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Saturday, May 14 at Great American Ball Park

CINCINNATI (April 20, 2016) – Sign up now for the 15th annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Great American Ball Park, benefiting the Reds Community Fund.

Runners, walkers and families have many options to participate:
• 5K presented by Beacon Orthopaedics: Chip-timed 3.1-mile course starts on Mehring Way behind Great American Ball Park, runs along the riverfront and finishes inside the ballpark near home plate.
• 10K: Chip-timed 6.2-mile course starts on Mehring Way, runs along the riverfront, crosses over the Ohio River on the Taylor Southgate Bridge into Newport and back across the Purple People Bridge and finishes inside the ballpark near home plate.
• One Mile Family Run/Walk: One mile course starts on Mehring Way and finishes inside the ballpark near home plate.
• Gapper’s Kids Fun Run: Kids run around the warning track around the field.

All events are for walkers and runners of all ages, with the exception of the Gapper’s Kids Fun Run, which is limited to kids ages 10 and under.

All participants will receive a custom race medal, race t-shirt (technical shirt for 10K participants), post-race party in the Kroger Fan Zone and one View Level ticket for the Reds vs. Cleveland Indians game on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:10 p.m.

Register online at by May 8 for discounted entry fees:
• 5K presented by Beacon Orthopaedics: $32 ($40 after May 8)
• 10K: $42 ($50 after May 8)
• One Mile Family Run/Walk: $21 ($26 after May 8)
• Gapper’s Kids Fun Run: $16 (for kids 10 and under)

Online registration closes May 8 at 11:59 p.m. After May 8, registration is only available at packet pick-ups and on race day.

Race start times:
• 8:00 a.m.: Runners and walkers for 10K and 5K (includes the first 1,500 5K to register, all 10K and elite runners)
• 8:10 a.m.: Runners and walkers for 5K (includes remainder of 5K runners/walkers)
• 9:30 a.m.: One Mile Family Run/Walk
• 10:15 a.m.: Gapper’s Kids Fun Run

Race day parking is recommended in The Banks Garage. Reduced price parking for $5 will be available until 9 a.m. Additional parking details can be found at

Race sponsors include: Coldwell Banker West Shell, Beacon Orthopaedics, Trophy Awards, Buckeye Running Company, Prestige AV & Creative Services, Coca-Cola, Rumpke, Kroger, Castellini Group of Companies, LaRosa’s, Skyline Chili, United Dairy Farmers, KRAVE Jerky, 700WLW, KISS 107 Cincinnati and WCPO 9 On Your Side.

Nearly 3,000 runners and walkers participated in 2015 generating over $150,000 for the baseball and softball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.


Prior to today’s game the Reds are expected to promote from Class AAA Louisville RHP Drew Hayes (#53) to fill the roster spot vacated by RHP Robert Stephenson, who following last night’s 4-3 Reds win was optioned to Louisville.






During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome representatives of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network of Cincinnati, joining us as part of a “Give Back Game”. Their fundraising efforts through the sale of tickets to tonight’s game has helped the PANCAN Network raise over $6,700, which will be presented during their ceremony.

Also joining us tonight for pregame ceremonies will be 87 members of the 123rd Air Control Squadron, based out of the Blue Ash National Guard Station. The 123rd is preparing to deploy overseas in support of the global war on terror in the coming weeks. It will be their sixth such deployment as a Squadron since the attacks of 9-11-01.


The Reds and Rockies begin a 3-game series tonight at Great American Ball Park and I’m going to give you a chance to win a really cool Better Off Red t-shirt for keeping up with the action.

There’s a good chance that at some point during the series a wild pitch will be thrown.  If/when that first official wild pitch is uncorked, I’ll give an XL BOR t-shirt (the one pictured below) to the first person who tweets to @jamieblog the following sentence:  “Old Hoss Radbourn threw 214 wild pitches.”


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From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight the Reds will join in the league-wide celebration of Jackie Robinson Day with recognition of our Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner during pregame ceremonies. This year’s recipient of the MVDBP for the Reds organization is AlphaGraphics, a local printing company instrumental in the success of the 2015 MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Jackie Robinson Day is traditionally held on April 15th of each season, but teams with road games on that date hold their own recognition during their first subsequent home game.

Former Ohio State University football player and 2016 NFL draft hopeful Braxton Miller will offer up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening.


