JORDIN SPARKS, COLE SWINDELL, OLIVIA HOLT, CHAD LOWE, URBAN MEYER,
OZZIE SMITH, VLAD GUERRERO AND ROLLIE FINGERS ADDED TO THE
2015 MLB ALL-STAR LEGENDS & CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME ROSTERS
Wounded Warriors Tim Horton and Todd Reed Also Scheduled to Play
Tickets to All-Star Sunday are Available at AllStarGame.com
Grammy nominated, multi-platinum artist and actress Jordin Sparks, ACM’s New Artist of the Year Award winner Cole Swindell, star of Disney Channel’s I Didn’t Do It Olivia Holt, Cincinnati native and Emmy Award-winning actor and director Chad Lowe, Head Football Coach at The Ohio State University Urban Meyer, plus Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers and Ozzie Smith and MLB legend Vlad Guerrero have been added to the list of those scheduled to participate in the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, July 12th at Great American Ball Park. Additionally, Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team players Tim Horton and Todd Reed will join the rosters. The Softball Game will be televised by ESPN immediately following the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders on Monday, July 13h.
These participants will join previously announced personalities including entertainment icon Snoop Dogg, Josh Hutcherson of “The Hunger Games” franchise, star and executive producer of the hit ABC show black-ish Anthony Anderson, comedic actor and lead in the Fox animated series Golan the Insatiable Rob Riggle, star of the upcoming “Fantastic Four” Miles Teller, co-host of EXTRA and Fox Sports Live Charissa Thompson, ACM winner and platinum-selling country chart-topper Justin Moore, Cincinnati native Nick Lachey, Macklemore, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.
Also announced were Cincinnati Reds legends Sean Casey, Paul O’Neill, Eric Davis and Aaron Boone, Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, MLB legend Fred Lynn and Olympic Softball Gold Medalist Jennie Finch.
The All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game is the second game of an exciting doubleheader at Great American Ball Park on All-Star Sunday. Preceding the softball game will be the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will air live on MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM at 3:00 p.m. ET, featuring MLB’s best young prospects from the U.S. and around the world.
Tickets for All-Star Sunday, which are available now, can be purchased at the official All-Star Game website of Major League Baseball (AllStarGame.com). MasterCard®, the preferred card of Major League Baseball and All-Star Week, is an accepted form of payment.
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Monday proved to be a busy day on the #VoteFrazier campaign trail. As Reds fans converged in GABP’s Champion’s Club to cast their All-Star ballots and eat Skyline Chili cheese coneys, Mr. Redlegs traveled the Tri-State area to visit businesses showing their support for Todd Frazier and the Reds.
Here are some photos, and don’t forget – you have until Thursday at 11:59 pm ET to VOTE FRAZIER…
Since weekly NL All-Star voting updates were released:
• On June 2, Todd Frazier faced a deficit of 1,338,326 votes
• On June 9, Todd Frazier faced a deficit of 2,075,170 votes
• On June 16, Todd Frazier faced a deficit of 2,516,209 votes
• Today, Frazier has closed the deficit to just 62,980 votes.
You still have time to help push Todd Frazier into first place! Voting ends at 11:59 ET on Thursday, July 2.
Homestand Highlights • June 29-July 5 • Reds vs. Twins & Brewers
Monday, June 29, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Minnesota Twins, 7:10 p.m. (All-Star Monday, Senior Citizen Special, Mustache Appreciation Game)
• Kid Glove Program: Pregame ceremonies, emceed by longtime Kid Glove Program coordinator Paul Kramer , will celebrate the program and include a donation to the Reds Community Fund. Now in its 67th year, the Kid Glove program has brought in more than $9.8 million dollars for baseball and softball equipment, annually benefiting more than 150 organizations and 40,000 youngsters in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas.
• Harvey Haddix Award: Scottie Instine of Triad High School will be honored as the recipient of the 2015 Harvey Haddix Memorial Sportsmanship Award. Haddix was the first Reds pitcher to win a Gold Glove in 1958. Since his death in 1994, the Urbana Daily Citizen newspaper and the Haddix family have annually presented the Harvey Haddix Memorial Sportsmanship Award to a worthy high school baseball player from Champaign County, Ohio. Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh will present the award during pregame ceremonies and Scottie will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Minnesota Twins, 7:10 p.m. (All-Star T-Shirt Tuesday, Mustache Appreciation Game)
• Cincinnati Zoo Night: Animals from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens will parade around the warning track before the game and be on display in the Kroger Fan Zone from 5:40 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. and during the first inning.
• Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award: Members of the Coldwater High School boys and girls bowling teams will be the recipients of a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award. Both teams won their respective 2015 Ohio High School Division II State Bowling Team Championships.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Minnesota Twins, 12:35 p.m. (Student Discount Day, Senior Citizen Special, Business Day Special, Mustache Appreciation Game)
• Anderson Monarchs: The Anderson Monarchs Baseball Team from Philadelphia will be honored on the field during pregame ceremonies. The team of 13 and 14-year olds is on a 23-day, 21-city barnstorming bus tour and features seven players from the Taney Dragons team that reached last summer’s Little League World Series including Mo’ne Davis, the first girl to win a game at the LLWS. The Monarchs will scrimmage players from the Six Men Tigers (from Evanston and Walnut Hills) and the Avondale A’s at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy starting at 6:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 2, 2015 – Today is the final day to #VoteReds in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Fans can vote up to 35 times at reds.com per e-mail address or Todd Frazier and the Reds to make sure the Redlegs are represented in the starting lineup for the Midsummer Classic here at GABP on July 14. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Friday, July 3, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday, Mustache Appreciation Game)
• Fireworks Friday featuring the Cincinnati Pops: The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, conducted by John Morris Russell, will play a post-game concert from the Kroger Fan Zone and will be shown on the videoboard for all fans to see. The last 15 minutes of the concert will accompany the Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks show, which is presented by Coca-Cola. The Pops Brass Ensemble also will perform the National Anthem during pregame ceremonies and “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the 7th Inning Stretch. (Due to the Pops concert, the Fan Zone Wiffle ball field will be closed to fans on Friday night.)
• Club Red Friday Night Party: Club Red members and their friends are invited to a party in the Kroger Fan Zone during the third through sixth innings. Parties are presented by Coca-Cola and feature entertainment by Kiss 107, raffle prizes and more. Club Red is for fans ages 13-17.
Saturday, July 4, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:15 p.m. (Super Saturday, Military Appreciation Game, Mustache Appreciation Game)
• Independence Day Fireworks Show: Post-game fireworks show with patriotic soundtrack starting approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game. Presented by Missouri Division of Tourism.
• 2015 All-Star Tote Bag: As part of Super Saturdays, free bag featuring the 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® logo to all fans. Presented by MLB Network.
• Military Appreciation Day: Tonight is the fifth Reds Military Appreciation Day of the season, presented by DAV, Disabled American Veterans and RetireMEDiQ. Many of today’s pregame and in-game activities will honor the men and women of the five U.S. military branches: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.
• Stars & Stripes Uniforms: The Reds and all MLB teams will wear special edition “Stars & Stripes” jerseys and caps on Independence Day. MLB will donate all net proceeds to the Welcome Back Veterans Fund for each jersey and cap sold.
Sunday, July 5, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday, Mustache Appreciation Game)
• Kids Poster: Kids 14 and younger will receive a free Brandon Phillips poster, presented by Meijer.
Ticket Offers For This Homestand: reds.com/tickets
• All-Star Mondays: For every Monday Reds home game, fans can purchase a package that includes a Terrace Line ticket and a commemorative baseball featuring an MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® logo for only $25, presented by Tri-State Chevy Dealers. For the month of June the featured baseball honors the 1970 Midsummer Classic: reds.com/Mondays.
• Senior Citizen Specials: For select games (including June 29 and July 1) fans 60 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Some restrictions apply. Presented by Tri-State Centers For Sight: reds.com/Seniors.
• Mustache Appreciation Games: For all Reds home games June 17-July 5, fans can purchase a ticket package that includes a custom mustache pint glass and a Field Box or View Level ticket. Must purchase ticket through this package to receive pint glass. Limited number of packages available only at reds.com/Mustache.
