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CINCINNATI (Oct. 21, 2015) — The P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy has announced the fall 2015 clinic schedule for baseball, softball and T-ball.

The Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn offers free, year-round baseball and softball instruction, plus educational and vocational opportunities for boys and girls ages 5-18 residing primarily in urban neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

T-ball Clinics – Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Oct. 11 – Dec. 13)
• One hour indoor T-ball games for boys and girls ages 5-7 teaching the basics.

Softball Clinics – Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Oct. 21 – Dec. 16)
• For girls ages 8-18 whose skills range from beginner to intermediate, teaching the basics of hitting, throwing, fielding and pitching.

Baseball Clinics – Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Oct. 27 – Dec. 15)
• For boys ages 8-13 whose skills range from beginner to intermediate, teaching the basics of hitting, throwing, fielding and pitching.

“Our clinics offer high-level instruction and skills development in addition to conditioning, speed and agility sessions,” said Charley Frank, executive director of the Reds Community Fund. “Participation in our programs at the Urban Youth Academy is intended for boys and girls who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford or have access to this type of programming.”

Buckeye Health Plan (Buckeye), a multi-line health plan serving Medicaid recipients in Greater Cincinnati and throughout Ohio, is a proud sponsor of the Urban Youth Academy’s fall baseball and softball programming.

“We are excited to partner with the Reds Community Fund to offer this program to the Cincinnati community,” said Buckeye President and CEO Bruce Hill. “Our mission at Buckeye is to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time, and what better way for kids to be active and get healthy than by playing baseball and softball.”

To register for clinics and information on all Urban Youth Academy programming, please visit or call (513) 765-5000.

P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy
2026 E. Seymour Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45237
(513) 765-5000
Academy hours: 3 to 9 p.m. (closed Friday)
Office hours: 8:30 am to 5:30 p.m. (closed Friday)

The Urban Youth Academy is also available for daytime rental (until 3 p.m.) to host corporate or private events. Please contact Charley Frank at (513) 765-7231 for rental information.


Proceeds from auction to benefit the Reds Community Fund

CINCINNATI (Oct. 19, 2015) — Fans have the chance to own one of the official mustache statues that were placed around the Queen City commemorating the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.

This particular statue was located in Eden Park and was one of the 21 “‘Staches On Parade” that were featured at many iconic locations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

The statue is adorned with unique All-Star Game logos and imagery and measures 8 feet wide, 2.5 feet high and weighs approximately 850 pounds.

The opening bid for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game mustache statue is $4,500 and bidding will remain open through Nov. 16.

To place a bid and for complete auction details visit

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the baseball and softball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

Special thanks to SVI Themed Construction Solutions of Morton Grove, Illinois for their donation of this 2015 MLB All-Star Game mustache statue.



As if this Postseason couldn’t get any better, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier will serve as a guest studio analyst on MLB Network following Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday, October 17!


Occasionally, I’ll peruse the filing cabinets in the Reds media library here at GABP.  I’m usually not looking for anything specific, rather, just searching for something neat.

Today I found a few thing that I think you’ll find interesting, including inter-office memos from then-Reds Assistant to the Executive Vice President Dick Wagner.  I also found a memo about Pete’s #14 and menus that Reds staffers had handy for their take-out lunch runs.  Enjoy…


Unfortunately, the Orioles beat the Reds in 5 games in the 1970 World Series and thus avoided a Riverfront Stadium scheduling conflict with the Bengals. The Bengals lost to the Chiefs at Riverfront on October 18 by a score of 27-19.


I wonder what happened to “Robert Paul Ritter.” Was he in cahoots with “Ted Elkins?” What did the Davenport, Iowa bank have to do with any of this?  This could’ve been an episode of Dragnet!


In this day and age, Major League Baseball organizes all of the pregame festivities for its annual All-Star Game. It seems in 1970, however, the Reds were responsible for booking their own anthem singer. In this case it was Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers.


A 1982 memo from the Reds Publicity department states that Pete Rose will have his uniform number 14 retired “at an appropriate time after Pete retires from baseball.”


Long before LaRosa’s gave away free pizzas for 11 strikeouts at GABP, they sold $2.50 Jack Salmon platters to Riverfront Stadium staffers.  I imagine this menu was from the mid to late ’60s.


Ummm…I don’t see ice cream anywhere on this old menu.


