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Reds Hall of Fame offering free admission for Veterans this weekend, November 10-12


Honoring Veterans Day

Press Release | November 9th, 2017

In honor of Veterans Day, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is pleased to offer all veterans and active military members complimentary general admission (with valid I.D.) on Friday, Nov. 10 – Sunday, Nov. 12.

The following Reds Hall of Famers served in the armed forces:
- Johnny Bench
- Ewell Blackwell
- Smoky Burgess
- Harry Craft
- Lonny Frey
- Warren Giles
- Ken Griffey, Sr.
- Tommy Helms
- Bob Howsam
- Fred Hutchinson
- Brooks Lawrence
- Mike McCormick
- Eppa Rixey
- Pete Rose
- Johnny Temple
- Johnny Vander Meer

Plaques of the Reds Hall of Famers who have served their country will be marked for visitors’ reference.

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at Great American Ball Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday during the offseason.

Plan your visit at or by calling 513-765-7923.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 86 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction. The museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.




Looking for a holiday gift idea? Reds have gift packs, fan club memberships on sale


Purchase at Kenwood Towne Centre, Florence Mall &

Press Release |

The Cincinnati Reds’ 2018 Holiday Gift Pack and 2018 fan club memberships are on sale now at the Kenwood Towne Centre, Florence Mall and

The Holiday Gift Pack includes a limited-edition luxury throw blanket featuring the Great American Ball Park skyline and four ticket credits that can be used for any combination of 2018 regular season games, excluding Opening Day. Prices for the Holiday Gift Pack start as low as $40.

Also for sale are membership kits to the three official Fan Clubs of the Reds:

Reds Rookies ($20)
• Official baby club for our youngest fans up to 3 years of age
• Baby bucket cap and Mr. Red plush cuddle-up
• Picture frame and diaper bag tag
• Two free Reds tickets plus members-only experiences like player photo sessions and on-field parades

Reds Heads Kids Club ($30)
• Official kids club for fans ages 3-12
• Jersey and backpack
• Exclusive bobblehead
• Two free Reds tickets plus members-only experiences like player autograph sessions

Club Red ($10)
• Official Reds fan club for ages 13-17
• Club Red exclusive t-shirt
• Access to members-only events & unique volunteer opportunities to fulfill service hours
• Four free Reds tickets so that you can bring your friends to the game

The Holiday Gift Pack and fan club membership kits are available at:
• Kenwood Towne Centre: 7875 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236 (kiosk near Cheesecake Factory mall entrance)
• Florence Mall (weekends only): 2028 Florence Mall, Florence, KY 41042 (kiosk located near the T-Mobile store)
• Great American Ball Park: Administrative offices lobby (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
• Online:
• By phone: 513-765-7500

Holiday Gift Packs and fan club memberships also will be available at FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank on Dec. 1-2 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.




Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto finalist for 2017 NL MVP Award


Joey Votto at plate in 2011 By Sideonecincy on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https

Reds 1B Joey Votto is a finalist for the BBWAA’s National League Most Valuable Player Award. The winner will be announced Thursday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

As a finalist, Votto will finish in the MVP Award voting’s Top 3 for the third time and in the Top 7 for the sixth time (finished first in 2010, sixth in 2011, 14th in 2012, sixth in 2013, third in 2015 and seventh in 2016).

In 2017 was a National League All-Star for the fifth time…also for the fifth time was a finalist for the prestigious Hank Aaron Award…for the second time is a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for first basemen.

Was the only player in the Major Leagues to produce at least 26 HR and 100 RBI while hitting .300 with an on-base percentage of .400 and a slugging percentage of .500.

Led the Major Leagues by reaching base safely 321 times, breaking his own club record (319, 2015)…Col’s Charlie Blackmon reached base 288 times to rank second.

Led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage, walks and intentional walks…tied KC’s Alcides Escobar for the Major League lead in games started (162).

Led the Major Leagues with a walks-to-strikeouts ratio of 1.61…LAD’s Justin Turner was second at 1.05 and LAA’s Mike Trout third at 1.04.

