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As expected, MLB announces pace of play rules for 2018

2018 season will include mound visit limitations, measures designed to reduce the time of inning breaks and pitching changes

Major League Baseball today announced rule changes for the 2018 championship season designed to improve the pace of play. After receiving substantial input from the Major League Baseball Players Association and Club personnel, MLB’s Competition and Playing Rules Committees recommended that Commissioner Rob Manfred proceed with a rule change limiting the number of mound visits in a game and a rule designed to reduce the time required for inning breaks and pitching changes. The Commissioner has decided to defer the implementation of a pitch timer and a between-batter timer in 2018 in order to provide players with an opportunity to speed up the game without the use of those timers.

Commissioner Manfred said: “I am pleased that we were able to reach an understanding with the Players Association to take concrete steps to address pace of play with the cooperation of players. My strong preference is to continue to have ongoing dialogue with players on this topic to find mutually acceptable solutions.”

The Commissioner’s Office also is taking steps to expedite the replay review process and to deter sign-stealing through the use of electronic equipment. MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to meet during the 2018 championship season to continue to discuss pace of play. A full description of the 2018 changes is attached hereto.

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Looking for outfield, bench depth Indians bring back popular veteran Rajai Davis

Rajai Davis warming up with Cleveland in 2016 By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians recently announced the club has signed free agent outfielder Rajai Davis (#26) to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League Spring Training camp.

Davis, 37, was a member of the 2016 American League Champion squad, leading the American League in stolen bases (43 in 49 attempts) and authoring one of the most dramatic home runs in the history of the franchise. The East Lyme, CT native spent the 2017 season between Oakland and Boston, hitting a combined .235 (56-for-336) with 19 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, 20 RBI and 29 steals in 36 attempts. He began the year with the Athletics after signing with Oakland in January 2017 and was traded to the Red Sox prior to the August trading deadline and was a member of Boston’s Division Series roster.

Rajai owns a ten-year Major League career batting average of .264 (1062-4023) with 218 doubles, 42 triples, 60 home runs and 373 RBI in 1318 games since debuting with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006, spending the last ten seasons in the American League. His 394 career stolen bases are third among active Major League players, placing in the top ten in the American League in steals eight times during his career. His lone career Postseason home run came in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series vs. the Chicago Cubs, an 8th-inning, 2-run shot that erased a 6-4 Cubs lead.

 

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Indians sign veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan

 

Ryan Hanigan with Boston in action 2016 photo By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

The Cleveland Indians recently announced the club has signed free agent C RYAN HANIGAN to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League Spring Training camp, bringing the total number of non-roster invitees to 22.

Hanigan, 37, split the 2017 season in the Colorado Rockies organization between Triple-A Albuquerque and the Major League club, hitting .267 (27-101) with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 12 RBI in 33 games for the Rockies and was a member of their 2017 N.L. Wild Card Game 25-man roster. The Andover, MA native has appeared in 680 games over an 11-year Major League career with the Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox and Rockies since debuting in 2007. He was an amateur free agent signing of the Cincinnati Reds in 2002 out of Rollins College (FL).

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Cincinnati Reds announce Theme Ticket Packages for 2018

Packages Include Select Promo Giveaway Items

 

New Reds theme ticket packages for the 2018 season that include exclusive promotional items are on sale now at reds.com.

New packages for 2018 include a Bob Ross “The Joy of Painting” bobblehead with optional painting class, a Flying Pig bobblehead celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Flying Pig Marathon and a Fiona the hippo bobblehead presented by Skyline Chili.

All promotional items listed below are only available with the purchase of a Theme Ticket Package, while supplies last.

Bob Ross Ticket Package
Wednesday, April 25 vs. Atlanta Braves, 6:40 p.m.
Celebrate the late Bob Ross and his iconic “The Joy of Painting” show with this special package that includes an exclusive Bob Ross bobblehead plus your ticket to the April 25 game. Additional packages that include a pregame VIP painting class are also available.
Packages start at $20: reds.com/BobRoss

STAR WARS™ Ticket Package presented by PNC Bank
Friday, May 4 vs. Miami Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
May the Force be with you as we celebrate STAR WARS Night at Great American Ball Park. This package includes a limited-edition Chewbacca bobblehead plus your ticket to the May 4 game. A VIP package is also available that includes additional STAR WARS collectibles from 2016 and 2017.
Packages start at $25: reds.com/StarWars

