From the Reds:
Yesterday the Reds claimed off waivers from the Padres IF/OF Patrick Kivlehan (#67, KIV-luh-han) and transferred to the 60-day disabled list SS Zack Cozart (right knee).
Kivlehan is expected to join the team tomorrow in Cincinnati…he spent most of this season in Class AAA and in 100 apps for 3 organizations hit .254 with 18 doubles, 3 triples, 12 HR, 49 RBI and 5 stolen bases for Round Rock (Tex), Tacoma (Sea) and El Paso (SD)…from 8/20-8/26 for the Padres he made all 5 of his Major League apps (4-16, .250, 1hr, 2rbi).
Kivlehan began the season in the Rangers’ organization…on 5/23 was designated for assignment and 6 days later was traded to the Mariners…on 8/4 was claimed off waivers by the Padres…on 9/21 was designated for assignment by the Padres before he was claimed off waivers by the Reds.
Kivlehan went to Rutgers where he was a four-year member of the football team as a defensive back.
Following his fourth year on the gridiron, Kivlehan joined the Rutgers baseball team as a walk-on in 2012. In his only season on the Scarlet Knight’s baseball squad he took home Big East Player of the Year after he batted .399 with 14 home runs, .484 on-base pct., .710 slugging pct., and 24 stolen bases.
He was only the third player from Rutgers to win the prestigious award, joining Darren Fenster (2000) and a fella named Todd Frazier (2007).
Kivlehan was selected by the Mariners in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. He also spent time in the Texas and San Diego organizations. He made his Major League debut this season for the Padres and belted a home run in his very first game (see video below).
Patrick’s natural position is third base but he’ll be considered an “infielder/outfielder” with the Reds. You can follow him on Twitter at @PatrickKivlehan.
With 5 games to go in the 2016 season, Reds first baseman Joey Votto could conceivably add his name to the lists below. Joey is currently slashing .324/.437/.547 with 173 hits, 28 home runs and 534 at-bats in 153 games.
.325 BATTING AVERAGE & 30 HOME RUNS
Ted Kluszewkski (1954; .326, 49hr), Frank Robinson (1962; .342, 39hr) and Kevin Mitchell (1994; .326, 30hr) are the only Reds batters to hit .325 or higher with 30 or more home runs in a season.
Of all Major Leaguers in 2015, only Bryce Harper accomplished the feat; Victor Martinez was the only player to do it in 2014 and Miguel Cabrera was the only player to do it in 2013. Albert Pujols did it 8 times in his career. Frank Thomas is currently the last Hall of Fame player to do it.
.325 BATTING AVERAGE, 30 HOME RUNS, 110 WALKS, .430 ON-BASE PERCENTAGE
- Babe Ruth (8x)
- Barry Bonds (5x)
- Ted Williams (6x)
- Jimmie Foxx (4x)
- Lou Gehrig (4x)
- Todd Helton (2x)
- Albert Pujols
- Jason Giambi (2x)
- Mel Ott (2x)
- Mickey Mantle (2x)
- George Brett
- Bryce Harper
- Carlos Delgado
- David Ortiz
- Miguel Cabrera
- Norm Cash
- Sammy Sosa
- Frank Thomas
- Carl Yastrzemski
175 OR MORE HITS IN 555 OR FEWER AT-BATS
The only Cincinnati Reds batters to ever collect 175 or more hits in a season in which they had 555 or fewer at-bats (since 1901) were Joey Votto (2010), Edd Roush (3x), Frank Robinson, Hal Chase, Jake Beckley, Ray Knight and Sam Crawford.
.325 BATTING AVERAGE, 30 HOME RUNS, .430 ON-BASE PCT., .550 SLUGGING
No Reds player has accomplished this feat. Only Bryce Harper and Miguel Cabrera have done it since 2010.
The Reds scored 15 runs and collected 22 hits in the 15-2 victory against the Cardinals last night at Busch Stadium. Below is a heaping helping of information (read: minutia) from last night’s game:
The Reds collected 22 hits in a game for the first time since 6/13/2003 when they beat the Phillies, 15-1 at Great American Ball Park. Cardinals bench coach David Bell started at third base in that 2003 game for Philadelphia. Adam Dunn led off for the Reds and in the third inning, belted his 21st home run off Phillies starter Kevin Millwood. Jimmy Haynes pitched his only complete game of the 2003 season as he held the Phils to 1 run on 3 hits over 9.0 innings pitched (2bb, 4k). Jason Michaels, who provided the last hit ever at Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field a year prior, hit a pinch hit homer off Haynes in the 8th for Philadelphia’s lone run.