Led the National League in walks for the fifth time, in on-base percentage for the sixth time and in both categories in the same season for the fourth time…also led the National League in OPS (1.032).

Became the eighth player in history to lead his league in on-base percentage at least 6 times, joining Barry Bonds (10) and Cooperstown Hall of Famers Ted Williams (12), Babe Ruth (10), Rogers Hornsby (9), Ty Cobb (7), Wade Boggs (6) and Stan Musial (6).

Became the first player in Reds history with at least 100 runs, 100 RBI, 300 total bases and 300 times on base…3 of the previous 5 Major League players to produce those numbers won the Most Valuable Player Award a total of 4 times (Mike Trout, Albert Pujols twice, Alex Rodriguez).

Joined Babe Ruth (1921, 1924, 1926, 1930) and Ted Williams (1941, 1942, 1949) as the only players in Major League history to produce in a season at least 179 hits, 36 HR and 134 walks with 83 strikeouts or fewer.

Joined Babe Ruth (35 in 1930) and Lou Gehrig (33 in 1936) as the only players in their age-33 seasons or older to produce at least 175 hits, 130 walks and a .450 on-base percentage…Votto turned 34 in September.

For the eighth time in his career hit least .300 with an on-base percentage of .400…for the fifth time produced at least 100 walks in a season.

Reached base safely in 150 of his 162 apps…in 107 apps reached base safely at least twice…in 51 apps reached base safely at least 3 times, tying his career high (2015).

His 29-game on-base streak from 7/26-8/26 included a stretch from 7/26-8/15 during which he reached base safely at least twice in 20 straight games, a franchise record and 1 shy of Ted Williams’ 1948 Major League record.

Appeared in 162 games for the second time in his career (2013) but became the first Reds player to start all 162 games in a non-strike year since Pete Rose in 1975…played first base in 1,391.2 of the team’s 1,430 innings.

Established a new franchise record by producing his fourth season OPS of at least 1.000 (1.024 in 2010, 1.041 in 2012, 1.000 in 2015, 1.032 in 2017).

With a 7.5 WAR as calculated by Baseball Reference ranked first among Major League first basemen and fourth among all position players (Jose Altuve 8.4, Aaron Judge 8.1, Giancarlo Stanton 7.6).

Among first basemen ranked second in the National League in fielding percentage…was the league leader in fielding percentage at first base through the first 154 games of the season, then committed 2 errors in his last 8 apps.




2017 Redsfest tickets currently on sale

FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 from 3 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Downtown Cincinnati.

Redsfest is the largest team fan festival in all of MLB and includes autograph and photo booths with current and former Reds players, interactive games for fans of all ages, game-used and authentic memorabilia and much more.

More than 75 current players and coaches, Reds Hall of Famers, alumni and broadcasters are scheduled to attend including Joey Votto, Tucker Barnhart and Eric Davis plus the Reds’ top draft choices in 2016 and 2017, Nick Senzel and Hunter Greene.

The first 11,000 fans at Redsfest each day will receive a free Rosie Red ornament and drawstring bag.

Two-day tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and younger. One-day tickets are $17 for adults and $7 for kids. Children three and under are admitted free.

With each two-day Redsfest admission purchased, fans will receive two free tickets to the Reds vs. Braves game on Tuesday, April 24. Fans purchasing a one-day Redsfest admission will receive one free ticket to the April 24th game.

Fans can purchase Redsfest tickets at:
• Great American Ball Park (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
• The Duke Energy Convention Center on Friday, Dec. 1 starting at 9 a.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2 starting at 7 a.m.

Redsfest Bingo
The second annual Redsfest Bingo event will take place on Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. and features 18 bingo games. Each game includes prizes such as autographed memorabilia, Reds tickets and more. The final two games of the event will each feature $1,000 cash prizes. Advance registration and additional details at

Redsfest Celebrity Poker Tournament
The 12th annual Prestige Audio Visual & Creative Services Rick Steiner Celebrity Poker Tournament presented by Ashlee Fence will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 with a guaranteed $11,000 first prize. Fans can save $25 by registering before Nov. 16. Sign up at or (513) 765-7240.

