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Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis continuing with cancer treatments

Chad Bettis pitching in 2016 By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Press Release

Colorado Rockies right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis will continue to undergo cancer treatments over the next several weeks here in Arizona.

“During my routine health checkup last week, my oncologist believed that he had seen inflamed lymph nodes and ordered an immediate biopsy,” Bettis said. “I learned this week that my testicular cancer has unexpectedly spread, and I will begin a regimen of chemotherapy in the very near future.

“Although my blood tumor markers remain at normal levels, it’s clear that I need to be aggressive in my fight against this illness. Without being proactive, we wouldn’t have caught this.

“I am committed to beating this cancer. My family and I are grateful for the support of the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Rockies organization and the fans.”

The 27-year-old Lubbock, Texas, native underwent surgery on Nov. 29, 2016 after tests revealed a diagnosis of testicular cancer.




Atlanta Braves history continues in brand-new SunTrust Park

SunTrust Park opening day 2017 By Thechased at English Wikipedia, CC BY 4.0, https

Atlanta Braves bring franchise history to life in SunTrust Park with Monument Garden, additional memorabilia throughout ballpark

Press Release

In celebration of the Atlanta Braves’ rich history, an expansive area called Monument Garden will be located in SunTrust Park that spotlights the team’s accomplishments, decorated alumni and franchise roots. Monument Garden will feature interactive exhibits as well as commemorative displays, and will be anchored by the new statue of Braves legend Hank Aaron. Outside of Monument Garden, fans will be able to take in additional memorabilia and tributes located in various areas of the ballpark.

“The historical displays in Monument Garden and the rest of the ballpark represent our journey and our legacy as an organization – they represent the roots, the people, and the moments that have made Braves Country proud over the years. Building this history into the very foundation of our new home gives us and our fans the chance to acknowledge and honor these milestones as we look ahead to our bright future,” said Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz.

Monument Garden will be located on the Lower Level concourse behind home plate and accessible to all ticket holders. In addition to the new statue of Hank Aaron at the heart of Monument Garden, a baseball bat sculpture that recognizes Aaron’s 755 career home runs will live adjacent to his statue. The columns in Monument Garden will also feature graphics of Hank Aaron, as well as other Braves Hall of Fame Members.

Displays and exhibits in Monument Garden include:

  • Hank Aaron Statue: Commissioned by world-renowned and Atlanta-based artist Ross Rossin, the statue will show the moment of impact between bat and ball on Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run.
  • 755 Sculpture: A sculpture made up of 755 baseball bats in the shape of the number 755 will live across from the Hank Aaron statue in Monument Garden.
  • Braves Hall of Fame: Established in 1999 to honor players, managers, coaches and other individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the organization. The 31 Braves Hall of Famers will be immortalized in Monument Garden with plaques.
  • Braves in Cooperstown: A bat or glove will represent each of the 55* Braves who have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. *Note: This includes Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz who will be inducted in July 2017.
  • Retired Numbers: The Braves have retired 11 jersey numbers and those numbers will be incorporated into a water feature at SunTrust Park. An interactive exhibit will also allow fans to learn more about each of the Braves legends whose numbers have been retired.
  • History of Braves Jerseys: The Braves have worn more than 25 different styles of jerseys since the franchise was born in 1871, and this new area will chronicle the evolution of the team’s iconic look.
  • Braves Honors and Awards: This section features reproductions of Greg Maddux’s 1995 Cy Young Award, Hank Aaron’s 1957 MVP Award, Dale Murphy’s 1982 Silver Slugger Award, Andruw Jones’ 2005 Gold Glove Award and David Justice’s 1990 Rookie of the Year Award, along with a list of all the winners of these awards in franchise history.
  • Braves Timeline: Fans will get a chance to visually experience Braves history with images from each decade.
  • Origin of Braves Name: A look at the many different names the Braves have been called since the organization’s inception in Boston, beginning with the Red Stockings.
  • Memorable Braves Moments: Artifacts from thrilling and historic moments in franchise history, along with their respective audio calls, will include Sid Bream’s slide home in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS and Marquis Grissom’s final out in the 1995 World Series.

