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Dayton Dragons Celebration Game Roster for Today, March 30, Finalized

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton, Ohio—The roster for “Team 20” in tomorrow’s Dayton Dragons 20th Season Celebration Game has been announced.  The “Team 20” roster is expected to also be the Dragons official roster for their Midwest League opening night game on Thursday, April 4, though changes could be made in the event of injuries or additional player acquisitions.

 

The Celebration Game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at Fifth Third Field and will match the 2019 Dragons against the Alumni Team.  All players on the Alumni Team are still active within the Cincinnati Reds organization and previously played for the Dragons.

 

The “Team 20” 25-man roster includes the Cincinnati Reds second, third, fourth, and fifth round draft picks from 2018 (2018 first round pick Jonathan India previously played for the Dragons).  The roster also includes seven players who are ranked among the Reds top-30 prospects by Baseball America, a high number compared to most seasons.  Two additional players are ranked among the Reds top-30 by MLB.com or Fangraphs.com.

 

The Dragons roster includes 13 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders, and four outfielders.  Five of the 25 players have previously played for the Dragons (Connor Bennett, Andy Cox, Adrian Rodriguez, Jarod Solomon, Reshard Munroe).

 

Pitchers:  Connor Bennett, Ryan Campbell, Andy Cox, Jhon De Jesus, Eddy Demurius, Alexis Diaz, Jacob Heatherly, James Marinan, Julio Pinto, Lyon Richardson, Adrian Rodriguez, Eduardo Salazar, Jared Solomon.

 

Catchers:  Pabel Manzanero, Jay Schuyler.

 

Infielders:  Bren Spillane, Jonathan Willems, Miguel Hernandez, Juan Martinez, Dylan Harris, Claudio Finol.

 

Outfielders:  Mariel Bautista, Mike Siani, Reinel Ozuna, Reshard Munroe.

 

The consensus top-rated prospect for the 2019 Dragons is center fielder Mike Siani, who is ranked by Baseball America as the #8 prospect in the Reds system, and the second highest-rated outfielder on the list behind former Dragon Taylor Trammell.  Siani was the Reds fourth round draft pick in 2018 out of William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia.  In the fall of 2017, he led the USA Baseball 18 & Under national team to a perfect 9-0 record in World Cup play and was selected to the all-tournament team.

 

Siani is considered an exceptional defensive center fielder with excellent speed who is still developing as a hitter.  In his first season of professional baseball in 2018 with Greeneville in the Appalachian League, he faced older competition but still spent almost the entire season above the .300 mark.  He finished the year at .288 with two home runs in 46 games.

 

First baseman Bren Spillane was one of the top hitters in all of college baseball in 2018 at the University of Illinois, where he won the Triple Crown in the Big Ten Conference and was picked by Collegiate Baseball newspaper as the national “Player of the Year.”  He produced one of the biggest seasons in the history of the Big Ten, batting .407 with 22 home runs and a .944 slugging percentage that led the nation.  He was the Reds third round draft pick in 2018.

 

Pitcher Ryan Campbell was an outstanding college hurler at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he was selected 2018 Third Team All-American by the National College Baseball Writers Association and the 2018 Horizon League Pitcher of the Year.  He posted a 1.53 ERA to rank fourth in the nation among NCAA Division I pitchers in 2018.

 

Utility infielder Dylan Harris hit over .400 in three of his four college seasons.  He closed out his college career in 2018 as the all-time hits leader in the history of the Sunshine State Conference.  He played at NCAA Division II Nova Southeastern and broke that school’s single-season record for base hits in 2018.  Harris hit .314 at Billings in his first professional season.

 

Outfielder Mariel Bautista has produced three straight seasons in the Reds organization with a batting average of over .300.  In 2018, he hit .330 at Billings to lead the team and added eight home runs while posting an outstanding .541 slugging percentage.  Bautista was selected as a Pioneer League All-Star outfielder and is ranked as the Reds #16 prospect by Baseball America.

 

Blurbs on other selected 2019 Dragons players:

 

Lyon Richardson, starting pitcher:  Reds second round draft pick in 2018 out of Jensen Beach High School in Florida…Highest-drafted player on the Dayton roster…As a high school senior in 2018, he posted a record of 7-0 with a 0.58 ERA…He had committed to play at the University of Florida before signing with the Reds…Ranked as the Reds #11 prospect by MLB.com; #13 by Fangraphs, and #17 by Baseball America.

 

Jacob Heatherly, starting pitcher:  One of the most highly-regarded high school pitchers in the entire 2017 draft…As a senior at Cullman High School in Alabama in 2017, he went 10-1 with a 1.11 ERA and struck out 116 batters in 70 innings…Reds third round draft pick in 2017…Ranked as the #12 prospect in the Reds organization by MLB.com.  Baseball America ranks him #23, and Fangraphs has him ranked #29.

