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Reds announce What’s New at Great American Ballpark in 2017

Great American Ball Park (2003 photo by Rdikeman via wikipedia commons)

New Ballpark Features
• Scouts Club: The newly renovated Scouts Club features a ‘grab and go’ style market and new full-service bar plus private restrooms. Fans with tickets in the Scout Box, Scout and Dugout Box Seats will have exclusive access to the Scouts Club Homeplate Market and Bar 80/20 presented by Beringer Wine. Fans will enjoy exceptional ballpark views from the same area the Major League scouts sit behind home plate. New interactive touchscreen displays give fans access to the same real-time stats and analytics that scouts use to evaluate players.

• JACK Casino Super Suite: The new JACK Casino Super Suite is the only field-level super suite at Great American Ball Park. Located behind section 114 on the third base side, it has seating for 30-40 people and features retractable glass doors giving fans a panoramic view of the ballpark. Perfect for groups and parties, additional features include an upscale buffet, outdoor seating and private restrooms.

• Additional All You Can Eat Stand: A second All You Can Eat concession stand will be located on the right field concourse of the Terrace Level behind the Sun/Moon Deck near section 144. The new stand is in addition to the existing All You Can Eat stand on the View Level (behind section 428) that debuted in 2016. Both stands offer unlimited sodas, popcorn, peanuts, chips, and five (5) hot dogs for just $20 per person. The All You Can Eat pass can be added to any game ticket in advance or at the game, subject to availability.

Upgrades Around The Ballpark
• Frontgate Outdoor Luxury Suite: The Frontgate Outdoor Luxury Suite has been expanded and upgraded for 2017. A cantilevered extension was installed to bring the fans closer to the action and a new bar, buffet and upgraded seating were also added. The suite, located adjacent to the Press Box, was originally constructed in 2006 and accommodates groups of 35-48.

• Cooper Tires Party Deck: New partner Cooper Tires is now the sponsor of the two Party Decks down the first base line. The area can accommodate parties of up to 140 fans or be divided for two smaller groups of 60-70 each.

• Laura’s Lean Center Field Bullpen Decks: New partner Laura’s Lean Beef is sponsoring the decks located above the Reds bullpen in center field. This space features seating for groups of 25-60 fans, and each ticket includes $18 in concession credits that can be used on food and drinks. Laura’s Lean Beef is the “Official Beef of the Cincinnati Reds.”

Food & Concessions
• Cheetos Popcorn: Fresh popcorn tumbled with Cheetos and Cheetos flavoring will be available at two stands near the Kroger Sweet Spot and UDF Market on the Terrace Level.

• Frisch’s Big Boy Statue: Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurant debuts a new Big Boy statue in front of the Frisch’s third base concourse concession stand. This is the first Big Boy statue in the Tri-State to feature the mascot’s trimmer, treadmill-toned physique. Both Frisch’s concession stands (near sections 119 and 130) received off-season façade upgrades.

• Teppanyaki Grill: Asian-style bánh mì sandwiches will be available on the Teppanyaki Grill located near the Brewery District bar on the third base concourse. Teppanyaki means “grilling on an iron plate” and fans can get made-to-order sandwiches with Laura’s Lean Steak, pork belly, or lobster along with fresh vegetables and toppings.

• Graeter’s Ice Cream: Graeter’s Ice Cream will debut at the ballpark in May. Fans will be able to find the iconic Cincinnati ice cream on the third base concourse near Gapper’s Alley.

• Keystone Mac & Cheese: Keystone Bar & Grill’s famous Mac & Cheese will be served from a concession stand on the first base concourse. Fans can choose from Classic Mac & Cheese and the Bacon Mac & Cheese, which includes BBQ chicken and bacon.

Also new in 2017

• Kroger First Responders: At all 81 home games, the Reds and Kroger are partnering for the new Kroger First Responders recognition program. Kroger and the Reds will provide four complimentary game tickets to a local first responder (police, fire or an EMT) who will be recognized on the videoboard in the middle of the first inning. Fans can nominate a first responder at

The Kroger First Responders program is in addition to the very popular Cincinnati Bell Hometown Heroes military and armed forces recognition program:

• Ballpark App: The Ballpark app is your mobile companion when visiting Great American Ball Park. The official MLB Ballpark application perfectly complements and personalizes your trip to GABP with mobile ticket delivery, exclusive offers and interactive elements such as playing along with scoreboard features. New this year, the Ballpark App also features information on all Reds Opening Day festivities.

• Reds Post-Game Concert Series
KALEO – Friday, May 5: Icelandic band Kaleo hit #1 on alternative radio with their song “Way Down We Go” from their debut album, A/B (Elektra/Atlantic), making it their first US Gold Record.
FLO RIDA – Friday, Aug. 4: Flo Rida has 10 chart-topping hits and numerous other hits as a featured artist, including his latest song with Pitbull, “Greenlight.” More than 80 million sold combining albums and singles.
THE AVETT BROTHERS – Saturday, Aug. 26: The Avett Brothers, three-time Grammy-nominees, have headlined festivals all around the country with their catalog of numerous hits from nine studio albums.

