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1997 Marlins’ World Series stars Charlie Johnson and Edgar Renteria to manage in 2017 Futures Game

Coaching staffs include Luis Castillo, Cliff Floyd, Al Leiter, Jerry Manuel

 

Charles Johnson and Edgar Renteria, two key contributors to the Marlins’ 1997 World Series-winning squad, will return to the dugouts in Miami to lead the U.S. Team and the World Team, respectively, during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 9th at Marlins Park, it was announced earlier today on MLB Network.

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 19th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team leads the all-time series, 11-7. Last year in San Diego, the World Team defeated the U.S., 11-3, snapping a six-game U.S. winning streak.

Johnson, who was drafted by the Marlins from the University of Miami with the 28th overall selection in the 1992 Draft, played 12 seasons as a catcher in the Majors, which included two stints with the Marlins (1994-98, 2001-02). The Florida native also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1998), Baltimore Orioles (1999-2000), Chicago White Sox (2000), Colorado Rockies (2003-04) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2005). In 1,188 career games, Johnson batted .245 with 940 hits, 211 doubles, 167 home runs and 570 RBI. The two-time National League All-Star (1997, 2001) hit .357 (10-for-28) with a home run, three RBI and four runs scored over seven games during the memorable 1997 World Series. A four-time Gold Glove Award winner, Johnson amassed a career .993 fielding percentage and was on the receiving end of three no-hitters during his career, which is tied for third-most all-time, trailing only Jason Varitek and Carlos Ruiz (four each). Johnson, who led NL catchers in fielding percentage twice (1996-97), finished first among NL backstops with 63 assists in 1995 and 56 runners caught stealing in 1997. Johnson’s 582 games caught in a Marlins uniform rank first in franchise history ahead of Mike Redmond (446), current Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (290) and Miguel Olivo (264).

Renteria, who was originally signed by the Marlins as a free agent in January 1992, played 16 seasons as a shortstop in the Majors for the Marlins (1996-98), St. Louis Cardinals (1999-2004), Boston Red Sox (2005), Atlanta Braves (2006-07), Detroit Tigers (2008), San Francisco Giants (2009-10) and Cincinnati Reds (2011). The Barranquilla, Colombia native played in 2,152 career games, hitting .286 with 2,327 hits, 1,200 runs scored, 294 stolen bases, 436 doubles, 140 home runs and 923 RBI. At 21 years of age, Renteria authored the most memorable moment in Marlins history with his walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7 of the 1997 World Series. The five-time All-Star (1998, 2000, 2003-04, 2006) also played a significant role in helping the Giants win the 2010 World Series, the first for the historic franchise since moving to San Francisco in 1958. Renteria provided game-winning home runs in Games 2 and 5 en route to being named MVP of the Fall Classic, and he joined Hall of Famers Yogi Berra, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio as the only players to ever have two game-winning hits in a single World Series. The two-time Gold Glove Award winner (2002-03) hit .333 (21-for-63) with two home runs, 10 RBI, five doubles and 11 runs scored in 16 career World Series contests.

Johnson’s staff on the U.S. Team will include former Marlins stars and MLB network analysts Cliff Floyd (hitting coach) and Al Leiter (pitching coach), as well as former Marlins coach Jerry Manuel (bench coach), while Renteria’s staff on the World Team will include former Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo (bench coach). The remainder of the coaching staffs, as well as rosters and umpires for the 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be announced in the coming weeks.

As part of its live All-Star Week programming, MLB Network will exclusively televise and MLB.com will live stream the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 4:00 p.m. (ET), with Matt Vasgersian, Mike Lowell, Heidi Watney and MLB.com prospect expert Jonathan Mayo on the call live from Marlins Park.

SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide live play-by-play coverage of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209) in addition to SiriusXM’s other comprehensive live coverage from Miami. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smart phones and mobile devices and online at SiriusXM.com. Tickets are available for purchase for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game by visiting www.allstargame.com or visiting the box office at Marlins Park.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Marlins Park (July 11th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 10th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 9th), All-Star FanFest at the Miami Beach Convention Center (July 7th-11th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 88th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit www.allstargame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Astros’ Correa, Rockies’ Blackmon named AL & NL Player of the Month for May

Carlos Correa 2015 By EricEnfermero - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikipedia.org

Charlie Blackmon on field 2014 By Jennifer Zambrano on Flickr CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for May, and Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for May.

