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New to Great American Ball Park in 2020, Reds to open new Press Club

The new Press Club premium seating area at Great American Ball Park will debut for the 2020 season featuring a premier vantage point from behind home plate.

In an area previously reserved for members of the media, this exclusive bourbon-themed club will be located in one of the most highly-coveted areas of the ballpark.

Guests will experience unparalleled views of the action while enjoying first-class dining, service and amenities:

  • All-inclusive food and beverages*
  • Fully-stocked bar with a wide range of bourbon, beer, wine and spirits
  • Upscale food with customizable offerings
  • In-seat service
  • Access to a private locker for personal liquor/wine storage for use during games

The Press Club will offer multiple seating options including private four-top tables, extra wide theatre-style seating and high-top chairs.

A limited number of seats in the Press Club are being offered at this time and only full season ticket packages are available. (not available on an individual game basis)

Please contact the Reds Premium Tickets Department for more information or to place a deposit for the 2020 season:

As part of this project, an all-new area for media members is being constructed on the third-base side of the Suite level of the ballpark.

*The sale and consumption of all alcoholic beverages is subject to Ohio law. The Reds reserve the right to limit consumption and/or sale of alcoholic beverages at events.

Read more: Cincinnati Reds




Reds announce changes in their hitting department

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams recently announced the hiring of Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach for the Major League team and the promotion of Donnie Ecker to Assistant Hitting Coach and Director of Hitting.

Zinter and Ecker will work closely together to provide support for the Major League team. In addition, in his new role Ecker will have increased involvement in the creation and implementation of the organization’s hitting philosophies and protocols.

Alan Zinter (Padres photo)

Williams said, “The structure for the hitting department will closely follow what we have recently instituted on the pitching side. The organizational philosophy will be articulated and implemented in a consistent way across all levels.”

Reds manager David Bell added, “Alan and I worked together in San Francisco, and I am very confident in his approach. Alan and Donnie will work well together to provide strong leadership.”

Zinter spent the last 2 seasons as Assistant Director of Player Development, Offense, for the San Francisco Giants. He was the assistant hitting coach for the Houston Astros in 2015 and hitting coach for the San Diego Padres in 2016 and 2017, and prior to that he served as a minor league hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2008-2011 and from 2012-2014 worked for the Cleveland Indians as their minor league hitting coordinator.

Zinter was a first-round selection by the New York Mets in 1989. He played 19 seasons in the minor leagues and parts of 2 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Astros (2002) and the Diamondbacks (2004).

Ecker, 33, was hired in November as assistant hitting coach on Bell’s 2019 Major League staff. He spent the 2018 season as the hitting coach for the Angels’ Class AAA affiliate in Salt Lake. Ecker began his coaching career at Los Altos (CA) High School (2013-2014), his alma mater, before joining the Cardinals’ player development department to serve as hitting coach for Class A Palm Beach (2015-2016) and then Peoria (2017).

He was selected by the Reds in the 28th round of the June 2004 amateur draft but did not sign, then was drafted by the Rangers in the 22nd round of the June 2007 draft. Ecker played 4 seasons in the Rangers’ organization and in independent leagues.

Read more: Cincinnati Reds


Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame offering MLB Clubhouse Tours now through March 2020

(courtesy Cincinnati Reds)

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore is once again offering offseason clubhouse tours of Great American Ball Park.

The two-hour Major League Clubhouse Tours include the Reds and visitor’s clubhouses, visitor’s dugout and more exclusive areas.

Tours begin Saturday, Oct. 12 and are available each Saturday at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. The tours run weekly until March 14, 2020. (No tours on Dec. 7 due to Redsfest)

The Clubhouse Tour also includes admission to the newly-renovated Reds Museum with new exhibits and galleries including:

• “Homes of the Reds” Exhibit

• Marty & Joe Broadcasting Exhibit

• Williams Family Champions Gallery

• George & Kim Vincent Baseball Card Archive featuring over 5,500 baseball cards.