 

James Marinan, starting pitcher:   Starred at Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Florida, where he went 8-1 with a 0.84 ERA as a senior in 2017…Ranked by Baseball America as the 59th best prospect in the 2017 draft…Planned to play college baseball at the University of Miami, where he would have been a teammate of Jeter Downs had both players not signed professionally…Drafted in the fourth round in 2017 by the Los Angeles Dodgers…Acquired in 2018 by the Reds in a trade with LA…Ranked as the #19 prospect in the Reds system by Baseball America; #20 by MLB.com, and #26 by Fangraphs.

 

Jared Solomon, starting pitcher:  Coming off an outstanding 2018 season with Billings…Was 4-2 with a 2.27 earned run average in nine starts when he was promoted to Dayton at the start of August…Was leading the Pioneer League in ERA at time of promotion to Dayton…Played collegiately at Lackawana College in Pennsylvania…Drafted in the 11th round by the Reds in 2017.

 

Jay Schuyler, catcher:  Posted big years at the University of San Diego in 2017 and ’18…Broke out as a sophomore in ‘17 and hit .352 with six home runs in 54 games, posting a .926 OPS…Enjoyed a similar season as a junior in 2018 and batted .342 with seven home runs, starting all 55 of his team’s games…Also selected Academic All-Conference in 2018.

 

Pabel Manzanero, catcher:  Served as the clean-up hitter in the Billings lineup in 2018…Hit .291 in 66 games with nine home runs including two in one game on July 23…Has hit at least .290 in three of his last four professional seasons…Also saw extensive action at first base in addition to his primary position of catcher at Billings.

 

Jonathan Willems, second baseman:  The next Dragons hitter from the island of Curacao, following Didi Gregorius, Calten Daal, and Hendrik Clementina…Ranked as the Reds #26 prospect by MLB.com…In 2018, played for the Reds affiliate at Greeneville, batting .263 and connecting on eight home runs after hitting just one in his first two seasons of professional baseball.

 

Miguel Hernandez, shortstop:  Rated by Fangraphs as the #25 prospect in the Reds farm system…Signed with the Reds as a 16-year-old in the summer of 2015…Came to the U.S. for the first time in 2017 with the Goodyear Reds in the Arizona League, batting .314…Played with Greeneville in 2018, batting .301 in 60 games, including .344 in final month.

 

Juan Martinez, third baseman:  Ranked as the #22 prospect in Reds organization by Baseball America…Originally signed with the Reds as a 16-year-old prior to 2016 season…After not hitting a home run in 2016 or ’17, he connected on eight with Billings in 2018, batting .274 with a solid .470 slugging percentage.

 

Dragons on the Baseball America Reds Top-30 Prospect List:

 

#8 Mike Siani

#16 Mariel Bautista

#17 Lyon Richardson

#19 James Marinan

#22 Juan Martinez

#23 Jacob Heatherly

#30 Bren Spillane

 

DP&L as the presenting sponsor, Dayton Dragons announce 2019 TV Schedule

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

25-GAME TELEVISION BROADCASTS ON DAYTON’S CW PRESENTED BY DP&L

WONE 980 RETURNS AS RADIO FLAGSHIP HOME OF DRAGONS

 

DAYTON, OHIO—The Dayton Dragons announced this week that 25 Dragons home games will be televised live from Fifth Third Field on Dayton’s CW during the 2019 season, starting with the first telecast on Friday, April 5.  All games will be broadcast live and in high definition on the following outlets:

 

  • Over the air Channel 26.1
  • Spectrum Channels 13 and 1013
  • Direct TV and DISH Network Channel 26.

 

All Dragons television broadcasts are presented by Dayton Power & Light.

 

Dayton’s CW reaches approximately 500,000 households and over 1.2 million potential viewers in a 10-county area.

 

Dragons Director of Broadcasting Tom Nichols will handle the play-by-play for each telecast.  WDTN Sports Director Jack Pohl will serve as color commentator on Saturday and Sunday broadcasts.  Hutch Konerman, weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter at WDTN, will handle the commentator duties for Friday games that are televised.

 

Tom Nichols returns for his 12th season with the Dragons and 32nd year in Minor League Baseball.  He will serve as the play-by-play announcer on all 25 television broadcasts and all radio broadcasts for games that are not televised.  He has broadcast over 4,000 minor league games since beginning his career in 1988 and has worked at every level of Minor League Baseball.  He is a Ball State University graduate and a native of Muncie, Indiana, where he was inducted into the Delaware County Athletics Hall-of-Fame in 2009.