Others receiving votes for NL Player of the Month included Bour’s teammates Marcell Ozuna (.343, 18 R, 8 HR, 18 RBI) and Stanton (.299, 9 2B, 7 HR, 21 RBI); Michael Conforto (.314, 25 R, 9 2B, 7 HR) of the New York Mets; NL Rookie of the Month Cody Bellinger (.566 SLG, 22 R, 9 HR, 27 RBI) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Buster Posey (.344, .600 SLG, 15 R, 11 XBH) of the San Francisco Giants; Zack Cozart (.344, 19 R, 12 XBH, 18 RBI) and Adam Duvall (.291, 14 R, 7 HR, 28 RBI) of the Cincinnati Reds; and Charlie’s teammate Mark Reynolds (.319, 16 R, 5 HR, 21 RBI).

The Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month, Carlos Correa, and the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, Charlie Blackmon will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network. Correa batted .386 (39-for-101) with 24 runs scored, eight doubles, seven home runs and 26 RBI to claim his first career AL Player of the Month Award. Carlos’ first monthly honor came via Rookie of the Month, which he was awarded in June 2015. Correa is the first Astros player to win AL Player of the Month since teammate Jose Altuve took home monthly honors last June. Among qualified AL leaders, the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year finished the month first in batting average and RBI; second in runs scored; third in on-base percentage (.457); fourth in slugging percentage (.673); and tied for sixth in extra-base hits (15).

On Monday against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field, the Ponce, Puerto Rico native went 3-for- 5 with three runs scored, a double, one home run and three RBI. Following the game, Correa had tallied 322 hits and 50 home runs in 298 career games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 22- year-old shortstop became the second player in franchise history to compile 300 hits and 50 homers in his first 300 Major League games, joining Lance Berkman (313 hits, 58 HR). Moreover, the three-hit effort was his fifth consecutive multi-hit game, the longest multi-hit streak of his career, and the longest by an Astros player since Altuve posted a five-game streak from July 17th-22nd of last season. In Houston’s final game of the month on Wednesday against Minnesota, the first overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft tallied three hits, a pair of runs and his ninth home run of the season. With the two-run blast, Correa logged the 50th home run of his career at the shortstop position, the most in franchise history. In Major League history, only Alex Rodriguez (95) hit more home runs as a shortstop prior to turning 23 years old.

Led by their star shortstop’s hot bat, Houston owns the best record in Baseball at 38-16 (.704) and leads the AL West by 11.5 games. Others receiving votes for AL Player of the Month included AL Rookie of the Month Aaron Judge (.347, 17 R, 7 HR, 17 RBI) and Brett Gardner (.327, 23 R, 9 HR, 21 RBI) of the New York Yankees; Carlos’ versatile teammate Marwin Gonzalez (.382, 19 R, 7 HR, 22 RBI); last month’s AL Player of the Month Mike Trout (.797 SLG, 18 R, 9 HR, 18 RBI) of the Los Angeles Angels; outfielder Corey Dickerson (.349, 27 R, 16 XBH, 15 RBI) of the Tampa Bay Rays; and Yonder Alonso (.303/.425/.803, 10 HR, 17 RBI) of the Oakland Athletics.

Blackmon hit .359 (42-for-117) with 24 runs scored, six doubles, five triples, six home runs, 29 RBI and three stolen bases to claim his first career Player of the Month Award, and the first for the Rockies since teammate Nolan Arenado in September 2015. Among qualified NL hitters, Charlie finished the period first in hits, batting average and triples; tied for first in extra-base hits (17); third in runs scored and slugging percentage (.650); tied for third in stolen bases; and fifth in RBI. Blackmon began his award-winning month on a seven-game hitting streak from May 2nd-9th, posting a .387/.424/.742 slash line during his prolific start. The Rockies went 5-2 in that span, helped in large part by his hot bat, which accounted for seven runs scored, four doubles, two triples, a home run, one stolen base and three RBI.

On May 23rd against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Blackmon went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run home runs, marking his first multi-homer game of the 2017 campaign. The four-RBI output gave him a Major League-leading 40 RBI on the season (47 games). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the fewest number of team games for a player to accumulate 40 RBI from the leadoff spot since RBI became an official statistic in 1920. The record of 52 team games was previously held by two American Leaguers – Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers (2009) and Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox (2016).

