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Reds Hall of Fame Bobblehead Series continues in August featuring “The Cobra” Dave Parker

Free With Regular Admission


The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum’s 2017 bobblehead series, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, continues in August with Reds Hall of Famer Dave Parker.

One of the most intimidating hitters of his era, outfielder Dave “The Cobra” Parker became the first major free agent acquisition in Reds history when he was signed by the club in December of 1983. Over the next four seasons, Parker was a fixture in the middle of the Reds lineup. The Reds Most Valuable Player each season from 1984-86, Parker was also a two-time NL All-Star, a two-time Sporting News All-Star and winner of two Silver Slugger Awards during his Reds career. Parker finished second in voting for league MVP honors in 1985 and ranked fifth in the MVP vote in 1986. For his Reds career, Parker averaged nearly 27 home runs and 108 RBI per season. A longtime resident of Cincinnati and currently an instructor at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy in Roselawn, Parker was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2014.

(courtesy Cincinnati Reds)

The bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame (or a Scotts Great American Ball Park tour) beginning August 4 and will be available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of August, while supplies last.

Only 6,000 bobbleheads have been produced and there is a limit of one bobblehead per visitor per day.

The bobblehead series continues through September with a different Reds Hall of Famer available each month:
• April: Leo Cardenas
• May: Tommy Helms
• June: Pete Rose
• July: Ron Oester
• August: Dave Parker
• September: George Foster

Admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for active military and veterans.

The best way to ensure a bobblehead is to join the Hall of Fame as a member:
• $50 Reds Fan membership (individual) gets the Leo Cardenas and Tommy Helms bobbleheads
• $85 All-Star membership (family) gets the Leo Cardenas, Tommy Helms, Pete Rose and Ron Oester bobbleheads
• $200 MVP membership gets all six bobbleheads
• $1,000 World Champion memberships get all six bobbleheads plus exclusive benefits and gifts

To become a member or plan your visit, go to or call (513) 765-7923.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
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 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, 86 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.





Reds current homestand continues hosting San Diego Padres, August 7-10

Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 – Reds vs. San Diego Padres, 7:10 p.m.
• Special Olympics Night: Over 400 athletes, families, volunteers and supporters of the Special Olympics Hamilton County will be in attendance and participating in a pregame parade. Special Olympian Bradi Banner will sing the National Anthem.

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 – Reds vs. San Diego Padres, 7:10 p.m.
• RBI Softball: Softball teams playing in the 25th annual RBI World Series will participate in a pregame parade and be honored on the field. Eight teams from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico will compete in the international championship Aug. 6-11 at several locations throughout Cincinnati including the P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy.
• Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award: The Coldwater High School girls bowling team will be honored during pregame ceremonies and receive a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award for winning the 2017 Ohio High School Division II state championship.
• Big Brother of the Year: Terence Daniels of Cincinnati, the National Big Brother of the Year, will be honored during pregame ceremonies. Terence and his “little brother” Terrell Blue accepted the award at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s national conference in San Diego in June.

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 – Reds vs. San Diego Padres, 7:10 p.m.
• Community Makeover: P&G, the Cincinnati Zoo, Kroger, Cincinnati Children’s, Interact for Health and the Reds Community Fund will be recognized on the field for participating in the 2017 Community Makeover held on July 20 in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Evanston.

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 – Reds vs. San Diego Padres, 12:35 p.m. (Business Day Special, Senior Citizen Special, Thirsty Thursday)
• Topps National Baseball Card Day giveaway: In recognition of National Baseball Card Day, the Reds and Topps are partnering to give all fans at today’s game a pack of limited edition Topps Reds cards.

