP Nick Travieso was outstanding for the ‘Tugas, allowing just 1 run on 6 hits in 7.0 innings (1bb, 5k).  C Chad Wallach belted a solo homer in the 4th.

Beginning tonight, Daytona will host the first 2 games of a best-of-five championship series against the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays).  RHP Jackson Stephens (12-7, 2.97) is expected to start for the Tortugas.

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The Reds rookie level Billings Mustangs also won last night in the first game of their best-of-three game series against Missoula (Diamondbacks).  They beat the Osprey, 5-2.

RHP Wendolyn Bautista was solid in his 6.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits with no walks and 4 strikeouts.

The Mustangs plated 5 runs on 7 hits.

The series moves to Missoula tonight, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:05 ET.  If Billings wins, they’ll advance to the Pioneer League Championship series to play the winner of the Orem/Idaho Falls series.

LHP Jacob Constante (4-3, 3.56) is scheduled to start tonight for the Mustangs.

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The Reds Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos tonight begin their quest for the Southern League Championship. They host Biloxi (Brewers) in the first game of a best-of-five series. The winner of the series advances to play for the league title.  RHP Daniel Wright (10-11, 4.53) is slated to start tonight for the Blue Wahoos.

And speaking of Pensacola – they’ve been named the Southern League Organization of the Year!  Congrats to our friends with the Blue Wahoos!

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Expect good news!

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9; UPDATED INTRO MUSIC

Happy Hump Day, folks!  Today at Better Off Red we have all kinds of goodies for you, including updated Reds intro music and a chance to win a cool prize from BOR HQ.  Enjoy!

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Here’s the most updated Reds intro music…

#58 Adcock – “Seminole Wind” by John Anderson
#25 Badenhop – “Strangle Hold” by Ted Nugent
#51 Balester – “No Leaf Clover” by Metallica
#16 Barnhart – “Gonna Know We Were Here” by Jason Aldean (start at :53)
#27 Boesch – “April 29, 1992 (Miami)” by Sublime (start at :17)
#30 Bourgeois – “Pushin” by Bun-B (start at :08)
#32 Bruce – “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift (start at :03)
#67 Cabrera – “Fantica Sensual (Remix) by Plan B Feat. Nikki Jam (start at :45)
#54 Chapman – “Wake up” by Rage Against the Machine & “Jingo” by Santana
#52 Cingrani – “The King is Dead” by A Wilhem Scream (Pitching)
#52 Cingrani – “Black Nurse” by Glass Jaw (Hitting)
#53 Contreras – “Jehova de los Ejercitos” by Miel San Marcos
#2 Cozart – “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” by Robert Randolph
#3 De Jesus Jr – “Que Suenen los Tembores” by Victor Manuelle
#3 De Jesus Jr- “Ya Llego” by Pirulo y La Tribu
#28 DeSclafani – “Moment of Clarity” by Jay-Z (batting)
#28 DeSclafani – “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen (pitching)
#70 Diaz – “Mozart LaPara” by Pa’Gozar
#23 Duvall – “Lean On” by Major Lazer & DJ Snake (Start at :32)
#52 Finnegan-“Notorious Thugz” by The Notorious BIG feat Bone Thugs
#21 Frazier – “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
#6 Hamilton #1 – “Make Sum Shake” by Cool Amerika
#6 Hamilton #2 – “Ain’t Done Turnin Up” by Chief Keef
#6 Hamilton #3– “We In Da City” by Young Dro (start at :14)
#60 Hoover – “Awake and Alive” by Skillet (start at :05)
#26 Iglesias – “El Perdon” by Nicky Jam (start at :08)(Pitching)
#26 Iglesias- “Sigueme y Te Sigo” by Daddy Yankee (start at :35) (Hitting)
#65 LaMarre- #1 “Blessings” by Big Sean (start at :40)
#65 LaMarre #2 “I Love This Life” by LoCash (Start at :08)
#47 Lamb – “I’ve Been Waiting” by Ishe Dube (pitching)
#47 Lamb – “10 Toes In” by Tekulve (hitting)
#47 Lamb – “Find My Way” by J Ras (hitting)
#50 Lorenzen – “Awesome God” by R-Swift (from start) (pitching)
#50 Lorenzen – “Praise the Lord” by K-Drama (from start) (hitting)
#41 Mattheus – “In The Air Tonight” by Non Point (start at :20)

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Cool Papa Bill is celebrating his 25th birthday today!

