From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the annual Rosie Reds “Guest of the Reds” Night at Great American Ball Park. Approximately 500 Rosies will join us for a pregame parade around the warning track and President Dale Silver will offer up one of our ceremonial first pitches. The Rosies are a social & philanthropic organization dedicated to helping charitable causes and building loyalty to the Reds in the tristate community. This year the Rosies are celebrating their 52nd yard of proudly supporting the Cincinnati Reds.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening with be Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson. Johnson and the Blue Jackets open the 2016-2017 season on October 13th when they host the Boston Bruins. Johnson is also a member of Team USA competing in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.


I’m still not used to seeing Jay Bruce wearing blue.



As a thank you for their dedication to helping the Cincinnati community, Jay and his wife Hannah, along with their son Carter were presented with a donation yesterday to the Jay Bruce Golf Benefit & Tournament.  On hand to present Jay with the “big check” were Bob Castellini, Walt Jocketty, Dick Williams, Phil Castellini and Charley Frank.


Congratulations to recently promoted Hernan Iribarren who yesterday clinched the International League batting title!  Here’s the official release from the Louisville Bats…


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Bats infielder/outfielder Hernan Iribarren has won the International League batting title with an average of .327. Iribarren, who was recently promoted to the Cincinnati Reds, finished the Triple-A season with 122 hits in 373 at bats. He becomes the first Louisville player since the franchise joined the IL in 1998 to win the batting title.

Iribarren was also named the International League postseason Utility All-Star, becoming the first Louisville player to be named a postseason All-Star since Billy Hamilton in 2013. Iribarren completed the season with 20 doubles, three home runs, 35 RBI and 46 runs scored. He played eight of the nine positions, the only one he did not play is catcher in 2016.


Our friends at Inside Edge present these interesting Reds tidbits:

  • Joey Votto is hitting .424 (67-for-158) during the second half of the season. (MLB Rank: 1st of 206 full-time players; League Avg: .258)
  • Joey Votto has an OPS of 1.190 (200 PA’s) in the second half of the season. (MLB Rank: 1st of 206 full-time players; League Avg: .750)
  • Jose Peraza is hitting .579 (11-for-19) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 215 full-time players; League Avg: .260)
  • Jose Peraza has 19 total bases in 27 AB’s (.704 Slugging Pct) against relievers since the All-Star break. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 103 part-time players; League Avg: .394)
  • Raisel Iglesias’s BABIP is .193 this year. (MLB Rank: 1st of 177 qualified RP; League Avg: .300)
  • Left-handed hitting opponents are hitting just .111 (5-for-45) against Brandon Finnegan since the All-Star break. (MLB Rank: 1st of 144 qualified SP; League Avg: .256)
  • Adam Duvall has 20 Extra-Base hits out of 33 total hits (60.6% Extra-Base Hit Pct) on two-strike counts . (MLB Rank: 4th of 193 full-time players; League Avg: 32.4%)
  • Michael Lorenzen hasn’t walked a batter with runners in scoring position this season. (MLB Rank: 1st of 176 qualified RP; League Avg: 12.0%)


It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of former Reds’ employee, Julian Mock.  Julian was employed by the Reds from 1981 through 1997.  Notably, he served as the Director of Dominican Operations from 1989-1992 and as the Director of Scouting from 1993-1997.



Major League Baseball plans to release the 2017 regular season schedule on Wednesday, September 14.

MLB’s formal announcement will not include game times.


The thirty Club nominees for the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award from Major League Baseball, were announced today.  The Reds nominee is Michael Lorenzen.

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character. Wednesday, September 7th marks the fifteenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award.

The 30 Club nominees of the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award feature seven 2016 MLB All-Stars (*=MLB All-Star)

