CINCINNATI (June 21, 2016) — Join the Cincinnati Reds to celebrate the legendary career of Pete Rose during 2016 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, June 24-26.
This special weekend will include pregame ceremonies to enshrine the Hit King in the Reds Hall of Fame and retire his No. 14 jersey, plus a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series Champion Reds.
A limited number of tickets are available for all three games. All pregame ceremonies are scheduled to begin approximately 40 minutes prior to the start of each game.
2016 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
Friday, June 24 – Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres, 7:10 p.m. (pregame ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m.)
• 5:40 p.m.: Gates open and all fans receive 1976 Reds Team Photo, presented by Coca-Cola
• 6:30 p.m.: 20 members of the Big Red Machine, including Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Tony Perez, will be introduced on the field to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series Champions
• Reds players and coaches will wear 1976 throwback uniforms
• Postgame fireworks show featuring music from 1976, presented by Cooper Tire.
Saturday, June 25 – Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres, 4:10 p.m. (pregame ceremonies start at 3:30 p.m.)
• 2:40 p.m.: Gates open and all fans receive commemorative Pete Rose poster, presented by Yucatan Guacamole
• 3:30 p.m.: On-field ceremony to induct Pete Rose into the Reds Hall of Fame, presented by PNC Bank. Marty Brennaman will be the master of ceremonies and Pete will address the crowd. More than 20 Reds Hall of Famers will be in attendance, including Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin and Eric Davis.
Sunday, June 26 – Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres, 1:10 p.m. (pregame ceremonies start at 12:30 p.m.)
•11:40 a.m.: Gates open and all fans receive commemorative Pete Rose print, presented by John Morrell
• 12:30 p.m.: On-field ceremony to retire Pete Rose’s No. 14 jersey will include appearances by previous Reds legends who have their numbers retired – Johnny Bench (#5), David Concepcion (#13), Barry Larkin (#11) and Tony Perez (#24)
• 6 to 10:30 p.m.: Hall of Fame Induction Gala presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett at the Duke Energy Convention Center
For game tickets and additional details visit reds.com/Pete.
Fans can meet returning Hall of Famers and other alumni at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on Friday, Saturday and Sunday by purchasing special meet and greet packages. Packages include a 2016 Reds Hall of Fame Pete Rose bobblehead and an Induction lapel pin and program. Participating Reds Hall of Famers and alumni include David Concepcion, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo, Ken Griffey Sr., Eric Davis, Chris Sabo and many more. A limited number of packages are available for $22 at reds.com/auctions.
The memorable weekend concludes with the Hall of Fame Induction Gala presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett on Sunday evening at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The gala will feature players and coaches from the current team, along with Hall of Famers and other alumni honoring Pete Rose.
2016 Hall of Fame Induction Gala Sponsors
• Title Sponsor: Clark Schaefer Hackett
• Presenting Sponsors: The Castellini Family, The Williams Family and Prestige AV & Creative Services
• Legend Sponsors: Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Gorilla Glue, Great American Insurance Group, HBK Wealth Management, JACK Cincinnati Casino and Kona Ice
• Hall of Fame Sponsors: Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Castellini Group of Companies, CEI Sports, Cooper Tire, CR Brands, DeanHouston and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Encore Technologies, First Financial Bank, FOX Sports Ohio, General Mills, Jeff Wyler Automotive Family, MarketVision Research and Infintech, MSA Architects, Ohio Eagle Distributing, Robert S. Castellini, Safeco Insurance, T-Mobile, TriHealth, William Lang & Sons and Eckert Erectors
• Major League Sponsors: AAA Club Alliance, Brandstetter’s Kanga Roof, Caring Place Healthcare Group, Chas. Seligman Distributing Co., Cincinnati Bell, CBT Company, Dorna Signage, Enterprise Rent-A-Car & National Car Rental, Esterline & Sons, The Gendell Family, Heidelberg Distributing, Holman Motors Inc., Holthaus Lackner Signs, John Henry Homes and Dynamic Metal, Kaplan, Litwin, Kaplan & Associates of Stifel, LaRosa’s, Robert Lawrence, Moerlein Lager House, Paycor, Total Quality Logistics, United Dairy Farmers and USI Insurance Services
Click on the image below to view a current list of Reds 2016 signed draft picks…
‘Baseball 101’ event on July 21st at Great American Ball Park
CINCINNATI (June 14, 2016) — Are you looking for a unique and fun night out with the girls while learning more about the game of baseball?
The third annual St. Elizabeth Healthcare A Night of Their Own – Baseball 101 will be held Thursday, July 21 at Great American Ball Park from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
This exclusive event gives women of all ages the opportunity to EAT, PLAY and LEARN with Reds coaches, broadcasters, staff and special guests to get an inside look at the game of baseball.