• All-Star T-Shirt Tuesdays: For all Tuesday Reds home games, fans can purchase a $25 package that includes a Terrace Line ticket and an exclusive All-Star-themed T-shirt featuring a Reds player, presented by Rice Krispies Treats. The June T-shirt features Johnny Cueto: reds.com/Tuesdays.
• Business Day Specials: For all 12:35 p.m. weekday Paycor Business Day Special games, get a View Level seat loaded with $10 in concession credits for just $20: reds.com/SkipWork.
• Student Discount Days: Students of all ages can enjoy discount tickets to all Wednesday home games this season, courtesy of First Student: reds.com/Students.
• Military Appreciation Days: For select games (including July 4), pregame ceremonies will honor military groups and fans can purchase a ticket package that includes Reds-branded aviator sunglasses. Presented by DAV, Disabled American Veterans and RetireMEDiQ. Available only at reds.com/Military.
• Family Sundays: For every Sunday home game this season, families can take advantage of two exclusive offers, presented by Klosterman Bakery:
– Get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of one full-price ticket
– Receive a FREE Kroger Meal Deal that includes a drink, hot dog, chips and a snack with your ticket
Sunday games also include giveaways for kids, face painters, live mascot races and more: reds.com/Family.
Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Tom Browning Bobblehead: The 2015 Reds Hall of Fame Bobblehead Series presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP continues in July with “Mr. Perfect” Tom Browning. The bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds HOF & Museum on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July, while supplies last.
• Life Enriching Communities Senior Days: Senior citizens ages 60 and over will be admitted free of charge to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on select Mondays this season including July 6, courtesy of Life Enriching Communities.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the third Kid Glove Game of the 2015 season, proudly presented by Meijer. In its 67th consecutive season the Kid Glove Program has helped raise over 9 million dollars to buy baseball and softball equipment for more than 40,000 youngsters in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Scottie Instine of Triad High School will be honored as the recipient of the 2015 Harvey Haddix Memorial Sportsmanship Award. Haddix was the first Reds pitcher to win a Gold Glove in 1958. Since his death in 1994, the Urbana Daily Citizen newspaper and the Haddix family have annually presented the Harvey Haddix Memorial Sportsmanship Award to a worthy high school baseball player from Champaign County, Ohio. Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh will present the award during pregame ceremonies and Scottie will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Reds encourage final push for All-Star Voting
#VoteReds Lunch at GABP today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CINCINNATI (June 28, 2015) — To kick off the final week of MLB All-Star Game voting, the Reds are asking fans to make a final push to #VoteReds, including a #VoteReds Lunch at Great American Ball Park on TODAY (Monday, June 29) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to bring their smartphone, tablet or laptop to the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club (enter the gates near the Reds Hall of Fame) and vote on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.
Fans can vote exclusively online at reds.com through this Thursday, July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Coca-Cola beverages will be available and Skyline Chili will provide free Cheese Coneys to fans who vote the maximum 35 times per email address at the #VoteReds lunch.
“We are asking fans to rally around our Vote Reds campaign to make sure we have Reds in the starting lineup at the All-Star Game,” said Phil Castellini, Reds COO. “The support from our fans, local businesses and partners has been impressive so far, but we need to keep the momentum going as voting ends on July 2nd .
As part of Monday’s voting push, Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs will be traveling around Reds Country to visit local partners, sponsors and businesses who are supporting the #VoteReds campaign.
The surge of Reds fans to #VoteFrazier and #VoteReds has moved Todd into second place at third base and helped a few of his teammates back into the top 5 in their positions:
• Joey Votto is 3rd among first basemen
• Brandon Phillips is 4th among second basemen
• Zack Cozart is 5th among shortstops
All fans who vote 35 times prior to Thursday’s 11:59 p.m. ET deadline are automatically eligible to win a huge #VoteReds Grand Prize package:
• Meet & greet with Todd Frazier for a group of 4 w/ batting practice viewing
• 4 Scout Seat tickets (Sunday-Thursday game)
• Baseball signed by a 2015 Reds All-Star
• Pregame or In-Game Experience for one person
• Set of 5 Commemorative All-Star Game Baseballs
• 4 T-Mobile All-Star FanFest tickets valid for all five days (July 10-14)
Additionally, fans who vote 35 times are eligible to win a dinner with Todd and two guests at a Jeff Ruby restaurant. Full details on all sweepstakes and prizes are available at reds.com/vote.