Over a 13-game span from May 12th-26th, Colorado’s second round selection in the 2008 MLB Draft recorded a hit in 12 games, 10 of which were multi-hit efforts. The dynamic center fielder slashed .456/.475/.772 with 15 runs scored, two doubles, a pair of triples, four home runs, 18 RBI and two stolen bases during his torrid stretch. On the heels of Blackmon’s productive month, Colorado enters play today in a first-place tie with the Arizona Diamondbacks atop the NL West at 34-22 (.607). Justin Bour (.344, 18 R, 11 HR, 21 RBI) of the Miami Marlins also received votes after connecting for 11 round-trippers over 19 games from May 10th-31st. The only other slugger in Marlins history to hit more home runs than Bour in a span of 19-or-fewer games is teammate Giancarlo Stanton, who went deep 12 times over 19 games in 2015.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

 

 

MLB suspends three Minor League Players for drug violations

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that three Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Baltimore Orioles Minor League infielder Robert Andino has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the program. The suspension of Andino, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Norfolk Tides of the International League, is effective immediately.

Orioles Minor League outfielder Johnny Dixon has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program. The suspension of Dixon, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Orioles, will be effective at the start of the 2017 DSL season.

Arizona Diamondbacks Minor League left-handed pitcher Bryan Valdez has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program. The suspension of Valdez, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League D-backs, will be effective at the start of the 2017 DSL season.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Reds end current homestand Thursday vs. Cardinals with 12:35 pm game

Thursday, June 8, 2017 – Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 12:35 p.m. (Business Day Special, Senior Citizen Special, Thirsty Thursday)
• Hall of Fame Vintage Game: See baseball the way it was played in 1869 at the annual Vintage Game from Noon to 12:30 p.m. featuring the Reds Hall of Fame 1869 Reds Stockings vs. the Lexington Bluegrass Barons.

 

Ticket Offers For This Homestand

• TOP 6 Ballpark Pass: Fans can attend all remaining 2017 home games for only $29.99 per month with the new Reds “TOP 6″ Ballpark Pass. In honor of the popular “TOP 6″ rows at Riverfront Stadium, the new TOP 6 Ballpark Pass gives pass holders a ticket in the top six rows of GABP for all regular season home games that month. For full details and to purchase a Reds TOP 6 Ballpark Pass, visit reds.com/TOP6.
• 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: reds.com/Family (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 and you could win tickets to the next Business Day Game.
• Senior Citizen Specials: For select games this season (including June 8) 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.
• 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.com/Thursday.

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Pete Rose Bobblehead: The Hall of Fame’s 2017 bobblehead series, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, continues in June with Reds Hall of Famer Pete Rose. 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 June, while supplies last.
• Tom Browning Meet & Greet, June 2: Meet “Mr. Perfect” Tom Browning, at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum before Friday home games during the 2017 season. Browning will greet fans and sign complimentary autographs from 6 to 7 p.m. One autograph per person. Contact the Reds Hall of Fame box office at (513) 765-7923 for more information.

Reds Community Fund
• Reds Bowling Bash, June 4: The Reds Bowling Bash presented by Adams Recovery Center is Sunday, June 4 at the Super Bowl in Erlanger, KY. Enjoy this unique opportunity to bowl alongside your favorite Reds players. The entire 2017 Reds team is scheduled to appear and help raise money for the baseball and softball themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund. For more information and to sign up visit reds.com/Bowling or call (513) 765-7240.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY REDS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Reds Hall of Fame Bobblehead for June, Pete Rose

 

Free With Weekend Reds HOF Admissions & Tours

 

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

The most prolific hitter in baseball history, Cincinnati native Pete Rose wore the uniform of his hometown Reds from 1963-1978 and again from 1984-1986. He ranks at the top of the Reds’ all-time franchise list in games played (2722), plate appearances (12,344), runs scored (1741), hits (3358), singles (2490), doubles (601), total bases (4645) and bases on balls (1210). In 1986, Rose finished his career with 4,256 hits, setting an all-time MLB record that to this day has yet to be broken.

Pete Rose swinging bat By Bsolst - Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

Pete was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2016 and on Saturday, June 17 his bronze statue will be unveiled and dedicated outside Great American Ball Park.

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 June, 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 redsmuseum.org 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.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY REDS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

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