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From today’s Reds Gamenotes:

JOEY VOTTO

  • His career on-base percentage of .423 ranks first among active players and T15th all-time in Major League history
  • His career OPS of .959 ranks third among active players (Albert Pujols .980, Miguel Cabrera .963) and T17th all-time
  • His .328 career average with RISP ranks third among active players with at least 800ab (Cabrera .337, Joe Mauer .332)
  • Has at least 100 walks for the third time in his career (110 in 2011, club-record 135 in 2013)
  • Thirteen times this season walked at least 3 times in a game, with a high of 4 walks on 7/31 vs Pit
  • His 38 walks in August were a club record for a calendar month (32, Joe Morgan, July 1979) and the most by any Major League batter since SF’s Barry Bonds walked 40 times in September 2004
  • Reached base safely in 122 of his 135 apps, including an active streak of 27 straight games beginning 8/11 that ranks as the fourth-longest active streak in the Major Leagues (33-85, .388, .570obp) and a season-high of 32 straight games from 5/20-6/25 (.310ba, .424obp)

BRANDON PHILLIPS

  • On 8/20 and 8/21 missed 2 starts with inflammation in his right biceps tendon but has hit safely in 14 of 17 starts since his return (25-71, .352)
  • Since the All-Star break is hitting .325 (66-203), seventh-best in the National League and including .353 in his last 37 apps (53-150)
  • Is approaching 300 career doubles (294)

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LHP Brandon Finnegan, who was recalled yesterday by the Reds from AAA-Louisville, spoke to the media about his promotion. Video of that media conference is below.

Finnegan is one of the three left-handed pitchers, along with John Lamb and Cody Reed, acquired from Kansas City in the Johnny Cueto trade.

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Congratulations to the Daytona Tortugas!  They blanked Clearwater last night, 3-0, in the first game of  a best of 3 Florida State League playoff series.

LHP Amir Garrett was brilliant in his 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and no walks while striking out 12. C Chad Wallach paced the ‘Tugas with 2 hits and 3B Taylor Sparks belted a solo homer.  Clearwater did not have a runner advance past second base.

Garrett told the Daytona Beach News Journal: “This was one of the best games I’ve pitched. They (the Threshers) couldn’t seem to catch up with my fastball, so I kept throwing it. I also was able to mix in a slider which had some bite to it and a few changeups. Altogether, it all kept them off balance most of the time.”

Garrett’s Game Score last night was 87.  To fill you in on what Game Score is, here’s some help from Wikipedia (click on the image to enlarge):

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The highest possible Game Score in a 9-inning game is 114, and that’s if the pitcher throws all 9 innings and strikes out every batter he faces. So, Garrett’s 87 is considered pretty darn good.

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While we’re congratulating Reds minor league teams, we can’t forget about the Rookie level Billings Mustangs.  With last night’s 6-1 victory vs. Great Falls, the Mustangs clinched the Pioneer League North Division second-half title and became the third Reds farm team this season to qualify for the playoffs!

Billings takes on Missoula tonight in the first game of a best-of-3 playoff series.  Good luck, Ponies!

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Wanna win a cool prize from Better Off Red Headquarters?  Of course you do!  Well, here’s how:

In the Comments Section of this blog post, tell me what song you’d like to hear your favorite Reds player use as his intro song.

I’ll choose one random winner by publishing his/her comment.  The winner will also be notified by email and receive a mystery bobblehead from BOR HQ.  Good luck!

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That’s all for now. Keep checking this blog post throughout the day for any other Reds news or tid-bits.

Expect good news,

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

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The Better Off Red staff is saddened to hear the news of Joaquin Andujar’s passing.  The St. Louis Cardinals great was 62.

Andujar originally signed with the Reds in 1969 and was added to the Reds roster in 1973.  Here’s his bio from the Reds 1973 Media Guide…

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Andujar was dealt from the Reds to the Astros in 1975 for RHP Luis Sanchez (relief pitcher for California from 1981-1985) and P/INF Carlos Alfonso (never made it to the Majors).  It wasn’t one of the Reds best trades.

Andujar became a very good big league pitcher for the Astros and Cardinals.  He was named to the All-Star team 4 times and twice won 20 or more games with the Cardinals.  Andujar was awarded a Gold Glove in 1984 and pitched in the World Series in 1982 and 1985 with St. Louis.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Andujar’s family, friends and fans.

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Major League Baseball today released the 2016 schedule. The Reds open at home against the Phillies on April 4. The entire Reds 2016 schedule will be available soon on Reds.com.

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In the second inning of Monday’s matinee against the Pirates, Jay Bruce collected his 1,000th career hit. Bruce reached the milestone on the 13th pitch of his first at-bat against Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke. Here’s the video…

 

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Down on the farm last night in AA-Pensacola, Reds minor league infielder Ray Chang played all nine positions in the 4-2 loss vs. Mobile.  Chang went 3-for-4 at the plate and stole a base.

“I came into the clubhouse today and our manager, Pat Kelly, came in and asked me if I wanted the day off or if I wanted to play all nine,” said Chang, a shortstop by trade. “I mean, it came out of nowhere, it surprised me, but for me that’s an easy answer. I wanted to play.”

