HERE’S THE STORY regarding Aroldis Chapman getting struck in the face last night by a line drive. We will keep you updated…
Aroldis Chapman is currently at the hospital. We will update you as we have more information. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers.
— Reds (@Reds) March 20, 2014
Our thoughts & prayers are with Aroldis Chapman and the Reds after last night's game. We hope to get an update on his status this morning.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) March 20, 2014
Prayers for Chapman who was struck in head by Liner… Praying for u my bro!!! #reds
— Yonder Alonso (@YonderalonsoU) March 20, 2014
From across the world, our thoughts are with Aroldis Chapman and the @Reds.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 20, 2014
If you agree with this quote, than we have a ticket deal you are going to want to know about…
New APRIL PASS includes 11 Reds games for only $60
Enjoy an entire month of Reds baseball starting on Opening Night with the new April Pass presented by Yokohama Tire
Reds fans can attend all 11 home games at Great American Ball Park in April for only $60 with the new April Pass, presented by Yokohama Tire. For just over $5 per ticket, fans get a View Level Line seat to see the Reds take on the division-rival Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs, plus a weekend Interleague series with the Tampa Bay Rays.
April’s games feature four fan giveaways, two fireworks nights and kicks off with Opening Night:
Opening Night – Wed. April, 2 – Reds vs. Cardinals, 7:10 pm
- Reds players and coaches walk the red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone
- First 20,000 fans receive a 2014 Team Calendar, presented by Kroger
- 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper to throw out ceremonial first pitch and walk the red carpet
- Live music by The Rusty Griswolds
- Opening Night Fireworks, presented by Coca-Cola
April Fireworks Shows (start approx. 15 minutes after end of the game)
- Wed., April 2 – Reds vs. Cardinals, 7:10 pm: Opening Night Fireworks, presented by Coca-Cola
- Friday, April 11 – Reds vs. Rays: Fireworks Friday, presented by Tri-State Chevy Dealers
- Wed., April 2 – Reds vs. Cardinals, 7:10 pm: Team Calendar, presented by Kroger (first 20,000 fans)
- Sat., April 12 – Reds vs. Rays, 1:10 pm: Reds Fleece Blanket, presented by Duke Energy Retail (first 20,000 fans)
- Sun., April 13 – Reds vs. Rays, 1:10 pm: Magnetic Schedule/Mr. Redlegs Car Magnet, presented by PNC Bank (first 20,000 fans)
- Sun., April 13 – Reds vs. Rays, 1:10 pm: Kids Mascot Magnet, presented by DELTA (first 8,000 kids)
For a complete game schedule and to purchase an April Pass today, visit www.reds.com/aprilpass.
A limited number of April Pass packages are available. Offer ends Friday, April 11.
Concepción and Larkin to throw first pitches on Opening Day
CINCINNATI (March 18, 2014) — The Cincinnati Reds today announced that “The Captains,” David Concepción and Barry Larkin, will throw out simultaneous first pitches prior to the Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day game on Monday, March 31 (4:10 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.
Considered two of the best shortstops in the history of the Reds and the National League, Concepción was named team captain in 1983 and Larkin was named captain prior to the 1997 season.
Concepción spent his entire 19-season major league career with Cincinnati and was inducted in the Reds Hall of Fame in 2000. His jersey number 13 was retired by the Reds in 2007.
Larkin played his entire 19-year career with the Reds and was a member of the Reds Hall of Fame Class of 2008. In 2012, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and his jersey number 11 was retired by the Reds.
Concepción also will serve as the grand marshal of the 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, which kicks off at noon on Monday, March 31.
Larkin, along with Karl Ravich and John Kruk, will host ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” pregame show on Opening Day live from noon to 1 p.m. on Crosley Terrace outside the front gates to Great American Ball Park.
