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Archive for July 16th, 2017

Reds homestand highlights, July 17-23 as Nationals, D-Backs and Marlins visit

 

 

 

Monday, July 17 – Reds vs. Washington Nationals, 12:35 p.m. (Business Day Special, Senior Citizen Special)
• National Anthem: Aaron Blake, a tenor with the Cincinnati Opera, will sing the National Anthem.

Tuesday, July 18 – Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.
• Honorary Captain: Thomas More College President David A. Armstrong will serve as the Honorary Captain of the game.
• First Pitch: Federico Higuaín, midfielder from the Columbus Crew SC, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Wednesday, July 19 – Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.
• Reds Community Advocate Award: Dick Weiland, local civil rights advocate, philanthropist and lobbyist will receive a Reds Community Advocate Award. Mr. Weiland serves on more than 30 boards and commissions and has worked tirelessly during his lifetime to serve others and stand up for what he believes. In 2016, he was inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Commission Hall of Fame.

Thursday, July 20 – Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 12:35 p.m. (Business Day Special, Senior Citizen Special, Thirsty Thursday)
• Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year: The four finalists of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati Youth of the Year will be honored on the field during pregame ceremonies.
• Playdate Picnic at GABP: Join other families of Reds fans for the inaugural Playdate Picnic presented by PNC Grow Up Great and Raising A Reds Fan. As part of this special day, see the Reds take on Diamondbacks for only $15 per family (includes up to four tickets). Plus, you’ll get to enjoy a dance party with Rosie Red, a picnic on the Wiffle ball field, crafts and more. Tickets and details at reds.com/playdate.

Friday, July 21 – Reds vs. Miami Marlins, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday, 4 for $48)
• Fireworks Friday with the Cincinnati Pops: The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, conducted by John Morris Russell, will play a post-game concert from the Kroger Fan Zone and will be shown on the videoboard for all fans to see. The last 15 minutes of the concert will accompany the Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks show, presented by United Dairy Farmers. The Pops Brass Ensemble will perform “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch. (Due to the Pops concert, the Fan Zone Wiffle ball field will be closed to fans on Friday night.)
• Art in the Park: ArtsWave and the Reds are teaming up for the fifth annual Art in the Park game. Fans can experience pregame music, dance, theater and hands-on art activities in the Kroger Fan Zone and many of the pregame ceremonies will feature local arts groups.
• PEANUTS Characters: Charlie Brown™ and the PEANUTS™ characters from Kings Island will be at the ballpark to meet and greet with fans.

Saturday, July 22 – Reds vs. Miami Marlins, 7:10 p.m. (Super Saturday, 4 for $48)
• Batting Practice Pullover: As part of Super Saturdays, free batting practice pullover jacket to the first 20,000 fans, presented by FOX Sports Ohio.
• Reds Country Athletic Achievement Awards: The Minster High School baseball team and Williamsburg High School girls softball team will be honored on the field during pregame ceremonies and receive Reds Country Athletic Achievement Awards. Minster won the 2017 Ohio Division IV state baseball title and Williamsburg won the 2017 Ohio Division IV state softball title.

Sunday, July 23 – Reds vs. Miami Marlins, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday, 4 for $48)
• Devin Mesoraco Fathead® Wall Decal: As part of family day at the ballpark, free Devin Mesoraco Fathead® Wall Decal to kids 14 and younger, presented by Hot Head Burritos.
• PEANUTS Characters: Charlie Brown™ and the PEANUTS™ characters from Kings Island will be at the ballpark to meet and greet with fans.

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: 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 to win tickets to the next Business Day Game.
• Senior Citizen Specials: For select games this season (including July 17 & 20) 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 reds.com/Seniors.
• 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.
• PEANUTS™ Ticket Package, July 21-23: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the PEANUTS™ musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” this package includes an exclusive Charlie Brown™ bobblehead plus your ticket to your choice of games during the July 21-23 weekend. Must purchase your game ticket through this offer to receive the bobblehead. Available while supplies last only at reds.com/Peanuts.
• 4 for $48 Ticket Offer: For the July 21-23 series vs. the Marlins, buy four View Level or two Terrace Line tickets for just $48 and receive a voucher for an Ultimate Wash at Mike’s Carwash ($20 value) with each ticket: reds.com/4for48.

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Ron Oester Bobblehead: The Hall of Fame’s 2017 bobblehead series, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, continues in July with Reds Hall of Famer Ron Oester. 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 July, while supplies last.
• Hall of Fame Meet & Greets: Visit the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum this homestand to meet the following HOF’ers and alumni:
- Ron Oester and Tom Browning, July 21: HOF’ers Ron Oester and Tom Browning will participate in a Q&A, sign autographs, and take photos with attendees. Ticket packages are $10 for HOF members and $15 for non-members and a limit of two ticket packages per person.

 

 

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

 

Reds acquire versatile Nick Longhi from Red Sox

For International Signing Bonus Pool Space

 

Press Release
Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations, General Manager Dick Williams today announced acquisition of OF/1B Nick Longhi from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for international signing bonus pool space.
Longhi, 21, is ranked by MLB.com the ninth-best prospect in the Red Sox’ system. He entered the 2017 season ranked by Baseball America as that organization’s No. 14 prospect.

