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Archive for September 3rd, 2017

Reds will celebrate 16-year career of fan-favorite Bronson Arroyo September 23 at GABP

 

Bronson Arroyo playing guitar in 2008 By User goaliej54 on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

The Cincinnati Reds will celebrate the 16-year career of pitcher Bronson Arroyo on Saturday, September 23 when the Reds play the Boston Red Sox (4:10 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.

This special night called “Kickin’ it with Bronson” will include pre-game ceremonies saluting Bronson’s career with the Reds and tribute videos from Bronson’s former teammates, coaches, friends and celebrities.

Following the game, Bronson and his band will play a 40-minute concert, presented by Budweiser, for all fans in attendance.

The evening will be capped off by a Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks show, presented by United Dairy Farmers, with a soundtrack featuring some of Bronson’s favorite songs and artists.

Fans can purchase a $10 field pass add-on to their game ticket to watch the post-game concert from the infield, with all proceeds benefiting the Reds Community Fund.

VIP packages are also available that include a game ticket, meet and greet with Bronson and field pass for the concert.

Tickets and additional details are available Reds.com/Bronson.

Bronson made his Reds debut in 2006 after being acquired in a trade from the Red Sox and played eight seasons in Cincinnati before returning in 2017.

He ranks among the franchise’s all-time leaders in strikeouts (1,157; 6th), starts (279; 17th), wins (108; T12th) and innings pitched (1,761.1; 12th).

Bronson received the Johnny Vander Meer Award as the Reds Most Outstanding Pitcher three times (2006, 2009, 2010) and four times won the club’s Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award (2006, 2009, 2011, 2012).

He was a 2006 MLB All-Star and won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence in 2010.

Bronson Arroyo 2011 while with Reds by BubbaFan at the English language Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

 

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Reds have short homestand, September 4 through 6 hosting the Brewers

 

Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 – Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 p.m.
• Mascot T-ball Game: The 15th annual Mascot T-ball game will take place from approx. Noon to 12:30 p.m. featuring mascots representing schools and organizations from throughout the region.
• Heart & Hustle Award: Adam Duvall will be presented with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s “Heart & Hustle Award” during pregame ceremonies. The annual award was created to recognize one player on each MLB team who demonstrates a passion for the game and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.
• First Pitch: Eleven-year-old Keenan Briggs from Plano, KY will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Keenan has a congenital upper limb difference and was born without a left hand. In July, he made national news for hitting a home run for his Warren County (KY) South All-Star team in the District 1 Little League Tournament.
• Post-game Concert: Fans are invited to stay after the game for the annual Faith Day concert presented by Prasco featuring Grammy Award-nominated artist Crowder. Prior to the concert, fans can hear testimonials from Reds players Michael Lorenzen and Scooter Gennett.

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 – Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.
• Police & Fire Appreciation Night: Many of tonight’s pregame ceremonies will feature members of local police, fire, sheriff and EMT departments.
• First Pitch: Bengals first round draft pick John Ross will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
• Game Ball Delivery: Daniel Hemric and Matt Tifft, drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, will deliver the official game ball. Both drivers competed in the Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Kentucky Speedway in July.
• LEGO® NINJAGO® Characters: THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE characters Lloyd, Nya and Master Wu will meet and greet with fans in the Kroger Fan Zone from 5:40 to 7:30 p.m. THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE opens nationwide on Friday, Sept. 22.

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 – Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 12:35 p.m.
• Roberto Clemente Award: The Reds’ nominee for the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award from Major League Baseball, will be honored during pregame ceremonies. (MLB will annouce nominees on Sept. 5.) The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Ticket Offers for this Homestand
• Senior Citizen Specials: For select games this season (including Sept. 6) 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. Available only at reds.com/Seniors. (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: reds.com/skipwork.