Ticket Offers For This Homestand

• Family Sunday: For every Sunday home game, families can get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of a full-price ticket, presented by Klosterman Bakery: (Some restrictions apply)
• Business Day Specials: For only $20, fans can purchase a View Level ticket and receive $10 in concession credits, presented by Paycor. Drop your business card in the container at a Fan Accommodation Station to win tickets to the next Business Day Game.
• Senior Citizen Specials: For select games this season (including August 10) fans 50 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only, presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare Orthopaedics. Each ticket includes free same-day admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. Excludes Dugout Box, Upper View Level, Value View and Kroger Bleachers. Available only at
• Thirsty Thursdays: For all Thursday Reds home games, fans can purchase a $30 package that includes a Field Box ticket and a $10 concession credit valid for food and beverages. Available only at

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Dave Parker Bobblehead: The Hall of Fame’s 2017 bobblehead series, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, continues in August with Reds Hall of Famer Dave Parker. Nicknamed “The Cobra,” Parker was three-time team MVP, two-time All-Star and the winner of two Silver Slugger Awards during his Reds career from 1984-87. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2014. The bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame (or a Scotts Great American Ball Park tour) and will be available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of August, while supplies last.
• Q&A with Dave Parker & Tom Browning, Aug 5: Reds HOF’ers Dave Parker and Tom Browning will meet with fans on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum’s Palace of the Fans Theater. Admission to the meet & greet is free with museum admission or membership. Donations to the Dave Parker 39 Foundation will be accepted.

Reds Community Fund
• Ultimate Spring Training Experience: The Reds Community Fund is selling $100 raffle tickets for the inaugural Ultimate Spring Training Experience. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold and two lucky winners will be picked on September 24. The winners will receive an all-inclusive trip for two in March to the Reds spring training facility in Goodyear, AZ. The package includes airfare, resort accommodations, ground transportation, an exclusive VIP access to a meet-and-greet opportunity with Reds players, radio booth visit with Marty and The Cowboy, a private tour of the Reds Spring Training Complex and more. All proceeds benefit the Reds Community Fund. For more information and official rules, please call (513) 765-7700 or email





Reds announce August 25th as African American Community Night hosting Pirates

The Cincinnati Reds will host African American Community Night at Great American Ball Park on Friday, Aug. 25, when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 p.m..

Featured in pre-game ceremonies:
• Reds Community Advocate Award recipient Ozie Davis III
• Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Family of the Year recipients Dr. O’Dell & Marchelle Owens and family
• Cincinnati’s First Ladies For Health, the pastors’ wives from over 35 local churches, will be recognized for service to their congregations and the community

Exclusive “Dad Hat” Party in the Fioptics District
• Free Reds dad hat
• Rooftop party deck with DJ from WOSL
• One free beverage
• General admission ticket in the Fioptics District
• Only $20.00
• Available only at

Post-game fireworks show set to a soundtrack of Motown, classic hip-hop and R&B music, presented by Great American Insurance Group.

Post-game video featuring Reds players at the Illest Salon Sneakers Sports barbershop.

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will have a special Negro Leagues exhibit on display and former Negro League players will be at the museum for a Q&A.

Discounted tickets for African American Community Night are available at
• $12 (View Level)
• $19 (Outer Mezzanine)
• $26 (Field Box)

More information on the Reds commitment to diversity and inclusion can be found at or by calling Phylicia McCorkle, Reds Diversity Relations Coordinator, at 513-765-7335.



AL Co-Players of the Week, Rangers’ Beltre, Mariners’ Paxton

Adrian Beltre throwing ball 2017 By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


James Paxton throwing plateward 2014 By Elsie Lin on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre and Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending July 30th.

In recognition of their American League Co-Players of the Week Awards, both Adrian Beltre and James Paxton will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Other noteworthy performances last week included starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 14.2 IP, 16 SO) of the Baltimore Orioles; first baseman Carlos Santana (.346, 9 R, 4 HR, .808 SLG) and outfielder Bradley Zimmer (.417, 6 R, 5 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Cleveland Indians; second baseman Jose Altuve (.500, 6 R, 12 H, 5 2B) of the Houston Astros; and closer Kelvin Herrera (4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 3 SO) of the Kansas City Royals.

