As Opening Day and the 2014 season rapidly approaches, many of you have Reds-related questions.
Tweet those questions using the hashtag #AskBOR and I will provide answers at the end of the work week, right here on Better Off Red.
I’ll have one or two prizes for a lucky reader who participates.
The Cincinnati Reds Community Fund and the Motz Group have performed another local field renovation – this one in Winton Woods. Take a look at the photos…
And speaking of baseball fields, here’s the current scene at Great American Ball Park…
ON THE MINOR LEAGUE SIDE: In minor league games this afternoon at the Reds’ player development complex, RHP Homer Bailey (right groin) will throw 5 innings for Class AAA Louisville, while RHP Mat Latos (right elbow, left knee) will throw 3 innings for Class AA Pensacola…RHP Jonathan Broxton (forearm) will follow Latos with 1.0 inning for Pensacola.
There are few people in this world who can make me laugh like Lee May can. He’s also the only person I know who can verbally put Marty Brennaman down for the count.
Lee, or as his friends call him – “Mo,” played in parts of 18 big league seasons and belted 354 career home runs. He’s a Reds Hall of Famer and ranks 10th all-time among Reds leaders with a .490 slugging percentage.
Today, the “Big Bopper from Birmingham” celebrates his 71st birthday!
On behalf of the Rock Star Tour of the Reds Caravan, Better Off Red and Al McBean, we wish Mo a very happy birthday!
The Reds and Cincinnati Bell are looking for worthy members of the Armed Forces to be honored at Great American Ball Park.
At every Reds game this season, a member of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard) will be recognized as the “Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero.”
“Cincinnati Bell is strong supporter of our local veterans and active military,” said Ted Torbeck, President and CEO, Cincinnati Bell. “We are proud to partner with the Reds once again to honor our Hometown Heroes for their service and sacrifice.”
Submit nominations online at www.reds.com/heroes or visit any Cincinnati Bell-owned retail store from April 1-30, 2014 to nominate a Hometown Hero.
Each Hometown Hero will receive four (4) tickets to the game for which they are chosen.
LHP Aroldis Chapman last night had surgery to insert a titanium plate to stabilize the fracture site.
Reds team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek said Chapman can begin working out and throwing in 10-14 days and could pitch in game conditions in 4-6 weeks.
The two-and-a-half-hour surgery was performed by cranial facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ed Joganic at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in downtown Phoenix. Chapman is expected to remain in the hospital for a day or so.
In the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s game vs the Royals in Surprise, Chapman was hit by a Salvador Perez line drive and suffered fractures of his eye and nose and a mild concussion.
Yesterday the reassigned to minor league camp RHP Drew Hayes, LHP Lee Hyde, RHP Chien-Ming Wang and IF Argenis Diaz.
New Hometown Reds exhibit opens Friday at the Reds HOF
The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is honoring more than 100 native Cincinnatians in the new exhibition Hometown Reds: Local Boys Who Played for the Cincinnati Reds.
Hometown Reds features jerseys, game-used equipment and memorabilia dating back 145 years to 1869 when Charlie Gould became the first Cincinnatian to play for the hometown team.
“If you are from the Cincinnati area and played baseball at any age, you probably dreamed of playing for the Reds,” said Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. “Our new exhibit honors the 104 players whose dreams became a reality.”
The exhibit includes a player mural along with a graphic map highlighting the towns in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana from which the Hometown Reds hailed.
Visitors to the exhibit will enjoy personal recollections from some of the Hometown Reds through new video interviews that run continuously in the exhibit space.
Fans can explore Hometown Reds: Local Boys Who Played for the Cincinnati Reds along with the other new exhibit for 2014, Kings of the Queen City, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in addition to 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.
The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is currently open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Starting on Opening Day (March 31) and running through October, the museum will be open seven days a week with extended hours on game days.
Plan your visit at www.redsmuseum.org or by calling (513) 765-7923.
HERE’S THE STORY regarding Aroldis Chapman getting struck in the face last night by a line drive. We will keep you updated…
Aroldis Chapman is currently at the hospital. We will update you as we have more information. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers.