The Reds collected 22 hits in a games against the Cardinals for just the second time ever. The only other time it happened was during the second game of a doubleheader on 6/24/17 at Robison Field in St. Louis. The Reds amassed 25 hits in their 15-4 win over the Red Birds. Amazingly, that game only took an hour and 53 minutes to play. Among those involved in that game were: Christy Mathewson (Reds mgr), Miller Huggins (Cards mgr), Hal Chase (eventually banned from baseball for gambling), Jim Thorpe and Rogers Hornsby.
The Reds plated 15 runs against the Cardinals for the first time since 7/19/79 when Cincinnati defeated St. Louis, 16-4 at Busch Stadium II. Those Reds involved in that 1979 game include: Harry Spilman, Rick Auerbach, Vic Correll, Paul Blair and Hector Cruz. For the Cardinals, Garry Templeton had 3 hits, as did Lou Brock. Templeton would remain the Cardinals shortstop for another 875 days until he was traded to the Padres for some dude named Ozzie Smith.
Adam Duvall belted his 33rd home run of the season and collected his 100th RBI. He’s just the sixth Reds left fielder ever to hit 33 homers in a season, joining Adam Dunn (2004-07), Greg Vaughn (1999), George Foster (1977), Frank Robinson (1956) and Hank Sauer (1948). Of that group, Sauer was the only one alive the last time the Cubs won 100 games in a season (prior to this year, of course) – he was 18 in 1935 when the Cubbies won 100 of their 154 games. Sauer went on to win the 1952 National League MVP as a member of, you guessed it, the Chicago Cubs.
Of the 281 Major League players ever born in Kentucky, Duvall is just the fourth to slug 33 homers in a season, joining Mark Reynolds (2009 & 2011), Jay Buhner (1995-97) and Dan Uggla (2010-11). Notable names of Major Leaguers born in Kentucky include Gus Bell, Mike Greenwell, Pee Wee Reese, Jim Bunning, Austin Kearns, Todd Benzinger, Earle Combs, Doug Flynn and a fella by the name of Chicken Wolf.
Steve Selsky went 5-for-5 for Cincinnati and Brandon Phillips went 4-for-5. It was only the second time in the last 25 years that three Reds players had at least four hits each in one game. Phillips, Scott Rolen, and Joey Votto did it against the Brewers in 2010 (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau).
Steve Selsky became the first Reds rookie with 5 hits in a game since Wade Rowdon went 5-for-5 on 7/9/86 vs the Mets, a game that featured George Foster as the Mets starting left fielder. Following that 5-hit game, Rowdon would go on to collect just 18 more hits in his Major League career. In February of 1987 he was dealt to the Cubs for LHP Guy Hoffman.
Like the rest of the baseball world on Sunday morning, I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Jose Fernandez’s death. A hero among the Marlins community and an extremely talented pitcher who hadn’t yet enjoyed his best years, Jose was on his way to a Hall of Fame career. It’s still hard to think his death is real and not just a cruel online hoax. The Reds join the rest of the baseball world in mourning Jose Fernandez’ passing. Our hearts ache for Jose’s family, friends and fans as well as for the entire Marlins organization.
Despite having never met Jose Fernandez, I do have a “Jose Fernandez story.” At the conclusion of the Reds’ division-winning season of 2010, Joey Votto was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player. Joey was living in Sarasota at the time and the Reds had arranged for me to fly to Florida to accommodate the many media appearances and requests that were expected to pour in on the day of Votto’s MVP announcement. The plan was to hold all of Joey’s TV appearances live via satellite in his backyard, and all of his radio call-in interviews live via cell phone in his living room. Accompanying me on the trip was Reds Assistant General Manager Bob Miller. Bob had other business to attend to in the Sunshine State that day and it had nothing to do with the pomp and circumstance of the MVP announcement.
In October of 2010, just a month before Votto was named NL MVP, Reds Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley was in Jupiter, Florida scouting players participating in the World Wood Bat Association’s World Championship tournament. One of those players was a teenage pitcher, who on his fourth attempt, successfully defected from Cuba two years prior. The pitcher’s name was Jose Fernandez and he was on his way to winning the WWBA Championships’ most valuable pitcher award.
