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- Reds hitters have missed just 17.4% (28/161) of swung-on pitches on two-strike counts this year. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 30 teams; League Avg: 24.8%)
- Opponents are hitting just 3-for-40 (.075) against Reds starting pitchers with RISP this year. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams’ SP’s; League Avg: .261)
- Eugenio Suarez has struck out 2 times in 30 PA’s (just 6.7%) this season. (MLB Rank: 10th of 169 full-time players; League Avg: 21.5%)
New Jerseys and Caps Created to Celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day
Updated Designs Unveiled for Memorial Day, Fourth of July & All-Star Events
Major League Baseball today unveiled its complete lineup of special event uniforms for the 2016 Championship Season. For the first time MLB Clubs will celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in specially designed uniforms. As in previous years, uniform designs were also created to recognize Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. In addition, new looks will be featured during the All-Star events in San Diego with special caps worn during the All-Star Game and new uniforms for Gatorade All-Star Workout Day which includes the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. MLB, Majestic and New Era worked together to create the new designs.
MLB will again donate its licensed uniform royalties that are connected to charitable initiatives. Proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen (Mother’s Day), Prostate Cancer Foundation (Father’s Day), Stand Up to Cancer (Mother’s Day and Father’s Day), Welcome Back Veterans (Memorial Day and Independence Day) and the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services’ “Support Our Troops Fund” (Blue Jays’ Memorial Day uniforms).
MOTHER’S DAY: SUNDAY, MAY 8
The new Mother’s Day uniforms and caps incorporate pink into Clubs’ regular logos, with all caps highlighted by a dark grey crown and brim. Players have swung pink bats, worn pink ribbons & sported pink wristbands on Mother’s Day to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer since 2006.
FATHER’S DAY: SUNDAY, JUNE 19
Father’s Day uniforms and caps will also maintain the same Club marks, but will feature light blue incorporated in the logos. These caps will also have a grey base, similar to Mother’s Day. Players have worn blue ribbons & sported blue wristbands throughout the years on Father’s Day since MLB first partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation in 1996.
MEMORIAL DAY: MONDAY, MAY 30
For the eighth consecutive year, MLB and New Era have created a special cap for teams to wear during Memorial Day games, while Majestic has designed a special matching jersey for the fourth year in a row. This year’s uniforms utilize a new woodland camouflage design licensed by the US Marine Corps. The Toronto Blue Jays uniform will feature the distinctive Canadian Forces CADPAT design. MLB’s annual league-wide observance of Memorial Day will honor those who lost their lives while serving their country. MLB plans to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance and ballparks on Memorial Day will conduct moments of silence and special pre-game ceremonies. Here is a link to all of the 2016 Memorial Day jerseys and here is a link to all of the 2016 Memorial Day caps.
INDEPENDENCE DAY: MONDAY, JULY 4
For the ninth consecutive summer, US-based MLB clubs will sport red, white and blue stars and stripes-decorated caps to celebrate Independence Day. For the second year in a row, clubs will also wear a matching jersey on the Fourth of July. The Toronto Blue Jays uniform will feature Maple Leaf designs on the cap, incorporating the colors of the Canadian flag and will be worn on Canada Day, July 1, as well as July 4.
GATORADE ALL-STAR WORKOUT DAY AND T-MOBILE HOME RUN DERBY: MONDAY, JULY 11
The jerseys and caps worn on Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, which includes the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, will borrow their design from the All-Star host club, the San Diego Padres. The color scheme this year is patterned after the classic brown and yellow color combination worn by the Padres from 1969-84, a combination San Diego modernized and brought back for the 2016 home Friday alternates. Featuring touches of orange and modeling the lettering made famous by the Padres, the uniforms evoke the style of the late-70’s and early 80’s.
