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RHP Raisel Iglesias has been a breath of fresh air in an otherwise long season for the Reds in 2015.  The 25 year-old made his Major League debut this year, nearly 10 months after signing a 7-year contract through the 2020 season in June 2014.

Iglesias and his agent meet with the media after signing with the Reds in June 2014

Iglesias and his agent meet with the media in August 2014

From August 1 to September 2, Iglesias produced 7 consecutive quality starts (2-3, 2.31); the season’s longest streak of quality starts by a Major League rookie or Reds pitcher.  From August 23 to September 2, he recorded 13, 10 and 10 strikeouts to become the first pitcher in modern Reds history, rookie or non-rookie, to record at least 10 strikeouts in 3 consecutive appearances.

Iglesias was born in Cuba and left there in 2013.  He became eligible to sign a Major League contract after he established residency in Haiti.  Iglesias now resides in Miami, FL.

With the help of Reds assistant athletic trainer Tomas Vera, Iglesias recently provided Better Off Red a glimpse into his life and personality.  Here’s Raisel in his words…

First Car: My first car is the one I bought last year when I got to the USA.  It’s a Dodge Charger.

Sports Achievements:  I won a bronze medal in swimming during a high school competition for Isla Juventu.

Hobbies:  I go fishing almost every day during the offseason.

The Point He Knew He Was Really Good at Baseball:  After I traveled for the first time with the Cuban National team.  I was 12 years old (We went to Venezuela).

L-R: Aroldis Chapman, Reds primary care doctor Angel Velazquez and Raisel Iglesias

Memorable Birthday Parties:  My 25th birthday (last year).  I had my entire family with me.

Non-Baseball Destination He’d Like to Visit:  I would like to visit Brazil.

Favorite Music: Salsa, Reggaeton, and Pop Music.

Favorite Electronic Gadget:  My cell Phone

Pets:  I have two German Shepherds (Diablo, and Luna).  When I was in Cuba I had more than 50 pigeons.

Superstitions:  If I have a good game, I repeat everything I did the next time I pitch.

Favorite TV Shows:  I watch a lot of soap operas.


Siblings:  I have 5 siblings; four sisters and one brother.  My brother is here with me in the USA.

Do your siblings watch your games: In Cuba you can’t watch an international TV station.  Also, they don’t show any games in which a Cuban player is playing.

Role Modes/People He Looks Up To:  My mom is my role model and I admire Mariano Rivera.

Favorite thing to do in Cincinnati:  I like to walk around downtown Cincinnati.

Greatest Gift Given:  I gave a glove with my name on it to a little kid in LA this year.

Favorite Meal:  Rice, beans and steak.

What He’d Do If He Didn’t Play Baseball:  I would be a little league coach.

What He Likes To Do With Free Time On The Road:  I stay in my room and play video games.






In yesterday’s 5-1 loss at Washington, Joey Votto went 1-for-3 with a walk to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 45 straight games. It’s the longest such current streak in the Majors.

Overall this season, Joey has reached base safely in 140 of his 153 appearances.

With 6 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 (141).


From my pal @Bongreatness

Delivering the official Game Ball today will be (ret.) Navy Commander Willie Anderson.  Mr. Anderson is completing a lifelong journey of seeing a baseball game at every current Major League ballpark with tonight’s Reds/Cubs matchup at GABP.



Reds CF Billy Hamilton tweeted out the following this morning…





From my pal @Bongreatness...

As part of Fan Appreciation Day at Great American Ball Park, the first 20,000 fans in attendance today will receive a 2015 Reds Team Photo, courtesy of Snickers & Kroger. Over 250 prizes will be given away during today’s game to lucky fans throughout the ballpark due to the generosity of Reds corporate partners and other community organizations.

During pregame ceremonies the Rosie Reds will make their annual presentation of scholarships to numerous local collegiate baseball players. The scholarships are one of the many contributions that the Rosie Reds make to our community as part of their philanthropic efforts to enhance the game of baseball in our region.