A few Reds notes…

  • Eugenio Suarez has an OPS of 1.457 (26 PA’s) at home this year. (MLB Rank: 1st of 79 full-time players; League Avg: .709)
  • Jay Bruce has 13 total bases in 26 AB’s (.500 Slugging Pct) on two-strike counts this year. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 50 full-time players; League Avg: .264)
  • Reds hitters are hitting .340 (16-for-47) on pitches 94 mph or greater this season. (MLB Rank: 3rd of 30 teams; League Avg: .251)
  • Reds hitters have 29 Extra-Base hits out of 61 total hits (47.5%) against fastballs this season. (MLB Rank: 3rd of 30 teams; League Avg: 34.9%)


Monday, April 18, 2016 – Reds vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:10 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Day Celebration: Pregame ceremonies will commemorate the 69th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Baseball’s color barrier in 1947. (Reds players and on-field personnel wore the Number 42 on April 15, the official date recognized by MLB, when the Reds played the Cardinals in St. Louis.)
Diverse Business Partner Award: Cinda Morse of AlphaGraphics Cincinnati will accept the 2016 Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award from Reds COO Phil Castellini. The award is presented annually by the Reds and Major League Baseball.
First Pitch: Former Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver/quarterback Braxton Miller will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
#RedsSocial Night: Fans of the Reds on social media can purchase a special ticket package for only $20 that includes a ticket to the all-new Fioptics District, a Billy Hamilton t-shirt and your first drink. A limited number of tickets are available at

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – Reds vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:10 p.m.
Pregame Ceremony: The Reds will welcome and recognize members of the 123rd Air Control Squadron, Blue Ash Air National Guard Station, who are preparing to deploy overseas in support of the global war on terror.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – Reds vs. Colorado Rockies, 12:35 p.m. (Business Day Special, Senior Citizen Special)
First Pitch: Former Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Darron Lee will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (Thirsty Thursday)

Friday, April 22, 2016 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday)
Fireworks Friday: Post-game fireworks show starting approximately 10 minutes after the end of the game, presented by Thomas More College.
Long Haul Bombers: The Long Haul Bombers return for a pregame and post-game home run hitting exhibition showcasing the biggest sluggers in the World Softball League.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (Super Saturday)
Vottomatic Super Bobblehead: As part of Super Saturdays, free Joey Votto bobblehead to the first 25,000 fans, presented by John Morrell.

Honorary Captain: Cincinnati native and PGA tour player Jim Herman will serve as the Honorary Captain of the game. Jim played golf at St. Xavier High School and the University of Cincinnati and recently won his first PGA event at the Shell Houston Open.
Reds Wives Fundraiser: The Reds Wives will be hosting a Mystery Ball and Mystery Photo fundraiser inside the first base side re-entry gate at GABP. For a $40 donation, fans will receive a signed ball and for $20 fans will receive a signed photo. Signed items could be from any player (or coach) on the Reds 40-man roster.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday)
Super-Themed Fathead® Wall Decal: As part of family day at the ballpark, free Fathead® Wall Decal to kids 14 and younger, presented by CollegeAdvantage.
High School Baseball Showcase: Players and coaches from 92 high school baseball and softball teams who participated in the fifth annual Skyline Chili Reds Futures High School Showcase presented by Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics will be featured in a “March at the Majors” pregame parade. MVPs from the Showcase games will be recognized on field during pregame ceremonies.
Run the Bases Days: Fans of all ages can line up after the game to run the bases, presented by Entenmann’s Little Bites.

Ticket Offers For This Homestand:
• Business Day Special: 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:
• Senior Citizen Special: For select games (including April 20) fans 60 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only: Excludes Dugout Box, Upper View Level, Value View and Kroger Bleachers. Subject to availability.
• Thirsty Thursdays: For all Thursday Reds home games, 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 Sunday: For every Sunday home game, families can get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of a full-price ticket, presented by Klosterman Bakery:

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Jim Maloney Bobblehead: The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum’s collectible gift program continues in 2016 with a series of five Reds Hall of Famer bobbleheads, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. The first bobblehead in the series features Reds Hall of Famer Jim Maloney. The bobbleheads are free with regular-price museum admission (or a Scotts Great American Ball Park tour) Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of April, while supplies last.
• Choose Your Favorite Bobblehead Vote: Fans can vote for their favorite Reds or Reds Hall of Fame bobblehead in the Choose Your Favorite Bobblehead Vote sponsored by Clark Schaefer Hackett. The 81 bobbleheads have been broken into eight different themed groups. Each week through May 26, fans will be able to vote on a new grouping of bobbleheads. For each voting week, one lucky fan will win a set of 2016 Reds Hall of Fame Bobbleheads. Vote today at


In an otherwise rough night for the Redlegs, last night we were treated this amazing catch by Billy Hamilton




Hamilton 8
Suarez 5
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Schebler 7
De Jesus Jr. 6
Barnhart 2
Simon RHP


