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Reds announce ‘A Night of their Own’ for Women, May 30 at GABP



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All proceeds benefit the Reds Community Fund
1:42 PM EDT

The sixth annual St. Elizabeth Healthcare A Night of Their Own will be held Thursday, May 30 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Great American Ball Park.

This exclusive event gives women ages 21 and over the opportunity to play like the pros on the field and learn all aspects of the game from Reds coaches, broadcasters and front office executives.

All participants will be treated to a buffet dinner with beverages in the FOX Sports Club to start the evening and “late night bites” as the event wraps up.

The gift bag for 2019 features a Reds clutch purse and Rosie Red necklace.

Former Reds pitcher and current radio broadcaster Danny Graves and WKRC Local 12’s Adam Clements will emcee the on-field events for the evening.

All the proceeds from the event benefit the baseball and softball outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

Event tickets are $125 per person and include:

• On-field experiences including hitting on the field and pitching from the mound

• Ballpark tours with stops in the Reds clubhouse and indoor batting cages

• Buffet dinner and gift bag featuring an exclusive Reds clutch purse and Rosie Red necklace

• Ticket for an upcoming Reds game

• Parking validation for The Banks Garage under the ballpark

Space is limited. Sign up today at or (513) 765-7240. Friends may request to be in the same group for activities upon registration.

_Unique experiences: _

• Throw a pitch from the mound and snag a fly ball in the outfield

• Run the bases and take hits from the field

• Tour the clubhouse and batting cages

Meet and greets:

• Learn from the Reds coaching staff including new manager David Bell

• Tips from Reds broadcasters including Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman

• Hear from President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams and General Manager Nick Krall

Event schedule:

• 4:45-5:30 p.m.: Registration and check-in

• 5:30-6:20 p.m.: Dinner, cocktails and welcome

• 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Ballpark tours, on-field events and Q&A sessions

A special thanks to the event sponsors and partners: St. Elizabeth Healthcare, HP Enterprises, Skyline Chili, iHeart Media, Prestige AV & Creative Services, Amelia Florist Wine & Gift Shop, Servatii Pastry Shop and Graeter’s.

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Reds Highlights for current homestand, now through May 19: Cubs and Dodgers visit






Thursday, May 16, 2019 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 6:40 p.m. (Gates open at 5:40 p.m.)

• Honorary Bat Girl: Laura Fay of Cincinnati will be recognized during pregame ceremonies as the 2019 Honorary Bat Girl for the Reds. Since 2006, MLB and all 30 clubs have raised awareness and funds to fight breast cancer through the “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” and Honorary Bat Girl initiatives. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, the first 8,000 fans will receive pink wristbands.

Friday, May 17, 2019 – Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:10 p.m. (Gates open at 5:40 p.m.)

• Fireworks Friday: Rozzi’s fireworks show set to a “Country Mix” soundtrack by DJ ETrayn will begin approximately 15 minutes after the game ends.

• Pregame Ceremony & First Pitch: Pregame ceremonies will honor winners and participants of the 21st annual Flying Pig Marathon. Men’s winner Jack Randall and women’s winner Anne Flower will throw out ceremonial first pitches.

• Military Appreciation Caps: Players and coaches will wear camouflage-designed caps as well as optional camo-themed socks on Friday and Saturday, in honor of Armed Forces Day. The right side of the caps feature a five-starred emblem to represent the five branches of the U.S. military. An MLB jersey patch featuring the Stars and Stripes-silhouetted batter will be placed on the left chest.

• Nathan’s Famous Eating Contest: A sanctioned Nathan’s Famous all-beef frank eating contest is scheduled to take place immediately following the game (and before the fireworks) near the third base dugout. The top male and top female finishers from this qualifier will be invited to compete in the finals on July 4 at the original Nathan’s Famous Restaurant on Coney Island in New York.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. (Gates open at 2:40 p.m.)