In addition to the displays in Monument Garden, all fans will be able to view a variety of other tributes to the team’s history, including the 1995 World Series trophy, jersey displays, National Baseball Hall of Fame plaques and more located around the ballpark. Additionally, the Braves’ 35 pennants will find their home in SunTrust Park on the light poles in the outfield.

Club areas and group spaces in SunTrust Park will also include commemorative features. These areas will showcase everything from artifacts to awards to photos and will be accessible for fans with tickets to those areas or on a SunTrust Park Tour.

The best way for fans to see the artifacts, tributes and displays located in all areas of the ballpark is to take a SunTrust Park Tour. SunTrust Park Tours start on Opening Day, April 14, 2017, and will run year-round. SunTrust Park Tours are on sale now

Additional SunTrust Park displays:
Seating Bowl:

  • Each end seat filigree throughout SunTrust Park will feature Hank Aaron’s famous swing silhouette.
  • The Braves’ 35 pennants will live on the light poles in the outfield.

Champions Suites:

  • The 1995 World Series trophy will be on display in the Champions Suites, but visible through glass from Monument Garden.
  • The Champions Suites will be home to five replica rings, including four NLCS rings from the Braves’ victories in 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1999 and the World Series ring from 1995. There will also be five miniature NLCS trophies from the Braves’ NLCS victories in 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 1999. These are all visible through glass to the public in Monument Garden.

Elevator banks:

  • Braves jerseys from Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta will be framed and on display in elevator banks throughout SunTrust Park.

Guest Services Aisle 111:

  • With the addition of John Schuerholz in 2017, the Braves will have 55 members in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. An acrylic plaque for each of these members can be found at Guest Services located at Aisle 111.

Delta SKY360 Club:

  • The Delta SKY360 Club will feature reproductions of Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and MVP Awards in recognition of all Braves players who have won these awards.

Player Tunnel:

  • The tunnel from the Clubhouse to the field will feature reproductions of a Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger Award along with a list of all Braves players who have won each award in the franchise history.

SunTrust Club:

  • The SunTrust Club will be decorated with a variety of historical Braves photos from over the years, as well as a display of bats that belonged to Braves greats and a collection of baseballs signed by Braves Hall of Fame members.


  • There will be a series of displays located in the INFINITI Club that pay tribute to Braves managers, Braves Cy Young Award winners, Braves Rookie of the Year Award winners and Braves no hitters. Additionally, the INFINITI Club will feature wood panels with images of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Bobby Cox branded into the wood.

Press Box:

  • A display of artifacts from the greatest Braves broadcasters, Pete van Wieren, Skip Caray and Ernie Johnson, will be located in the place they called home – the press box. This area will also feature Sports Illustrated covers that Braves players have been on.

Konica Minolta Conference Center:

  • A display in the Konica Minolta Conference Center recognizing the “Homes of the Braves” will include photographs and information from each of the six ballparks the Braves have played in.

Braves Clubhouse:

  • In the Clubhouse, Braves players and guests on tour will be able to view a reproduction of both Tom Glavine’s 1991 Silver Slugger Award and Greg Maddux’s 1995 Gold Glove Award. The Clubhouse also houses tributes to Braves Cy Young Award winners, Braves MVP Award winners, the Braves’ 14 straight division titles, and all Braves retired numbers.

Hank Aaron Terrace:

  • The Hank Aaron Terrace will be home to the bat and ball from Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run. In addition, the terrace will feature a display of 715 bat knobs, each inscribed with the date, homer count and opponent recognizing all 715 of the king’s home runs. The Hank Aaron Terrace will be decorated with images of Hank Aaron on the walls and pillars.