Reds Community Fund
• Ultimate Spring Training Experience: The Reds Community Fund is selling $100 raffle tickets for the inaugural Ultimate Spring Training Experience. Two prizes will be awarded and each package includes a VIP experience for two at the Reds Spring Training facility in Goodyear, AZ. The package includes 4 days/3 nights trip including roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and ground transportation, an exclusive VIP access to a meet-and-greet opportunity with Reds players, radio booth visit with Marty Brennaman & Jeff Brantley, a private tour of the Reds Spring Training Complex and more. For more information, official rules and to purchase raffle tickets, please contact the Reds Community Fund at (513) 765-7700 or raffle@reds.com. The deadline to purchase raffle tickets is Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at the end of the Reds vs. Red Sox game. The two winners will be notified on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Must be 18 years of age or older to purchase raffle tickets.

Reds Hall of Fame
• Reds Hall of Fame Voting: Fans can vote now for the former Reds players appearing on the 2018 Modern Player Ballot presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett, the official accounting firm of the Reds Hall of Fame Ballot. The Modern Player candidates for 2018 are:
• Aaron Boone, 3B (1997-2003)
• Adam Dunn, OF (2001-2008)
• John Franco, P (1984-1989)
• Danny Graves, P (1997-2005)
• Scott Rolen, 3B (2009-2012)
• Reggie Sanders, OF (1991-1998)
Fans may cast ballots online at RedsMuseum.org through September 30. There is a limit of one vote per person/email address per day.

 

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Orioles 3B Manny Machado’s hot August earns him AL Player of the Month

 

Manny Machado By Keith Allison CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for August, and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for August.

Machado batted .341 (43-for-126) with 23 runs scored, six doubles, a triple, 12 home runs, 35 RBI and three stolen bases over 29 games played to claim his second career AL Player of the Month Award, last winning in April 2016. Among qualified AL hitters, Machado finished his strong month first in RBI; tied for first in home runs; fourth in slugging percentage; and fifth in batting average. This is Baltimore’s first Player of the Month Award since Manny’s most recent honor last season.

Over the course of his award-winning month, Machado logged at least one hit in 22 of 29 games and posted multi-hit efforts in 14 contests. On August 19th against the Los Angeles Angels at Camden Yards, the third overall selection in the 2010 MLB Draft clubbed three home runs. With his final homer – a walk-off grand slam – Manny finished the contest with seven RBI. According to Elias, the three-time All-Star became the 13th player in Major League history to log three round-trippers in a game with the final one being a walkoff, and the first since All-Star first baseman Joey Votto accomplished the feat for the Cincinnati Reds on May 13, 2012 against the Washington Nationals. Over a 12-game stretch from August 6th-18th, Machado batted .370 (20-for-54) with 12 runs scored, four doubles, a triple, seven home runs (three grand slams) and 25 RBI. Per Elias, Manny became the first Major Leaguer with 25 RBI over a span of 12 games since Edwin Encarnacion did so for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015. Additionally, the dynamic third baseman became just the 10th player in Major League history, and the first in Orioles franchise history, to record three grand slams in a calendar month. Nine-time All-Star Carlos Beltrán last accomplished the feat for the New York Mets in July 2006. Led in large part by Machado’s strong month at the plate, the Orioles enter play today 2.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot with a 69-67 record (.507).

Three-time All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson (.289, 22 R, 12 HR, 27 RBI) of the Blue Jays also posted a strong month of August. Over a five-game stretch from August 13th-17th, the 31-year-old registered multi-hit efforts in each contest. During the torrid stretch, Donaldson tallied six runs scored, a double, five home runs and nine RBI. Others receiving votes for AL Player of the Month included Manny’s teammate Tim Beckham (.394, 27 R, 50 H, 18 XBH); designated hitter Nelson Cruz (.341, 20 R, 10 HR, 24 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners; two-time AL MVP Mike Trout (.315, 26 R, 8 HR, 16 RBI) of the Angels; outfielder Byron Buxton (.324, 22 R, 13 XBH, 22 RBI) of the Twins; first baseman Logan Morrison (11 R, 11 XBH, 14 RBI, .500) of the Tampa Bay Rays; and infielder Joey Gallo (16 R, 11 HR, 22 RBI, .768 SLG) of the Texas Rangers.

The Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, Giancarlo Stanton, and the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month, Manny Machado, will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

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Marlins’ star Giancarlo Stanton named NL Player of the Month for August

Giancarlo Stanton 2010 By Cathy T from Washington, DC area, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for August, and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for August.

Stanton posted a slash line of .349/.433/.899 with 28 runs scored, 38 hits, six doubles, 18 home runs, 37 RBI and a stolen base over 29 games played to claim his third career NL Player of the Month Award, last winning in June 2015. This is Miami’s first Player of the Month Award this season, and the first since Stanton’s last honor in 2015. Stanton paced the Majors in runs scored, home runs, RBI and slugging percentage, while finishing fourth in hits and fifth in batting average among NL sluggers.

Stanton, who was awarded NL Player of the Week honors twice during the month of August, clubbed his 50th home run of the season last Sunday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the California native became the 28th different player in Major League history to blast 50 homers in a single season. In addition, the 27-year-old slugger became the fastest player to reach the milestone since 2001, doing so in Miami’s 129th game of the 2017 campaign. During Barry Bonds’ 73-homer season in 2001, Bonds reached the 50-homer mark in San Francisco’s 117th team game. The only other players in MLB history to reach the 50-homer threshold prior to their team’s 130th contest were Hall of Famer Babe Ruth in 1921 (125), Roger Maris in 1961 (125), Mark McGwire in both 1998 (125) and 1999 (124), and Sammy Sosa in 1999 (121). In Miami’s contest on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals, the Marlins’ second round selection in the 2007 MLB Draft notched his 51st home run of the season, increasing his Major League lead to 14 homers over fellow 2017 All-Star Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. Elias also notes that Stanton joined Hall of Famers Ruth (1919-21, 24, 26-28) and Jimmie Foxx (1932-33) as the only players since 1876 to pace the Majors by as many as 14 home runs at any point in a season. Overall, the 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Champion matched Rudy York (August 1937) for the second-most homers in a calendar month in MLB history. Sammy Sosa recorded 20 round-trippers in June 1998 during his 66-homer campaign.

Five-time All-Star Paul Goldschmidt (.330, 18 R, 11 HR, 31 RBI) of the Arizona Diamondbacks also received votes for NL Player of the Month. Goldschmidt, who scored his 100th run of the season on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, became the first D-back in team history to log at least 100 runs scored in four seasons.

The Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, Giancarlo Stanton, and the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month, Manny Machado, will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

 

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Free agent catcher Derek Norris disciplined by MLB for violating joint domestic violence policy

Derek Norris at bat in 2015 By Dirk Hansen - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced today that free agent catcher Derek Norris has been placed on the Restricted List, and will be ineligible to play Major League or Minor League Baseball or to sign a contract with a Major League organization, for the remainder of the 2017 season (including the Postseason), based on the results of the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation under Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Norris will be reinstated from the Restricted List, and will be eligible to sign a contract with and to play for a Major League or Minor League Club, following the completion of the 2017 World Series. Norris has agreed not to appeal this discipline. Commissioner Manfred issued the following statement:

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Derek Norris violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence Policy on October 21, 2015.  Mr. Norris cooperated throughout the investigation, including submitting to an in-person interview with MLB’s Department of Investigations. After reviewing the evidence, I determined that Mr. Norris’s conduct warranted discipline under the Joint Domestic Violence Policy. While Mr. Norris denies the allegation against him, he and I have agreed that he will spend the remainder of the 2017 season away from the game and that he will forfeit $100,000 of his remaining termination pay from the Tampa Bay Rays, which will be donated by the Rays to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence. The charitable organizations will be selected by the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association.”

 

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