With the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s farewell address upon us, first baseman (and one shortstop) from around Major League Baseball – including Joey Votto – were asked to recite a line from that memorable address. Here’s the finished product…
How ’bout them Redlegs? With 81 games in the book and 81 to go, the Cincinnati club is 43-38 after starting the season 3-8.
The 2013 club was 46-35 after 81 games; the 2012 Reds were 44-37 and the 2010 team had a 46-35 mark.
A few random stats/tidbits…
- Just completed 4-game series sweep of the Giants in San Francisco, something the Reds haven’t done since 1972.
- Are 16-6 over their last 22 games (.727).
- Have the best record in baseball in June (18-9, .667).
- Went 6-0-1 in their last 7 series.
- Since May 1, Billy Hamilton is batting .301 with a .330 on-base pct. and a .443 slugging pct. (55-for-183)
- Reds lead the Majors with a .989 fielding percentage while committing the fewest errors (32).
- Reds catchers are 82-for-301 (.272) with 17 homers, 51 RBI, .322 on-base pct. and a .508 slugging pct.
- Beginning May 28, starting pitchers are 17-7 with a 3.33 ERA and a .239 opponents batting avg over 200 innings.
With the team playing well, here’s hoping you can make it down to Great American Ball Park for the upcoming 11-game homestand; 3 games vs. first-place Milwaukee, 5 games vs the Cubs (including a doubleheader on July 8) and 3 games vs. the Pirates.
It’s a perfect opportunity for the Reds to make up some ground in the National League Central, and what better way to do than with a full ballpark?
The 2014 All-Star Game takes place on on July 15. We need to get some Reds on the team! Vote now at Reds.com/vote.
And don’t forget your chance to win an autographed baseball from Devin Mesoraco or Todd Frazier! CLICK HERE for more details.
For a schedule of upcoming Reds player appearances, please CLICK HERE.
Reds career saves leader Danny Graves was recently in Cincinnati as a guest of the Reds Hall of Fame. He’s currently involved in something really cool called 120 Sports. You should check it out and download the app.
The very popular “I Do’s on the Diamond” event is returning to Great American Ball Park on Friday, August 22 prior to the Reds/Braves game. That night, couples will get hitched (married) on the field during pregame ceremonies. For more information, including how you and your better half can participate, CLICK HERE.
That’s all for now. More in a bit.
Expect good news!
PS – Thanks to all of the new @Jamieblog followers!
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Friday, June 27, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REDS SIGN CUBAN STARTING PITCHER
Righthander Raisel Iglesias Agrees To 7-Year Contract
SAN FRANCISCO – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the signing of Cuban free agent starting RHP Raisel Iglesias to a 7-year contract through the 2020 season.
Iglesias, 24, will join the organization once visa issues are resolved.
“He’s a tremendous athlete, a converted shortstop. He throws 94-96 with two quality breaking pitches, a curveball and power slider, and has the makings of a quality changeup,” Jocketty said. “He has four quality pitches, and our scouts feel he can be a starter and be a starter very soon. What we’ve tried to develop here is pitching and defense. The more pitching we can acquire, the deeper we can get, the more flexibility it gives us going forward.”
Jocketty added, “It was a great organizational effort to get this done, and we’re very excited about it. The decision was based on the evaluation of our scouts, the same group of guys who went to see (Aroldis) Chapman. I guarantee you we saw him pitch more than any other club. I have tremendous respect and appreciation for the evaluation of our scouts. They’re hard-working and very diligent.”
Iglesias pitched for Isla de la Juventud in Cuba’s National Series for 3 seasons and compiled an 8-12 record and 3.47 ERA over 5 starts and 83 relief appearances (223ip, 202h, 115bb, 169k, 11hr).
Hey gang, be sure to join the Better Off Red “Beat The Streak” group! CLICK HERE! (and PS – Reds players only, please!)
The Vote Reds campaign is on! As we continue our drive to get Redlegs on the National League All-Star team, it’s time to get creative!
I have two autographed baseballs to give away; one signed by Todd Frazier and the other signed by Devin Mesoraco. Would you like one? Okay, here’s what you have to do…
In order to spread the word about Todd and Devin and all the good things they’ve done to earn All-Star honors, I’m asking you to make good ol’ fashion campaign signs – just like the ones you see in your neighbors’ yard every November.
Tweet me (@jamieblog) a photo of your campaign sign(s), preferably in your front yard, and you will become a candidate to win one of the two autographed baseballs!
I will collect photos through July 3 and randomly draw two winners on July 4th. Results and photos will be posted right here on Better Off Red!
