Joey Votto is currently hitting .324 with a .434 on-base pct., .548 slugging pct., 29 home runs and 94 RBI. With 2 games left, Joey is trying reach the following milestones:
Here are the career second-half leaders in OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) since 1920:
- Ted Williams, 1.122
- Lou Gehrig, 1.089
- Barry Bonds 1.072
- Jimmie Foxx, 1.032
- Hank Greenberg, 1.030
- Joey Votto, 1.008
From my pal @Bongreatness…
The first 25,000 fans in attendance at today’s game will receive a #TeamCincinnati tee-shirt, courtesy of Butterbee’s American Grille. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 2:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 2:40PM for all other fans. However those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.
During pregame ceremonies the Reds will honor a group of longtime Season Ticket Members for their continued support of the franchise.
Also during pregame ceremonies Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Leo Cardenas will be inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame. The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame was established in San Francisco on October 24, 1998, and is dedicated to recognize the contributions of Hispanic players in baseball. To date, the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame has inducted 66 players and managers and today will add their 67th member.
Friday, September 30, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bryan Price To Return As Reds Manager
Agrees To 1-Year Contract Extension & Team Option
CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds today announced that Bryan Price will return as the club’s manager in 2017.
The entire coaching staff has been offered contracts to return next season.
Price, 54, has agreed to a 1-year contract through next season with a team option for 2018. In October 2013, after 4 years on manager Dusty Baker’s staff as pitching coach, he signed a 3-year contract through this season to become the 61st field manager in club history and the 51st since 1900.
“I like the young, aggressive team Walt and Dick have put together with players from within our system and from recent trades,” Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said, referring to President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty and Senior Vice President, General Manager Dick Williams. “Bryan has been here seven seasons now. He’s comfortable with the direction we are heading with our young players, and we are comfortable with him leading us in that direction.”
“Three years ago we felt Bryan was the right person to help us move the organization forward, and our opinion of him hasn’t changed. While we haven’t produced the record we would have liked, we look at the youth of our team, particularly our pitching staff, and the unusually large number of injuries we’ve suffered over the last few years,” Jocketty said. “We are very happy with the performances of some of the young players we’ve acquired over the last couple of seasons. We’ve been particularly pleased with the production provided by Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan, Adam Duvall, Eugenio Suarez, Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler.”
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to come back and see this through, this vision of getting back to the much higher expectations that we’ve had here historically with this great franchise,” Price said. “We can see the light at the end of the tunnel here, with the combination of young players and veterans and knowing we’re starting to stockpile talent from within the system. I’m happy to be here to see this turnaround.”
He added, “I’m proud to continue working with this group of players and coaches. I have admired their efforts, hard work and grit through this challenging season, efforts represented by the improvements we made in the second half.”
The Reds went 32-57 (.360) prior to the All-Star Game but since then are 35-35 (.500), an increase in winning percentage of .140 that ranks second-highest of any team in the Major Leagues in that span (Atlanta, +.159).
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the 13th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by Adam’s Recovery Center. The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a soundtrack hand-picked by KISS107 radio personality Deelo, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.
Prior to the singing of our National Anthem tonight we will pause for a Moment of Remembrance in honor of Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández.
We have a pair of pregame check presentations this evening as part of season-long promotions with Reds corporate partners. First, Mike’s Carwash will make a check presentation in the amount of $18,969.00 to the Reds Community Fund on behalf of their “BowTie Tuesday” promotion. And secondly Great American Insurance Group will make a check presentation in the amount of $21,750.00 to the Literacy Network on behalf of their Great American Insurance Run promotion.
Also during pregame ceremonies tonight we will recognize 40 members of the Marines Corps’ Golf Company, 2nd battalion 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division joining us for their annual reunion. As part of the ceremonies (ret.) Colonel Chuck Meadows will offer up a ceremonial first pitch.
Prior to the start of tonight’s fireworks show the Reds will welcome representatives of five local universities as part of College Weekend at GABP (Miami University, Xavier University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati & University of Kentucky). This year the Reds partnered with these institutions of higher learning in a ticket sale fundraiser which included Reds hats branded with each respective university’s logo. The total amount raised through this year’s partnership will exceed $5,000 which will be donated to various scholarship funds within each university.
