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.






From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies we will honor the Black Family Reunion Family of the Year.  Cincinnati natives Paul & Cynthia Booth are the 2016 Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Family of the Year. The Family of the Year honor is awarded to a family that exemplifies unity, is active in the community and continues to uphold the values of a strong black family. The Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Celebration has been held in Cincinnati for the past 28 years.




From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies today we will present Zack Cozart with the Cincinnati Reds team award for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s “Heart & Hustle Award”.  Zack will represent the Reds as a finalist for the overall Heart & Hustle Award which will be presented by the MLBPAA at the Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City on November 15th.  Previous Reds team recipients of the Heart & Hustle Award include Todd Frazier (2015), Skip Schumaker (2014), Shin Soo-Choo (2013), Chris Heisey (2012), Miguel Cairo (2011), Jonny Gomes (2010), Adam Rosales (2009), Jerry Hairston Jr. (2008), Ryan Freel (2007) and Adam Dunn (2006).

Also today the Reds welcome The Grandpa Soap Company, founded in Tippecanoe, Ohio in 1878 and known for their famous Grandpa’s Pine Tar Wonder Soap.  In recognition of their continuous operation for 138 years in Reds Country, with the last 80 years being right here in Greater Cincinnati, Grandpa Soap would like to show their support to local youth baseball & softball with a donation of 5,000 bars of soap to the participants of the many youth programs of the Reds Community Fund

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