Space is limited and tours often sell out in advance. Private or small group tours are also available.

Major League Clubhouse Tour tickets and pricing are available at:


• (513) 765-7923

• In-person at the Reds HOF & Museum, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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 at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. The newly renovated Museum features 16,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages. Since its inception in 1958, 89 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction into the Reds Hall of Fame. Plan your visit at

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15th Annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic raises $230,000+

(courtesy Reds)

The Reds Community Fund announced today that the fifteenth annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic presented by Delta Air Lines raised more than $231,000 on Sept. 22 & 23 at Belterra Casino Resort.

Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, the event featured over 200 golfers and 51 celebrities who participated in the annual fundraiser.

The surprise featured guest was Reds Hall of Famer Sean Casey with appearances by current Reds players Tucker Barnhart, Curt Casali and Lucas Sims plus former Reds Aaron Harang, Hal Morris, David Weathers, Danny Graves, George Foster, Tom Browning, Ron Oester and many others.

Event highlights included two golf scrambles plus a Sunday night show featuring comedians Josh Sneed and Scott Henry, as well as Hall of Fame radio personality Bob Kevoian.

Since its inception in 2005, the Marty Brennaman Golf Classic has raised over $3 million to support the baseball, softball and education-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

Despite the broadcaster’s upcoming retirement following a legendary 46-year career, it was announced that the tournament will continue in the future.

“This may have been the most enjoyable event we’ve had in 15 years,” said Brennaman. “I’m pleased that we will keep it going in the future so that we can raise additional dollars and awareness for the Reds Community Fund.”

The event was sponsored by CBTS, Delta Air Lines, Beacon Orthopaedics, Belterra Casino Resort, FOX Sports Ohio and Prestige AV & Creative Services.

Read more: Cincinnati Reds


Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows named AL Player of the Month for September

Austin Meadows 2019 with Rays By Keith Allison - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

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All-Star outfielder Austin Meadows of the Tampa Bay Rays has been named the American League Player of the Month.

. Meadows also claimed his first Player of the Month Award, joining B.J. Upton (June 2009) and Evan Longoria (April 2009) as the only players in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

Austin Meadows, Tampa Bay Rays (@austinmeadows13)

• Batted .378 (34-for-90) with 24 runs scored, six doubles, nine home runs, 20 RBI, 15 walks, three stolen bases and a .744 slugging percentage over 24 games.

• Began his award-winning month in grand fashion, logging a season-best 16-game hitting streak from September 1st-18th. Was the longest streak by a Ray since his teammate Tommy Pham notched a 17-game streak last season from August 21st-September 14th.

• Finished his breakout season with 33 round-trippers on the season. Became the second-youngest player in franchise history to reach the 30-homer mark, older than just Evan Longoria, who launched 33 homers as a 23-year-old in 2009.

• His nine home runs this season against left-handed pitching were the most by a lefty slugger since Carlos Peña launched a Club-record 12 in 2009.

Others receiving votes for AL Player of the Month included All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman (.333, 7 2B, 9 HR, 18 RBI) of the Houston Astros; shortstop Marcus Semien (.347, 35 H, 9 2B, 8 HR) of the Oakland Athletics; outfielder Jorge Soler (.330, 21 R, 10 HR, 20 RBI) of the Kansas City Royals, who finished the 2019 season with 48 home runs and set a new single-season franchise home run record, as well as the most home runs by a Cuban-born player; the 2019 American League batting champion, shortstop Tim Anderson (.374, 37 H, 7 2B, 4 HR), September’s AL Rookie of the Month Eloy Jiménez (.340, 8 2B, 9 HR, 25 RBI) and infielder Yoán Moncada (.412, 21 R, 42 H, 11 2B) of the Chicago White Sox; outfielder Trey Mancini (.365, 38 H, 8 2B, 6 HR) of the Baltimore Orioles; and outfielder Brett Gardner (16 R, 22 H, 10 HR, 20 RBI) of the New York Yankees.




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