Also during pregame ceremonies today we will recognize longtime member of the production teams of the Reds on Radio & Reds on TV, Mr. Dick Maus. Dick is retiring at the end of the 2015 season after a combined 52 years of work during game production at Crosley Field, Riverfront Stadium & Great American Ball Park.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Smooth Transitions, who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.

Following the conclusion of today’s game fans will have the opportunity to Run the Bases of Great American Ball Park, courtesy of Entenmann’s Little Bites. This is the third and final Run the Bases opportunity of the season.


Yesterday, the Reds honored my friend and long-time Reds beat writer John Fay, who is retiring from the Cincinnati Enquirer.  Here are some pics from yesterday’s in-game celebration…

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John Fay (center) poses with members of the Reds Media Relations department

John Fay (center) poses with members of the Reds Media Relations department

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The Reds today hosted the inaugural “Rookies Meet Rookies” event in Great American Ball Park’s Champions Club.  The event presented an opportunity for first-year season ticket members to meet and take photos with the Cincinnati Reds rookie players.

Below are photos from this morning’s affair.  If you’re interested in becoming a Reds season ticket member, CLICK HERE.




From my pal @Bongreatness...

The first 25,000 fans in attendance today will receive a commemorative All-Star Game Figurine, presented by the Tri-State Chevy Dealers.

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During pregame ceremonies today we will welcome hundreds of the volunteers that comprised the Community Organizing Committee (COC) for the 2015 All-Star Game. The volunteers will participate in a pregame parade around the warning track and co-chairs of the committee – Melanie Chavez, Sharry Addison, Delores Hargrove-Young & Lauren Bosse will offer up a simultaneous ceremonial first pitch. We will also host a ceremony to honor and recognize a group of leaders who were instrumental in pulling together city, county & state offices and entities in one collaborative effort for our region to host the All-Star Game.

Today is “Lauren Hill Day” at Great American Ball Park, in conjunction with the Lawrenceburg, Indiana, community that she grew up in. As part of today’s event the Lawrenceburg community will present Lauren’s family with a donation for the Lauren Hill “Fight For Cure” foundation as part of fundraising efforts at today’s game.

Rafael Gonzalez of Florence, KY, will receive the keys to a brand new Toyota Tundra during pregame ceremonies from representatives of the Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Toyota Dealers. Rafael won the Tundra thanks to Jay Bruce’s 8th inning home run on Thursday night.

During the end of the 1st inning break today we will salute Cincinnati Enquirer sportswriter John Fay. Fay, who is leaving the Reds beat at the end of the 2015 season, has been covering the club for the Enquirer since 2001.





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.




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.



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.



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.





That’s all for now. More in a bit!

Expect good news!



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 25, 2015


Major League Baseball issued the following statement today:

“On Thursday, September 24th, Commissioner Rob Manfred met with Pete Rose and his representatives at Major League Baseball’s New York office regarding Mr. Rose’s application for reinstatement. Commissioner Manfred informed Mr. Rose that he will make a decision on his application by the end of the calendar year. Both parties have agreed to refrain from further comment.”