Nick Longhi Reds (courtesy Portland Sea Dogs)

In 62 games this season at Class AA Portland, Longhi hit .262 with 6 HR and 33 RBI.
In 2016 he spent entire season with Class A Salem and ranked among Carolina League leaders in hitting (10th, .282), RBI (5th, 77) and doubles (2nd, 40).
The Red Sox selected Longhi in the 30th round of the June 2013 first-year player draft out of Venice High School in Florida.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY REDS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Reds Hall of Fame honoring Ron Oester with bobblehead during July

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

A Cincinnati native, Oester played his entire 17-year professional baseball career with the Reds organization. He finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting in 1980 after playing in 100 games for the Reds. Oester was the recipient of MLB’s Hutch Award in 1987 following his return from a devastating knee injury. In his last season with the Reds, he was a key player off the bench for the 1990 World Champion Reds, scoring the winning run in the pennant-clinching game over the Pirates in Game 6 of the NLCS. Oester was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2014.

Ron Oester (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 July 1 and will be available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of July, 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 REDS HALL OF FAME, MLBpressbox.com

 

MLB suspends three minor leaguers for violations of drug policies

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.

Free agent Minor League third baseman Eudor Garcia and free agent Minor League designated hitter Xavier Turner have each received a 100-game suspension without pay following a third positive test for a drug of abuse. Each of their suspensions will be effective upon their signing with another Major League organization.

Colorado Rockies Minor League left-handed pitcher Austin Wright has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2017 season after testing positive for Clomiphene, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program. The suspension of Wright, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Boise Hawks of the Northwest League, is effective immediately.

 

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

 

NY Yankees star Aaron Judge and fellow MLB All-Star Game performances led to several accomplishments

 

Aaron Judge getting ready By EricEnfermero, Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Aaron Judge’s performance during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and the world’s top baseball players competing in the 88th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard led to a series of notable accomplishments during 2017 All-Star Week in Miami.

Aaron Judge & All-Star Merchandise

Driven by the success of Judge, overall All-Star merchandise sales rose +42% on MLBShop.com versus last year. Highlights on the popularity of Judge’s merchandise include:

Judge had the most popular All-Star batting practice jersey of any All-Star in the past 10 years.  The jersey doubled in sales after he won the Derby.

·  Judge also had the most popular regular uniform jersey during All-Star Week.

·   The most searched term on MLBShop.com this week is Judge-related.

Viewership & Digital Consumption

Even with fan viewing habits changing with new technology, MLB secured increases across both television viewership and digital consumption of All-Star events.

·  Aaron Judge won his first Derby title in impressive fashion resulting in the most-watched Home Run Derby since 2008 and second most-watched Derby since 1999.

·  The T-Mobile Home Run Derby on ESPN (+55%) and the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on FOX (+7%) both registered viewership gains, the first time both events had increases in the same year since 2008.

·  The two-day average audience for MLB Network’s MLB Tonight prior to the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard increased +48% from last year.

· Fans watched more than 44 million live minutes online of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, combined, via WatchESPN (HRD), FOX Sports Go (ASG), MLB.com (HRD), MLB.TV Premium (ASG) and the MLB.com At Bat app.

·   MLB.com’s owned and operated digital platforms drew more than 100 million video views of All-Star content from Miami, representing an increase more than +40% from 2016.

·  MLB.com At Bat, the leading sports app in total minutes consumed since Opening Day according to comScore, reached 10 million app starts combined for the first time during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game. This lead to record-setting consumption by baseball fans at a mark +59% higher than the previous high set in 2016.

Latino Audience & Spanish Language Telecasts

The T-Mobile Home Run Derby drew the largest Latino audience ever for the event, tripling last year, with viewers across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. In addition, FOX Deportes attracted its second largest All-Star Game audience. With the event hosted in the ethnically diverse city of Miami, MLB recognized National Baseball Hall of Fame members who were born in Latin America prior to the All-Star Game.

Global Distribution

The All-Star Game was televised in more than 195 countries and territories in 14 languages. In Miami, 25 rights holders from 13 countries broadcasted on-site with 11 of the partners from Latin American countries.

PLAY BALL Park

MLB once again provided a fun and interactive space in the backdrop of the Midsummer Classic that encouraged young fans to play various forms of baseball and softball with the second year of PLAY BALL Park. More than 4,200 fans attended the free area at Miami’s Bayfront Park, which included appearances by Indians All-Star Francisco Lindor, Red Sox All-Star Craig Kimbrel, Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, softball legends Jennie Finch and Lisa Fernandez, 17 of the top Minor League players who competed in the SiriusXM All-Stars Future Game, and members of USA Baseball and Softball.

All-Star Rosters

The All-Star rosters featured a group of talented young and diverse Major Leaguers.

· The 2017 All-Star rosters featured 33 players (46.5%) age 27 or younger, including rookie sluggers Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger.

· The All-Star rosters featured 23 foreign-born players (32.4%) from eight different countries and territories.

MLB.com Home Run Derby Video Game

The award-winning MLB.com Home Run Derby mobile video game, already on a record-setting pace in 2017 with its featured cover athlete Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, continued its growth during and after the T-Mobile Home Run Derby national broadcast. In just the past few days, gamers have hit more than four million home runs while playing the video game for more than one million total minutes, all done utilizing the numerous MLB stars featured in the simulated gameplay competition.

 

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

 

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