FRIDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS

Reds promote RHP Jon Moscot (#46), disabled Raisel Iglesias (strained left oblique), recalled RHP Pedro Villarreal (#62), designated for assignment Jason Marquis.

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From my pal @Bongreatness...

During tonight’s game a production company hired by Major League Baseball will be filming for commercials for the 2015 All-Star Game. The helicopter will be filming shots along the Ohio River, including close ups of Great American Ball Park. The close up shots will be coordinated to take place during inning breaks as to not cause any disruption in tonight’s game. The close up shots are expected to take place at/around sunset. The production crew and helicopter will remain in the area, at a safe distance, to film tonight’s postgame fireworks show.

Tonight is Friday Fireworks #5 of the 2015 season, presented by Kroger & Reds Home Team Products. The approximately 15-minute postgame fireworks show featuring a “Hip Hop Hits” soundtrack set to Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

Today marks the start of the 43rd annual “GE Weekend” at the ballpark. Thousands of GE employees and their families will be at the ballpark this weekend and will participate in various pregame on-field activities prior to each of the next 3 games.

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will recognize National Baseball Hall of Famer, longtime Reds beat writer for the Dayton Daily News and most recently a writer for FOX Sports Ohio, Hal McCoy. Hal was inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014 and tonight he will receive his HOF plaque from Shaun Clancy, founder of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. Past honorees with Cincinnati Reds ties include Sean Casey (2008, inaugural class), Paul O’Neill (2009) and Jack McKeon (2015). The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame headquarters are located at Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant in New York City.

Please note: Earlier versions of our promotional calendar listed tonight as the first “Sam” the Bald Eagle flight of the season. Unfortunately that will no longer take place tonight, but we are hopeful that Sam will make his first flight of the season on June 17th.

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Fans encouraged to donate food and ‘Strike Out Hunger’ on June 5 & 6

CINCINNATI (June 3, 2015) — The Cincinnati Reds and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati are partnering to “Strike Out Hunger” locally by hosting a food donation drive when the Reds play the San Diego Padres on Friday, June 5 (7:10 p.m.) and Saturday, June 6 (4:10 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.

Fans who donate a minimum of three non-perishable food items from the time gates open (90 minutes before first pitch) through the fifth inning will receive a free ticket to an upcoming Reds game, limit one ticket per person.

Donation barrels will be located at Gate B (Gapper’s Alley) on the third base side of the ballpark.

“Our food pantries are busier than ever in the summer,” said Kristen Klein, Director of Development of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati. “During the summer months, kids are not in school to receive school lunches and families’ grocery bills go up. For a family who is struggling, the extra costs of peanut butter, cereal, and lunch items can make them feel they have to choose between feeding their families and paying their rent. St. Vincent de Paul is here so they don’t have to choose.”

The 2014 Reds & SVDP drive collected more than 27,000 pounds of food, allowing St. Vincent de Paul to provide food to thousands of families in need throughout Cincinnati.

For more information regarding the “Strike Out Hunger” Food Drive for St. Vincent de Paul, contact Reds Community Relations at (513) 765-7335.

THURSDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; PRICE NAMED TO ALL-STAR COACHING STAFF

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YOST, BOCHY APPOINT 2015 ALL-STAR GAME STAFFS
Hinch, McClendon Selected AL Coaches; Mattingly, Price to Represent NL

American League All-Star manager Ned Yost of the defending AL Champion Kansas City Royals and National League All-Star manager Bruce Bochy of the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants today officially announced the managers who will serve as their coaches at Major League Baseball’s 86th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds.

Yost has named managers A.J. Hinch of the Houston Astros and Lloyd McClendon of the Seattle Mariners to join his AL staff. Hinch, who is in his first season at the helm of the Astros, will make his All-Star coaching debut, while McClendon was previously a member of Dusty Baker’s NL staff at the 2003 All-Star Game in Chicago. Yost’s Royals staff – pitching coach Dave Eiland, catching coach Pedro Grifol, bullpen coach Doug Henry, third base coach Mike Jirschele, first base coach Rusty Kuntz, hitting coach Dale Sveum and bench coach Don Wakamatsu – will also work with the AL All-Stars. Adam Nevala, head athletic trainer of the Los Angeles Angels, and Paul Harker, assistant athletic trainer of the Tampa Bay Rays, will round out the AL staff.

