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Cincinnati Reds announce 2019 Theme Ticket Packages



Includes Limited Number of Exclusive Bobbleheads


New Cincinnati Reds theme ticket packages for the 2019 season that include exclusive promotional items are on sale now at

New packages for 2019 include a Darth Vader bobblehead on STAR WARS™ Night, a Black Panther bobblehead for MARVEL Super Hero™ Night, a “Sam the Bald Eagle” bobblehead on Cincinnati Zoo Night, a Game of Thrones® bobblehead featuring “Queen Rosie” and a Dancing Bear bobblehead on Grateful Dead Night.

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

Game of Thrones® Ticket Package
Wednesday, May 15 vs. Chicago Cubs, 6:40 p.m.
The battle for the Iron Throne goes through GABP on May 15 on Game of Thrones® Night. This special ticket package includes an exclusive Queen Rosie bobblehead seated in the Iron Throne plus your ticket to the game. Be sure to visit the Kroger Fan Zone at the game for a special photo op with the Iron Throne! Game of Thrones® Ticket Package buyers will have a priority line at the photo op.
Packages start at $25:

PEANUTS™ Ticket Package, presented by Cincinnati Bell
Sunday, May 19 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:10 p.m.
The PEANUTS™ gang’s famous characters are back at the ballpark, and this year we’re honoring Snoopy’s unstoppable sidekick Woodstock. This special package includes an exclusive Woodstock bobblehead and your ticket to the game. Plus, PEANUTS™ characters will be at the ballpark to visit with kids before the game.
Packages start at $25:

STAR WARS™ Ticket Package, presented by Skyline Chili
Friday, May 31 vs. Washington Nationals, 7:10 p.m.
Join the Reds for STAR WARS™ Night with this special package that includes a limited-edition Darth Vader bobblehead plus your ticket to the game. A squadron of characters from the film will be available for photo opportunities around the ballpark, and after the game, continue the celebration of a galaxy far far away with a STAR WARS™ themed Fireworks Friday presented by Coca-Cola.
Packages start at $25:

Women’s World Cup T-Shirt Package, presented by NOCO, Fox19 & The Banks
June 7 – July 7
The Reds are partnering with NOCO, Fox19 and The Banks to offer the World Cup Ticket Package that includes a limited-edition t-shirt and a ticket to select Reds games. Fans can watch the U.S. Women’s National Team in action on The Banks video screen at the Fox19 Now World Cup Viewing Village on Freedom Way.
Packages start at $20:

MARVEL Super Hero™ Ticket Package, presented by Cincinnati Bell
Friday, June 14 vs. Texas Rangers, 7:10 p.m.
On June 14 the annual MARVEL Super Hero™ Night brings Black Panther to Great American Ball Park. This ticket package includes an exclusive Black Panther bobblehead and your ticket to the game. Plus, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will perform LIVE for a special MARVEL-themed fireworks show after the game!
Packages start at $30:

Cincinnati Zoo Ticket Package, presented by Ohio Lottery
Tuesday, June 18 vs. Houston Astros, 7:10 p.m.
Join the Reds and the Cincinnati Zoo to celebrate Zoo Night and their finely feathered All-Star – “Sam” The Bald Eagle. This special package includes an exclusive Sam The Bald Eagle bobblehead plus your ticket to the game. Zoo Night will feature special appearances by animals in the Kroger Fan Zone, a parade during pregame festivities on the field and of course, a special pregame flight from Sam. Two dollars from each ticket package sold will benefit the Cincinnati Zoo.
Packages start at $25:

Margaritaville® Ticket Package, presented by Cincinnati Bell
Friday, July 19 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m.
Join the Reds on July 19 for Margaritaville® Night at the ballpark! In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Off to See the Lizard this special package includes an exclusive Lizard bobblehead and your ticket to the game. Plus, enjoy a fireworks show after the game set to a Margaritaville® soundtrack!
Packages start at $25:

Grateful Dead Ticket Package, presented by Cincinnati Bell
Friday, August 16 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m.
Dance your way to the ballpark for Grateful Dead Night with this special package that includes an exclusive Dancing Bear bobblehead and your ticket to the game. Plus, enjoy a fireworks show after the game set to a Grateful Dead-themed soundtrack!
Packages start at $25:

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Ticket Package
September 20-22 vs. New York Mets
Celebrate Oktoberfest Zinzinnati with this ticket package that includes a Reds commemorative Oktoberfest mug and a ticket for one of three games Sept. 20-22 during the weekend series against the Mets. The mug includes a free drink at the ballpark and at Oktoberfest downtown.
Packages start at $20:
Visit 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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© & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.
© 2019 MARVEL
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Reds registration for 2019 Baseball and Softball Camps are open now




Discount When Registering Prior To March 1


Registration is now open for the official baseball and softball camps of the Cincinnati Reds at

For 2019, Reds Camps are offering 16 locations throughout Reds Country giving participants an exciting, fun-filled week of baseball and softball instruction they’ll never forget.

