Over the weekend Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was named to the National League All-Star team as an injury replacement. Jay is currently batting .267 with 18 home runs, 63 RBI, .315 OBP and a .538 SLG. He ranks among National League leaders in:
Home Runs (T13th)
Triples (6, T2nd)
Extra Base Hits (44, T7th)
Go Ahead RBI (16, T3rd)
Total Bases (171, 12th)
Bruce has played in 83 games this season. Below is his slash line (AVG/OBP/SLG) and home runs after his first 83 games of each of his 9 big league seasons:
2016: .267/.315/.538, 18HR
2015: .251/.342/.464, 13 HR
2014: .222/.304/.394, 10 HR
2013: .278/.323/.518, 18 HR
2012: .249/.326/.505, 18 HR
2011: .258/.327/.478, 18 HR
2010: .277/.354/.463, 10 HR
2009: .209/.285/.444, 18 HR
2008: .252/.295/.423, 14 HR
The rap on Bruce is that he’s a streaky player, enjoying stretches of scalding hot highs but also distressingly bad lows. Not so in 2016. Jay had one small hiccup from May 19-23 in which he went hitless in 13 at-bats over 4 games. Other than that, he hasn’t gone hitless in more than 2 consecutive games. Aside from that 4-game 0-for-skid in May, he’s only been without a hit in back-to-back games 4 times.
Here’s to a strong finish this season for Jay Bruce.
Don’t forget to tune in tonight to the MLB Home Run Derby featuring Reds outfielder/All-Star Adam Duvall!
The show begins at 8pm ET on ESPN.
If Duvall advances past the first round (against San Diego Padre Wil Myers) he would face the winner of the Todd Frazier/Carlos Gonzalez matchup.
If this year’s event is even a fraction as exciting as last year’s derby in GABP, we’re all in for a treat!
That’s all for now, more in a bit!
Expect Good News,
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 6, 2016
Congratulations to Reds outfielder Adam Duvall, who last night was named to the National League All-Star team!
Here are some current stats on Duvall from our friends at Inside Edge…
- Adam Duvall has an Extra-Base Hit Pct of 62.5% (35 XBH/56 H) versus RHP this season. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 206 full-time players; League Avg: 35.6%)
- Adam Duvall has 9 HR on 31 Flyballs (29.0% HR/FLY) on two-strike counts this year. (MLB Rank: 2nd highest of 105 full-time players; League Avg: 11.7%)
- Adam Duvall’s Line Drive Pct is 43.8% (7/16) against righties over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 4th highest of 106 full-time players; League Avg: 20.9%)
- Adam Duvall has a .640 Slugging Pct (71 total bases in 111 AB’s) on the road over the past 60 days. (MLB Rank: 6th of 214 full-time players; League Avg: .434)
- Adam Duvall has put 28 of 49 swings in play (57.1% In-Play Pct) against curves and sliders versus RHP over the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 3rd highest of 195 full-time players; League Avg: 36.8%)
- Adam Duvall has just 17 HR in 205 AB’s (12.1 AB/HR) over the past 60 days. (NL Rank: 5th of 102 full-time players; League Avg: 28.9)
- Adam Duvall’s Well-Hit Avg (Well-Hit / AB) is .175 (17/97) on two-strike counts over the past 60 days. (MLB Rank: 5th of 214 full-time players; League Avg: .103)
- Adam Duvall has an OPS of 1.139 (75 PA’s) with RISP this season. (MLB Rank: 5th of 208 full-time players; League Avg: .779)
From today’s Reds Gamenotes…
#DUVALLSTAR: Adam Duvall is 1 of only 3 players in the Major Leagues with at least 20 doubles, 22 HR and 59 RBI (Nolan Arenado, Edwin Encarnacion) and only the third Reds batter to produce those numbers prior to the All-Star Game (since 1933), joining Gus Bell in 1953 and Johnny Bench in 1970.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 5, 2016
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today over 800 boys and girls from the Reds Community Fund’s Reds Rookie Success League summer program will participate in a pregame parade around the field. The Reds Rookie Success League (RRSL), a free, coed, character-building summer baseball program, entering its fourteenth summer in Cincinnati and throughout Reds Country this season. As has been the tradition for a few seasons, we will be joined by members of former Red Ryan Freel’s family, who will help us present the Ryan Freel Award to a few of the RRSL participants. During his time with the Reds, Ryan was heavily involved in the RRSL program.
The honorary Grand Marshal for the parade will be Tyler Aldrich. Tyler, a 21-year-old autistic man from Fremont, Ohio, is running 220 miles from his hometown to Cincinnati to raise money and awareness for autism. His “Run Ohio” journey started on June 10 and raises money and awareness for the Make It Fit Foundation, a charity that provides programs for people dealing with autism.
Also during pregame ceremonies representatives of Cincinnati law firm Freking, Myers & Reul will make a check presentation to the Reds Community Fund in the amount of nearly $31,000 from this year’s annual “Opening Day Eve Party”. The event has become a staple of the Cincinnati Opening Day landscape, directly benefitting the Reds Community Fund. Event organizer Randy Freking will also serve as today’s Honorary Captain.
From my pal @Bongreatness...
Tonight is the 6th annual Reds Racing Night, presented by Kroger. NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger will be offering up a ceremonial first pitch. A.J. drives the No. 47 Chevrolet SS for JTG Daugherty Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Kroger Fan Zone will be packed with a collection of racing show cars & displays for tonight’s game.