New Jersey natives Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have formed an All-Star alliance to encourage fans to cast votes for both superstars when filling out their 2015 All-Star Game ballots.
In addition to the already popular #VoteFrazier and #VoteTrout hashtags, fans on Twitter are also asked to help the New Jersey duo’s All-Star campaign by tweeting the hashtag #VoteJerseyBoys.
Both Frazier (Point Pleasant, NJ) and Trout (Vineland, NJ) are having phenomenal seasons and are long-time friends from the Garden State.
— #VoteReds (@Reds) June 26, 2015
Did you guys happen to see Michael Lorenzen on Friday’s Edward Jones Chatting Cage? Check it out…
Saturday’s lineup vs. the Mets at Citi Field…
(Marlon Byrd is scheduled today to make his 846 Major League appearance in center field, his first since 2013 with the Mets)
From today’s Reds gamenotes…
The Redlegs won 6 of their last 9g and 11 of their last 18g…over the last 18g beginning 6/7 have posted a team ERA of 2.58 (167.1ip, 48er) while hitting .269 (176-655, 78r)…Cin is 16-12 since its season-high 9-game losing streak (5/15-5/25).
Following a 9-game losing skid from 5/15-5/25, the Reds have gone 16-12 during which they rank among all National League team leaders in batting average (.264, 4th), on-base percentage (.324, 3rd), slugging (.429, 2nd), home runs (35, 3rd), ERA (3.17, 5th), WHIP (1.20, 4th) and opponents average (.229, 1st).
That’s all for now. More in a bit!
Expect good news,
Congratulations to Reds farmhands Amir Garrett, Yorman Rodriguez and Kyle Waldrop for being named to the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game roster!
Garrett and Waldrop will play for the US team while Rodriguez suits up for the World squad.
The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will take place at 3pm on Sunday, July 12th at Great American Ball Park.
Both teams will be managed by two Reds Hall of Famers – Tony Perez (World manager) and Ken Griffey Sr. (US manager).
Here are the rosters…
2015 U.S. ROSTER
Appel, Mark (HOU)
Beede, Tyler (SF)
Davies, Zach (BAL)
Edwards Jr., Carl (CHC)
Garrett, Amir (CIN)
Giolito, Lucas (WSH)
Newcomb, Sean (LAA)
Nola, Aaron (PHI)
Rea, Colin (SD)
Snell, Blake (TB)
Farmer, Kyle (LAD)
Schwarber, Kyle (CHI)
Bell, Josh (PIT)
Crawford, JP (PHI)
Kemp, Tony (HOU)
Olson, Matt (OAK)
Shaffer, Richie (TB)
Story, Trevor (COL)
Turner, Trea (WSH)
Conforto, Michael (NYM)
Judge, Aaron (NYY)
Nimmo, Brandon (NYM)
Waldrop, Kyle (CIN)
Williams, Nick (TEX)
2015 WORLD ROSTER
Berrios, Jose (MIN)
Diaz, Edwin (SEA)
Garcia, Jarlin (MIA)
Gonzalez, Juan (LAD)
Huang, Wei-Chieh (ARI)
Jimenez, Joe (DET)
Labourt, Jairo (TOR)
Mella, Keury (SF)
Montas, Frankie (CWS)
Reyes, Alex (STL)
Diaz, Elias (PIT)
Sanchez, Gary (NYY)
Albies, Ozhaino (ATL)
Arcia, Orlando (MIL)
Cuthbert, Cheslor (KC)
Devers, Rafael (BOS)
Kepler, Max (MIN)
Marte, Ketel (SEA)
Mondesi, Raul (KC)
Nunez, Renato (OAK)
Brito, Socrates (ARI)
Margot, Manuel (BOS)
Mazara, Nomar (TEX) L
Rodriguez, Yorman (CIN)
Tapia, Raimel (COL)
I had the distinct pleasure today to hang out at the ballpark with members of two incredibly awesome bands – The Heartless Bastards and Craig Finn, frontman of The Hold Steady. They are in town to play shows tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) at the Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine.
With time to burn this morning, the talented rock-n-rollers came by to check out Great American Ball Park. Take a look…