Flying Pig Ticket Package
Monday, May 7 vs. New York Mets, 7:10 p.m.
The Reds salute the 20th anniversary of the Flying Pig Marathon with this special package that includes an exclusive Flying Pig bobblehead plus your ticket to the May 7 game. The Flying Pig has become one of Cincinnati’s most iconic events, and this year’s anniversary promises to be a city-wide celebration.
Packages start at $20: reds.com/Pig

PEANUTS™ Ticket Package
Sunday, May 20 vs. Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m.
The PEANUTS™ Gang is back at the ballpark this year and we’re honoring everyone’s favorite beagle! Celebrate the famous comic strip and cartoon with this special package that includes an exclusive Snoopy bobblehead plus your ticket to the May 20 game.
Packages start at $25: reds.com/Peanuts

Fiona Ticket Package presented by Skyline Chili
Tuesday, June 19 vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:10 p.m.
Join the Reds and the Cincinnati Zoo this summer to celebrate the Queen City’s popular baby hippo, Fiona! This special package includes an exclusive Fiona bobblehead plus your ticket to the June 19 game. $2 from each ticket package sold will be donated to the Cincinnati Zoo and each ticket includes a coupon for a free Cheese Coney with beverage purchase, thanks to Skyline Chili.
Packages start at $25: reds.com/Fiona

Margaritaville® Ticket Package
Friday, June 29 vs. Brewers, 7:10 p.m.
Join the Reds for Margaritaville® Night at the ballpark! This special package includes an exclusive Shark bobblehead and your ticket to the June 29 game. Plus, enjoy a fireworks show after the game set to a Margaritaville®-themed soundtrack.
Packages start at $25: reds.com/Margaritaville

ELVIS™ Ticket Package
Friday, July 27 vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 7:10 p.m.
Salute the “King of Rock & Roll” with this special package that includes an exclusive ELVIS™ bobblehead plus your ticket to the July 27 game. This year’s ELVIS™ bobblehead depicts him in his legendary black leather outfit celebrating the 50th anniversary of NBC airing Elvis’ first televised special on Dec. 3, 1968. Enjoy a fireworks show after the game set to an ELVIS™ soundtrack!
Packages start at $25: reds.com/Elvis

Grateful Dead Ticket Package
Friday, August 17 vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:10 p.m.
Join the Reds for Grateful Dead Night at the ballpark! Celebrate the band beyond description with this special package that includes an exclusive Uncle Sam Skeleton bobblehead and your ticket to the August 17 game. Plus, enjoy a fireworks show after the game set to a Grateful Dead-themed soundtrack!
Packages start at $25: reds.com/GratefulDead
Visit reds.com/Themes for more information and additional Reds Theme Ticket Packages.

Featured promotional items are NOT gate giveaways and ONLY offered while supplies last.

For any questions regarding Theme Ticket Packages, please contact the Reds Ticketing Dept. at 513-765-7400.
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Indians mourn death of former great Tito Francona at age 84

Tito Francona with Indians in 1960 (courtesy wikipedia commons)

The Cleveland Indians are deeply saddened to announce one of the Tribe’s great players JOHN PATSY “TITO” FRANCONA, father of current Indians Manager TERRY FRANCONA, passed away at the age of 84 at his home last night in New Brighton, PA.

“Our hearts ache as truly one of the special men in Cleveland Indians history passed away last night,” said Indians Senior VP of Public Affairs BOB DIBIASIO. “On behalf of the entire Indians organization, our thoughts and prayers are with Terry and the entire Francona family. For a generation of Cleveland fans, Tito was one of the all-time favorites to wear an Indians uniform. It was certainly a joy the past five years watching Tito and Terry be together around the ballpark. He will be missed.”

Tito spent six years with the Indians from 1959-64. In his first year with the Indians in ’59, the year Terry was born, Tito batted .363 and finished 5th in AL MVP voting. That year he was 34 at-bats shy of qualifying for the batting title. In 1960 he led the AL in doubles and in 1961 he was an AL All-Star and led the league in singles. He made his debut in 1956 with Baltimore, finishing tied for second with Indians Hall of Famer Rocky Colavito for AL Rookie of the Year. He ended his career with Milwaukee in 1970. He was named to the Top 100 greatest Indians Roster in 2001.

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