From the Reds:
Yesterday the Reds claimed off waivers from the Padres IF/OF Patrick Kivlehan (#67, KIV-luh-han) and transferred to the 60-day disabled list SS Zack Cozart (right knee).
Kivlehan is expected to join the team tomorrow in Cincinnati…he spent most of this season in Class AAA and in 100 apps for 3 organizations hit .254 with 18 doubles, 3 triples, 12 HR, 49 RBI and 5 stolen bases for Round Rock (Tex), Tacoma (Sea) and El Paso (SD)…from 8/20-8/26 for the Padres he made all 5 of his Major League apps (4-16, .250, 1hr, 2rbi).
Kivlehan began the season in the Rangers’ organization…on 5/23 was designated for assignment and 6 days later was traded to the Mariners…on 8/4 was claimed off waivers by the Padres…on 9/21 was designated for assignment by the Padres before he was claimed off waivers by the Reds.
Kivlehan went to Rutgers where he was a four-year member of the football team as a defensive back.
Following his fourth year on the gridiron, Kivlehan joined the Rutgers baseball team as a walk-on in 2012. In his only season on the Scarlet Knight’s baseball squad he took home Big East Player of the Year after he batted .399 with 14 home runs, .484 on-base pct., .710 slugging pct., and 24 stolen bases.
He was only the third player from Rutgers to win the prestigious award, joining Darren Fenster (2000) and a fella named Todd Frazier (2007).
Kivlehan was selected by the Mariners in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. He also spent time in the Texas and San Diego organizations. He made his Major League debut this season for the Padres and belted a home run in his very first game (see video below).
Patrick’s natural position is third base but he’ll be considered an “infielder/outfielder” with the Reds. You can follow him on Twitter at @PatrickKivlehan.
With 5 games to go in the 2016 season, Reds first baseman Joey Votto could conceivably add his name to the lists below. Joey is currently slashing .324/.437/.547 with 173 hits, 28 home runs and 534 at-bats in 153 games.
.325 BATTING AVERAGE & 30 HOME RUNS
Ted Kluszewkski (1954; .326, 49hr), Frank Robinson (1962; .342, 39hr) and Kevin Mitchell (1994; .326, 30hr) are the only Reds batters to hit .325 or higher with 30 or more home runs in a season.
Of all Major Leaguers in 2015, only Bryce Harper accomplished the feat; Victor Martinez was the only player to do it in 2014 and Miguel Cabrera was the only player to do it in 2013. Albert Pujols did it 8 times in his career. Frank Thomas is currently the last Hall of Fame player to do it.
.325 BATTING AVERAGE, 30 HOME RUNS, 110 WALKS, .430 ON-BASE PERCENTAGE
- Babe Ruth (8x)
- Barry Bonds (5x)
- Ted Williams (6x)
- Jimmie Foxx (4x)
- Lou Gehrig (4x)
- Todd Helton (2x)
- Albert Pujols
- Jason Giambi (2x)
- Mel Ott (2x)
- Mickey Mantle (2x)
- George Brett
- Bryce Harper
- Carlos Delgado
- David Ortiz
- Miguel Cabrera
- Norm Cash
- Sammy Sosa
- Frank Thomas
- Carl Yastrzemski
175 OR MORE HITS IN 555 OR FEWER AT-BATS
The only Cincinnati Reds batters to ever collect 175 or more hits in a season in which they had 555 or fewer at-bats (since 1901) were Joey Votto (2010), Edd Roush (3x), Frank Robinson, Hal Chase, Jake Beckley, Ray Knight and Sam Crawford.
.325 BATTING AVERAGE, 30 HOME RUNS, .430 ON-BASE PCT., .550 SLUGGING
No Reds player has accomplished this feat. Only Bryce Harper and Miguel Cabrera have done it since 2010.
