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Jay Bruce named to Dayton Dragons “Top 20 Greatest Players”

 

Jay Bruce running bases as a Dragon

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons today announced the next name on their list of “20 Greatest Dragons.” The player recognition is part of the organization’s 20th Season Celebration.  Players selected on the list of 20 are being announced in random order.

 

Next on the list of the 20 Greatest Dragons is:

 

Jay Bruce

 

Bruce spent the 2006 season with the Dragons and enjoyed a huge season after being selected in the first round of the previous June’s draft.  As a 19-year-old, Bruce batted .291 with 16 home runs and 81 runs batted in.  He was the “Star of Stars” (MVP) of the Midwest League All-Star Game after hitting a two-run home run in the game.

 

Bruce made his much-anticipated Major League debut with the Reds in 2008.  Despite not joining the club that season until May 27, Bruce finished the year with 21 home runs, the third highest total ever by a Reds rookie.  Bruce went on to represent the Reds in three MLB all-star games and won the National League Silver Slugger Award in both 2012 and 2013.  He hit at least 25 home runs for the Reds six times including a high of 34 in 2012.  When Bruce was dealt by the Reds in 2016, he ranked seventh in Reds history in career home runs and was one of only six players in franchise history to have at least 1,000 hits and at least 225 home runs with the team.

 

Bruce has played for the Mets, Indians, and Mariners over the last three seasons.  His career home run total of 286 entering the 2019 season ranked 10th among active players, and at age 32, he was younger than eight of the nine players ahead of him on the list.

 

Bruce joins the following players who have been previously announced as the 20 Greatest Dragons:   Austin Kearns, Zack Cozart, Justin Turner, Homer Bailey, Samone Peters, Devin Mesoraco, Didi Gregorius, Tucker Barnhart, Todd Frazier, Wily Mo Peña, Jesse Winker, Edwin Encarnacion, Johnny Cueto, Luis Bolivar, and Jose Siri.

 

The 20 Greatest Dragons were selected based on a media vote of Dragons television, newspaper, radio, and internet reporters.  Additionally, during the 2019 season, the Dragons will be conducting a fan vote featuring one player per position to announce their all-time greatest lineup.

 

Additional information on the Dragons 20th Season celebration including videos on the 20 Greatest Dragons, special 20th Season merchandise, and Dragons alumni listings is available here:  https://www.milb.com/dayton/team/20.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton Dragons announce 5K race for Saturday, July 20 at Fifth Third Field

 

Dragons mascots Heater and Gem

Still time to sign up for one of the largest races in the Miami Valley

Dayton, Ohio The annual Dragons 5K presented by Orthopedic Associates is taking place this Saturday, July 20, at 8:00 a.m. at Fifth Third Field. The event began in 2011 and has become a local tradition as one of the largest races in the Miami Valley region, featuring over 2,000 people each year.

 

All participants will receive four (4) tickets to a Dragons game, a Dragons 5K neon green shirt, a Dragons hat, NEW finisher’s medal and entry to the post-race party inside the stadium for themselves and their supporters. The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for youth age 17 and under.

 

Fans can still sign up online at www.daytondragons.com/dragons5ksignup or by visiting the box office at Fifth Third Field between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You can also sign up for the race on Saturday starting at 7:00 a.m.

 

Early race bag and bib pickup for participants will take place on Friday, July 19 from 11am-6pm at Fifth Third Field located in front of the Dragons Box Office. Anyone not able to make early race bag pickup can pick up their bag and race bib before the race beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 20.

 

2019 Miss Ohio, Caroline Grace Williams, is scheduled to perform the national anthem and will have a meet and greet station close to the start/finish line before the race.

 

The race will begin at 8:00 a.m. and participants may choose to run or walk the course. Baby strollers are also permitted. The course will move through downtown Dayton and end back at the ballpark for a post-race party. Dragons Green Team and entertainment will once again be featured throughout the racecourse.

 

The post-race fun includes fruit and water for participants, a kid’s obstacle course, face painters, inflatable games, an appearance by Heater and Gem, health and wellness booths, yoga exercises in centerfield and more activities for the whole family. Concession stand food, Kona Ice and beer will also be available for purchase after the race.

 

Once race results are finalized, there will be an awards ceremony around 9:30 a.m. where the top three male and female overall finishers will receive a specially engraved baseball bat. Awards will also be given out to the top 3 overall males and females in each age group, top 3 finishing groups and top 3 high school running teams. Top groups will receive great group prizes and the grand prize is a luxury suite to a future Dragons game!

 

For any Dragons 5K related questions, please visit the Dragons 5K race page or Dragons 5K FAQ.

 

The 2019 Dragons 5K is being presented by Orthopedic Associates. As the regional leader in comprehensive orthopedic care, Orthopedic Associate’s passion is helping Dayton’s families get back to doing what they love. Orthopedic Associates is proud to be the trusted orthopedic provider serving your Dayton Dragons for more than a decade. Learn more at www.OAdoctors.com.

More Information: The Dayton Dragons are the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and play a 70-game home schedule at beautiful Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, easily accessible from Interstate 75. Individuals and groups seeking information about Dayton Dragons group tickets, lawn tickets, the season ticket wait list, sponsorship opportunities or booking a Dragons speaker are encouraged to contact the Dragons by calling (937) 228-2287, by email at dragons@daytondragons.com, or on the web at daytondragons.com

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Josh Hess; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

Outfielder Jose Siri named among Dragons “20 Greatest” Players

Jose Siri running bases while with the Dragons

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons recently announced the next name on their list of “20 Greatest Dragons.” The player recognition is part of the organization’s 20th Season Celebration.  Players selected on the list of 20 are being announced in random order.