Alex Kraft has more on Chang’s big night HERE.

On Sunday, Pensacola clinched the Southern League’s South Division second-half championship and became the first Reds double-A affiliate to secure a playoff berth since Chattanooga in 2006.  The Blue Wahoos join the Reds’ high-A Daytona Tortugas as organizational playoff teams.  Daytona earned a postseason spot out of the Florida State League’s North Division.

Pensacola will begin their playoff run Thursday in a best-of-five series vs Biloxi.

Daytona plays tonight at 7:05 in Game 1 of their division series vs. Clearwater.  Florida State League co-pitcher of the year Amir Garrett is scheduled to start for the Tortugas.

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Amir Garrett

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Don’t forget to sign up for Saturday’s “Sliding into OM” yoga event at Great American Ball Park! It’s your chance to participate in a special yoga session on the field!  For more information, CLICK HERE!

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Thirty years ago today, this happened at Chicago’s Wrigley Field…

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That’s all for now. I’ll have today’s lineup soon.

Expect good news,

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Howdy folks and a good Sunday to you…

How about that lightning last night? Check out this photo captured by the Reds productions team…

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As you see in the photo, there is a lightning rod connected to the top of the Great American Ball Park light tower.  That’s what the lightning is striking in the photo.  The reason for the lightning rod is basically to protect the ballpark from a damaging lightning strike.

The rod is connected to a wire conductor to capture the electricity.  The wire, which runs the length of the light tower and is buried deep beneath the ballpark structure, basically transfers the captured electricity into the ground.

Without the lightning rod, the lightning could strike inside the ballpark and cause structural damage, fire, or worse.

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 5:  Grounds crew pull the tarp on the field as lightning from an approaching storm strikes in the distance during the third inning of a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 5, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 5: Grounds crew pull the tarp on the field as lightning from an approaching storm strikes in the distance during the third inning of a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 5, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

So basically, last night’s “player of the game” was the GABP lightning rod, which performed its duties magnificently!

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After last night’s electrical storm, the skies in the area surrounding GABP turned a beautiful shade of gorgeousness…

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Our friend Chadwick Fischer, the media relations director for the Louisville Bats gives us this good news from the Reds Triple-A affiliate…

Catcher Ramon Cabrera has been named the Bats’ 2015 Mary E. Barney Team MVP.  Of all Bats with at least 80 games played, Cabrera is tops among them with a .290 average and is third on the team in hits (92), fourth in doubles (14) and tied for third in RBI (35). His 748 2/3 innings caught for the Bats is more than double anyone that has been behind the plate for Louisville this season.  Cabrera last night vs Milwaukee made his Major League debut.

Other Cabrera notes:

• Batted .389 (15×39) with 5 2B, 6 RBI and 2 R during 10-game hitting streak from 7/4-7/21.
• Hit .320 (32×100) after the All-Star break with 9 2B, 14 RBI and 8 R.
• Hit .444 (4×9) with the bases loaded, collecting 11 RBI.
• Hit .324 (47×145) with runners on base with 8 2B and 33 RBI.
• Hit .367 (29×79) when batting eighth or ninth with 3 2B, 2 HR and 11 RBI.
• Caught 34 pitchers with LOU this season and recorded a 3.93 catchers ERA (327 ER, 748.2 IC).
• Threw out 20% (17×86) of attempted base stealers.
• LOU went 38-46 (.452) in his 84 starts behind the plate.
• Was on the disabled list from 8/5-8/12 with a right back strain.

Previous winners:
2014 – OF Jason Bourgeois
2013 – RHP Greg Reynolds
2012 – RHP J.J. Hoover
2011 – C Devin Mesoraco
2010 – IF Zack Cozart
2009 – IF Kevin Barker
2008 – RHP Jon Adkins, IF Kevin Barker
2007 – IF Joey Votto
2006 – OF Norris Hopper

Ramon Cabrera - 2015 Bats MVP

On behalf of us here at Better Off Red – a hearty congratulations to the man they call The TANK!

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Reds CF Billy Hamilton, who is currently rehabbing a right shoulder injury, went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored yesterday for AA-Pensacola.  Hamilton scored his run from first base on a long single (as seen in the video below).  Hamilton is a game in to what’s expected to be a brief 3-game rehab assignment.

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Oh, when the team was recently in Milwaukee, I spotted these die-hard Reds fans at Miller Park and I promised them I’d post their picture on the blog.  So here ya go…

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For those of you partaking in festivities in or around downtown today/tonight, please be safe and have fun!

Expect good news,

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 17

The Reds tomorrow (Tuesday) begin a 10-game homestand against the defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals (18th & 19th), Arizona Diamondbacks (20th-23rd), Detroit Tigers (24th, make-up of the 6/18 game) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (25th-27th).