Bochy has invited managers Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bryan Price of the host Reds to join his NL staff. Mattingly, a six-time All-Star for the Yankees (1984-89) and later a member of Joe Torre’s coaching staff in New York, served on Torre’s AL coaching staff at the 2004 Midsummer Classic in Houston. Price, in his second season as manager of the Reds, will be working on an All-Star staff for the first time. Bochy’s Giants staff – assistant coach Shawon Dunston, bullpen coach Mark Gardner, first base coach Bill Hayes, third base coach Roberto Kelly, batting coach Hensley Meulens, pitching coach Dave Righetti and bench coach Ron Wotus – also will join the NL staff. Paul Lessard, head athletic trainer of the Reds, and Scott Gehret, assistant athletic trainer of the Colorado Rockies, will tend to the NL All-Stars.

The 2015 All-Star Game will be played at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 14th. The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
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WEDNESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP AND ROSTER MOVE

Today the Reds placed on the 15-day disabled list OF Marlon Byrd (fractured right wrist), selected from Class AAA Louisville the contract of IF Ivan De Jesus Jr. (#3) and released OF Donald Lutz.

De Jesus hit .303 in 50 appearances for Louisville while playing all 4 infield positions.

Lutz appeared in 13 games for Louisville before he went on the Bats’ disabled list.  On May 1 he had season-ending “Tommy John” surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

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TUESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP IN PHILADELPHIA: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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SUNDAY’S #REDS LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Reds Baseball Card Set, courtesy of Kahn’s.

Today is the first Reds Rookies game of the 2015 season, in conjunction with TriHealth. Over 200 Reds Rookies and their families will be present for today’s game to participate in events in the Fan Zone as well as a pregame parade around the warning track. The Reds Rookies program is one of three official Reds consumer clubs and takes young Reds fans through their infant years until they reach Reds Heads status as young children.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Mr. Ben Walz who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.

SATURDAY’S #REDS LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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From my pal @Bongreatness

The first 25,000 fans in attendance today will receive a Billy Hamilton Bobblehead, courtesy of Cincinnati Bell.  Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 2:10PM for Season Ticket Holders and 2:40PM for the general public. However, those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

During pregame ceremonies today we will recognize the Reds Way Employee of the Month for May, Mr. Charles Keith. Charles has been an usher with the Reds for 46 years. Charlie holds the distinction of being the Reds first African American usher when he joined the club in 1968. His long time employment with the team reflects his love of baseball and his love of all the Reds fans he has helped over the years. Whether it being wiping their seat, sharing a smile, or just talking Reds baseball, he brings joy and excitement to Section 113 on a daily basis.

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Don’t forget to add #RedsBuckleUp to your tweets!

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HONORING ERIC DAVIS’ BIRTHDAY VIA BILLY HAMILTON BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT!

Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis today celebrates his 53rd birthday. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

Here’s what Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton tweeted today to Davis…

In addition to Davis’ birthday, we are also celebrating Billy Hamilton Bobblehead Night.  What better way to honor both occasions than with a little mash-up, courtesy of the iconic Eric Davis Nike poster from the 1980s…

The Eric Davis Nike Poster substituted by 5 Billy Hamilton bobbleheads

The Eric Davis Nike Poster substituted with 5 Billy Hamilton bobbleheads

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Need a Todd Frazier Game-Face fix? Here ya go…

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FRIDAY’S #REDS LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is Friday Fireworks #4 of the 2015 season, presented by KOI Auto Parts. The approximately 15-minute fireworks display, set to a “Player At-Bat” soundtrack featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR FRIDAY, MAY 29

Today is Jersey Day in Cincinnati!  Celebrate the Reds today by wearing your favorite jersey (Bonus points if it’s a New Jersey native Todd Frazier jersey!).

Tweet @Jamieblog photos of you wearing your Reds jersey with the hashtag #JerseyDayCin and you may end up right here on Better Off Red!

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A few Reds programming notes:

The Reds/Cubs game on Sunday, June 14 has been picked up by ESPN and will be broadcast as a national Sunday Night Baseball game (8:08pm ET).  This means that game will not air on Fox Sports Ohio.

Fox Sports Ohio has picked up the second game of the Wednesday, July 22nd doubleheader vs. the Cubs.  That game is scheduled to air on FSO at 6:10pm ET.

The June 20th game vs. the Marlins is now a 7:10pm ET game (Fox Sports Ohio).

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If you’re sticking around for the Fireworks Show following tonight’s Reds/Nationals game at GABP, the theme will feature a “Player At-Bat ” soundtrack.