For the most up-to-date information and additional details about Redsfest, including Autograph Opportunity Sweepstakes and Elite Pass Auctions, please visit

Sign up for Redsfest mobile updates by texting REDSFEST to 66128. Standard message and data rates apply.

For all the latest Redsfest info leading up to the event, fans can download the Ballpark app at

All proceeds from Redsfest benefit the baseball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.




Philadelphia Phillies alumni remember pitching ace Roy Halladay


Roy Halladay firing to the plate with Phillies in 2011 By SD Dirk on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https

Press Release | November 7th, 2017

“Roy was the best competitor I’d ever seen and it was an honor to have managed him. He was not only a great pitcher, but also a great person and a tremendous father. His contributions to the Phillies can’t be measured. Roy was like a brother to me and we remained close after his playing days. I’m heartbroken for Brandy and the boys.” - Charlie Manuel, Halladay’s former manager

“Roy was a guy with great character and determination and a passion to be the best. Despite coming here as one of the most established pitchers in the game, he never wanted to stop getting better. My thoughts are with Brandy, Braden and Ryan right now.” - Rich Dubee, Halladay’s former pitching coach

“Roy Halladay was most accountable and hardest-working athlete I’d ever been around and while he was the fiercest competitor on the mound, he was also the kindest and most gentle person I’ve ever known. My heart goes out to Brandy, Braden and Ryan.” - Ruben Amaro Jr., former Phillies General Manager

“My family and I are shocked and incredibly saddened at the news of Roy’s passing. To the world, Roy was one of the best pitchers in baseball, but to me, he was an inspiration, a great mentor, teammate, and most importantly, a friend. His preparation and work ethic will forever be ingrained in me. Roy was a man of few words, but he lit up when his boys were around. His family and this game were everything to him and there will never be a day in my own life that I won’t miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandy, Ryan and Braden.” - Cole Hamels, former teammate

“I am deeply saddened and absolutely devastated by the tragic loss of Roy Halladay. Doc was the best pitcher I ever had the privilege of sharing the field with as his preparation, consistency, passion, drive and excellence on the field was unmatched. He was a dominant force on the mound every fifth day and he made all of us better without having to say a word. Doc was a tremendous teammate who never sought out the spotlight, rather he let his greatness on the field do the talking for him. He cared about winning and being the best player and teammate possible. His career accolades speak for themselves but what I most admired about him was his love for his family and his children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this incredibly difficult time.” - Raúl Ibañez, former teammate

“We will all remember Roy for his amazing moments on the field, how he dialed it up in the most important situations, how he competed and left his heart on the field every time he took the ball. But he was also an incredible dad, an incredible husband and an incredible teammate. He was quiet and thoughtful, but knew how to be playful. I competed against Roy since we were in Little League together and I will remember him in that way, and as a man. It was a privilege to know him and his family, and to have been his teammate. Our hearts go out to Brandy, his kids and his family.” - Brad Lidge, former teammate

“Roy was so much more than a teammate. He was a great man who taught me so much on and off the field. Not only did I look up to him as a pitcher, but also as a friend, father and husband. He was like an older brother to me and I will miss him. Brandy, Braden and Ryan, my thoughts are with you at this time.” - Kyle Kendrick, former teammate

“I’m sick right now. Doc was as driven a human being as I’d ever met in my life. I’m hurting for his family and friends. We all lost a good man.” - Scott Rolen, former teammate

“Words cannot describe what it feels like to lose a friend like Roy. He was the ultimate teammate with a passion for being the best. I’m honored to have had the chance to compete with you, Roy. My heart goes out to Brandy and his boys. RIP Doc, but knowing you, rest is not in your vocabulary.” - Chase Utley, former teammate

“You are gone too soon, my friend. I was blessed to have shared the field with you as a teammate, competitor, friend and more importantly, brother. Praying for Brandy and the boys, my Ohana and I will do all we can for them in this tragic time. I love you, bro.” - Shane Victorino, former teammate



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