2019 Reds Baseball & Softball Camps locations:
• Northern Kentucky: May 27-31 (Beechwood High School)
• Cincinnati: May 27-31 (Reds Youth Academy)
• Louisville: June 10-14 (Kentucky Country Day)
• Loveland, Ohio: June 10-14 (Loveland High School)
• Indianapolis: June 17-21 (Billericay Park, Fishers)
• Dayton: June 17-21 (Miamisburg High School)
• Harrison, Ohio: June 24-28 (Harrison High School)
• Mason, Ohio: June 24-28 (Mason High School)
• Chillicothe, Ohio: July 15-19 (Chillicothe High School)
• Milford, Ohio: July 15-19 (Milford High School)
• Hurricane, W. Va., July 22-26 (Valley Park Sports Complex)
• Columbus: July 22-26 (Hilliard Bradley High School)
• Lexington, Ky.: July 29-Aug. 2 (Lexington Christian Academy)
• Cincinnati: July 29-Aug. 2 (Summit Country Day Sports Complex)
• Cincinnati: Aug. 5-9 (St. Xavier High School)
• Cincinnati: Aug. 5-9 (Reds Youth Academy)

Campers registering prior to March 1 will receive a $25 discount.

The camps are open to boys and girls ages six to 14 and run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All campers receive a full Reds uniform (jersey, pants, hat and belt), four Reds game tickets, and a bus trip to Great American Ball Park where a Reds player and coach will meet us and conduct a behind-the-scenes tour. Campers will be treated to an insider’s perspective seldom available to the general public.

The camps are led by an experienced staff of baseball and softball instructors who are passionate about the game and committed to creating an experience of a lifetime.

“Now in our eighth year, our job is to create a training environment that meets the baseball and softball needs of every athlete who wants our help,” said Tim Rappé, Reds Camps director. “The most important thing for parents to understand is that it doesn’t matter if your athlete is six and picking up a bat for the first time or 14 and preparing to play high school baseball. This camp will significantly improve each camper’s ability to play and understand the game.”

For additional details, pricing and registration visit or call 1-855-8GoReds (1-855-846-7337).

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Commissioner Manfred issues statement as MLB mourns loss of its first Black manager and Hall of Fame outfielder, Frank Robinson at age 83




Frank Robinson at bat 1960 photo By Unknown - Manny's Baseball Land via, Public Domain, https

Major League Baseball is sad to confirm the passing of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first African-American field manager in the history of the game and longtime MLB executive, who was 83. He passed away this morning at his home in California, surrounded by family and friends.

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today:

“Frank Robinson’s résumé in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations. He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career. Known for his fierce competitive will, Frank made history as the first MVP of both the National and American Leagues, earned the 1966 AL Triple Crown and World Series MVP honors, and was a centerpiece of two World Championship Baltimore Orioles’ teams.

“With the Cleveland Indians in 1975, Frank turned Jackie Robinson’s hopes into a reality when he became the first African-American manager in baseball history. He represented four franchises as a manager, most recently when Baseball returned to Washington, DC with the Nationals in 2005. Since 2000, Frank held a variety of positions with the Commissioner’s Office, overseeing on-field discipline and other areas of baseball operations before transitioning to a senior role in baseball development and youth-focused initiatives. Most recently, he served as a Special Advisor to me as well as Honorary American League President. In 2005, Frank was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, for ‘setting a lasting example of character in athletics.’

“We are deeply saddened by this loss of our friend, colleague and legend, who worked in our game for more than 60 years. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to Frank’s wife Barbara, daughter Nichelle, their entire family and the countless fans who admired this great figure of our National Pastime.”

The Robinson family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions in Frank’s memory can be made to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee or the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.


