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#REDS & TRIPLE-A LOUISVILLE ANNOUNCE COACHING STAFF

From our friends with the Louisville Bats…

DeSHIELDS, POWER RETURN TO BATS STAFF FOR 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Bats manager Delino DeShields and pitching coach Ted Power will return to the team’s field staff for the 2016 season. They will be joined by new hitting coach Jody Davis and new trainer Steve Gober.

DeShields, 46, will skipper the Bats for his second season following the promotion of former Bats manager Jim Riggleman to the Reds’ staff. Louisville finished third in the International League West at 64-80 in 2015 in DeShields’ first campaign. The 2016 season will be his eighth overall in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization and seventh as a manager. DeShields has also managed at Double-A Pensacola (2013-2014), Class A Dayton (2011-2012) and Rookie Billings (2010). He began his tenure with the Reds as Billings’ hitting coach in 2009.

DeShields was the 12th overall draft pick by the Montreal Expos in the 1987 June draft out of Seaford High School in Seaford, Del. He made his Major League debut in 1990 and went on to play in 1,615 games with the Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs through 2002, mostly at second base. He finished his big league career with a .268 batting average and his 463 career stolen bases currently rank him 50th all-time.

Power, 60, returns for his 11th season as Bats pitching coach. Louisville pitchers have recorded a 3.97 ERA and have authored 96 shutouts during Power’s tenure with the Bats. He enjoyed a 13-year Major League career spending time with eight organizations, including six seasons with the Reds. Power was previously the pitching coach at Dayton (2002) and Billings (2000-2001).

Davis, 59, enters his first season in the Reds organization after spending two seasons as a hitting coach in the San Diego Padres’ system at Triple-A El Paso (2014-2015) and Class A Lake Elisnore (2014). He replaces Tony Jaramillo, who served as Louisville’s hitting coach from 2013-2015 and was promoted to assistant hitting coach with the Reds for 2016. Davis previously spent time in the Chicago Cubs’ system as manager at Class A Boise (2010), Class A Daytona (2007-2008) and Class A Peoria (2006). He was the Cubs’ minor league catching coordinator in 2009. Davis enjoyed a 10-year Major League career with the Cubs (1981-1988), where he was an All-Star in 1984 and 1986, and the Atlanta Braves (1988-1990). In 1986, he won a Rawlings Gold Glove and threw out a modern-day record 89 attempted base stealers. He recorded a .245 career average with 127 home runs and 490 RBI.

Gober enters his first season in the Reds organization after working with the Washington Nationals since 2002, including the three most recent seasons as assistant athletic trainer on the big league staff. He replaces Jimmy Mattocks, who served as Louisville’s trainer from 2011-2015 and was promoted to assistant athletic trainer with the Reds for 2016. Gober played golf and baseball at Shenandoah University and earned a degree in kinesiology/sports medicine in 1998.

The Bats’ new strength and conditioning coach is still to be determined. Cody Clark served in the role in 2015.

The Bats will open their 2016 schedule with a seven-game road trip beginning April 7 before the home opener on Thursday, April 14 vs. Toledo at 7:05 p.m.

The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 9.9 million fans through 16 seasons. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.

#REDS DEAL CHAPMAN TO YANKEES

Monday, December 28, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REDS TRADE AROLDIS CHAPMAN TO YANKEES
Receive 4 Players From New York, Including 2013 Top Pick

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty today announced the acquisitions of 3B Eric Jagielo, RHP Rookie Davis, 2B Tony Renda and RHP Caleb Cotham from the New York Yankees in exchange for LHP Aroldis Chapman.

Jagielo, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the first round with the 26th pick overall of the June 2013 first-year player draft. He has been a mid-season All-Star in each of his 3 professional seasons and in both 2013 and 2014 was a Yankees Milb.com Organizational All-Star. Entering this upcoming season, he had been rated by Milb.com the Yankees’ sixth-best prospect.

Jagielo entered 2015 as the Yankees’ eighth-best prospect. He was limited to 58 games at Class AA Trenton because of mid-season surgery to clean out loose bodies in his left knee but still produced 16 doubles, 9 HR and 35 RBI.

Davis, 22, spent last year at Class A Tampa and Trenton, where in 24 starts and 1 relief appearance he combined to finish 8-7 with a 3.86 ERA while ranking second among all Yankees farmhands with 129 strikeouts in 130.2 innings (132h, 26bb). He was added to New York’s 40-man roster in November.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound righthander was selected by the Yankees in the 14th round of the June 2011 first-year player draft out of Dixon High School in Holly Ridge, NC. Heading into the 2016 season, Davis had been rated the Yankee organization’s sixth-best prospect by Baseball America and 10th-best by Milb.com.