The popular baseball statistical web site, Fangraphs has released a mathematical breakdown on 2014 standings projections and the probability of each team’s playoff chances…
Before you write a strongly-worded letter to the fine folks at Fangraphs (like I almost did), take into consideration what my pal Joel Luckhaupt points out…
@Jamieblog Team win projections are heavily regressed…blah blah blah…mathy math math. So…
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) March 18, 2014
Now it’s YOUR turn to prognosticate …
Submit your story about going to bat against breast cancer
CINCINNATI – Join Major League Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds in the fight against breast cancer.
Fans are encouraged to submit stories about how they, or someone they know, are “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” and why they would like to be an “Honorary Bat Girl” for the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Sunday, May 11, which is Mother’s Day.
Fans can visit www.HonoraryBatGirl.com to share their story. The deadline for submissions is March 24.
The 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest is a Major League Baseball initiative designed to raise greater awareness and support for the breast cancer cause.
One winner representing each MLB team will be chosen by a panel of judges.
The Reds winner will be recognized during pregame ceremonies on May 11th (Reds vs. Colorado Rockies, 1:10 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.
Please visit http://www.HonoraryBatGirl.com for full contest rules.
The winner will receive on-field recognition, complimentary tickets to the game, Louisville Slugger pink bat engraved with winner’s name, commemorative jersey and pink wrist bands.
Hi gang! You may have noticed by the lack of all-caps that I’ve been M.I.A. from B.O.R. for a few days. The very lovely and talented Lisa Braun did a fantastic job picking up my slack while I was home with the sniffles.
Remember when I was in Arizona and I was bragging about how nice the weather was? Yeah, well, I’m pretty sure I was run over by the big wheel of the Karma Bus when I returned to Cincinnati. I guess I deserved it.
But I’m back and ready to rock, so let’s address a few things…
First, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
A tip o’ the cap to some of our favorite Reds who’ve surely enjoyed a few St. Paddy’s celebrations, including Hannahan, McCormick, Murphy, O’Toole and of course, Allyn Stout.
How about the Spring Chris Heisey is having? The Reds outfielder is currently among Cactus League leaders in home runs (5, 1st), total bases (34, 1st), RBI (11, T1st), hits (14, T4th) and doubles (5, T4th). In 13 games, Heisey is batting .412 with a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .412 on-base mark. He’s gone 14-for-34 and scored 8 runs.
Here’s hoping it carries over into the regular season and Heisey has a great 2014 season for the Reds.
Billy Hamilton is batting .303 in 12 games with a .364 slugging and a .410 on-basse. He’s 10-for-33 with 2 doubles, 4 RBI, 9 stolen bases and 6 walks while striking out just 4 times.
Skip Schumaker has a stat line of .433avg/.600slg/.486obp in 12 games.
Roger Bernadina is doing everything he can to make the ball club. In 14 games, the outfielder is batting .455 with a .864 slugging and a .600 on-base. He’s 10-for-22 with a home run, 10 runs scored and 19 total bases. He’s also tripled twice.
Here’s today’s lineup vs. the Indians at Goodyear Ballpark (4:05pm ET; Reds.com, MLB Network, Reds Radio Network)
15 Roger Bernadina……………. CF
4 Brandon Phillips…………….. 2B
19 Joey Votto……………………. 1B
32 Jay Bruce…………………….. RF
48 Ryan Ludwick………………… LF
21 Todd Frazier…………………. 3B
2 Zack Cozart………………….. SS
39 Devin Mesoraco………………. C
28 Chris Heisey………………… DH
44 Mike Leake RHP
Reds and A’s celebrate Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s HR For Life program. pic.twitter.com/BAgLowtqPh
— Reds (@Reds) March 16, 2014
The Reds on Friday drew a record crowd of 8,015 at Goodyear Ballpark for their game against the Rangers.
Here are a couple more pics that I had fun creating…
I think you folks are in for a treat with this year’s Reds club. I don’t really have anything to back that up except Bryan Price is an exceptionally bright baseball man and the coaching staff he’s brought in is top-notch. I think it’s going to be an exciting season and I’m also guessing you’re going to see some of that fire that many fans have been missing.