We’d love to see you at Great American Ball Park over the next several days!  For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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The Reds are 28-26 at GABP this season (.519)

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Longtime Reds public safety officer and avid Better Off Red reader Tim Brown is celebrating his last day on the job this afternoon before embarking on a hard-earned retirement.  After serving over 26 years as a police officer, Brown began working for the Reds in 2003 – the first year of Great American Ball Park.  On behalf of Burt BobbleRed and the rest of us here at BOR, we wish Tim all the best!

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Eight rookie pitchers have started at least one game for the Reds this season, tying the modern club record using the 1958 rookie qualifications (1901, 1902, 1907, 1908). Five of those eight started in their Major League debuts (Raisel Iglesias, Michael Lorenzen, Jon Moscot, Josh Smith, John Lamb).

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Marlana VanHoose returns to Great American Ball Park on Sunday, 8/23 to sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch of the Reds/Diamondbacks game.  You might remember the last time Marlana sang at GABP…

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From my friends at Ohio Alleycat Resource

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In 29 games since the All-Star Break, Joey Votto is batting .412 with a .565 on-base percentage and a .711 slugging average (40-for-97 with 11 doubles, 6 home runs and 33 walks).

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Last week, I asked who you’d cast in a Big Red Machine movie. I had lots of great responses; thank you all who participated. The random winner of a Better Off Red prize pack is…

Congrats, Felix!

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That’s all for now!  More in a bit.

Expect good news,

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR THROWBACK THURSDAY; BIG RED MACHINE MOVIE QUESTION

In the Reds’ 7-3 win over the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday, Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with a home run (#20), stolen base, walk, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.

From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau

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But the Padres aren’t the only West Coast victim of Votto’s talents.  Joey also has great success against tonight’s opponent, the Los Angeles Dodgers.  According to STATS, he has a 1.009 OPS (on-base + slugging) vs Los Angeles since 2009, which is second only to Giancarlo Stanton (1.029) during that time.

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Also from STATS – the Reds and Dodgers have played each other 19 consecutive times in which neither team scored more than 6 runs.

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The Padres celebrated “Wayback Wednesday” at Petco Park yesterday in which the club treated its fans to a complete throwback experience.  In addition to the Padres wearing their “old school” uniforms, the San Diego media relations staff even produced their daily gamenotes in typewriter font on 1980s-style letterhead.  The Petco Park scoreboard also got in on the fun (at the Reds expense).  Take a look…

I think the “Wayback Wednesday is fantastic. Would you like to see the Reds have a similar promotion?

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Don’t forget – if you’re interested in attending the Tony Perez Legacy Dinner on Friday, August 21 here at GABP’s Handlebar,  CLICK HERE for more details.

Nearly all of the Big Red Machine legends are scheduled to attend the event.  This presents a great opportunity for you to experience the awesomeness of being in the same room with all of these guys at once.  I don’t think I’m overstating it when I say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most folks.  You won’t want to miss it.

And speaking of those Reds Hall of Famers, my pal Lisa Braun and I were discussing which actors we’d cast in a movie about the Big Red Machine.  This gave me the idea for another Better Off Red giveaway….

Follow me on Twitter (@Jamieblog) and let me know what actors you’d choose to portray those ’70s Reds legends in a Big Red Machine movie.  Tweet me your casting decisions using the hashtag #BetterOffRed.  I’ll announce one lucky/random winner on Friday.  Up for grabs is a mystery bobblehead, a 2015 All-Star Game media guide and a BOR t-shirt (and maybe more).  Good luck!

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TODAY’S #REDS LINEUP; BASELINE ITEMS FOR 8/12/15

 

The Padres today are celebrating “Wayback Wednesday” by wearing the brown pinstripe uniforms worn by the team from 1985-1990.  (Roseanne is NOT scheduled to perform the Star Spangled Banner today).

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Happy birthday to Zack Cozart, who today turns 30.

Today would’ve been former Reds manager Fred Hutchinson’s 96th birthday.  “Hutch” is a beloved figure in Reds history and was the first to have his uniform number (#1) retired by the team.  Hutchinson lost his battle with cancer in 1964 at the age of 45.

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From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau

“The home team won all 15 games on the MLB slate on Tuesday night. That’s the most games in one day, all won by the home team, in major league history. The previous record was 12 games on May 23, 1914. There were three major leagues in 1914, the National (four games that day), American (four) and Federal (four), which had a two-year lifespan (1914 and 1915).

The Yankees and Indians also played a long game that day, a 10-9 Yankees win in 11 innings at the Polo Grounds.”

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For those wondering…

The All-Star Game moustache benches are being moved to corporate sponsor and private donor locations throughout the region.  However, there will always be two benches on display for the public to see – one at Great American Ball Park and the other at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn.

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From my friends at Ohio Alleycat Resource

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