  • Reds hitters have missed just 17.4% (28/161) of swung-on pitches on two-strike counts this year. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 30 teams; League Avg: 24.8%)
  • Opponents are hitting just 3-for-40 (.075) against Reds starting pitchers with RISP this year. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams’ SP’s; League Avg: .261)
  • Eugenio Suarez has struck out 2 times in 30 PA’s (just 6.7%) this season. (MLB Rank: 10th of 169 full-time players; League Avg: 21.5%)


New Jerseys and Caps Created to Celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day

Updated Designs Unveiled for Memorial Day, Fourth of July & All-Star Events

Major League Baseball today unveiled its complete lineup of special event uniforms for the 2016 Championship Season. For the first time MLB Clubs will celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in specially designed uniforms. As in previous years, uniform designs were also created to recognize Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. In addition, new looks will be featured during the All-Star events in San Diego with special caps worn during the All-Star Game and new uniforms for Gatorade All-Star Workout Day which includes the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. MLB, Majestic and New Era worked together to create the new designs.

MLB will again donate its licensed uniform royalties that are connected to charitable initiatives. Proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen (Mother’s Day), Prostate Cancer Foundation (Father’s Day), Stand Up to Cancer (Mother’s Day and Father’s Day), Welcome Back Veterans (Memorial Day and Independence Day) and the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services’ “Support Our Troops Fund” (Blue Jays’ Memorial Day uniforms).

The new Mother’s Day uniforms and caps incorporate pink into Clubs’ regular logos, with all caps highlighted by a dark grey crown and brim. Players have swung pink bats, worn pink ribbons & sported pink wristbands on Mother’s Day to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer since 2006.

Father’s Day uniforms and caps will also maintain the same Club marks, but will feature light blue incorporated in the logos. These caps will also have a grey base, similar to Mother’s Day. Players have worn blue ribbons & sported blue wristbands throughout the years on Father’s Day since MLB first partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation in 1996.

For the eighth consecutive year, MLB and New Era have created a special cap for teams to wear during Memorial Day games, while Majestic has designed a special matching jersey for the fourth year in a row. This year’s uniforms utilize a new woodland camouflage design licensed by the US Marine Corps. The Toronto Blue Jays uniform will feature the distinctive Canadian Forces CADPAT design. MLB’s annual league-wide observance of Memorial Day will honor those who lost their lives while serving their country. MLB plans to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance and ballparks on Memorial Day will conduct moments of silence and special pre-game ceremonies. Here is a link to all of the 2016 Memorial Day jerseys and here is a link to all of the 2016 Memorial Day caps.

For the ninth consecutive summer, US-based MLB clubs will sport red, white and blue stars and stripes-decorated caps to celebrate Independence Day. For the second year in a row, clubs will also wear a matching jersey on the Fourth of July. The Toronto Blue Jays uniform will feature Maple Leaf designs on the cap, incorporating the colors of the Canadian flag and will be worn on Canada Day, July 1, as well as July 4.

The jerseys and caps worn on Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, which includes the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, will borrow their design from the All-Star host club, the San Diego Padres. The color scheme this year is patterned after the classic brown and yellow color combination worn by the Padres from 1969-84, a combination San Diego modernized and brought back for the 2016 home Friday alternates. Featuring touches of orange and modeling the lettering made famous by the Padres, the uniforms evoke the style of the late-70’s and early 80’s.

For the third consecutive year, New Era, in conjunction with MLB, has created a new cap design for every team to be worn specially in the All-Star Game. This year’s caps feature a gold outline around teams’ respective logos and a heather grey brim. Also new this year is a set of gold metal stars as the eyelets on the top of the caps’ front panel. Additionally, each cap has a pair of gold stars flanking the silhouetted batter logo on the back of the crown, a practice that began with the 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona.

Jerseys worn during the All-Star Game will again feature a star on either side of the silhouetted batter logo on the upper back, above the nameplates. For the second year in a row, players’ signatures will be printed into the front of their jerseys on the lower, right-hand side; the signature will be surrounded by stars representing the number of All-Star appearances they’ve made in their career. Jerseys will also feature a patch of the primary All-Star Game logo on the sleeve.

All special event jerseys are a part of Majestic’s new Flex Base uniform system, a design developed through insights from Major League players, innovative fabric technologies and extensive wear testing over the last two years. The new Flex Base uniforms feature a new, lighter weight twill technology and mesh panels on the sides of the jerseys which reduce the overall weight of jerseys by 10-20% and enhance freedom of movement. These tops made their debut in Spring Training and will be worn throughout the Championship Season and Postseason. Players will continue to wear New Era’s Authentic Collection 59FIFTY caps throughout the Championship Season and Postseason.

For more information on the charities that MLB is supporting through its 2016 uniforms, see the links below.
Susan G. Komen:
Prostate Cancer Foundation:
Stand Up to Cancer:
Welcome Back Veterans:
Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services’ “Support Our Troops Fund”:

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