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Toyota Dealers to give away Tundra truck to lucky fan this homestand
• If a Reds player hits a home run into the Sun Deck/Moon Deck seats or Visitors Bullpen during the New York Mets (Sept. 24-27) and Chicago Cubs (Sept. 29 & 30) games, one pre-registered fan will win a new Tundra, compliments of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Toyota Dealers. Visit for complete contest rules and details.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets, 7:10 p.m. (Bark in the Park, Thirsty Thursday)
Bark in the Park: Tonight is the fourth and final Bark in the Park game of the season, presented by Iams and Kroger. Over 300 dogs and their owners will be in a special seating area while the Kroger Fan Zone will turn into the “Dog Zone” with product samples and activities for both dogs and owners. A pregame parade with all the dogs and owners begins at 6:25 p.m. and the first 5,000 pet owners will receive a Reds magnet. A limited number of dog tickets are still available at the Great American Ball Park ticket windows.
Roberto Clemente Award: J.J. Hoover will be honored during pregame ceremonies for being named the Reds’ 2015 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. J.J. is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a MLB player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. Fans are encouraged to vote at A $7,500 donation from Chevrolet will be made to the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky in J.J.’s honor.
Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award: Skip Schumaker will be recognized as the Reds nominee for the 2015 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award. The players on each of the 30 clubs nominate one of their teammates for the award, which honors player performance on the field as well as service in the community. The award is named in honor of Marvin Miller, former executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Reds Community Advocate Award: During pregame ceremonies, Phillip Holloman, President and COO of Cintas, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and receive a Reds Community Advocate Award, which recognizes business representatives, community leaders and civil servants who advocate connection and inclusion.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday)
Fireworks Show: Post-game fireworks show featuring a Disney soundtrack, presented by Adams Recovery Center.
Feed Ohio Food Drive: The Reds have joined the Feed Ohio initiative to fill Ohio’s food pantries for the fall and winter months. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the ballpark. Collection barrels will be located inside the Gapper’s Alley gate from when gates open through the 5th inning. Fans donating three non-perishable food items will receive a free ticket to one of the following Reds games: 9/27, 9/29, 9/30 or 10/1.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets, 4:10 p.m. (Super Saturday)
All-Star Game Figurine: As part of Super Saturdays, free commemorative figurine honoring the 2015 All-Star Game to the first 25,000 fans, presented by Tri-State Chevrolet Dealers.
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All-Star Game Ceremonies: Pregame ceremonies will celebrate and honor many of the regional partners, groups and volunteers who helped plan and organize the community events and activities surrounding the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday)
Team Photo: Free team photo of the 2015 Reds to the first 20,000 fans, presented by Snickers and Kroger.

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Fan Appreciation Day: Today is the annual Fan Appreciation Day, with prizes being given away to hundreds of lucky fans throughout the game, including gift cards, autographed memorabilia, merchandise and more. The full list of prizes can be found at Postcard entries are accepted.
Run the Bases: Fans of all ages can line up after the game to run the bases, presented by Entenmann’s Little Bites.

**Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 – Reds at Washington Nationals, 3:05 p.m. (Makeup of July 8 postponed game)

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (All-Star T-Shirt Tuesday)

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (Student Discount Day)
Hometown Hero: The family of U.S. Army Master Sergeant Corey Hood will be recognized as the Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero of the game. Sgt. Hood, a Lakota West High School graduate and member of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, died Aug. 16 following an accident during a performance at the Chicago Air and Water Show.
Mike’s Carwash Donation: During pregame ceremonies, representatives from Mike’s Carwash will present a check for over $20,000 to the Reds Community Fund. Mike’s is the official car wash of the Reds and all season pledged to donate $1 to the RCF from each Ultimate Wash purchased on Wednesdays following a Reds win on Tuesday. Reds won 12 of 23 games on Tuesdays so far this season.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 12:35 p.m. (Senior Citizen Special, Business Day Game)
Season Ticket Members Recognition Ceremonies: Selected Reds Season Ticket Members will participate in pregame ceremonies.

Ticket Offers For This Homestand:
Thirsty Thursdays: For select Thursday Reds home games (including Sept. 24) fans can purchase a $30 package that includes a Field Box ticket and a $10 concession credit valid for food and beverages. Available only at
Family Sundays: For every Sunday home game this season, families can take advantage of two exclusive offers, presented by Klosterman Bakery:
– Get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of one full-price ticket
– Receive a FREE Kroger Meal Deal that includes a drink, hot dog, chips and a snack with your ticket
Sunday games also include giveaways for kids, face painters, live mascot races and more:
All-Star T-Shirt Tuesdays: For all Tuesday Reds home games, fans can purchase a $25 package that includes a Terrace Line ticket and an exclusive All-Star-themed T-shirt featuring a Reds player, presented by Rice Krispies Treats. The September T-shirt features Joey Votto:
Student Discount Days: Students of all ages can enjoy discount tickets to all Wednesday home games this season, courtesy of First Student:
Senior Citizen Specials: For select games (including Oct. 1) fans 60 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Some restrictions apply. Presented by Tri-State Centers For Sight:
Business Day Specials: For all 12:35 p.m. weekday Paycor Business Day Special games, get a View Level seat loaded with $10 in concession credits for just $20:

Reds Community Fund
Richter & Phillips Diamond Necklace Raffle – Sept. 25: Fans can purchase raffle tickets to win a $5,000 Baseball Diamond Necklace designed by Amanda Brennaman on Friday, Sept. 25. Representatives from Richter & Phillips, the official jeweler of the Reds, will be selling the raffle tickets at the Reds Connect Zone on the 3rd base concourse. The drawing will be held on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Richter & Phillips in downtown Cincinnati.
Marty Golf – Sept. 27 & 28: The 11th annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, benefiting the Reds Community Fund, takes place Sept. 27 & 28 at Belterra Casino Resort. Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, more than 50 celebrity guests will be on hand, including former Reds players and members of the local and national media. Details at

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Eric Davis autograph signing – Sept. 25: Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis will participate in an exclusive meet and greet and autograph signing on Friday, Sept. 25 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Fans will receive an autograph and photo with Eric plus a commemorative Reds stein, replica 1990 World Series ring and copy of Eric’s DVD Hitting From the Heart. $45 for Reds HOF members and $50 for non-members. Limited number of tickets are available: (513) 765-7923.
Kirk McKnight book signing – Sept. 26: Sportswriter and blogger Kirk McKnight will give a presentation and sign copies of The Voices of Baseball: The Game’s Greatest Broadcasters Reflect on America’s Pastime on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1–2:30 p.m. at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. McKnight’s book captures baseball’s best moments, players and places from the viewpoint of announcers. Copies of the book will be sold for $38.
Ted Power Q&A and autograph signing – Sept. 27: Ted Power, former Reds pitcher and current Louisville Bats pitching coach, will participate in a Q&A from 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. and autograph signing from 12:15–1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27. The Q&A and signing is free with Museum admission and for Museum members.









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From my pal @Bongreatness

Prior to the singing of our National Anthem tonight, we will pause for a Moment of Remembrance, in honor of baseball legend Yogi Berra.

Tonight is our fourth and final Bark in the Park night of the 2015 season, presented by Iams & Kroger. Over 300 dogs and their owners will be joining us at tonight’s game for festivities in the Kroger Fan Zone as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will honor JJ Hoover, the Reds team nominee for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award.

Also during pregame ceremonies tonight we will present Phillip Holloman, Cintas Corporation President & COO, with a Reds Community Advocate Award, presented by TriHealth.

If a Reds player hits a home run that lands anywhere between the rightfield foul pole and the edge of the Sun/Moon Deck seats (Section 146) during tonight’s game then Rafael Gonzalez of Florence, KY, will win a brand new Toyota Tundra.


In last night’s 2-1 loss at St. Louis,  LHP John Lamb held the Cardinals scoreless for 6 innings, scattering 5 hits with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts.  It was Lamb’s second quality start of the season for Cincinnati and his best outing as a Red.

Lamb, 25, was acquired by the Reds on July 26 along with LHP Brandon Finnegan and LHP Cody Reed in the trade that sent Johnny Cueto to Kansas City.  All three of the pitchers the Reds received figure to fill prominent roles with the club.  It should also be noted that all three are lefties and that the NL Central this season is batting .241 against lefthanders compared to .256 against righties.

Lamb went 9-1 with a 2.67 ERA in 17 starts for Triple-A Omaha prior to the trade with Kansas City.

On his road to becoming one of baseball’s top pitching prospects, Lamb has suffered his fair share of setbacks. He missed his entire senior season of high school ball after fracturing his left elbow in a car accident. Then, in 2011, he underwent “Tommy John” surgery which forced him to essentially start his career from scratch.

After watching Lamb’s performance last night against the 94-win Cardinals, one cannot help but be proud of the young California native; proud of how far he’s come and proud of how hard he’s had to work (and grow) to get here.