 

Jack Pohl has served as WDTN-TV Sports Director and Anchor since 2002 and has been with WDTN-TV since August 1995.  Jack is a Dayton native who attended Wright State University.  He began his broadcasting career at Centerville High School station WCWT.   He later moved on to work at various Dayton area radio stations, but is best known for his time as the Z-93 morning show personality with Kim Faris.  Jack is proud to have learned the TV business from WDTN’s legendary Omar Williams.  Jack was honored with the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Sportsmanship and Ethics Integrity Media service award.

 

Hutch Konerman joined WDTN-TV in 2004 as the Weekend Sports Anchor and Sports Reporter for 2 NEWS. He began his broadcasting career in public radio as a news and sports reporter for WVXU-FM in Cincinnati. He also served as a news reporter and producer at WGEM-TV in Quincy, Ill. and as Sports Anchor and Reporter for WHIO-TV in Dayton. Hutch received a regional Emmy for his sports feature in 2006.

 

Dragons 2019 Television Broadcast Schedule

Day Date Opponent Time
Friday April 5 Bowling Green 7:00
Saturday April 13 Lake County 7:00
Sunday April 14 Lake County 2:00
Saturday April 27 Great Lakes 7:00
Sunday April 28 Great Lakes 2:00
Saturday May 11 Burlington 7:00
Friday May 31 South Bend 7:00
Saturday June 1 South Bend 7:00
Sunday June 2 South Bend 2:00
Saturday June 8 Fort Wayne 7:00
Sunday June 9 Fort Wayne 2:00
Saturday June 22 Lansing 7:00
Sunday June 23 Lansing 2:00
Saturday July 6 South Bend 7:00
Sunday July 7 South Bend 2:00
Friday July 12 Wisconsin 7:00
Saturday July 13 Beloit 7:00
Sunday July 14 Beloit 2:00
Friday July 26 Great Lakes 7:00
Saturday August 3 Lake County 7:00
Sunday August 4 Lake County 2:00
Saturday August 10 Lansing 7:00
Sunday August 11 Lansing 2:00
Saturday August 31 West Michigan 7:00
Sunday Sept. 1 West Michigan 2:00

 

 

DRAGONS RADIO BROADCASTS ON FOX SPORTS 980 (WONE)

 

For the ninth straight year, all 140 Dragons home and road games will be broadcast on radio on the Dragons flagship station, Fox Sports 980 (WONE 980 AM) in Dayton.  All games are also streamed on-line at www.daytondragons.com and wone.com, can be heard via the Dragons mobile app (free download at iTunes or Google Play), and on HD Radio on 104.7 WTUI HD 2.  Each broadcast begins with the pre-game show 30 minutes before the first pitch of every Dragons game, featuring game previews, interviews, and lineups.  Each Dragons game is followed by an extensive post-game show featuring game recaps, interviews, and out of town scores.

 

Tom Nichols and Josh Hess will serve as the Dragons broadcasters on radio.

 

Josh Hess returns for his second season as the Dragons #2 broadcaster and media relations assistant.  Hess is a product of the acclaimed communications program at Syracuse University.  The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse has produced many national broadcast talents including Bob Costas, Mike Tirico, Dick Stockton, Marv Albert, Sean McDonough, Beth Mowins, and Ian Eagle.  Hess serves as the sports voice of Yale University, calling football, women’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse.  Before joining the Dragons, Hess spent the 2017 season as the primary broadcaster for the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York/Penn League (Miami Marlins affiliate).  In 2016, he gained experience as a broadcaster in the Cape Cod League, a college summer league featuring many top-level professional prospects.  In 2015, he gained his first exposure to Minor League Baseball as a media assistant with the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.  Hess is a native of Woodbridge, Connecticut.

 

Hess is part of an impressive list of young broadcasters who have served as the #2 announcer with the team since the Dragons inception in 2000. Several Dragons #2 announcers have gone directly from Dayton to primary announcing positions with other Minor League Baseball clubs.

 

Mike Couzens (2011 Dragons) is currently an ESPN Television basketball and football play-by-play announcer and can be seen frequently calling top national games on the ESPN family of networks.  After his season with the Dragons, he spent three years as the voice of the Fort Wayne TinCaps in the Midwest League before moving full-time to ESPN.

 

Owen Serey (2008 Dragons) advanced from the Dragons #2 slot to become the voice of the South Bend Silver Hawks in the Midwest League and spent three seasons in that role.