ALL-STAR GAME: TUESDAY, JULY 12
For the third consecutive year, New Era, in conjunction with MLB, has created a new cap design for every team to be worn specially in the All-Star Game. This year’s caps feature a gold outline around teams’ respective logos and a heather grey brim. Also new this year is a set of gold metal stars as the eyelets on the top of the caps’ front panel. Additionally, each cap has a pair of gold stars flanking the silhouetted batter logo on the back of the crown, a practice that began with the 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona.
Jerseys worn during the All-Star Game will again feature a star on either side of the silhouetted batter logo on the upper back, above the nameplates. For the second year in a row, players’ signatures will be printed into the front of their jerseys on the lower, right-hand side; the signature will be surrounded by stars representing the number of All-Star appearances they’ve made in their career. Jerseys will also feature a patch of the primary All-Star Game logo on the sleeve.
All special event jerseys are a part of Majestic’s new Flex Base uniform system, a design developed through insights from Major League players, innovative fabric technologies and extensive wear testing over the last two years. The new Flex Base uniforms feature a new, lighter weight twill technology and mesh panels on the sides of the jerseys which reduce the overall weight of jerseys by 10-20% and enhance freedom of movement. These tops made their debut in Spring Training and will be worn throughout the Championship Season and Postseason. Players will continue to wear New Era’s Authentic Collection 59FIFTY caps throughout the Championship Season and Postseason.
For more information on the charities that MLB is supporting through its 2016 uniforms, see the links below.
Susan G. Komen: http://www.komen.org/
Prostate Cancer Foundation: http://www.pcf.org
Stand Up to Cancer: http://www.standup2cancer.org/
Welcome Back Veterans: http://web.welcomebackveterans.org/
Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services’ “Support Our Troops Fund”: https://www.cfmws.com/
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From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today is the first ever Kids Opening Day at Great American Ball Park. Kids Opening Day will include activities and events throughout the day that are geared towards kids of all ages attending today’s game.
All kids in attendance today will receive a Reds cap, courtesy of Frisch’s Big Boy. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 11:10AM for Season Ticket Members and 11:40AM for the general public.
The Kids Opening Day Block Party is scheduled to take place in The Banks from 10:30AM-1:30PM today. Displays from dozens of local entertainment venues as well as community partners will line the streets of Joe Nuxhall Way & Freedom Way to create a fun, interactive streetscape for kids to enjoy, free of charge. Also joining us at the Block Party today will be over twenty mascots as well as a special appearance by the ZOOperstars! – which will include Pee Wee Geese, Tommy LaSwordfish & Ken Giraffey Jr. The mascots will participate in a special Kids Opening Day Parade down the red carpet on Freedom Way starting at approximately 12:15PM. Also don’t miss Strongman Sean McCarthy, who broke the Guinness World Record for farthest toss of a washing machine at GABP last season, he
will be on hand to dead lift a car for the amusement of the little ones.
13-year old Alainnah Scott will join us to sing our National Anthem today. While 15-year old Anna Grace will lead us in the singing of God Bless America during the middle of the 7th inning today.
During pregame ceremonies we will recognize & celebrate The Enquirer for their 175th anniversary today. Rick Green, President of Enquirer Media, will offer up our final ceremonial first pitch today.
After the conclusion of today’s game we will have a special “Kids Run the Bases” event for all kids in attendance at today’s game.
To replace Stephenson on the roster, the Reds have selected from Louisville the contract of 1B Brandon Allen (#51).
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 8, 2016
From my pal @Bongreatness...
Tonight is the first Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by T-Mobile. The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to an “Ohio Connections” soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.
The first 20,000 fans in attendance tonight will receive a Reds Magnetic Schedule with detachable car magnet, courtesy of PNC Bank.
Tonight is Northern Kentucky University Night at Great American Ball Park. During pregame ceremonies we will welcome the NKU Norse men’s basketball team, who after a 4-year transition to NCCA Division I, will be eligible to compete for NCAA championship events during the 2016-17 season as a member of the Horizon League.