Arizona Diamondbacks – Paul Goldschmidt* (#VoteGoldy)
Atlanta Braves – Jim Johnson (#VoteJJ)
Baltimore Orioles – Adam Jones (#VoteAdam)
Boston Red Sox – Brock Holt (#VoteBrock)
Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo* (#VoteRizzo)
Chicago White Sox – Jose Abreu (#VoteAbreu)
Cincinnati Reds – Michael Lorenzen (#VoteLorenzen)
Cleveland Indians – Carlos Carrasco (#VoteCookie)
Colorado Rockies – Carlos González* (#VoteCarGo)
Detroit Tigers – Miguel Cabrera* (#VoteMiggy)
Houston Astros – Lance McCullers (#VoteMcCullers)
Kansas City Royals – Eric Hosmer* (#VoteHosmer)
Los Angeles Angels – Andrew Heaney (#VoteHeaney)
Los Angeles Dodgers – Adrian González (#VoteAdrian)
Miami Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton (#VoteStanton)
Milwaukee Brewers – Ryan Braun (#VoteBraun)
Minnesota Twins – Joe Mauer (#VoteMauer)
New York Mets – Curtis Granderson (#VoteGrandy)
New York Yankees – Brett Gardner (#VoteGardy)
Oakland Athletics – Sean Doolittle (#VoteDoolittle)
Philadelphia Phillies – Ryan Howard (#VoteHoward)
Pittsburgh Pirates – Jared Hughes (#VoteHughes)
St. Louis Cardinals – Adam Wainwright (#VoteWainwright)
San Diego Padres – Tyson Ross (#VoteRoss)
San Francisco Giants – Jake Peavy (#VotePeavy)
Seattle Mariners – Robinson Canó* (#VoteCano)
Tampa Bay Rays – Chris Archer (#VoteArcher)
Texas Rangers – Cole Hamels* (#VoteHamels)
Toronto Blue Jays – Kevin Pillar (#VotePillar)
Washington Nationals – Ryan Zimmerman (#VoteZim)


Finally, the BOR Prize closet has been accumulating lots of cool stuff that I’d like to share with you!  Tweet me today (@Jamieblog) and you might be chosen as a random winner of a very random prize!

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From my pal @Bongreatness...

During pregame ceremonies today we will salute former Red and current Mets outfielder, Jay Bruce, for he and his family’s many contributions to the Cincinnati Reds, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, the Reds Community Fund & the Cincinnati community during Jay’s tenure with the organization.  Jay will be joined on-field for the ceremony by his wife Hannah & infant son, Carter.  During Jay’s time with the Reds his off-field contributions included monetary donations to programs such as Bruce’s Buddies, Bruce’s Battalion, the Brian Wilson Field project, and the Bruce Family Field project at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy amongst others, as well as the donation of his time to initiatives such as the annual Reds e-Waste Recycling Drive, the Reds Rookie Success League programs & numerous appearances on the Reds Caravan in addition to yearly appearances at Redsfest.  Hannah Bruce also donated her time through Reds Wives fundraisers throughout their stay in Cincinnati.  FOX Sports Ohio will carry the pregame ceremony on their Reds Live pregame telecast.

Note:  Today’s National Anthem will take place at 12:46PM (12:45PM introduction of Honor Guard).

Also during pregame ceremonies today we welcome the 14th annual Mascot T-Ball Game back to Great American Ball Park.  Over 23 mascots will participate in today’s game on-field at 12PM including Who-Dey, Smokey the Bear, Buddy Bat, Bobber – the Water Safety Dog, and of course – Produce Man.

Felita LaRock will join us during the middle of the 7th inning break today to lead us in the singing of God Bless America.

Following the conclusion of today’s game is a special opportunity for members of the Reds Heads Kids Club to Run the Bases of Great American Ball Park.  Reds Heads member receive this exclusive opportunity as part of their membership to the kids club.





From my pal @Bongreatness

Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Joey Votto Fathead™ courtesy of United Diary Farmers.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches today will be the new Miami University President, Dr. Gregory Crawford. Dr. Crawford’s official inauguration as Miami University’s 22nd president is schedule for October 10th.

Angela Cheslock will join us during the middle of the 7th inning break today to lead us in the singing of God Bless America.



Updated intro music (click on the image to enlarge)…






*UPDATE – Brandon Phillips has been scratched from today’s lineup due to a sore foot. He fouled a ball off his foot last night vs St. Louis. Jose Peraza replaces Phillips in today’s lineup at second base.

New Lineup:

Hamilton 8
Cozart 6
Votto 3
Duvall 7
Suarez 5
Peraza 4
Barnhart 2
Holt 9
Straily 1



From my pal @Bongreatness

The first 25,000 fans in attendance at today’s game will receive an Eugenio Suarez bobblehead, courtesy of Kingsgate Transportation.  Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 2:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 2:40PM for all other fans. 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 the Reds and ReelAbilities are partnering for the inaugural #BaseballForAll event to raise awareness of ReelAbilities and its organizing foundation LADD – Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled. Many of today’s pregame ceremonies will feature local leaders living with varying abilities including Patrick Henry Hughes singing the National Anthem and Teddy Kremer delivering the official game ball. Kyle Weisker, a freshman at Wright State University who has been blind since birth, will serve as the guest PA announcer during the fifth inning. The ReelAbilities Cincinnati Film Festival (March 9-12, 2017) brings together the community to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities.