For more information on SunTrust Park, visit


Diamondbacks Play-by-Play announcer Greg Schulte called his 3,000th game against the Padres this past week

“The voice of the D-backs” is in his 20th season behind the mic

Press Release | April 19th, 2017

Longtime Arizona Diamondbacks play-by-play announcer Greg Schulte will called his 3,000th game Wednesday night when the team faced the Padres in San Diego. The “voice of the D-backs” has been with the franchise since its inception and has been behind the mic for every major moment in the club’s history.

“There is one voice that is truly synonymous with D-backs baseball and that’s Greg Schulte, who has been here since the beginning,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “He not only does an incredible job each night of describing the action for our fans, but he has always represented the organization with class away from the ballpark and he’s become an invaluable part of our history.”

Greg Schulte (courtesy Diamondbacks)

In commemoration of the milestone, the D-backs are donating $3,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the name of Schulte, himself a Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor.

Schulte delivered the call of Luis Gonzalez’s walk-off, ninth-inning single to win Game 7 of the 2001 World Series over the Yankees, bringing the state of Arizona the only major sports championship in its history.

In recognition of his 2,000th game, the team distributed a bobblehead in his likeness to the first 15,000 fans on July 10, 2010.

Fans can hear Schulte, analyst Tom Candiotti and pre- and post-game host Mike Ferrin on Arizona Sports 98.7, the team’s radio home.

Schulte has been part of the Phoenix radio scene since 1979, spending 14 years at KTAR before joining the D-backs. He has been involved with nearly every major sports entity in the market and served 15 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, working alongside Hall of Famer Al McCoy as a producer and ultimately, color commentator. He has also served as an analyst for Arizona State football and men’s basketball and shared play-by-play duties for ASU baseball. He was the original pre- and postgame host for the Arizona Cardinals from 1988-90.


PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Arizona Diamondbacks Media Relations; COURTESY


Reds announce registration now open for Redlegs Run for May 13

16th Annual Event Benefits Reds Community Fund

Press Release | April 18th, 2017

Sign up now for the 16th annual CollegeAdvantage Redlegs Run on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Great American Ball Park, benefiting the Reds Community Fund.

Runners, walkers and families have many options to participate:
• 5K: Chip-timed 3.1-mile course starts on Mehring Way behind Great American Ball Park, runs along the riverfront and finishes inside the ballpark near home plate.
• 10K: Chip-timed 6.2-mile course starts on Mehring Way, runs along the riverfront, crosses over the Ohio River on the Taylor Southgate Bridge into Newport and back across the Purple People Bridge and finishes inside the ballpark near home plate.
• One Mile Family Run/Walk presented by Chick-fil-A: One mile course starts on Mehring Way and finishes inside the ballpark near home plate.
• Gapper’s Kids Fun Run: Kids run on the warning track around the field.
• Virtual Race: Run or walk 3.1 miles anytime, anywhere between May 1-13 and receive a race medal and t-shirt delivered to your door.

All events are for walkers and runners of all ages, with the exception of the Gapper’s Kids Fun Run, which is limited to kids ages 10 and under.

All participants will receive a custom race medal, race t-shirt (technical shirt for 10K participants), post-race party in the Kroger Fan Zone and one View Level ticket for the Reds vs. Colorado Rockies game on Sunday, May 21 at 1:10 p.m.

Register online at by May 8 for discounted entry fees:
• 5K: $32 ($40 after May 8)
• 10K: $42 ($50 after May 8)
• One Mile Family Run/Walk presented by Chick-fil-A: $21 ($26 after May 8)
• Gapper’s Kids Fun Run: $16 (for kids 10 and under)
• Virtual Race: $27 (only available until May 8)

Online registration closes May 8 at 11:59 p.m. After May 8, registration is only available at packet pick-ups and on race day. A list of packet pick-up locations is available at