Good to be back. Let’s chat again soon, shall we?
Expect good news!
With just 15 days until Reds baseball begins in Cincinnati, things are starting to get pretty busy around Great American Ball Park. Our PR Manager and contributing BOR photographer, Michael “Mando” Anderson captured some of the activities from the past few days:
Reds Go Green
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the GABP Team Shop rolls out GREEN Reds merchandise, including the jerseys the team will be wearing on Monday. Stop by to pick up yours on St. Patty’s Day, beginning at 10am.
Opening Day Camp Out
Camping out for Opening Day tickets has become a Cincinnati tradition and despite the cold temperature, our fantastic fans once again turned out to create a tent city on Crosley Terrace. A big “thanks” to Dunkin Donuts for providing the campers with delicious yummies.
Turf Day at Great American Ball Park is the day when head groundskeeper Doug Gallant and his staff remove the grow blanket from the infield and outfield grass. The purpose of the grow blanket (which was installed in early February) is to insulate the grass and slightly raise the temperature of the soil and roots. The blanket speeds up the process of the grass coming out of winter dormancy and fools the turf into thinking it’s later in the springtime. Following the tarp removal, Doug and his staff will mow the grass for the first time in preparation for Opening Day 2014.
A limited number of Opening Day tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 15 at 9 am at the Great American Ball Park ticket windows only as part of a two-game package. The new “Opening Day Double Play” package includes one ticket (either View Level or Standing-Room-Only) to the March 31 season opener vs. the St. Louis Cardinals (4:10 pm) plus one Field Box ticket to any April game of the fan’s choice. 1,000 View Level and 500 Standing-Room-Only tickets will be available as part of these packages.
Prices for the “Opening Day Double Play” ticket packages are:
• $65 for one Opening Day Standing-Room-Only ticket plus one Field Box ticket to any game in April.
• $75 for one Opening Day View Level ticket plus one Field Box ticket to any game in April.
There is a limit of four packages per person. Cash and major credit cards will be accepted. Last year’s tickets sold out in less than one hour.
Fans will not be permitted to form a line for tickets prior to Friday, March 14 at 9 am, at which time numbered wristbands will be distributed. Fans must be present to receive a wristband and may not hold spots in line for friends or family who are not in attendance. Fans will be expected to remain on-site, with random checks being performed, until the ticket sale begins.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on the property of Great American Ball Park is a violation of state law and violators will be asked to leave the premises by police. Open flames and propane heaters will not be permitted on the ballpark premises.
The Opening Day ticket sale will happen rain or shine.
Greetings from Goodyear!
So much of what makes baseball great are the experiences you have around the game – which is why Spring Training is so uniquely special. The venues are more intimate. The weather is perfect. Games feel more relaxed. Players are more accessible. Strangers in Reds gear become instant friends.
There’s an excitement in the air about the season that’s about to begin. I’m fortunate to be a part of Cactus League baseball and call it “work”. If you are a big Reds fan and haven’t made it out to Goodyear yet, you owe it to yourself to experience baseball, Spring Training style.
The Reds are splitting up their squad today for a couple of games on Friday.
Here’s the Reds lineup for the game at Goodyear Ballpark against the White Sox…
Skip Schumaker – 2B
Zack Cozart – SS
Joey Votto – 1B
Jay Bruce – RF
Ryan Ludwick – LF
Brayan Pena – C
Devin Mesoraco – DH
Roger Bernadina – CF
Chris Nelson – 3B
(Mike Leake – RHP)
And here’s the Cincinnati lineup for the game against the Mariners in Peoria…
Billy Hamilton – CF
Jason Bourgeois – DH
Brandon Phillips – 2B
Chris Heisey – RF
Neftali Soto – 1B
Travis Mattair – 3B
Ramon Santiago – SS
Corky Miller – C
Kristopher Negron – LF
(Brett Marshall – RHP)