After the game concludes today we welcome country music rising star Chase Rice for a postgame concert, presented by Budweiser.  The concert will begin approximately 25 minutes after the conclusion of today’s game.  Rice will be performing a 60-minute set for fans.  Rice will also offer up one of our ceremonial first pitches today.


Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight!

With the minor league season ending this weekend, the Cincinnati Reds affiliates went 19-19 to end another strong week.

Unfortunately, one of those losses came in the semifinals of the AZL playoffs as the AZL Reds fell to the AZL Mariners 8-1 on Wednesday night. The Reds finished the second half with an AZL best 20-8 record, but fell one game short of reaching the finals. Pitchers Wennington Romero and Dauri Moreta were named to the AZL All-Star team on Tuesday. Romero went 3-3 with 1.93 ERA in 10 games while Moreta posted a 2.05 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.

While the AZL Reds playoff chase ended the Billings Mustangs and Pensacola Blue Wahoos prepare for their postseason run.

Pensacola is clicking on all cylinders, going 6-1 last week. The Blue Wahoos won four straight over the Jacksonville Suns behind the strong bat of Brandon Dixon. The utility player hit .400 (10-for-25) with three doubles, one triple, two homers and six RBI. Sal Romano tossed eight scoreless innings on 8/30 vs Jacksonville. He finished the month of August with a 2-1 record and 1.83 ERA.

Billings is reeling, losing five straight and posting a 2-5 mark last week. Despite their down week, Michael Beltre had a big week for the Mustangs. The third baseman hit .409 (9-for-22) with four doubles, two homers and five RBI. Billings will face Great Falls in the playoffs, who own a 6-9 mark against the Voyagers.

Daytona had their postseason dreams end this past week as they went 2-4. The offense was brilliant last week, as they had three players with batting averages over .450 last week. Juan Duran led the way with a .476 (10-for-21) with a homer and nine RBI while Shed Long hit .471 (8-for-17) and Gavin LaValley batted .455 (10-for-22).

Louisville and Dayton round out the group as they were eliminated from playoff contention in early August. The Bats turned in a good week, going 4-3 while the Dragons went 2-4. Robert Stephenson turned in his best outing of the season on Wednesday night, throwing seven innings of 1-run baseball while striking out 7 batters vs Charlotte. Stephenson was not the only top prospect to have a big week, Nick Senzel hit .444 (8-for-18) with four doubles and four RBI.

Post Season All-Stars:

Position Player League Team
IF Hernan Iribarren International Louisville
RP Alejandro Chacin Southern Pensacola
RP Jimmy Herget Florida State Daytona
OF Aristides Aquino Florida State Daytona
SP Wennington Romero Arizona AZL Reds
RP Dauri Moreta Arizona AZL Reds


RED Bites: The Arizona Fall League rosters were announced on Thursday afternoon and the Cincinnati Reds will have six representatives on the Peoria Javelinas. Right-handers Barrett Astin, Evan Mitchell and Daniel Wright and infielders Brandon Dixon, Zach Vincej and Chad Wallach will lead the Reds prospects in the prestigious AFL. Season starts October 11.

The minor league season ends this weekend and the Reds affiliates look to finish the season on a strong note and improve their 334-335 mark.


Today the Reds recalled from Class AAA Louisville LHP Cody Reed (#44), RHP Keyvius Sampson (#48) and RHP Robert Stephenson (#55)…selected from Louisville the contract of LHP Wandy Peralta (#53)…designated for assignment OF Kyle Waldrop.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 11th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by Delta Air Lines.  The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game and feature a soundtrack compiled by 700WLW’s on-air personality Eddie Fingers.

Tonight is the 5th Military Appreciation Game of the 2016 season, presented by DAV – Disabled American Veterans – and Hankook Tire.  The Reds will be wearing their digi-camo uniforms tonight for the final time during the 2016 season.  During pregame ceremonies tonight we will be honoring a group of 10 World War II vets who honorably served as part of the Greatest Generation.  Each vet will receive a Cincinnati Hometown Hero Certificate, Reds Challenge Coin & Reds Hometown Hero custom hat from COO Phil Castellini.  The attached script provides a little bio information on each of these veterans.

Additional pregame festivities honoring the Armed Forces tonight include:

  • Montezuma-Cincinnati Detachment #270 of the Marine Corp League will present colors
  • The 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus will sing our National Anthem
  • Senior Chief (ret.) Jeffrey McGlamery of the US Navy will be offering up a ceremonial first pitch
  • Technical Sergeant Donnie Turner of the United States Air Force will serve as tonight’s Honorary Captain



Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…

It was solid week for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as they went 21-21 on the week. Only two of the affiliates had winning weeks, but the other four played solidly all week.