Race start times:
• 8:00 a.m.: Runners and walkers for 10K and 5K (includes the first 1,500 5K to register, all 10K and elite runners)
• 8:10 a.m.: Runners and walkers for 5K (includes remainder of 5K runners/walkers)
• 9:30 a.m.: One Mile Family Run/Walk
• 10:15 a.m.: Gapper’s Kids Fun Run

Race day parking is recommended in The Banks Garage. Reduced price parking for $5 will be available until 7:45 a.m. Additional parking details can be found at

Race sponsors include: CollegeAdvantage, Chick-fil-A, Trophy Awards, Buckeye Running Company, Prestige AV & Creative Services, Coca-Cola, Rumpke, Kroger, Castellini Group of Companies, LaRosa’s, Skyline Chili and Norton Outdoor Advertising.

Close to 3,300 runners and walkers participated in 2016 generating over $150,000 for the baseball and softball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.





MLB umpires online auction going on now through May 1

Umpire Gary Darling 2013 By Keith Allison, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Press Release | April 21st, 2017

hosting 9th annual online auction

Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires will offer up more than 300 items that include priceless autographed sports memorabilia, one-of-a-kind VIP experiences and ticket packages during its 9th Annual UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction. The auction opens at 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 21 at and closes at 10 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 1.

“One of my favorite times of the year is when we kick off our online auction,” said Gary Darling, former MLB umpire and Board President for UMPS CARE Charities. “It’s a great way for sports fans to get their hands on some unbelievable, one-of-a-kind sports items and experiences, while helping to generate money for one of our biggest fundraising initiatives to help children in need. This is truly a great cause and I’d like to encourage you to tell your friends and family, bid early and bid often.”

Some of the items up for bid include signed baseballs, jerseys and bats; an authentic refurbished seat from Fenway Park, opportunities to watch batting practice from the field at many MLB ballparks; hotel stays with game tickets; opportunities to have lunch with a Major League Baseball umpire; more than 50 suites or ticket blocks from Minor League Baseball clubs for fans to watch the future stars of Major League Baseball, and great UMPS CARE Charities logo apparel to show your support.

There are signed jerseys, bats, baseballs and other items from current and past greats of the game including George Brett (jersey, bat), Madison Bumgarner (baseball), Melky Cabrera (White Sox Jersey), Carlos Correa (baseball), Bobby Cox (baseball), Yu Darvish (baseball), Prince Fielder (baseball), Carlos Gonzalez(baseball), Alex Gordon (baseball), Josh Hamilton (baseball), Felix Hernandez (baseball), Matt Holliday (cleat),Eric Hosmer (bat and ’14 World Series Baseball), Torii Hunter (baseball), Chipper Jones (baseball), Clayton Kershaw (baseball), Jason Kipnis (baseball), Evan Longoria (bat), Pedro Martinez (baseball), Mike Moustakas(bat), Dustin Pedroia (baseball), Yasiel Puig (baseball), Hanley Ramirez (baseball), Max Scherzer (baseball), Mike Schmidt (bat), Vin Scully (baseball), John Smoltz (baseball), Joe Torre (baseball) and Ben Zobrist (Cubs jersey).

All proceeds from the Online Auction support UMPS CARE Charities youth programs to provide Major League Baseball experiences for children awaiting adoption, Build-A-Bear Workshop® experiences for hospitalized children coping with serious illnesses, college scholarships for deserving young adults who were adopted as children, and financial assistance for families in need. UMPS CARE Charities is the official charity of Major League Baseball umpires.

For more information or to make a bid, visit The auction opens at 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 21 and closes at 10 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 1.

UMPS CARE Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established by Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires to provide financial, in-kind and emotional support for America’s youth and families in need. Through its youth-based programs, professional baseball umpires enrich the lives of at-risk youth and children coping with serious illness by providing memorable baseball experiences, supporting pediatric medical care, and raising awareness for foster care children waiting to be adopted. UMPS CARE Charities provides benefactors with “Major League” support by remaining true to its established creed, “Helping People is an Easy Call.” For more information go to






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