Beltre hit .478 (11-for-23) with five runs scored, three doubles, a home run and five RBI over six games played to claim his sixth career Player of the Week Award, last winning on October 4, 2015. With his double in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday at Globe Life Park, Adrian became the 31st player in MLB history, and the first Dominican-born player, to reach the 3,000-hit milestone. The 20-year-veteran began his award-winning week in historic fashion, tallying a season-best four hits last Monday for the 36th time in his storied career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the four-time All-Star became just the third player since 1900 to surpass the 2,990-hit mark in a game in which he registered four-or-more hits, joining Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson (2001) and Alex Rodriguez (2015). In addition to joining the exclusive 3,000-hit club, the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native became the fourth player in Baseball history to record at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles and 450 home runs, joining Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Carl Yastrzemski. The 38-year-old slugger joined Hall of Famers George Brett and Wade Boggs as the only 3,000-hit club members to accomplish the feat while playing a majority of their games at the third base position.

Paxton went 2-0 without allowing a run over 13.0 innings of work to earn his second career AL Player of the Week Award, following his first honor earlier this season for the period ending April 16th. James struck out 18 batters without issuing a walk and permitted 10 hits in two dominant outings last week. Among qualified AL hurlers, Paxton finished the period tied for first in ERA and wins, second in strikeouts and tied for third in innings pitched. The left-hander is the first AL pitcher to earn multiple weekly awards in the same season since Justin Verlander claimed three weekly honors during his MVP and Cy Young Award-winning 2011 season. With his second start of the week on Sunday afternoon against the New York Mets, Paxton earned his sixth consecutive win and became the first hurler in franchise history to tally six victories in a calendar month. During his excellent month of July, Paxton registered a 1.37 ERA and 46:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 39.1 innings of work to go along with his six victories. With 11 wins on the season, the 28-year-old is the first Mariners left-hander with 10 wins in a single season since his teammate Roenis Elias in 2014.




Padres’ Manuel Margot named NL Player of the Week

San Diego Padres outfielder Manuel Margot has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending July 30th.

Starting pitcher Zack Greinke (2-0, 1.80 ERA, 15.0 IP, 15 SO) posted two dominant outings for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Over his last six starts, the 2017 All-Star has compiled a 5-0 record with a 2.08 ERA and 38 strikeouts over 39.0 innings pitched. Other noteworthy performances last week included Zack’s teammates, All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (.455, 6 R, 4 XBH, 9 BB) and outfielder J.D. Martinez (7 R, 5 HR, 12 RB); starting pitcher Adam Conley (2-0, 1.23 ERA, 14.2 IP, 12 SO) of the Miami Marlins; All-Star first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (.350, 5 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI) of the Washington Nationals; and outfielder Andrew McCutchen (7 R, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 1.000 SLG) of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who posted his third career three-homer game on Sunday afternoon.

Manuel Margot (courtesy El Paso Chihuahuas)

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Manuel Margot will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Margot batted .500 (14-for-28) with six runs scored, two doubles, a triple, three home runs, six RBI and a stolen base to claim his first career NL Player of the Week Award. Among his NL counterparts, Manuel finished the period first in batting average, hits and total bases (27); third in extra-base hits (6) and slugging percentage (.964); tied for fourth in home runs; tied for seventh in runs scored; and tied for eighth in on-base percentage (.500). This is San Diego’s first Player of the Week Award since Manuel’s teammate Hunter Renfroe took home weekly honors for the period ending October 2, 2016.

On Thursday night against the New York Mets at Petco Park, Margot went 3-for-4 with a double and home run to go along with three RBI. The leadoff homer was his second round-tripper in as many days, as well as his fourth leadoff home run on the season. With two months still remaining in the 2017 campaign, the 22-year-old has logged the second-most leadoff homers in a single season in Padres history, trailing only Will Venable’s mark of five leadoff homers in 2011. In addition, the three-hit effort was his fourth consecutive multi-hit performance, matching teammates Cory Spangenberg (June 9th-12th; July 19th-22nd) and Jose Pirela (June 10th-13th) for the longest multi-hit streak by a San Diego hitter this season. The productive output concluded a six-game hitting streak dating back to July 19th, which saw Margot slash .480/.500/.840 with four runs scored, 12 hits (four extra-base hits) and five RBI during his hot stretch at the plate. The San Cristobal, Dominican Republic native finished his award-winning week with a pair of multi-hit games over the weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates, including his eighth home run on the season. Over the course of his excellent week at the plate, the speedy center fielder raised his batting average by 20 points and now leads the Club with a .281 (81-for-288) mark on the season.





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