Visit for more information on the Reds Post-Game Concert Series. Concerts are free to ticketed fans at the game.




Angels add veteran utilityman Luis Valbuena

Luis Valbuena with Astros in 2015 By EricEnfermero - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https


The Los Angeles Angels recently agreed to terms on a two-year contract with INF Luis Valbuena.

Valbuena, 31, appeared in 90 games for Houston in 2016, batting .260 (76/292) with 17 doubles, a triple, 13 home runs and 40 RBI. The utility infielder set career highs in batting average, on-base percentage (.457) and slugging percentage (.459) while appearing defensively at third base, first base and second base. A left-handed batter, Valbuena posted a .267 (20/75) clip and .741 OPS (.341 OBP/.400 SLG) against left-handed pitching during the 2016 campaign but hit 11 of 12 home runs and 13 of 17 doubles vs. righties.

The Caja Seca, Venezuelan native joins the Angels after appearing with the Mariners (2008), Indians (2009-11), Cubs (2012-14) and Astros (2015-16) throughout the course of his nine-year career. An international free agent signed by Seattle in 2002, Valbuena has averaged 20 doubles and over 10 home runs per year since the start of the 2012 campaign. In 798 career games, he has amassed a .232 (588/2535) average with 145 doubles, nine triples, 83 home runs and 269 RBI.



Cleveland Indians trim Spring Training roster as Opening Day gets closer

The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the 2017 Major League Spring Training roster:



The Major League Spring Training roster now consists of 43 players, including 10 non-roster invitees.




2017 World Baseball Classic setting overall event record in attendance

Tournament attendance will surpass 1 million for the first time

Press Release

The 2017 World Baseball Classic has drawn 976,828, setting the all-time event attendance record through the Second Round. This year’s tournament has already surpassed the previous total tournament attendance record of 885,212, set in 2013. With three games still to be played in the Championship Round, total attendance for the tournament will surpass 1 million for the first time.

The 2017 World Baseball Classic attendance is +24% over the 2013 tournament mark (788,299) through the Second Round. The 2017 Second Round drew 354,977 making it the most-attended Second Round in the tournament’s history breaking the 2013 mark of 325,282.

The Tokyo Pool in the Second Round drew a total of 209,072 breaking the record for the most-attended pool in tournament history. Previously, Tokyo set the record for most-attended pool in the First Round of this year’s tournament with a total of 206,534.

Saturday night’s USA vs. Dominican Republic match-up in San Diego drew a sold out crowd of 43,002 to Petco Park marking the largest attendance for a World Baseball Classic Second Round game held in the United States. The game also was the eighth contest in the 2017 World Baseball Classic to draw more than 40,000 fans eclipsing the 2009 tournament which had seven games of more than 40,000.

The Championship Round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic starts tonight at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles with The Kingdom of the Netherlands playing Puerto Rico. Tomorrow night Japan will face off against the United States. The winners will square off in the World Baseball Classic Championship Game on Wednesday, March 22 with all three games starting at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific.

In the United States, tournament games will air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via; while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will provide the exclusive Spanish language coverage. The tournament is being distributed via media platforms in 182 countries and territories worldwide with a global reach of more than 415 million households.

Tickets for the remaining games are available at




Veteran outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss signed by KC Royals

Brandon Moss playing for St. Louis in 2016 By Johnmaxmena2 Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https

The Kansas City Royals announced recently that they have inked first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss to a two-year free agent contract with a mutual option for the 2019 season. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Moss, 33, spent the 2016 season with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he belted 28 home runs and collected 67 RBI to go with a .225 batting average in 128 games. His 28 roundtrippers were the second-highest total of his career, behind his 30 home run season with Oakland in 2013. He tied for fifth in the Major Leagues, hitting three pinch-hit home runs, while going 6-for-21 (.286) coming off the bench. Moss blasted 11 of his homers in the seventh inning or later, tying him for fourth-most in the National League.

The 10-year veteran has hit 123 home runs since the start of 2012, which are tied for ninth-most among Major League left-handed hitters. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 2014, while he has appeared in the postseason four times, with Oakland (2012-14) and St. Louis (2015). In 17 regular season games at Kauffman Stadium, Moss has hit .309 (21-for-68) with five doubles, three homers and 13 RBI, while he went deep twice for Oakland during the 2014 AL Wild Card Game at ‘The K’. In that game, he became the first player to collect five RBI in a Wild Card contest.

A native of Monroe, Ga., Moss and his wife, Allison have two sons, Jayden and Brody.




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