The Reds scored 15 runs and collected 22 hits in the 15-2 victory against the Cardinals last night at Busch Stadium. Below is a heaping helping of information (read: minutia) from last night’s game:
The Reds collected 22 hits in a game for the first time since 6/13/2003 when they beat the Phillies, 15-1 at Great American Ball Park. Cardinals bench coach David Bell started at third base in that 2003 game for Philadelphia. Adam Dunn led off for the Reds and in the third inning, belted his 21st home run off Phillies starter Kevin Millwood. Jimmy Haynes pitched his only complete game of the 2003 season as he held the Phils to 1 run on 3 hits over 9.0 innings pitched (2bb, 4k). Jason Michaels, who provided the last hit ever at Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field a year prior, hit a pinch hit homer off Haynes in the 8th for Philadelphia’s lone run.
The Reds collected 22 hits in a games against the Cardinals for just the second time ever. The only other time it happened was during the second game of a doubleheader on 6/24/17 at Robison Field in St. Louis. The Reds amassed 25 hits in their 15-4 win over the Red Birds. Amazingly, that game only took an hour and 53 minutes to play. Among those involved in that game were: Christy Mathewson (Reds mgr), Miller Huggins (Cards mgr), Hal Chase (eventually banned from baseball for gambling), Jim Thorpe and Rogers Hornsby.
The Reds plated 15 runs against the Cardinals for the first time since 7/19/79 when Cincinnati defeated St. Louis, 16-4 at Busch Stadium II. Those Reds involved in that 1979 game include: Harry Spilman, Rick Auerbach, Vic Correll, Paul Blair and Hector Cruz. For the Cardinals, Garry Templeton had 3 hits, as did Lou Brock. Templeton would remain the Cardinals shortstop for another 875 days until he was traded to the Padres for some dude named Ozzie Smith.
Adam Duvall belted his 33rd home run of the season and collected his 100th RBI. He’s just the sixth Reds left fielder ever to hit 33 homers in a season, joining Adam Dunn (2004-07), Greg Vaughn (1999), George Foster (1977), Frank Robinson (1956) and Hank Sauer (1948). Of that group, Sauer was the only one alive the last time the Cubs won 100 games in a season (prior to this year, of course) – he was 18 in 1935 when the Cubbies won 100 of their 154 games. Sauer went on to win the 1952 National League MVP as a member of, you guessed it, the Chicago Cubs.
Of the 281 Major League players ever born in Kentucky, Duvall is just the fourth to slug 33 homers in a season, joining Mark Reynolds (2009 & 2011), Jay Buhner (1995-97) and Dan Uggla (2010-11). Notable names of Major Leaguers born in Kentucky include Gus Bell, Mike Greenwell, Pee Wee Reese, Jim Bunning, Austin Kearns, Todd Benzinger, Earle Combs, Doug Flynn and a fella by the name of Chicken Wolf.
Steve Selsky went 5-for-5 for Cincinnati and Brandon Phillips went 4-for-5. It was only the second time in the last 25 years that three Reds players had at least four hits each in one game. Phillips, Scott Rolen, and Joey Votto did it against the Brewers in 2010 (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau).
Steve Selsky became the first Reds rookie with 5 hits in a game since Wade Rowdon went 5-for-5 on 7/9/86 vs the Mets, a game that featured George Foster as the Mets starting left fielder. Following that 5-hit game, Rowdon would go on to collect just 18 more hits in his Major League career. In February of 1987 he was dealt to the Cubs for LHP Guy Hoffman.
Like the rest of the baseball world on Sunday morning, I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Jose Fernandez’s death. A hero among the Marlins community and an extremely talented pitcher who hadn’t yet enjoyed his best years, Jose was on his way to a Hall of Fame career. It’s still hard to think his death is real and not just a cruel online hoax. The Reds join the rest of the baseball world in mourning Jose Fernandez’ passing. Our hearts ache for Jose’s family, friends and fans as well as for the entire Marlins organization.
Despite having never met Jose Fernandez, I do have a “Jose Fernandez story.” At the conclusion of the Reds’ division-winning season of 2010, Joey Votto was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player. Joey was living in Sarasota at the time and the Reds had arranged for me to fly to Florida to accommodate the many media appearances and requests that were expected to pour in on the day of Votto’s MVP announcement. The plan was to hold all of Joey’s TV appearances live via satellite in his backyard, and all of his radio call-in interviews live via cell phone in his living room. Accompanying me on the trip was Reds Assistant General Manager Bob Miller. Bob had other business to attend to in the Sunshine State that day and it had nothing to do with the pomp and circumstance of the MVP announcement.
