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MLB suspends four minor leaguers for drug violations

August 16, 2019


The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that four Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Atlanta Braves Minor League pitcher Luis Diaz, Chicago Cubs Minor League pitcher Marcos Encarnacion and Seattle Mariners Minor League pitcher Eliezer Mejia, each of whom are currently on their organization’s Dominican Summer League affiliate, have received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Program. Minnesota Twins Minor League pitcher Ian Krol, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings of the International League, has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Program. The suspensions of all four players are effective immediately.



Texas Rangers give update on Globe Life Field construction project


(courtesy Texas Rangers & HKS )

August 16, 2019


Construction of Globe Life Field is approximately 72% complete.

Construction Status:

Roof Steel:

· Work is ongoing on the 5.5 acre retractable roof. The final section of the second retractable truss was installed last week. The second truss was moved to its parked position on Wednesday.

· Construction on the third retractable roof truss has started on the field. The first piece of the third section will be installed next week.

· There are a total of five retractable roof trusses. Steel work for the retractable roof is expected to be complete by the end of October.

· The east fixed roof truss was decentered last week, allowing the truss to completely carry its weight.

· The roof will use a total of 19,000 tons of steel. Roof construction started in late fall 2018, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Additional Roof Work:

· Planar trusses are complete on both the east and west side of the ballpark. Steel infill was completed last week.

· Metal decking and roofing is complete over the west portion of the ballpark. Decking on the eastern portion is 80% complete.

· Eight of 20 total bogies, the housing for the wheels and motors for the operable roof, have been installed. Four more bogies will be installed next week. The bogies weigh 114,028 pounds each.

Concrete work:

· Concrete work is ongoing on the service level of the ballpark, including the hyrdrotherapy pool area and batting cages.

· Poured on-site concrete is complete in all areas with the exception of the service level.

Internal Work:

· Restrooms and showers have been tiled in the home clubhouse areas.

· Drywall is 75% complete in the ballpark. Drywall on the club and concession areas is currently in progress.

· Cabinets have been installed on the Founders Suite Level.

· Carpentry work is ongoing on the exterior suite areas.

· Concession and restroom tile work on all levels, including the suite level, is ongoing.

· Installation has started for the retractable glass on the lower suites.

External Work:

· Granite and Lueders stone work is ongoing on both the interior and exterior columns of the ballpark. Brick work is ongoing on the interior columns.

· Construction is ongoing on the southwest entry, one of five main entry gates to Globe Life Field. Concrete columns were completed earlier this week and steel work has started.

· Glass installation on the north side of the ballpark is ongoing.


· Preliminary air conditioning function has been established in limited areas of the ballpark, including the service level and lower concourse. Air function was also established in the office building this week.

· Seat rails are in the process of installation on the main concourse.

· Work on the concession fronts is ongoing.

· Kitchen equipment is being set throughout the building.

· Restroom fixtures, including toilets, and sinks, are in process of installation.

· Plumbing, HVAC & Electrical work is ongoing.

· 13 escalators have been installed on-site. Five of 24 total elevators are in the process of installation.

· The four-story office building, located on the southeast side of the site, is 80% complete.

Structural Steel:

· Bowl steel was completed in mid-February, using a total of 16,000 tons of steel to construct. The final piece was installed on the upper concourse area of centerfield, the northeastern portion of the site.

· The bowl steel construction started in June of 2018, taking nine months to complete.

Facts and Figures:

· HKS is the design architect for the project and Manhattan Construction Company is the Construction Manager.

· Approximately 1,400 workers are on-site daily.

· The official groundbreaking for Globe Life Field took place on September 28, 2017 with construction beginning the following week.

· The new 1.8 million square foot ballpark is located on 13 acres just south of the current Globe Life Park in Arlington.

· Seating capacity is approximately 40,300 for Globe Life Field, which will open in March 2020.

Read more: Texas Rangers


Reds to make broadcaster Marty Brennaman lone 2020 Hall of Fame Inductee


3:50 PM EDT
2020 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, April 25 & 26
Marty Brennaman retro photo (courtesy Cincinnati Reds)

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum announces that Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2020.

Brennaman was selected as the sole inductee for the Class of 2020 by the Reds Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

“Our Board of Directors felt strongly that Marty’s 46-years as the Reds play-by-play announcer along with his efforts supporting the communities throughout Reds Country, and his extensive list of awards and accolades was indeed extraordinary and deserving of his election to the Reds Hall of Fame,” said Rick Walls, Reds Hall of Fame Executive Director.

Next year’s Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend presented by PNC Bank will include an on-field induction ceremony on Saturday, April 25 prior to the Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game.

The 2020 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Gala presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett is scheduled for the evening of Sunday, April 26.

Brennaman, who will retire at the end of the season, will be the first broadcaster inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame, bringing the Hall’s membership ranks to 90 including 81 players, five managers and three executives.