 

Next on the list of the 20 Greatest Dragons is:

 

Jose Siri

 

When selecting the greatest individual seasons in Dragons history, the years compiled by Siri in 2017 and Austin Kearns in 2000 are at the top of the list.  Siri spent the entire 2017 season with the Dragons and led the club into the second round of the Midwest League playoffs.  His name was all over the MWL leaderboard.  He finished first in the league in slugging percentage, runs, total bases, hits, extra base hits, and stolen bases.  He finished second in the MWL in home runs and triples.  He finished fourth in runs batted in and fifth in batting average.  He hit .293 with 24 home runs, 76 RBI, a .530 slugging percentage, and 46 steals.  He became the first Midwest League player since 1982 to hit at least 20 home runs while stealing at least 40 bases (and the only player in Dragons history to reach those milestones).  To top it off, Siri, a center fielder, was also selected by Baseball America’s poll of league managers as the “Best Defensive Outfielder” in the league.

 

Beyond all of Siri’s production, he was also responsible for one of the most exciting and dramatic achievements in the Midwest League’s long history.  Starting in June, continuing through July, and carrying into August, Siri had at least one hit in every game.  The drama built as Siri approached the 40-year-old league record for longest hitting streak, set at 35 in 1977 by Tony Toups of the Waterloo Indians.  Siri broke the record in thrilling style on July 31, 2017, drilling an 0-2 pitch into left field with his final swing of the day.  He went on to extend the record to 39 straight games and became one of the all-time fan favorites at Fifth Third Field.

 

Siri joins the following players who have been previously announced as the 20 Greatest Dragons:   Austin Kearns, Zack Cozart, Justin Turner, Homer Bailey, Samone Peters, Devin Mesoraco, Didi Gregorius, Tucker Barnhart, Todd Frazier, Wily Mo Peña, Jesse Winker, Edwin Encarnacion, Johnny Cueto, and Luis Bolivar.

 

The 20 Greatest Dragons were selected based on a media vote of Dragons television, newspaper, radio, and internet reporters.  Additionally, during the 2019 season, the Dragons will be conducting a fan vote featuring one player per position to announce their all-time greatest lineup.

 

Additional information on the Dragons 20th Season celebration including videos on the 20 Greatest Dragons, special 20th Season merchandise, and Dragons alumni listings is available here:  https://www.milb.com/dayton/team/20.

 

PRESS RELEASE PRODUCED BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dragons Game Notes for Saturday, July 13, 2019 matchup with Beloit Snappers

Dragons GameDay

Saturday, July 13, 2019 Game # 22 (92)

Fifth Third Field l Dayton, Ohio l 7:08 p.m.

TV: Dayton’s CW (26) l Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Beloit Snappers (7-13, 34-54) at Dayton Dragons (8-13, 37-54)

RH Bryce Nightengale (1-2, 4.32) vs. RH Alexis Diaz (6-4, 5.68)

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Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Beloit Snappers (affiliate of the Oakland Athletics) in the first game of a three-game series.

2019 Season Series between Dayton and Beloit:  First meeting tonight.  Record on current homestand:  2-4.

Last Game:  Friday:  Wisconsin 4, Dayton 2.  The Timber Rattlers scored single runs in four different innings and thwarted Dayton’s comeback hopes to win the series, two games to one.  Dayton went 1 for 9 with men in scoring position, unable to produce the big hit to cut into the Wisconsin lead.  The Timber Rattlers led 3-1 after three innings and built their lead to 4-1 in the sixth.  Dayton’s Pabel Manzanero had a home run and double, driving in both Dragons runs.  Michael Siani also had two hits.

Team Notes

  • Dragons pitchers allowed just five earned runs (1.67 ERA) in the three-game series with Wisconsin, but the team lost two of three.  Dragons relievers allowed two runs in 14 innings.
  • Pabel Manzanero has a nine-game hitting streak, going 16-38 (.421).  In the Second Half, Manzanero leads the league in extra base hits (13) and doubles (10).  He ranks 4th in slugging percentage (.568), 7th in OPS (.909), and 9th in batting average (.333).
  • Bren Spillane over his last 11 games is batting .421 (16 for 38). 
  • Mariel Bautista is hitting .300 in 17 games since returning from the injured list.  He was out for 31 days with a shoulder injury.
  • Ricky Salinas has been chosen as the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June.  Salinas in June:  5 GS, 2-0, 1.03 ERA, 26.1 IP, 17 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 22 SO, .181 Opps. Avg.  Salinas over his last seven starts is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA (37.1 IP, 7 ER).
  • Matt Pidich over his last 16 games:  1.20 ERA, 30 IP, 18 H, 9 R, 4 ER, 10 BB, 29 SO.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers (Game times are Dayton time) (All games on WONE 980 AM and www.daytondragons.com)

Sunday, July 14 (2:08 p.m.):  Beloit RH Joe DeMers (2-3, 4.76) at Dayton RH Ricky Salinas (4-3, 3.59)  TV:  Dayton’s CW (26)

Monday, July 15 (7:00 p.m.):  Beloit RH Aiden McIntyre (2-6, 4.82) at Dayton RH Eduardo Salazar (4-1, 4.58)

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Josh Hess; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

Dragons make roster move

The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster change Friday, July 12:

 

Right-handed pitcher Ryan Campbell has been activated from the injured list after completing an injury rehabilitation assignment with the AZL Reds.  Campbell will wear uniform #22.

 

This transaction brings the Dragons roster back to the Midwest League limit of 25 players.

 

PRESS RELEASE PRODUCED BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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