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From today’s Reds Gamenotes…

The Reds’ current starting rotation includes 3 rookies, all of whom have made at least 3 starts (RHP Anthony DeSclafani 9gs, RHP Michael Lorenzen 4gs, RHP Raisel Iglesias 3gs)…2010 was the last time the Reds finished a season with 3 rookies who made at least 3 starts (RHP Mike Leake 22gs, LHP Travis Wood 17gs, RHP Sam LeCure 6gs).

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Reds and P&G partner for new video board
at Great American Ball Park

90’x30’ LED screen to debut in time for the All-Star Game

CINCINNATI (May 28, 2015) — A second LED video board will be added to Great American Ball Park in time for the 86th MLB All-Star Game, thanks to the continued partnership between the Cincinnati Reds and Procter & Gamble.

The video display, which if laid flat would span the entire length from home plate to first base, allows fans with obstructed views to the existing scoreboard a new direct line of sight to all the digital action.

P&G, a long-time partner with the Reds, is providing financial support for the scoreboard which will also feature some of P&G’s great American brands such as Tide, Charmin and Pampers. Construction is kicking off this week.

“We are proud to partner with P&G on this project and excited to showcase the extensive brand portfolio of this iconic global company,” said Bob Castellini, Reds President and CEO. “We are grateful P&G continues to honor its local roots by supporting projects such as this.”

The Reds and P&G have a longstanding partnership. Many of P&G’s popular brands are already featured around Great American Ball Park, and most recently the Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, sponsored by P&G, opened in the Roselawn neighborhood.

“As a company focused on delighting consumers every day, we’re thrilled to create a partnership between America’s favorite brands, Great American Ball Park and our hometown Cincinnati Reds to enhance the fan experience,” said P&G Chairman and CEO A.G. Lafley. “As Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game puts Cincinnati on the worldwide stage, we’re proud to show P&G’s strong commitment to the Reds.”

The new Daktronics LED video display will be installed above the Sun Deck/Moon Deck seats in right field, complementing the existing main video board above left field.

Once the board is installed, about 7,500 seats that have limited or obstructed views of the main scoreboard will directly benefit from the new video display.

The installation of the new video board is scheduled to be completed later this summer in time for the MLB All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park.

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves nearly five billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

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Lineups in a bit.

Expect good news!

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 28

Before we get started, I’ve GOT to post this “Throwback Thursday” photo…

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Remember when the Reds gave away those wearable blankets?

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As if you needed any further incentive to celebrate All-Star week in Cincinnati, Major League Baseball today announced who’ll be participating in the T-Mobile All-Star Fanfest from July 10-14 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Check it out..

Pretty good, huh? Fans attending the All-Star FanFest will have the opportunity to receive free autographs and participate in Q&A sessions and clincs led by former players; all included with the price of admission.

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A couple of days ago, my colleague with the New York Mets, Shannon Forde was inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame.  I wish all of you could meet the beautiful/talented/courageous Shannon.  She’s absolutely one of the best people around and I’m so happy (and proud) of her.

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I posed the following question on Twitter today…

So far, I’m getting lots of great replies (Selena Gomez, Steve Carrell, Nick Offerman, Jimmy Fallon, Rhonda Rousey, etc).

What celebrity would you like to see participate?

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A programming note:  The Reds/Twins game at Great American Ball Park on July 1 will air on MLB Network, including in the Cincinnati market.

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This season, there have been 332 total replay reviews in Major League Baseball.  Of those, 301 have been “manager challenges” while the other 31 have been “crew chief challenges.”

    • 75 challenges “confirmed” (22.6%)
    • 97 challenges “stands” (29.2%)
    • 157 challenges “overturned” (47.3%)
    • 3 challenges “rules checks” (0.9%)

Here’s a breakdown of the types of challenges that have taken place:

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Folks, I don’t know about you, but that recent Reds/Indians series in Cleveland left a sour taste in my mouth.

In an effort to seek some sort of consolation, there’s a hashtag battle currently taking place between the Reds and Indians through the Ohio Department of Public Safety.  If you include #RedsBuckleUp in your tweets, we may be able to come back from a 26% deficit to overtake the Tribe and show everyone that the Cincinnati fans are the safest and most loyal in Ohio.

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I’ll have more in a bit.

For those of you attending tonight’s Baseball 101 event at GABP, HAVE A GREAT TIME!

Expect good news!

Jamie

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