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


Good luck to the seven Cincinnati Reds farmhands who’ve been selected to participate as members of the Peoria Javelinas in the 2015 Arizona Fall League:  RHP Stephen Johnson, RHP Layne Somsen, RHP Nick Travieso, RHP Zack Weiss, C Chad Wallach, INF Alex Blandino, OF Phillip Ervin.

The AFL season kicks off today with all six teams in action.  The Reds are partnered up with players from the Braves, Padres, Orioles and Mariners to round out the Javelinas roster.

For more information on the Arizona Fall League, CLICK HERE.

Oh, and of the six teams in this year’s AFL, I’m a really big fan of the caps being worn by the Glendale Desert Dogs. What’s your favorite?


Many of you saw the Kansas City Royals yesterday rally from an improbable 4 run deficit in the eighth inning to beat the Astros and avoid elimination in the American League Division Series. One of the key moments during that comeback was when KC’s Kendrys Morales hit a ball up the middle off Houston reliever Tony Sipp.  The ball skipped off the mound and off shortstop Carlos Correa’s glove for a 2-run error.

The broadcasters felt it should’ve been a hit.  I thought it was correctly ruled an error.  What do you think?


Pretty cool of Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips to travel to “The Pit” last week to watch an epic high school football game between powerhouses Elder and Moeller…

#greattimes… Coolin’ it w/ my homeboys at the #elder game in #thepit!!! #altiora #purplefriday #selfie #ALLREADY A photo posted by Brandon Phillips (@datdudebp) on Oct 10, 2015 at 11:27am PDT



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From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies today we will honor 15 of our Season Ticket Members for their long-term commitment of support to the Cincinnati Reds franchise.

Today we will also recognize the staff members who make up the Cincinnati Reds front office (those based in Cincinnati). Included in this ceremony will be the recognition of several long-time Reds Gameday staff members who are each retiring after today’s game – including Bill Koshover (Event Security Supervisor – 22 years), Denny Roebel (Usher & Ticket Taker Supervisor – 26 years), Cora Hector (Usher – 35 years), Benny Clary (Chief Ticket Taker Supervisor – 46 years), and Charles Keith (Usher – 46 years). Members of the Reds front office staff will be stationed at the gates of the ballpark at the end of today’s game to personally thank fans for their support during the All-Star Summer.



Todd Frazier, who was in the original lineup, has been scratched.  More information forthcoming.  In the meantime, here’s tonight’s lineup:



From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies tonight the Reds Community Fund will welcome and recognize members of their board & volunteer leaders of their numerous youth baseball and softball outreach programs. Also tonight the RCF will receive donations in the amount of $5,000 from Sargento & Kroger as part of their “Kroger K’s Program” and $28,000 from Mike’s Carwash as part of their season-long “BowTie Tuesday” promotion.

Tonight the Rotary Club of Cincinnati will honor Dr. Henry Heimlich in recognition of lifetime of achievements by presenting him with the Paul Harris Fellowship, named after the founder of the Rotary International.

Tonight’s Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero will be done In Memoriam for Master Sergeant Corey Hood. MSGT Hood died in a tragic accident earlier this summer at the Chicago Air & Water Show. Corey was a Lakota West High School grad and served in Iraq & Afghanistan prior to joining the Army’s Golden Knights parachute demonstration team. We will be joined at tonight’s game by dozens of Corey’s friends and family members, as well as his wife Lyndsay – who will stand in for Corey during our Hometown Hero moment.

As part of a Military Appreciation Night at Great American Ball Park, we will have a post-Anthem flyover conducted by the 77th Weapons Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base. The flyover will be performed using a B-1 bomber flown by Major Kevin Johnson, a Lakota West High School grad, and his crew.



11th Annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic raised $230,000

CINCINNATI (Sept. 29, 2015) — The Reds Community Fund announced today the 11th annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, which took place at Belterra Casino Resort on Sept. 27 & 28, raised $230,000 for the Reds Community Fund.

Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, over 40 celebrities and 170 golfers participated in this year’s event that included two golf scrambles and a Sunday night dinner and comedy show.

This year’s special guest was Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.

Since its inception in 2005, the Marty Brennaman Golf Classic has raised nearly $2,400,000 to support the baseball and softball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

The event was sponsored by CBTS with additional support from Cintas, Belterra Casino Resort and Prestige AV & Creative Services.

The Sunday night dinner and program was hosted by Jim Day and Fox Sports Ohio.

Following the dinner, guests enjoyed a comedy show in Belterra’s CenterStage Showroom featuring comedians Josh Sneed, Dave Dyer and Todd Yohn.



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.


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