Daytona had the biggest week, going 5-2 and drawing within 1.5 games of the FSL North division standings. The Tortugas offense had a huge lift from Jonathan Reynoso and Blake Trahan. Reynoso finished the week, batting .450 (9-for-20) with three runs scored while Trahan led the team with 10 hits. Trahan had a career-high 4 hits on Thursday night as he helped the Tortugas fend off the Flying Tigers. Hurler Tejay Antone recorded his MiLB-leading 14tth win of the season on 8/19 in a road win against Clearwater. The southpaw is 14-6 with a 3.51 ERA in 25 starts this season.

Daytona was not the only club with a 5-win week. Pensacola went 5-3 behind the smooth swinging Brandon Dixon. The infielder led the Southern League in hitting last week, batting .500 (15-for-30) with 3 doubles and 5 RBI. Dixon has hit safely in six straight games and raised his batting average from .240 to .258 in that span. Carlos Gonzalez also led the league with two wins last week. The reliever tossed 5.1 innings with three strikeouts in 3 relief appearances.

Dixon was not the only player to lead his respective league in hitting last week, as Louisville’s Hernan Iribarren led the International League in hitting. The utility player hit .500 (15-for-30) with 5 doubles and one RBI as he helped the Bats to a 3-4 mark. Iribarren is having a banner season, hitting .328 (113-for-345) with 20 doubles, one triple, three homers and 33 RBI.

While Pensacola and Louisville stars were having big weeks, the Dayton Dragons were one win shy of making club history last week. The Dragons dropped a 7-2 contest to Lansing, snapping a 9-game home winning streak, which was one short of the club record set in 2008. Dayton finished the week 3-4. Shed Long clubbed his first homer of the season on 8/20 and went on to hit .500 (11-for-22) with three extra-base hits and six RBI to lead the Midwest League in hitting.

The AZL Reds also looked to make club history as they are one win away from clinching an AZL playoff spot for the first time since 2011. The Reds are currently in the driver seat, holding a 4-game lead over the AZL Dodgers. Luis Alecis and Gregory Reinoso led the Reds as they both recorded starts without allowing a run. Alecis went 5.1 innings with 6 strikeouts on 8/21 while Reinoso went six scoreless with five strikeouts.

Billings already has a ticket to the dance so their 2-5 record was not as bad as it looks, as they prepare for the Pioneer League playoffs. Despite their poor mark, the Mustangs had big contributions from Taylor Trammell and T.J. Friedl. Trammell hit .400 (10-for-25) with a double, two triples and a homer. Trammell swiped three bags and four walks. Friedl hit .379 (11-for-29) with four doubles and three RBI from the leadoff spot. Friedl led the team with four stolen bases.

With the minor league season ending next week, the affiliates have about 10 days to improve their 315-317 mark.

RED Bites: Former 1st rounder Tyler Stephenson had season-ending wrist surgery this week. The backstop finished the season hitting .216 (30-for-139) with three homers and 16 RBI in 39 games…


If you missed the sensational catch that Billy Hamilton made yesterday, check out the video below…

Mark Sheldon has a nice write-up about the catch HERE.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the third Bark in the Park, presented by Iams and Kroger, of the 2016 season. Over 300 dogs and their owners will participate in special activities in the Kroger Fan Zone, as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.

Also during pregame ceremonies we will honor the Reds Way Employee of the Month for August, Mark Jansen.  Mark is a Suite Ambassador who has been with the Reds for the past 6 seasons.

 Ted Torbeck, President and CEO of Cincinnati Bell and chair of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s 2016 fundraising campaign, will offer up a ceremonial first pitch.

Tonight’s Honorary Captain will be Carol Aquino – recently retired marketing executive who spent 36 years with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.



If you are attending the Reds vs. Rangers game on Wednesday, August 24 (7:10pm) you’ll have the opportunity to purchase autographed baseballs and photos from the Reds Wives Mystery Ball & Photo fundraiser.

Baseballs and photos from the 40-man roster and others are included. A list of players included will be available at the fundraiser.

The Reds Wives will be selling baseballs for $40 and photos for $20 (cash only) inside the Fan Zone at Great American Ball Park starting when gates open at 5:40pm until they are gone (or the end of the game). Fans must have a ticket to the game to participate.

All proceeds will benefit SPCA Cincinnati who are committed to the welfare of animals by providing shelter and care, advocacy, speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves and providing the means to enhance the bond between people and animals.

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