Fernandez would surely be one of the most sought-after players in the 2011 MLB draft but wouldn’t be great if, through unusual circumstances and very fine print he was eligible to sign right away? Buckley called Miller, who was known around the baseball world as a “rules guru,” and told him that Fernandez was declared ineligible by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). Thirty minutes later, Miller called back with news that only the Cincinnati Reds were privy to – because he had used up all of his eligibility in 2010 and was deemed ineligible by the FHSAA, Jose Fernandez was considered, by rule, a “passed over player” in the ’10 draft and permitted to sign that day.
Fernandez defected Cuba, found himself in Mexico and eventually wound up as a superstar on the Braulio Alonso High School baseball team in Tampa, Florida . During this journey, he missed a year of academics and because of his age, now 18, his high school career was all but over. That is unless the FHSAA granted Fernandez another year of high school eligibility.
While I was at Casa Votto overseeing Joey’s media appearances, Miller and Buckley were waiting down the street from the hearing that would determine whether or not Jose Fernandez could play another year of high school baseball or possibly become a Cincinnati Red. Fernandez’s advisors were aware that if he were declared ineligible, the Reds were going to make him an immediate offer and sign him that day. Unfortunately for Reds fans, Fernandez was granted another year of high school eligibility, remained a prep and became the eventual 14th-overall selection in the 2011 draft. The rest is history.
Even though he never became a Red, I loved watching Jose Fernandez pitch. He had such great energy and wow, was he really good! The last time he pitched against the Reds, August 18 at GABP, he didn’t have his best stuff but everyone in the ballpark knew he was still something special. Below is the scorecard from that night (click on it to enlarge):
Tuesday’s Reds lineup at Wrigley Field:
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today we wrap up Heritage Weekend at Great American Ball Park as we celebrate “ShamROCK the Ballpark”, our Irish heritage theme. The Reds will wear their St. Paddy’s Day jerseys annually worn at Spring Training on March 17th. Additional pregame activities around the ballpark include the McGing Irish Dancers, the Emerald Society Bag Pipers, and the Irish folk band Dark Moll performing in the Kroger Fan Zone. The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will lead us in the singing of our National Anthem as well as Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the 7th inning stretch. Today is also Social Media Day #4, presented by T-Mobile, with a big group of social media enthusiasts joining us in The District and receiving “Kiss Me I’m a Reds Fan” tee-shirts as part of their ticket package to today’s game.
Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Raisel Iglesias Fathead™, courtesy of Cincinnati Bell.
During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will welcome Smooth Transition as they lead us in the singing of God Bless America.
Jose Peraza 6
Tony Renda 4
Joey Votto 3
Scott Schebler 9
Ramon Cabrera 2
Steve Selsky 7
Tyler Holt 8
Ivan De Jesus, Jr. 5
Brandon Finnegan 1
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is Game #2 of the Reds & Pirates day/night doubleheader. Tonight’s game is the game that was originally scheduled for 4:10PM prior to the May 10th rainout. Gates to the ballpark will open for all fans at 5:10PM with first pitch scheduled for 6:10PM.
Tonight as we continue Heritage Weekend at Great American Ball Park we celebrate “Redstoberfest”, our German heritage theme. As part of tonight’s festivities we welcome Musikkapelle Bertoldshofen, an authentic Bravarian band visiting from Germany, for performances around the ballpark and on the field during pregame. Additionally activities include a ceremonial first pitch by Dr. Constanze Söllner-Schaar (Constance Shh-are). Dr. Schaar is a Munich Council member that has flown in from Munich to attend Zinzinnati’s Oktoberfest. And the first 20,000 fans in attendance at Game #2 will receive a Reds Stein, courtesy of Moerlein Lager House.
Tonight is also the annual Scout Night at Great American Ball Park. Hundreds of scouts and scout leaders will join us for tonight’s festivities which will include a pregame parade around the warning track, as well as a special camp-out on the field of Great American Ball Park following the conclusion of tonight’s game.
Offering up one of our other ceremonial first pitches this evening will be Kevin Holthaus. In recognition of Kevin’s 40 years of partnership between Holthaus Lackner Signs and the Cincinnati Reds he will be receiving the “Distinguished Partner” Award prior to his first pitch. Kevin will be retiring from the business on December 31st, 2016.
Photos from the first game of today’s doubleheader:
We’ve got at least 17 innings of baseball scheduled for you today, so sit back, relax and soak it all in!
If you’re keeping score of both games today, we’ll make it worth your while. Tweet me (@jamieblog) a picture of your finished & accurate scorecards and there just might be a prize for you from BOR Headquarters!