Renda, 24, originally was selected by Washington in the second round of the 2012 draft out of the University of California. He began 2015 rated the Nationals’ 12th-best prospect and hitter with the best strike zone discipline but on June 11 was traded to the Yankees in exchange for RHP David Carpenter.

In 127 appearances last season in Class AA at Harrisburg and Trenton, Renda combined to hit .269 with 30 doubles, 2 triples, 3 HR, 44 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 29 attempts. He also recorded 43 walks and just 39 strikeouts.

Cotham, 28, in 2015 posted a 2.21 ERA in 35 relief appearances at Trenton and Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and in his Major League debut pitched in 12 games out of the bullpen for the Yankees. Selected out of Vanderbilt University in the fifth round of the June 2009 draft, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound righthander in his minor league career has recorded 312 strikeouts in 367.2 innings. He will be on the Reds’ 40-man roster.

Chapman, 27, was signed by the Reds in January 2010 and produced a 2.17 ERA with 146 saves in 324 games over 5 seasons. He is eligible for arbitration and could become a free agent after next season.

A VERY SPECIAL BOR TRIVIA TUESDAY FOLLOWING HOT STOVE LEAGUE SHOW

Be sure to join us Tuesday, December 22 (tomorrow) at the Holy Grail Banks for a very special night of Reds baseball!

We’ll fire things up at 6pm for a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show. Immediately following the hot stove show, yours truly will host a very special edition of Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!

This week’s BOR Baseball trivia theme will be “Christmas” and all trivia participants are encouraged to wear ugly holiday sweaters!  We’ll give away plenty of great prizes, have tons of fun and lots of laughs as we test our baseball and Christmas show knowledge.

I hope to see you all there at Holy Grail Banks tomorrow night (Tuesday, December 22)!

…and don’t forget to wear an ugly sweater!

Jamie

 

THE 2015 UMPTEEN DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY SIX

The Better Off Red elves are giving you a chance to win some very cool Reds-related gifts as a “thank you” for your support in 2015! It’s a little something we like to call “The Umpteen Days of Christmas.”

Every day through Tuesday, December 22nd, you’ll have the opportunity to win a top-of-the-line prize. Here’s how…

Using the comments section of this blog post, correctly answer the following Holiday-related trivia question:

Executive Frank Cross sends people on his Christmas list one of two items.  What are they?  

Easy enough?

You’ll notice, I made the actual comments in the comments section invisible to you and other readers. This is to cut down on “cheating.” Once you submit your comment, it will be automatically emailed to me, where only I’ll be able read your answer. I’ll put all the correct answers in a pile from which I’ll choose one random winner, daily. If you win, I’ll contact you via email.

And remember – no matter what holiday you celebrate this time of the year, Better Off Red celebrates it, too. Thus, all of you are encouraged to participate!

Congratulations to Day Five’s randomly selected winner, Roger Fletcher who correctly answered yesterday’s question that Ralphie Parker attended Warren G. Harding Elementary School  (A Christmas Story ). Roger wins a Raisel Iglesias autographed baseball and a $25 gift card from Skyline Chili!

We’ll announce today’s winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Jamie

Official Rules for BETTER OFF RED Giveaways: Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any MLB entity and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received a Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 100 miles from the ballpark where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower. You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will not keep or store your information or use it for any purpose other than sending your giveaway item(s) or providing you information on receiving the item(s). Giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations.

#REDS ACQUIRE PROSPECTS IN THREE-TEAM DEAL, SEND FRAZIER TO WHITE SOX

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Reds Acquire Prospects Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler & Brandon Dixon
From Dodgers As Part Of Three-Team Deal;
Send Todd Frazier To White Sox

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty today announced the acquisitions of IF Jose Peraza, OF Scott Schebler and IF Brandon Dixon from the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a 3-team deal in which the Chicago White Sox received from the Reds 3B Todd Frazier and the Dodgers received from the Sox CF Trayce Thompson, IF Micah Johnson and RHP Frankie Montas.

Peraza, 21, this year hit .293 with 33 stolen bases in 118 appearances for the Class AAA affiliates of the Braves and Dodgers and in his Major League debut played in 7 games for Los Angeles. In 461 career minor league games, he has hit .302 with an on-base percentage of .342 while stealing 210 bases in 259 attempts (81%). Primarily a middle infielder, last season Peraza made 18 appearances in CF, including 1 game at that position for the Dodgers.

Heading into the upcoming season, Peraza had been rated by Baseball America the fourth-best prospect in the Dodgers’ organization. In 2015, he was rated the top prospect in the Braves’ system and by mid-season was rated the 26th-best prospect in all of baseball before he was traded to Los Angeles in July. Peraza also entered this year rated the fastest baserunner in the Southern League and the Carolina League’s best baserunner and best defensive second baseman.