Recently, Better Off Red was lucky enough to interview John Lamb.  It wasn’t the standard, run-of-the-mill Q&A, as you’ll see.  John is a deep-thinker with lots of things on his mind.  He’s worldly and kind, funny and focused.  After reading his words below, you’re going to find John Lamb very easy to root for…and you might even find yourself becoming a better person!


Here’s John Lamb in his own words…

First Car
My great grandmother’s 1968 Chrysler New Yorker. It’s been passed down and is still in the family. I’m trying to get that thing back out on the road. It’s at home in our garage in Laguna Hills.

First Job
Operating the heat press for screen printing clothes. I forget the name of the company but the owner was awesome and it was a fun place to work.

His dad
I’m close with my dad but baseball has really brought us closer together. We never really butted heads and because we were so absorbed with each other, I got tired of always hearing his opinion (on baseball, coaching). I learned to push my ego aside and let Dad be Dad. Our relationship is great.

More dad
He raised me to do the right thing and to always do my best.

I have two half-brothers and two half-sisters.

Free time on the road
I enjoy people watching. I like to go for walks, even walking through shopping malls. I use that time to restore and to think.

Whenever I choose to do something, I want it to be constructive.

I’m shy until people get to know me and then I’ll open up – as much as I’ll allow. I like smiling, I like being happy.


I’ve learned to treat people the way you want to be treated. I don’t want to walk through this world ignoring someone. Just saying hello to someone could go a long way. I’m just as lost or confused at times as anyone.

Reflecting on Tommy John Surgery
The reason I was where I was had to do with either the work I put in or the lack of work I put in.

It’s a game
The people who evaluate us as players – however they choose to associate the words with the meanings – at the end of the day, I’m just playing a game.

Find your genius
My dad always told me and my teammates to ‘find your genius.’ He’d tell some kids ‘if you’re not finding joy out of this (baseball), maybe find something else to do. Maybe pick up an instrument.’ Find your genius. That’s the best advice I’ve ever received.

Our family is blunt.

I personally don’t have much fear of people knowing what I’m going through because it’s temporary.

Growing as a man
This world is going to teach me and mold me into whoever I’m supposed to be. I try really not think about myself, rather, to think about the people around me. That’s what is so hard about the game. You’re so glorified by everyone – family, friends, media, fans.

Target on his back
Four years ago I would’ve been more sensitive to criticism but now I understand what my dad was trying to teach me a long time ago – I have a target on my back and it’s only going to get bigger. That target doesn’t mean there are people trying to bring me down but I have to be ready for what’s to come. I’m not afraid of negative opinions but I do want to change them. When I do hear someone say something judgmental, I realize I only have so much control. I just do the best I can.

I personally don’t want any recognition. That’s what’s hard about this job. I want to have a positive impact on people around me at all times. But I’m so blind on how to do it.

People II
Everything is so delicate. We’re all so delicate in our own ways and we don’t know everything about each other.

What does John Lamb want?
That’s a hell of a question.

Music he listens to
Anything that I can get something out of.


Life and Baseball
It’s a weird game. Life’s weird.

TV and using your imagination
The things on TV that seem to be fake, I like to see how I can apply them in real life. I believe things. I’m entertained by the idea (of things like Bigfoot, life on other planets, etc.). Why not?

I really love this game. I realized this past offseason that I have something to offer to the game, so (I) don’t run from it.

Coaching kids back home in California
When I head home this winter, I know there’s a group of kids that I’ve impacted who I’m looking forward to being around again. I’m excited to be a part of the community and sharing something that has been passed to me from my dad.

Who he is as a player
I’m a combination of who I’ve been coached by, who I’ve watched on TV and who I played with.

From day one I’ve been welcomed with open arms. From the staff to the coaches…anybody and everybody who has a Cincinnati ‘C’ on their chest. When I walk out into the city, it’s quite alarming to me and not in a bad way. There’s been nothing but love come my way. People are thanking me for being here and I laugh and say ‘no I’m just grateful to be here; thank YOU for the support.’ It’s people like them – people acknowledging each other that keep me going.


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