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today the Reds & Pirates play a day/night doubleheader at Great American Ball Park. Game #1 is the rescheduled game from a rainout on May 10th of this season. All gates for Game #1 open at 10:40AM this morning. There is no giveaway item for fans attending Game #1. The ballpark will be cleared out between Game #1 & Game #2 today. (Inclement weather could, of course, have an effect on Game #2 starting time and/or gate opening time. If that situation arises, announcements will be made through all normal channels as quickly as possible.)
Today we welcome a few special guests who will each offer up a ceremonial first pitch before Game #1. First we welcome United States Olympian and 2016 bronze medalist in the men’s 800 meters – Clayton Murphy. Clayton is from New Madison, Ohio (about a 90-minute drive north of Cincinnati). And secondly we welcome competitive eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut. Joey is a nine-time winner of the famous Hot Dog Eating championship held each 4th of July at Coney Island, NY, and he is also the world brat eating record (70 brats in 10 minutes) and will defend his title this weekend at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.
A few Reds notes from our friends at Inside Edge:
- Joey Votto has an OBP of .442 (196/443) versus RHP . (MLB Rank: 1st of 205 full-time players; League Avg: .325)
- Joey Votto’s OPS is 1.003 (443 PA’s) versus RHP this season. (MLB Rank: 4th of 205 full-time players; League Avg: .753)
- Right-handed batters are batting just .174 against Anthony DeSclafani (29-for-167) . (MLB Rank: 2nd of 145 qualified SP; League Avg: .261)
- RHBs have slugged just .257 (43 Total Bases / 167 AB) against Anthony DeSclafani . (MLB Rank: 2nd of 145 qualified SP; League Avg: .432)
- Right-handed hitting opponents have just a .498 OPS against Anthony DeSclafani (189 PA) this season. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 145 qualified SP; League Avg: .752)
- Raisel Iglesias’s BABIP is .204 this year. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 176 qualified RP; League Avg: .299)
- RHBs are just .127 against Raisel Iglesias (10-for-79) . (MLB Rank: 4th of 176 qualified RP; League Avg: .248)
- Raisel Iglesias has allowed a slugging percentage of just .208 (31 Total Bases / 149 AB) this season. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 176 qualified RP; League Avg: .397)
- Brandon Phillips is hitting .273 (67-for-245) with two strikes this season. (MLB Rank: 6th of 205 full-time players; League Avg: .180)
- Jose Peraza is hitting .385 (35-for-91) at home . (MLB Rank: 1st of 142 part-time players; League Avg: .263)
- Tucker Barnhart is hitting .367 (29-for-79) with runners in scoring position . (MLB Rank: 8th of 204 full-time players; League Avg: .263)
It was party time today in Roselawn as several of the Reds Latino players visited with local students at the Reds Urban Youth Academy for the ¡Fiesta Rojos! celebration.
Children from Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies (AMIS), Academy of World Languages (AWL) and Roberts Academy were treated to a Q&A session and group photos with the Reds players, pitching/fielding/hitting competitions and even SALSA DANCING!
Among the Reds in attendance were Ivan De Jesus, Jr., Ramon Cabrera, Wandy Peralta, Jumbo Diaz, Eugenio Suarez and Abel de los Santos.
Today’s event allowed for some of the community’s younger Spanish-speaking fans the opportunity to connect with their favorite Reds players. However, it was a bit difficult to determine who had more fun, the children or the players!
Here are some photos and videos from today’s event…
Today the Reds placed on the 15-day disabled list OF Billy Hamilton and LHP Cody Reed, both retroactive to 9/5. Hamilton hasn’t played since 9/4 because of a strained left oblique, while Reed hasn’t pitched since his final start for Louisville on 8/29 because of low back spasms.
From my pal @Bongreatness...
As part of Heritage Weekend at Great American Ball Park we celebrate Fiesta Rojos tonight. As we honor the local Hispanic community and the rich cultural history of the franchise the Reds will wear their “Los Rojos” jerseys during tonight’s game to go along with numerous pregame ceremonies and activations throughout the ballpark. Tonight current Reds players of Hispanic descent in will receive certificates of recognition from the Commission on Hispanic & Latino Affairs for the State of Ohio in one such pregame ceremony. Tonight is also the 12th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by AAA. The fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the completion of tonight’s game and will feature a Fiesta Rojos soundtrack.