EAT & DRINK
• Enjoy a dinner buffet in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club
• Open bar with beer, wine, and our signature drink, the Rosietini
• Throw a pitch from the mound and snag a flyball in the outfield
• NEW: Take cuts in the Reds batting cage on the field
• NEW: Call game highlights at the broadcast station, courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio
• Meet Reds manager Bryan Price and broadcasters Marty & Thom Brennaman
• Receive tips from the Reds coaching staff including third base coach Billy Hatcher
Event tickets are $175 and include:
– Upscale buffet with open bar
– NEW: Upgraded gift bag featuring an exclusive ladies Reds watch and wine tumbler
– Ticket for an upcoming Reds game
– Guided tour of Great American Ball Park with stops in the Reds clubhouse, press box and broadcast booths.
Space is limited. Sign up today at reds.com/baseball101 or (513) 765-7237.
– 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Registration and check-in
– 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner, cocktails and welcome
– 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Ballpark tours, field stations and Q&A sessions
All proceeds from benefit the baseball-themed youth outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.
A special thanks to the event sponsors and partners: St. Elizabeth’s Healthcare, Hewlett Packard, D-Lo & Kristie from KISS107, Spruce Nail Salon, BLOWN Blow Dry Bar, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Prestige AV & Creative Services and Michael Bambino Photography.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today is Military Appreciation Day #2 of the 2016 season, presented by DAV – Disabled American Veterans – and Hankook Tire. The Reds will be wearing their digi-camo uniforms for today’s game.
During pregame ceremonies Hankook Tire America Corp. President Hee-Se Ahn (he-say AHN) will present a check to DAV Executive Director Barry Jesinoski for $150,000 as part of Hankook’s continued support of our Nation’s military and veterans.
Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be Marines Corps veteran Bryan Lett, a native of Columbus, Ohio, who medically retired from the service after sustaining injuries while serving in Afghanistan. Bryan is now employed by DAV – Disabled American Veterans.
Also joining us for pregame events today are representatives of the Navy Band Northeast, attached to the Naval War College in Newport, RI, one of 11 official U.S. Navy bands worldwide. Groups representing the Navy Band Northeast will perform around the ballpark pregame as well as providing our National Anthem. The Navy Band Northeast is in town leading up to Dayton Navy Week.
Delivering the official Game Ball today will be Admiral Victor Hall. Admiral Hall is a graduate of both Xavier University & the University of Cincinnati and is the current Deputy Commander for Navy Medicine West.
Musician Second Class Laura Carey will join us to sing God Bless America during the middle of the 7th inning break today.
Following the conclusion of today’s game is the annual CollegeAdvantage RCF Family Catch, presented by TQL. During this unique opportunity fans will take turns going to the outfield grass of Great American Ball Park to play a game of catch. Spots are still available and will be sold at a staffed table in the Fan Zone during today’s game.
HOW TO STAY COOL AT GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK
CINCINNATI (June 11, 2016) — With near record high temperatures in the lower 90s expected today, the Reds have recommendations for fans on how to stay cool and safe while enjoying the Reds vs. A’s games at Great American Ball Park this weekend:
• Fans will be permitted to bring opened bottles of water into the ballpark. (Unopened bottles of water and soft-sided coolers smaller than 16x16x8 are always permitted.)
• “Cool rooms” will be in operation with TVs so fans can watch the game. Please see a Reds staff member for an escort to a cool room.
• Cool water vapor misting stations are setup near sections 106, 130, 517 and under the PNC Power Stacks in center field.
• Sun screen lotion will be available for free at TriHealth first aid stations.
• Fans should keep hydrated and drink plenty of fluids (preferably water) before and during the game.
• Extra care should be taken when exposing infants and elderly fans to these conditions as they are much more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.
• Any fans feeling weak or sick should let a Reds staff member know and medical aid will be summoned.
• Wheelchair assistance is always available. Please see a Reds staff member.
TriHealth Event Medicine staffs an emergency medicine physician, ambulance with crew, critical care paramedics and nurses at each game. Additional staff are added as temperatures rise.
The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum and Reds Team Shops are air conditioned and great indoor locations for fans to escape the heat.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
The first 25,000 fans in attendance today will receive a Get Your ‘Stache On Garden Gnome, courtesy of Miracle-Gro. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 2:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 2:40PM for the general public. However those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.
During pregame ceremonies today we will recognize participants from the regional Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run competition. The competitors to the field at Great American Ball Park earlier today to crown a regional champion at various age groups.
Also during pregame ceremonies the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, in cooperation with the Reds Community Fund, will award $2,500 grants to the Fairborn Little League and the Fairfield Community Foundation. Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded more than $27 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe & Asia.