Originally signed by Atlanta as an international free agent in July 2010, the native of Venezuela on July 30 was traded to the Dodgers with LHP Alex Wood, LHP Luis Avilan, RHP Jim Johnson, RHP Bronson Arroyo and cash as part of 3-team deal in which Dodgers sent 3B Hector Olivera, LHP Paco Rodriguez and RHP Zack Bird to the Braves and RHP Jeff Brigham, RHP Victor Araujo and RHP Kevin Guzman to Florida, while the Marlins sent RHP Mat Latos, 1B Mike Morse and cash to the Dodgers and a 2016 supplemental first-round pick to Atlanta.

Schebler, 25, spent most of last season with the Dodgers’ affiliate in Oklahoma City, his first action at Class AAA, and in 121 appearances produced 13 HR, 50 RBI and 15 stolen bases. He also made his Major League debut with 3 homers and 4 RBI in just 19 games for Los Angeles. Schebler entered the 2015 season rated LA’s eighth-best prospect.

In each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons Schebler was an Milb.com Organizational All-Star and a post-season league All-Star, and in 2014 he was named to the prestigious Arizona Fall League’s All-Prospects team. In 2013, he was the Dodgers’ Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .296 with 27 HR, 96 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 125 games and leading the California League extra-base hits (69) and total bases (277).

Dixon, 23, in 128 appearances last season for Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Class AA Tulsa combined to hit .263 with 19 HR, 68 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He also played for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League, where in 16 appearances he hit .295 with 3 HR and 12 RBI. Dixon was selected by Los Angeles in the third round of the June 2013 first-year player draft.

Frazier, 29, was selected by the Reds in the supplemental first round of the June 2007 first-year player draft and was an All-Star the last 2 seasons. In his 4 seasons with the Reds he hit .257 with 108 HR and 324 RBI.

Thompson, 24, was selected by Chicago in the second round of the June 2009 first-year player draft out of Santa Margarita (CA) High School.

Johnson, 24, was selected by the Sox in the ninth round of the June 2012 first-year player draft out of Indiana University.

Montas, 22, originally was signed by the Boston Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent in December 2009. He was traded to the White Sox on July 31, 2013 in a deal that sent Jake Peavy and Brayan Villarreal to Boston, Jose Iglesias to Detroit and Avisail Garcia, Cleulius Rondon and Jeffery Wendelken to Chicago.

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THE 2015 UMPTEEN DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY THREE

The Better Off Red elves are giving you a chance to win some very cool Reds-related gifts as a “thank you” for your support in 2015! It’s a little something we like to call “The Umpteen Days of Christmas.”

Every day through Tuesday, December 22nd, you’ll have the opportunity to win a top-of-the-line prize. Here’s how…

Using the comments section of this blog post, correctly answer the following Holiday-related trivia question:

What is the name of the band in which Emmet Otter plays washtub bass?  

Easy enough?

You’ll notice, I made the actual comments in the comments section invisible to you and other readers. This is to cut down on “cheating.” Once you submit your comment, it will be automatically emailed to me, where only I’ll be able read your answer. I’ll put all the correct answers in a pile from which I’ll choose one random winner, daily. If you win, I’ll contact you via email.

And remember – no matter what holiday you celebrate this time of the year, Better Off Red celebrates it, too. Thus, all of you are encouraged to participate!

Congratulations to Day Two’s randomly selected winner, Andrew Schnell, who correctly answered yesterday’s question that there was no snow (zero inches) on the ground when Phil, Bob, Betty and Judy arrived in Pine Tree, Vermont (White Christmas).  Andrew wins a Devin Mesoraco autographed Reds jersey and a $25 gift certificate to Skyline Chili!

We’ll announce today’s winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Jamie

Official Rules for BETTER OFF RED Giveaways: Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any MLB entity and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received a Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 100 miles from the ballpark where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower. You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will not keep or store your information or use it for any purpose other than sending your giveaway item(s) or providing you information on receiving the item(s). Giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations.

LORENZEN SHARES FREE TIME WITH COMMUNITY

Michael Lorenzen is one of the good ones.  He’s who you want your kid to grow up to be.  Michael is a man of faith with a deep understanding and appreciation for the Scripture.  He’s got a great attitude, an infectious smile and a bright future as a successful Major Leaguer.  Michael’s not quite 24 but the manner in which he conducts himself is much older.  The outfielder/pitcher from Cal State Fullerton is one of the most gracious and kindhearted players to ever put on a Reds uniform.