Phillips was scratched with bruised right heel.
Thanks to all of you who participated today in the #VoteReds Twitter Lunch! Our guys really appreciate your support! We’ll do it again soon! In the meantime, here’s today’s roll call….
— Patricia Kerster (@pk927) June 25, 2014
— Jordan Peck (@PeckJ22) June 25, 2014
— Tony Arno⚾ (@Tonester5) June 25, 2014
— Tasha Veal (@TashaVeal) June 25, 2014
— Chad Reno (@Chad_Reno13) June 25, 2014
— Brad Perry (@BMPerry5) June 25, 2014
— Jake Christman (@ChristmanJ_19) June 24, 2014
— Lisa Braun (@lisabraun) June 25, 2014
— Laura (@lschmidt84) June 25, 2014
— Tommy Dawson (@Tommy__Dawson) June 25, 2014
— Debbie Schultz (@NrseDebbie) June 25, 2014
— Keaton Brownstead (@kbrownstead) June 25, 2014
— Mel (@melbrandau) June 25, 2014
Beginning Wednesday (tomorrow) at noon ET, we will have #VoteReds Twitter Lunch for the 2014 All-Star election!
For those of you not familiar with Vote Reds Twitter lunch, it’s simply a fun way to engage fellow Reds fans to vote for our prospective Cincinnati All-Stars during the regular Wednesday lunch break.
Help us get our Reds into the 2014 All-Star Game by taking a few minutes during lunch today to cast your ballot!
All you need to do is:
- Treat yourself to a delicious lunch
- Log onto Reds.com/Vote and cast your ballot for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game (Vote Reds!)
- Tweet me using the hashtag #VoteReds to confirm you participated (photos are encouraged but aren’t necessary)
- That’s it!
I will post a “roll call” of those who participated right here on Better Off Red prior to tomorrow’s Reds/Cubs game.
For you west coast Reds fans, don’t worry – you most definitely are in on this, too. We eastern time zoners are going to give you ample time to participate, as well.
From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau…
Before I drop some positive facts on ya, I once again will remind you that the baseball season is a long one. We aren’t even yet to the All-Star break and I’m exhausted. For a baseball team that has won more games than lost (especially lately), I feel I’ve spent double-time on Twitter defending it. That’s
probably not how it should be.
The old cliché that “baseball is supposed to be fun,” may ring hollow for some, but I’m here to tell you – it’s so true…and not just when your favorite team wins. A wise man once said, “if you want your place in the sun, you better expect blisters.” There have been plenty of blisters so far, but, as the record stands today, you have a very nice tan.
With the recent play by the boys in red, it’d be foolish to wave the white flag with nearly 90 games and over 3 months left on the schedule. We don’t do that here. If our relationship with our favorite team is like a marriage, we don’t file divorce papers if our spouse has been buying the wrong brand of toothpaste the past couple of months. Marriage involves an unconditional love. “Hang with ‘em” as another wise man once said.
Trust me, I’ve been around along enough that I “get it.” Privately, I’ve yelled at my TV when my favorite team loses; I’ve cursed a bad decision. I suffer like you, albeit quietly. As I mentioned before, the season is a long one and it’d be naive to say everything is puppies and unicorns. However, this relationship is meant to be a positive one. You need the Reds in your life? The Reds need you, unconditionally.
Now for some facts…
- At 38-37, the Reds are above .500 for the first time this season.
- The Reds have won 16 of their last 25 games (.640) and 9 of their last 12 (.750).
- With a win tonight or tomorrow, the Reds will have gone 6-1-1 over their last 8 series, 5-0-1 over their last 6 series and will have won each of their last 4 series.
- Since a 3-8 start, the Reds have gone 35-29 (.547).
- The Reds have outscored their opponents this year, 296-287.
- The Reds have committed 30 errors this season, fewest in the big leagues (next fewest: Cleveland, 38).
- Reds starting pitchers have posted a 3.40 ERA, the sixth-best mark in the Majors.
Reds batters, since June 7 rank among National League leaders in the following categories:
- Runs, 93 – 1st
- Home runs, 18, 1st
- Slugging, .434, 1st
- OPS, .770, 1st
- Hits, 150, 2nd
- On-base pct., .336, 3rd
- Batting average, .275, 4th
- Walks, 47, 6th
- Strikeouts, 110, fourth-fewest
- With runners in scoring position, 1st in batting average/on-base pct./slugging pct. (.320/.421/.543)
Enjoy the game!
Expect good news,