From my pal @Bongreatness...
Tonight is the 6th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family. The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a “Reds ‘Country’” soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.
All fans in attendance this evening will receive an authentic oversized reprint of Eugenio Suarez’s 2016 Topps baseball card.
“Sam” the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will join us for a ceremonial flight at the conclusion of tonight’s National Anthem. This is the second of five flights Sam will make this season.
Tonight is Elder Night at GABP with retiring Principal Tom Otten offering up a ceremonial first pitch that incoming Principal Kurt Ruffing will catch. Mr. Otten is retiring after 55 years as an educator and administrator at Elder. The Elder Glee Club will lead us in the singing of our National Anthem.
Offering up one of our other ceremonial first pitches this evening will be “Old Spice Guy” Isaiah Mustafa. Mustafa portrays the “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” in a series of popular Old Spice commercials. Mustafa will enter the field tonight riding horseback on the warning track. (!!!! YESSS!!!!)
Also joining us tonight for a special ceremony and first pitch will be representatives of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, including Chairman and Founder Michael Milken. At all MLB games from June 13th through Father’s Day, June 19th, home runs hit in MLB games will help raise funds for prostate cancer research.
You saw video here on Better Off Red yesterday of number one pick Nick Senzel. Here are some more moving pictures of the Reds’ next six picks…
TAYLOR TRAMMELL (OF – L/L – 18YRS) LOT A – 35th overall
CHRIS OKEY (C – R/R – 21YRS) 2nd Rd – 43rd overall
NICK HANSON (RHP – R/R – 18YRS) – 3rd Rd – 79th overall
SCOTT MOSS (LHP – L/L – 21 YRS) – 4th Rd – 108th overall
RYAN HENDRIX (RHP – R/R – 21 YRS) – 5th Rd – 138th overall
TYLER MONDILE (RHP – L/R – 18 YRS) – 6th Rd – 168th overall
That talented Juan Dorado brings you this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…
It was a big week for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as eight players were announced to their respective mid-season classics.
Dayton snapped their season-high 12 game losing streak with a win last Friday and finished the week 2-4. The Dragons are enduring a rough first half, but right-hander Ariel Hernandez has been outstanding. The Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star went 0-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 18 appearances. He recorded two saves and 40 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. He was transferred to Daytona on June 6.
Daytona added a stellar arm to their bullpen while boasting three all-stars of their own. Hernandez joins Florida State League All-Stars Jimmy Herget and Jake Ehret in the bullpen. Herget has posted a 2-2 record with a 1.65 ERA. He tallied nine saves, striking out 38 batters in 27. 1 innings. Ehret is 1-2 with a 2.83 ERA and four saves.
While the bullpen has been shutting down the bats, Aristides Aquino has been making noise with his. The outfielder was selected to the FSL All-Star team after posting a .254 (55-for-218) with eight homers and 24 RBI. On Wednesday night, he went 2-for-4 with two homers and two RBI in Daytona’s 8-0 win over Palm Beach. He helped Daytona go 4-1 on the week.
Pensacola went 2-4 on the diamond, but they are still in first place and had five players on their roster named to the Southern League All-Star game. The Southern League’s top rotation in terms of ERA will have four representatives from their pitching staff at the midsummer classic. Jackson Stephens, Alejandro Chacin, Amir Garrett and Nick Routt will be throwing on behalf of the Blue Wahoos. Stephens is 5-4 with 3.36 ERA in 11 starts while Garrett is 5-3 with a 1.63 ERA. Garrett is in the top 10 in various SL categories like ERA (2nd), wins (T-5th), strikeouts (67, 5th), WHIP (1.04, 2nd) and batting average against (.191, 1st).
The rotation has been strong but Routt and Chacin have been electric. Chacin is 3-0 with a 0.70 ERA and 10 saves in 11 chances. He has fanned 31 batters in 25.2 innings. His miniscule ERA is only topped by Routt, who has posted a 0-0 mark with a 0.55 ERA in 19 games.
While the bullpen anchors the staff, Brandon Dixon is the heart beat of the offense. The infielder was named SL Player of the Week on Monday and an All-Star on Wednesday. In five games, Dixon hit .632 with seven runs, a double, six home runs, 12 RBI to win player of the week honors. Dixon’s monster week is coupled by his strong year at the plate. In 49 games, he is batting .297 (49-for-165) with 11 homers and 39 RBI.
RED Bites: Louisville went 3-4 last week and remains 3.5 games behind the front-running Columbus Clippers in the International League West division…Jumbo Diaz continues his dominance for Triple-A Louisville, recording three saves in three chances. In 17 games, he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and eight saves for the Bats.