Recently, Lorenzen arrived in Cincinnati to fulfill his Redsfest obligations – but a funny think happened on the way to the Queen City – he asked to arrive early and stay late.  Lorenzen had Reds staffer Corey Hawthorne stuff his schedule to the gills with appearances and events that would benefit and bring joy to those who could use some holiday cheer.

Michael made it in to Cincinnati a few days early to help promote Redsfest with Anthony DeSclafani on local TV and radio stations.  After Redsfest, his schedule remained in overdrive.

Below is Lorenzen’s post-Redsfest itinerary that he just completed Monday.  Take a look.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much time Michael dedicated and shared with those in the Cincinnati Reds community.

Monday, December 7th

  • AMIS school visit – 10:30am-noon
  • Mathew 25 Ministries –6:30pm-7:30pm (Lorenzen helped Boy Scouts group)

Tuesday, December 8th

  • Learning is Cool Event – 9:45am-noon (Location: Silverton Paideia Academy – 7451 Montgomery Rd., Silverton, OH 45236; Lorenzen, along with Cincinnati Bengal Domata Peko spoke to students about the importance of education)
  • Meeting with UC Baseball Team – 1pm – 2pm (Location: Marge Schott Stadium – 51 W. Corry Blvd. Cincinnati, OH 45221)
  • Hot Stove League radio show at Holy Grail- 6pm-7pm (Lorenzen went on air with hosts Marty Brennaman and Jim Kelch)

Wednesday, December 9th

  • Indian Hill High School FCA Huddle – 10:20am
  • Talawanda High School FCA Huddle – 1:30pm
  • Urban Youth Academy Baseball Instructional Clinic – 5:30pm-8:30pm

Thursday, December 10th

  •  Faith Day Lunch Meet & Greet with Faith Day Group Leaders- noon-1:30pm (Machine Room at Great American Ball Park; Lorenzen spoke about his faith and baseball experiences)
  • Anderson High School FCA Huddle – 2:45pm (Lorenzen addressed athletes from three different high schools at this event)
  • M.V.K. Event at Sugar N’ Spice Restaurant – 5:30pm-7:30pm (50 -60 kids  present at this event)

Friday, December 11th

  • Reds Front Office Holiday Luncheon – 11:30am-1:30pm (Lorenzen dined with front office staff and participated in Q&A with Dick Williams)
  • Visit to Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky – 4:00pm (Spent time with kids hanging out playing games, baseball, Q&A etc)

Saturday, December 12th

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes Meet & Greet – 11am -1pm (Reds Hall of Fame Theater – 100 Joe Nuxhall Way)
  • Kenwood Mall Visit to Reds kiosk – 2pm-3pm (Meet & Greet with Reds fans who purchased Reds Holiday Packs & Consumer Clubs kits)

Sunday, December 13th

  • WEBN Bengals Pregame Interview Live – 10:45am-11:30am (Tin Roof at the Banks- 60 E Freedom Way #150, Cincinnati, OH 45202; Interview about 2015 season, spring training, next season, & Bengals football)
  • Steelers vs Bengals Game – 1pm

Monday, December 14th

  • Children’s Hospital Visit – 10:30am -11:30am
  • Flight back home

Well done, Michael.  Thank you!

DEVIN MESORACO JOINS THIS WEEK’S #REDS HOT STOVE LEAGUE SHOW!

A special Reds Hot Stove League Show takes place this week, live at the Holy Grail Banks, as Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco joins hosts Marty and Thom Brennaman for the hour-long radio program.

Immediately following the Hot Stove show, Better Off Red Baseball Trivia returns this week to test your baseball knowledge!

It all starts at 6pm on Tuesday (December 15) at the Holy Grail Banks.  Can’t wait to see you there!

Jamie

#REDS STATEMENT ON ROSE DECISION

Monday, December 14, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REDS’ STATEMENT ON ROSE DECISION

Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said, “The Commissioner called me this morning prior to the announcement. We respect his decision on the matter of Pete Rose and are grateful for his diligence and the amount of time he spent on the matter. We also appreciate that the Commissioner stated that Hall of Fame consideration is a separate issue and we and the fans think he deserves that opportunity. We are pleased that we have had and will continue to have opportunities to commemorate Pete’s remarkable on-field accomplishments. Any future plans to celebrate Pete’s career with the Reds first will be discussed with the Commissioner and then will be communicated publicly at the appropriate time.”

COMMISSIONER INFORMS ROSE OF DECISION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 14, 2015

COMMISSIONER INFORMS ROSE OF DECISION

Major League Baseball announced today that it has completed the review regarding Pete Rose’s application for reinstatement from the Ineligible List.

Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today informed Mr. Rose, both verbally and in writing, that the application has been denied. The Commissioner’s decision accompanies this press release.

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