* .294 Batting average

* 2,943 Hits

* 586 Homers (10th all-time)

* RBI’s 1,812

* As a Player

Cincinnati, Baltimore, LA Dodgers, California, Cleveland

* As a Manager

Cleveland, San Francisco, Baltimore, Montreal/Washington

Record: 1,065 wins, 1,176 losses, winning percentage of .475

* As a Coach

California, Baltimore twice and Milwaukee


* 14-time MLB All-Star

* 2 World Series titles



* World Series MVP

* Triple Crown winner

* NL Rookie of the Year

* AL Manager of the Year

* Retired Jersey #20

Reds, Orioles, Indians

* Team Hall of Fames

Reds, Orioles, Indians, Nationals Ring of Honor

* Baseball Hall of Fame Induction

1982, first ballot with 89.2% of the vote

Frank was born in Beaumont, Texas on August 31, 1935. He was the youngest of 10 children. His parents divorced when he was an infant and he stayed with his mother, who moved to Alameda, California, in the Oakland area. He attended McClymonds High school where his basketball teammate was the legendary center Bill Russell. On the baseball team, his teammates included Vada Pinson and Curt Flood.

On February 7, 2019, Robinson died of bone cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 83.




Indians complete trade with Marlins for RHP Nick Wittgren




Nick Wittgren on mound 2017 photo by D. Benjamin Miller - Own work via wikipedia commons


CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians on Monday announced the club has acquired RHP NICK WITTGREN from the Miami Marlins in exchange for RHP JORDAN MILBRATH. Also, to make room on the 40-man roster for Wittgren, the Indians designated RHP A.J. COLE for assignment.

Wittgren, 27, split the 2018 campaign between the Miami Marlins and Triple-A New Orleans, posting an ERA of 2.94 in 32 relief outings (33.2IP, 29H, 11ER, 15BB, 31SO, .223 avg) for the Marlins around a three-week trip to the Disabled List in June (right hand contusion). The Lafayette, Indiana-native and Purdue University alum owns a career Major League ERA of 3.60 (51ER/127.2IP) over 118 outings with Miami since the 2016 season. He was selected by the Marlins in the ninth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He has one option remaining and was designated for assignment by Miami on January 30 (Neil Walker signed).

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MLB and MLBPA join forces to combat human trafficking














Initiative will include $500,000 in charitable grants, in-ballpark education & awareness efforts, and player-involved executive council


Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday that they are committing $500,000, through 2021, to nonprofits focused on efforts to stop human trafficking. This contribution represents an ongoing commitment by MLB and the MLBPA to provide joint support to causes that assist vulnerable populations, which has historically included disaster relief and recovery financial assistance.

The $500,000 contribution will support efforts by nonprofits that primarily focus on education and programming to stop human trafficking, with extended support intended for survivors as well. Strike Out Slavery, the initiative led by three-time NL MVP and 10-time All-Star Albert Pujols and his wife Deidre, is among the grantees, and will be joined by additional leading nonprofit organizations receiving funding. Strike Out Slavery, started in 2017 to spread awareness about the existence and prevalence of human trafficking and help a global network of nonprofit organizations rally against it, encourages players and fans to take a stand against modern-day slavery through events at baseball stadiums across the country.

A special council, which will include Albert and Deidre Pujols, additional Major League players, experts on the issue, and MLB & MLBPA representatives, will convene to direct funding to organizations over the three-year grant period. The overall mission will be to disrupt human trafficking patterns and put an end to what is considered “modern-day slavery.”

In addition to the financial commitment, MLB and the MLBPA will continue efforts to educate fans on the warning signs of human trafficking through in-ballpark communications and during MLB jewel events.

“Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world with millions of people affected by it, even young children,” said Albert and Deidre Pujols. “United by our love for baseball, we can come together to create awareness in our communities about the dangers of this insidious crime. We are grateful for the leadership of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in recognizing the importance of this issue and for supporting organizations fighting against human trafficking.”

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “Human trafficking is a devastating reality for far too many individuals and families around the world. Major League Baseball is proud to join players, many of whom have already demonstrated their commitment to this cause, to use our sport’s global platform to raise critical awareness of this worldwide issue.”

“Lives and families around the world are being destroyed by human trafficking,” MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said. “By putting the power of Players’ voices and the resources of the Major League Baseball community together to grow awareness and raise public consciousness around this important cause, I’m confident we can make a meaningful difference.”

Clayton and Ellen Kershaw said: “We just returned from three days in the Dominican Republic with International Justice Mission, an organization aimed at eradicating modern-day slavery. We witnessed, first-hand, the devastation of young lives affected by this epidemic, but also the incredible hope brought by groups fighting to set people free and repair justice systems. Together with fellow players, MLB and the MLBPA, we are committed to this movement-to fight for change until all are free!”

The United Nations defines human trafficking as: “The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.” The three most common types of human trafficking are forced labor, sex trafficking and debt bondage. In 2016, reports indicate there were more than 40 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, with 81% trapped in forced labor.

To learn about the issue of human trafficking, Strike Out Slavery’s upcoming education events at baseball stadiums and about the leading nonprofit organizations fighting against it in the United States and around the world, visit

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