• Ernie Lombardi bobblehead: As part of the 150th Anniversary celebration, the first 20,000 fans will receive an Ernie Lombardi bobblehead. First in a series of six bobbleheads featuring Reds legends who are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

• Military Appreciation Day: Today is Armed Forces Day and the first Reds Military Appreciation Day of the season. Many of today’s pregame ceremonies will honor the men and women of the U.S. military. Players and coaches will wear camouflage-designed caps. Special ticket offers are available for military members in advance of game day only at

• Reds Wives Fundraiser: The Reds Wives will be selling “mystery bags” featuring autographed baseballs from a table inside the main ballpark entrance beginning when gates open. Each baseball is $40 and features a signature from a Reds player (40-man roster) or manager David Bell.

• XU vs. UC baseball postgame: Xavier University baseball will host the University of Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park for a regular-season NCAA game approximately 20-30 minutes following the Reds vs. Dodgers game. Fans attending the Reds vs. Dodgers game can stay to see the Musketeers face the Bearcats. For those interested in attending only the XU vs. UC game, the main ballpark gates will stay open following the Reds vs. Dodgers game.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 – Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:10 p.m. (Gates open at 11:40 a.m.)

• Kids Joey Votto Arm Sleeve: As part of PLAY BALL Weekend and family day at the ballpark, Joey Votto arm sleeve to kids 14 and younger.

• 1912 Throwback Uniforms: All Reds players and on-field personnel will wear throwback uniforms from 1912. The Reds wore this style during their first season playing at Redland Field, the predecessor to Crosley Field. Details at on all the throwback uniforms at

• Brunch with Browning in The Handlebar: Fans can dine and watch the game in The Handlebar for just a $65 upgrade, which includes a buffet meal. Plus, meet “Mr. Perfect” Tom Browning from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ticket Offers For This Homestand:

• Thirsty Thursday – May 16: For all Thursday Reds home games, fans can purchase a $30 package that includes a Field Box ticket and a $10 concession credit valid for food and beverages. Available only at

• The Corral Ticket Package – May 17: For Friday Reds home games, fans can purchase a package that includes a ticket in “The Corral” (sections 138 and 139) and an exclusive Yasiel Puig T-shirt. Available only at

• Bike Night Ticket Package – May 18: Special ticket package that includes an exclusive Bike Night T-shirt. Must purchase your game ticket through this offer to receive the T-shirt. Available only at

• Family Sunday – May 19: For every Sunday home game, families can get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of a full-price ticket: (Available in advance of game day, some restrictions apply)

• PEANUTS™ Ticket Package – May 19: Special ticket package that includes an exclusive Woodstock bobblehead. Must purchase game ticket through this offer to receive the bobblehead:

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore

• Pat Moran collectible bobblehead: The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum continues its collectible bobblehead series in 2019 with a new lineup of Reds legends. Starting in May is Pat Moran, the manager of the 1919 World Series champion Reds. Bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame (or Great American Ball Park tour) on Saturdays and Sundays in May, while supplies last. There is a limit of one bobblehead per visitor per day.

• Hall of Fame & SkyStar Combo: The Reds Hall of Fame and the SkyStar Wheel at the Banks are teaming up for a special ticket offer in May. For one low price of $20, take a ride on the SkyStar Wheel and visit the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. The combo ticket also includes a bobblehead from the Hall’s Wheel of Fame. Details at

• Veterans and Kids Free: Thanks to the Sargent Family Foundation, all veterans and active military personnel receive free admission to the recently-renovated Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. Additionally, Kids Explore Free (ages 12 and under receive free admission) thanks to the H.C.S. Foundation. Details at

Reds Events in the Community

• 10th annual PNC/Reds E-Waste Recycling Drive presented by Cohen, May 16-18: Fans are encouraged to visit three convenient locations with electronic waste items for recycling:

- Thursday, May 16, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: PNC Bank/Kroger – Northgate Square: 9650 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45251

_- Friday, May 17, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: PNC Bank – Deerfield Township: 5283 Bowen Drive, Mason, OH 45040 _

_- Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Kroger – Oakley Station: 4613 Marburg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45209 _

Accepted e-waste items include personal computers, cell phones, cords, monitors, televisions, small home appliances and most other electronics. The full list of acceptable electronics is listed at The first 500 cars at each event will receive two free tickets to a select 2019 regular season Reds game.