In October of 2010, just a month before Votto was named NL MVP, Reds Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley was in Jupiter, Florida scouting players participating in the World Wood Bat Association’s World Championship tournament. One of those players was a teenage pitcher, who on his fourth attempt, successfully defected from Cuba two years prior. The pitcher’s name was Jose Fernandez and he was on his way to winning the WWBA Championships’ most valuable pitcher award.
Fernandez would surely be one of the most sought-after players in the 2011 MLB draft but wouldn’t be great if, through unusual circumstances and very fine print he was eligible to sign right away? Buckley called Miller, who was known around the baseball world as a “rules guru,” and told him that Fernandez was declared ineligible by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). Thirty minutes later, Miller called back with news that only the Cincinnati Reds were privy to – because he had used up all of his eligibility in 2010 and was deemed ineligible by the FHSAA, Jose Fernandez was considered, by rule, a “passed over player” in the ’10 draft and permitted to sign that day.
Fernandez defected Cuba, found himself in Mexico and eventually wound up as a superstar on the Braulio Alonso High School baseball team in Tampa, Florida . During this journey, he missed a year of academics and because of his age, now 18, his high school career was all but over. That is unless the FHSAA granted Fernandez another year of high school eligibility.
While I was at Casa Votto overseeing Joey’s media appearances, Miller and Buckley were waiting down the street from the hearing that would determine whether or not Jose Fernandez could play another year of high school baseball or possibly become a Cincinnati Red. Fernandez’s advisors were aware that if he were declared ineligible, the Reds were going to make him an immediate offer and sign him that day. Unfortunately for Reds fans, Fernandez was granted another year of high school eligibility, remained a prep and became the eventual 14th-overall selection in the 2011 draft. The rest is history.
Even though he never became a Red, I loved watching Jose Fernandez pitch. He had such great energy and wow, was he really good! The last time he pitched against the Reds, August 18 at GABP, he didn’t have his best stuff but everyone in the ballpark knew he was still something special. Below is the scorecard from that night (click on it to enlarge):
Best costume wins 2017 Opening Day tickets
CINCINNATI (Sept. 26, 2016) — Celebrate trick-or-treat season at Great American Ball Park with the first-ever adults-only Reds Halloween Bash presented by Budweiser on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 p.m. to Midnight.
Join your fellow ghouls and goblins in costume for a wild night featuring food, beverages, photos in the Reds dugout and all kinds of Halloween games and prizes including Reds tickets, autographed memorabilia and bobbleheads.
Jon Jon from Q102 will be the guest DJ spinning your favorite tunes throughout the evening and the best costume will win two tickets to Reds Opening Day 2017.
Tickets are $60 per person and includes open bar in The Handlebar.
Sign up today at reds.com/Halloween to reserve your spot and plan your Halloween fun!
Reds Halloween Bash presented by Budweiser
• Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016
• 8 p.m. to Midnight
• Great American Ball Park – The Handlebar at the Riverfront Club presented by Jack Cincinnati Casino
• $60 per person (Must be age 21 or older to attend)
• Sign up at reds.com/Halloween
Tuesday’s Reds lineup at Wrigley Field:
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today we wrap up Heritage Weekend at Great American Ball Park as we celebrate “ShamROCK the Ballpark”, our Irish heritage theme. The Reds will wear their St. Paddy’s Day jerseys annually worn at Spring Training on March 17th. Additional pregame activities around the ballpark include the McGing Irish Dancers, the Emerald Society Bag Pipers, and the Irish folk band Dark Moll performing in the Kroger Fan Zone. The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will lead us in the singing of our National Anthem as well as Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the 7th inning stretch. Today is also Social Media Day #4, presented by T-Mobile, with a big group of social media enthusiasts joining us in The District and receiving “Kiss Me I’m a Reds Fan” tee-shirts as part of their ticket package to today’s game.
Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Raisel Iglesias Fathead™, courtesy of Cincinnati Bell.
During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will welcome Smooth Transition as they lead us in the singing of God Bless America.