— Reds (@Reds) March 20, 2014
Our thoughts & prayers are with Aroldis Chapman and the Reds after last night's game. We hope to get an update on his status this morning.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) March 20, 2014
Prayers for Chapman who was struck in head by Liner… Praying for u my bro!!! #reds
— Yonder Alonso (@YonderalonsoU) March 20, 2014
From across the world, our thoughts are with Aroldis Chapman and the @Reds.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 20, 2014
If you agree with this quote, than we have a ticket deal you are going to want to know about…
New APRIL PASS includes 11 Reds games for only $60
Enjoy an entire month of Reds baseball starting on Opening Night with the new April Pass presented by Yokohama Tire
Reds fans can attend all 11 home games at Great American Ball Park in April for only $60 with the new April Pass, presented by Yokohama Tire. For just over $5 per ticket, fans get a View Level Line seat to see the Reds take on the division-rival Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs, plus a weekend Interleague series with the Tampa Bay Rays.
April’s games feature four fan giveaways, two fireworks nights and kicks off with Opening Night:
Opening Night – Wed. April, 2 – Reds vs. Cardinals, 7:10 pm
- Reds players and coaches walk the red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone
- First 20,000 fans receive a 2014 Team Calendar, presented by Kroger
- 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper to throw out ceremonial first pitch and walk the red carpet
- Live music by The Rusty Griswolds
- Opening Night Fireworks, presented by Coca-Cola
April Fireworks Shows (start approx. 15 minutes after end of the game)
- Wed., April 2 – Reds vs. Cardinals, 7:10 pm: Opening Night Fireworks, presented by Coca-Cola
- Friday, April 11 – Reds vs. Rays: Fireworks Friday, presented by Tri-State Chevy Dealers
- Wed., April 2 – Reds vs. Cardinals, 7:10 pm: Team Calendar, presented by Kroger (first 20,000 fans)
- Sat., April 12 – Reds vs. Rays, 1:10 pm: Reds Fleece Blanket, presented by Duke Energy Retail (first 20,000 fans)
- Sun., April 13 – Reds vs. Rays, 1:10 pm: Magnetic Schedule/Mr. Redlegs Car Magnet, presented by PNC Bank (first 20,000 fans)
- Sun., April 13 – Reds vs. Rays, 1:10 pm: Kids Mascot Magnet, presented by DELTA (first 8,000 kids)
For a complete game schedule and to purchase an April Pass today, visit www.reds.com/aprilpass.
A limited number of April Pass packages are available. Offer ends Friday, April 11.
Concepción and Larkin to throw first pitches on Opening Day
CINCINNATI (March 18, 2014) — The Cincinnati Reds today announced that “The Captains,” David Concepción and Barry Larkin, will throw out simultaneous first pitches prior to the Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day game on Monday, March 31 (4:10 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.
Considered two of the best shortstops in the history of the Reds and the National League, Concepción was named team captain in 1983 and Larkin was named captain prior to the 1997 season.
Concepción spent his entire 19-season major league career with Cincinnati and was inducted in the Reds Hall of Fame in 2000. His jersey number 13 was retired by the Reds in 2007.
Larkin played his entire 19-year career with the Reds and was a member of the Reds Hall of Fame Class of 2008. In 2012, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and his jersey number 11 was retired by the Reds.
Concepción also will serve as the grand marshal of the 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, which kicks off at noon on Monday, March 31.
Larkin, along with Karl Ravich and John Kruk, will host ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” pregame show on Opening Day live from noon to 1 p.m. on Crosley Terrace outside the front gates to Great American Ball Park.
The popular baseball statistical web site, Fangraphs has released a mathematical breakdown on 2014 standings projections and the probability of each team’s playoff chances…
Before you write a strongly-worded letter to the fine folks at Fangraphs (like I almost did), take into consideration what my pal Joel Luckhaupt points out…
@Jamieblog Team win projections are heavily regressed…blah blah blah…mathy math math. So…
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) March 18, 2014
Now it’s YOUR turn to prognosticate …