The Reds have recalled from Class AAA Louisville RHP Jumbo Diaz (#70).
He replaces on the roster RHP JC Ramirez, who yesterday was claimed off waivers by the Angels.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the third Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season. Now in its 68th consecutive season, the Kid Glove program has helped raise more than ten million dollars to buy baseball & softball equipment for more than 40,000 youngsters in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Tonight is St. Xavier High School Night at GABP. During pregame ceremonies we will present the St. X High School Golf Team with a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award for winning the OHSAA 2015 Boys Golf Division I State Championship. We will also be joined by a pair of distinguished St. X alums who will each offer up a ceremonial first pitch – Joe Kernen, CNBC news anchor, (St. X class of 1974) and National Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning (St. X class of 1949).
The Reds Community Fund & FOX Sports Ohio are hosting the annual RCF telethon during tonight’s game. Fans can purchase MVP gift packages containing exclusive Reds merchandise, complimentary tickets, and more for a donation of $100 (see reds.com/telethon for more info).
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today the franchise will officially retire the #14 worn by Pete Rose during his Reds career. The ceremony to honor Pete will begin at 12:26PM with red carpet introductions. Joining Pete on a special stage placed on the infield dirt at second base will be other Reds retired number honorees #5 Johnny Bench, #11 Barry Larkin, #13 David Concepcion and #24 Tony Perez. Today’s ceremony will once again be emceed by Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman and Reds President & CEO Bob Castellini will speak on behalf of the organization, ending with the official unveiling of #14 on the GABP façade. Fans will once again hear from Pete at the end of today’s ceremony. Things wrap up today with a ceremonial first pitch which Pete has asked to be thrown by his son, Pete Rose Jr., who was the only other player to wear #14 since the start of the 1963 season when Pete won the NL Rookie of the Year.
All fans in attendance today will receive a commemorative Pete Rose print, courtesy of John Morrell. The print is a replica of an original commissioned painting, produced by renowned artist Bart Forbes, which will be presented to Pete during today’s pregame ceremony. Pete will also receive a custom crystal sculpture created by Studio 11. The commissioned painting & crystal sculpture are traditional gifts given to those players who receive the honor of number retirement with the Reds franchise.
Kids in attendance today will receive a Devin Mesoraco Fathead™ courtesy of Orville Redenbacher & Kroger. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 11:10AM for Season Ticket Members and 11:40AM for the general public. However those times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code, should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.
Performing our National Anthem today prior to the start of the #14 retirement ceremony (12:23PM) will be Denver, KY native – Marlana VanHoose.
Leading us in the singing of God Bless America during the middle of the 7th inning break today will be Abby Paskvan.
Following the conclusion of today’s game fans will have the opportunity to Run the Bases, presented by Entenmann’s Little Bites. Today’s event is the second of three Run the Bases open to all fans during the 2016 season.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today Great American Ball Park will host the 2016 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring Pete Rose, presented by PNC Bank. The pregame ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:31PM and will include the introduction of 23 Reds Hall of Famers joining us for this special weekend. Reds Owner & CEO Bob Castellini will speak on behalf of the organization during the ceremony, which is being emceed by Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman. The fans will hear from Pete, speaking to the crowd in person for the first time in GABP history, at the conclusion of today’s ceremony. Things will wrap up with a very unique “Ceremonial First At-Bat”, paying tribute to the most prolific hitter in MLB history.
All fans in attendance today will receive a commemorative Pete Rose Poster, featuring baseball card images from throughout Pete’s career with the Reds, presented by Yucatan Guacamole. 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.
Today’s game is being televised on FS1. The pregame ceremonies will be televised on FOX Sports Ohio (as well as Reds.com).
*Note that BP schedules for today have been moved up by 30 minutes to accommodate today’s ceremonies. Furthermore, today’s National Anthem is scheduled for 3:18PM.
From my pal @Bongreatness...
During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome members of the 1976 World Champion Cincinnati Reds.
• Introductions will take place from the Reds dugout & first base line area beginning at 6:40PM.
• All members of the Great Eight are on-hand for tonight’s introductions except for Joe Morgan, who is currently unable to travel. Joe has recorded a few messages for us to play to fans attending tonight’s game.
• Offering up a ceremonial first pitch on behalf of his ’76 teammates will be Reds Hall of Famer Jack Billingham, which will be caught by fellow Reds Hall of Famer David Concepcion.
• Saying a few words to the crowd on behalf of the team tonight will be 1976 World Series MVP, Johnny Bench.
• Reds Owner & CEO Bob Castellini will present the ’76 team with a Hall of Fame Reunion Plaque, which will also feature a photo opportunity with the team and the 1976 World Series trophy.
• As they exit the field tonight each honoree will receive a custom 1976 World Series Champion 40-year Reunion crystal ice bucket, which will be handed out by Mark & Rick Stowe in honor of their father, and 1976 Home Clubhouse Manager, Bernie Stowe.
Tonight is the 7th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by Cooper Tires. The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a 1976 World Championship soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.
All fans in attendance tonight will receive a 1976 Team Photo, courtesy of Coca-Cola. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:40PM 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.
*Note that normal batting practice times for tonight has been moved up by 20 minutes in order to accommodate tonight’s pregame festivities. Additionally the National Anthem time has been moved up and is scheduled for 6:36PM.