“Marty Brennaman’s voice is virtually inseparable from the 46 years of Reds’ history immortalized through his calls,” said Bob Castellini, Reds CEO. “Marty’s talent has greatly contributed to the vitality of this franchise, making this a well-deserved honor for him.”

To commemorate Marty’s legendary career as a Reds broadcaster, the organization is planning several events to celebrate his final home games at Great American Ball Park September 24-26, 2019.

Visit for more information on giveaways and activities.

Read more: Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds announce farewell tributes for retiring broadcaster Marty Brennaman


Special broadcasts and giveaways planned in September

Marty Brennaman (file photo)

3:48 PM EDT

The Cincinnati Reds announce plans for the final weeks of Marty Brennaman’s 46-year career as the Reds play-by-play broadcaster.

“Having Marty Brennaman’s incredible career come to a close as we are concluding our 150th year of Reds baseball is pretty special,” said Phil Castellini, Reds President and COO.

Brennaman’s final game broadcast is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, September 26, 2019.*

“It was important to me that my last regular season broadcast happened at home, so I won’t go to Pittsburgh with the team to finish the season,” said Marty Brennaman.

Some of the many activities at the ballpark include Marty visiting with fans on the concourses at Great American Ball Park before the games on September 3, 4, and 7.

For three games in September, Marty will appear at a temporary radio booth at Gapper’s Alley directly behind section 119, including a full game broadcast on Friday, Sept. 20.

• Game Broadcast: Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:10 p.m.

• Pre-Game Broadcast: Tuesday, Sept. 24 (gates open at 5:40 p.m.)

• Pre-Game Broadcast: Wednesday, Sept. 25 (gates open at 5:40 p.m.)

“The idea is to bring Marty out of the booth and amongst the fans at Great American Ball Park,” said Castellini. “Watching Marty host the radio pre-game show or call an inning will be an unforgettable experience for our fans.”

Final Regular Season Series, Sept. 24-26

As part of his final regular season series, Marty’s son, Thom Brennaman, will join him in the radio booth for the entire game broadcast on Wednesday, Sept. 25. And, for the games on Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 24 and 26, Marty will be joined by his regular radio partner, Jeff Brantley.

“I wanted my final game to be business as usual, doing the broadcast from the booth. It is going to be very emotional for me and I want to savor every moment,” said Brennaman.

At the game on September 26, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Reds transistor radio so they can hear Marty’s call of the game while in park.

“We are grateful to our partners at 700 WLW who are eliminating the delay for Marty’s final game which will allow fans in the park to hear Marty’s calls in real-time as they are watching the plays LIVE,” said Castellini.

Post-game on field “Marty-Party”: At the conclusion of the game on Thursday, Sept. 26, all fans will be invited onto the field at Great American Ball Park to take part in a special program honoring Marty, who will be on stage with Jim Day at the pitcher’s mound.

September 24-26 Giveaways

• Tuesday, Sept. 24 - Marty Brennaman Oversized Replica Ticket presented by Humana

Replica ticket from Marty’s first Reds broadcast on April 4, 1974, to the first 20,000 fans.

• Wednesday, Sept. 25 - Commemorative Marty Brennaman Print presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett

Print celebrating Marty’s selection as the 2020 Reds Hall of Fame Inductee to the first 20,000 fans.

•Thursday, Sept. 26 - Reds Handheld Radio presented by Kroger and Laura’s Lean Beef

Transistor radio with earbuds to the first 20,000 fans. Fans will be able to tune to 94.5 FM from their seats in the ballpark to listen to Marty’s farewell call.

Visit for more information on giveaways and activities.

*NOTE: Should the Reds be in postseason contention, Marty will continue to broadcast through the end of the regular season and any postseason games.

Read more: Cincinnati Reds


Indians recall Phil Maton from AAA Columbus to strengthen bullpen

Phil Maton throwing for San Diego 2019 photo By Keith Allison CC BY SA 2.0-https

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians Thursday afternoon announced the following transactions relative to the 2019 Major League roster:

Recalled RHP PHIL MATON (#88) from AAA Columbus.

Optioned LHP LOGAN ALLEN to AAA Columbus.

Maton (MAY-tahn), 26, was acquired from San Diego on July 12 in exchange for international bonus pool allotments and is beginning his third stint with Cleveland. He was on Cleveland’s Major League roster, Aug. 2-4 and Aug. 7, but has yet to appear in a game. Around his tenure in Cleveland, he made nine relief outings in AAA Columbus, posting a 2.53 ERA (10.2IP, 5H, 3R/ER 4BB, 17SO, .143 avg, 14.3 SO/9.0IP). Prior to July 12, he split the season between AAA El Paso and San Diego, spending four stints at the Major League level with the Padres (7.77 ERA, 21ER/24.1IP). He recorded a 2.89 ERA in 13 relief outings in AAA El Paso (6ER/18.2IP).

Read more: Cleveland Indians


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