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Reds name Cincinnati native Laura Fay as 2019 Honorary Bat Girl



To be honored on May 16 at GABP


Major League Baseball has announced the 2019 Honorary Bat Girls for each MLB Club in support of the annual “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, which is traditionally commemorated each Mother’s Day.

Clubs had the opportunity to hand-select their respective honorees, each of whom demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the battle against breast cancer.

The Honorary Bat Girl for the Cincinnati Reds is Laura Fay from Cincinnati. Laura will be recognized and honored during pregame ceremonies on Thursday, May 16 before the Reds vs. Chicago Cubs game, 6:40 p.m.

“The Reds are honored to have Laura Fay represent our Club on behalf of all the communities throughout Reds Country,” said Phil Castellini, Reds President & COO. “Laura and John’s story mirrors thousands of other families who are courageously pushing through difficult disease and we join MLB in doing what we can to help.”

Laura’s story

Laura Fay has battled her cancer the past several of years with amazing courage. She is a positive role model for so many including others with cancer. She takes it in stride and lives each day to the fullest. She has been a big part of local fundraisers and along with her husband John, who was a candidate for the American Cancer Society’s ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ campaign, they have collectively raised more than $37,000 in three years to fight breast cancer. Laura’s positivity has been an inspiration for all.

For the first time since the Honorary Bat Girl program’s inception in 2009, MLB has partnered with CrowdRise to host a fundraising contest for each of the Honorary Bat Girls to raise money to benefit Stand up to Cancer (SU2C) and Susan G. Komen. The winner of the contest will receive a trip to the 2019 World Series. MLB will donate all funds from the contest to SU2C and Komen.

As has been tradition since 2006, players will continue to swing pink bats and sport pink wristbands through the “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, which is intended to raise awareness and, through donations and auction proceeds, funds to fight breast cancer. In recognition of this effort on Mother’s Day, players also will wear specially designed New Era caps highlighted by a pink crown and team color brim, while Club uniforms will feature the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, adorned with the symbolic pink ribbon, on the left chest. A matching pair of pink socks made by Stance is optional for every player. MLB players will continue to have the opportunity to use pink bats during Mother’s Day games. Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will donate proceeds from the sale of their pink bats, which will also be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, to Komen and SU2C. In addition to the pink bats on Mother’s Day, the following game equipment can be used for breast cancer awareness: compression sleeves, batting gloves, footwear, wrist/elbow/leg guards, and catcher’s equipment. The pink ribbon will also appear on the bases at each ballpark and the official dugout lineup cards. MLB will donate 100% of its royalties from sales of licensed apparel with the MLB pink ribbon logo to Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen.

About Honorary Bat Girl Program & “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer”

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research. For more information, please visit

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Giants add outfield depth by claiming Aaron Altherr off waivers from Philadelphia Phillies



May 11, 2019


Aaron Altherr while with Phillies 2017 photo by Peetlesnumber1 - Own work via wikipedia commons

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants announced today that they have claimed outfielder Aaron Altherr off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Altherr, 28, appeared in 22 games and had 30 plate appearances with the Phillies this season.

Born in Germany, Altherr (pronounced all-TAIR) was the Phillies pick in the ninth round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft out of Agua Fria High School (Avondale, AZ). He reached the big leagues in 2014, and by 2017 was a regular corner outfielder for the club. In what was his best season that year, he slashed .272/.340/.516 with 19 home runs, 65 RBI and 48 extra-base hits in 107 games.

Altherr has appeared at all three outfield positions in his career, playing 175 games in right field, 103 in left field and 56 in center field.

To make room for Altherr on the 40-man roster, the Giants designated right-handed pitcher Andrew Moore for assignment.


San Francisco Giants recent roster moves



May 11, 2019


• C Erik Kratz activated from the 10-day injured list

• RHP Dereck Rodríguez optioned to Triple-A Sacramento


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