From my pal @Bongreatness…
During pregame ceremonies tonight we will honor the Minster High School baseball team for winning the Ohio Division IV state championship earlier this year. It was the Wildcats’ second straight Division IV state championship.
And for all of you Big Lebowski fans…
From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau…
Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer Tuesday off left-hander Josh Edgin in the bottom of the ninth inning in the Reds’ win over the Mets. It was the fourth walkoff home of Bruce’s career; three of them have come off lefties (Tim Byrdak in 2010 and James Russell in 2011 were the others). Bruce has hit 30 homers against left-handed pitchers since 2010, the most by any left-handed batter.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 9, 2012
MLB ANNOUNCES 2012 POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
Postseason Scheduled to Begin with Wild Card Games on TBS on Fri., Oct. 5th;
The 108th World Series on FOX Set for Wed., Oct. 24th Start in N.L. City;
MLB Network to Air Two Division Series Games for the First Time
Major League Baseball today announced the schedule for the 2012 Postseason (#Postseason), which is set to open with the inaugural pair of Wild Card Games on Friday, October 5th. Game One of the 108th World Series is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th in the ballpark of the National League Champions.
Changes to the Postseason format include the following:
• Clubs from the same division will be allowed to play one another in either the Wild Card Game or the Division Series.
• Tiebreaker games will be played to determine Division Championships, even if the two tied Clubs are assured of participating in the Postseason. If a Division Championship tiebreaker game is necessary, the head-to-head record between the tied Clubs will determine home-field advantage. If the head-to-head record is tied, then division record will be the next tiebreaker.
• If two Clubs are tied for both Wild Card berths, home-field advantage will be determined by the head-to-head record between the tied Clubs. If the head-to-head record is tied, then division record will be the next tiebreaker.
Following the Wednesday, October 3rd scheduled close to the regular season, any necessary regular season tiebreaker games would be broadcast exclusively by TBS. The new Wild Card Games will launch the Postseason on Friday, October 5th and will be broadcast exclusively by TBS. This marks the second consecutive year that the Postseason will begin on a Friday. Before last year, the Postseason had not begun on a Friday since the 1915 World Series.
Two Division Series will begin on Saturday, October 6th, each involving matchups with two Division Champions squaring off. A full slate of Division Series games – two series openers, each involving a Wild Card Game winner, and a pair of Game Twos – is scheduled for Sunday, October 7th. The Division Series will run from Saturday, October 6th though Friday, October 12th, with two potential Game Fives on both Thursday, October 11th and Friday, October 12th. TBS will air 18 of the 20 Division Series games, while MLB Network will debut its live Postseason game coverage with one telecast on Sunday, October 7th and another on Wednesday, October 10th.
For the 2012 Postseason only, the five-game Division Series will begin with two home games for lower seeds, followed by up to three home games for higher seeds. This one-year change, which eliminates a travel day prior to a decisive Game Five of the Division Series, was necessary because the 2012 regular season schedule was established before the agreement on the new Postseason format was reached. Next year, the Division Series will return to the 2-2-1 format used in previous years.
The American League Championship Series will begin exclusively on TBS on Saturday, October 13th, and Sunday, October 14th will feature
Game One of the National League Championship Series exclusively on FOX and Game Two of the ALCS on TBS. A potential Game Seven of the ALCS will be scheduled for Sunday, October 21st, while a potential Game Seven of the NLCS will be set for Monday, October 22nd.
Game One of the 2012 World Series will be scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th. Game Three of the Fall Classic will shift to the city of the American League Champions on Saturday, October 27th. A Game Seven, if necessary, would be played on Thursday, November 1st in the N.L. city. The scheduled off days during the World Series are Friday, October 26th and Tuesday, October 30th. In its 17th season as the official network broadcaster of Major League Baseball, FOX Sports will present exclusive live telecast coverage of the World Series.
ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2012 MLB Postseason games, including the Wild Card Games.
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The Reds have won 5 straight games, 9 of 11 games since the All-Star break and 12 of 14 games dating back to the first half. At 56-40, they’re a season-high 16 games over .500.
Since Joey Votto was placed on the disabled list, the Reds are 6-2 and batting .268 as a team.
The Reds’ .251 team batting average is over .250 for the first time since 6/27.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the sixth Fireworks Friday of the 2012 season. The postgame fireworks show will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game and feature the “Gone Country” soundtrack. The approximately 15 minute show will feature Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks and is being sponsored by Cooper Tires.
Tonight we will also welcome the Long Haul Bombers of the World Softball League for their annual home run derby competition. A total of 7 Long Haul Bombers will compete tonight, with 5 participating in a pregame exhibition beginning at approximately 6:15PM and 2 participating in a postgame exhibition prior to the start of the fireworks show. Included in the postgame exhibition will be Brian Wegman, a Cincinnati native. (Fans will need to vacate the outfield sections of the ballpark before the postgame show can begin in preparation for the fireworks show.)
Also during pregame ceremonies tonight we will honor the Coldwater High School boys & girls bowling teams, who earlier this year each won the OHSAA Division I state team championships.
Tonight’s National Anthem will be performed by overall 200 members of the Handbell Musicians of America. The musicians will be situated on the warning track in centerfield for the performance.
A Moment of Silence will be held tonight prior to the singing of our National Anthem in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Aurora, CO.
The first 25,000 fans in attendance at tonight’s game will receive a Jay Bruce bobblehead, courtesy of Chiquita.
During pregame ceremonies tonight the Reds will welcome members of the Cincinnati Bengals to Great American Ball Park. The Reds & Bengals are entering into a marketing partnership for upcoming Reds regular season games being held in August that coincide with the Bengals training camp & preseason games being held at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga will be offering up a ceremonial first pitch tonight, which will be caught by Reds right fielder Jay Bruce. Other members of the Bengals joining us tonight are expected to be Geno Atkins, Taylor Mays & Bernard Scott (subject to change, more players may join). Reds players involved in tonight’s activities also include Aroldis Chapman and Brandon Phillips.