 

Alex Vispoli (2009 Dragons) served as the voice of the Class-AA Frisco Rough Riders for four seasons from 20012-’15.  Vispoli moved from Dayton to become the voice of the Winston-Salem Dash in 2010 and remained there for two seasons before advancing to Frisco.  He currently works as a freelance broadcaster based in Massachusetts and calls a variety of sports for area universities and conferences, including the Ivy League.

 

Nick Anastos (2010 Dragons) currently serves as the play-by-play announcer for men’s basketball at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

 

Bill Spaulding (2013 Dragons) is a play-by-play announcer for numerous events of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad for NBC and NBC Olympic Channel.  He also calls women’s basketball for Boston College.

 

Brendan Gulick (2014 Dragons) advanced from the Dragons to become the play-by-play voice of the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles in the South Atlantic League.  He currently works as a broadcaster for the University of Pittsburgh on the ACC Network Extra and calls various Ohio State University sports on the Big Ten Network Plus.

 

Keith Raad (2015 Dragons) is entering his second season as the primary broadcaster with the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York/Penn League (New York Mets affiliate).  He spent the 2017 season as a broadcaster with the Frisco RoughRiders in the Texas League after a season with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League.

 

Jason Kempf (2016-17 Dragons) is entering his second season as the primary broadcaster for the Quad Cities River Bandits in the Midwest League (Houston Astros affiliate).

 

Two previous announcers who worked as Dragons # 2 broadcasters, Mike Benton (2004 Dragons) and Nick Brunker (2005 Dragons) have enjoyed long careers in hockey. Benton is the voice of the Everett Silvertips and has called more than 900 professional hockey matches. Brunker completed his fifth season as the voice of the Cincinnati Cyclones in 2015 before accepting a new position outside of sports.


 

What’s New and Hot at Dragons’ Fifth Third Field for 2019 Celebration Season

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

Dayton Dragons Fifth Third Field aerial view from LF

Dayton, Ohio – The 2019 season is the Dayton Dragons 20th year at Fifth Third Field.  The season will celebrate the Dragons rich history and bring many new elements to the ballpark.  Dragons mascots Heater and Gem, the Green Team, and team characters Roofman, Wink, and ATMO are all back for the 2019 season as the Dragons continue their focus on great professional baseball, affordable family fun, unsurpassed customer service, and community involvement.

 

Dragons 20th Season Celebration Game

The Dragons will kick-off their historic season with their “20th Season Celebration Game” on March 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  The game will match the 2019 Dragons (“Team 20”) against a team of Dragons alumni who are still playing in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system.  Former Dragons coaches Ken Griffey Sr. and Tom Browning along with former Dragons players Austin Kearns, Chris Dickerson, and Todd Coffey will all make special appearances at the game.

 

Additional information on the Dragons 20th Season celebration including videos on the 20 Greatest Dragons, special 20th Season merchandise, and Dragons alumni listings is available here:  https://www.milb.com/dayton/team/20.

 

Opening Night

Opening Night for the Dragons is Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.  Skydivers from Team Fastrax will land on the playing field to signify the beginning of another year of Dragons baseball. The national anthem will be performed by the Miamisburg High School Madrigal Singers, winner of theDayton Daily News national anthem contest. There will also be performances from the Shakertown Stompers on the plaza, and the Mini Dugout Dancers prior to and during the game.

 

The Dragons entertainment department will usher in a new selection of contests, skits, and videos that will entertain the whole family. The Green Team will continue to be a big part of Dragons baseball in 2019.


New at Fifth Third Field in 2019

The Dragons Zone

Fifth Third Field features the new “Dragons Zone” behind the centerfield fence. This large, kid-friendly area will feature an assortment of face painting, special activities, and carnival games including Skee Roll, Bull Ringer, and Lily Pad Launcher, Pop-a-Shot, Duck Pond, and more. All games are each $1.00 with the opportunity to win a variety of prizes – big and small.  Throughout the season, fans can find fun and unique activities during weekend games. Opening Day will feature Green Team members providing balloon animals for fans. Other activities include glitter tattoos, colorful hair spray, air brush tattoos, and more. Check daytondragons.com/dragonszone for more information and activities throughout the season.

 

New “Dog House” Concession Stand and Sam Adams Pub

The Dragons and Pro Sports Catering have added a new concession stand next to the Sam Adams Pub on the first base side called the “Dog House.”  It will feature four new giant Hot Dogs including a Mac-N-Cheese Dog, a BBQ Dog with pulled park from the in-house smoker, a spicy Dragon Dog, and a Gyro Dog.  Other hot dog items will be featured by home stand.

 

Also new in 2019, the ballpark will feature the Bill’s Lemonade Cart, with giant, fresh-squeezed lemonade with only 80 calories; a giant souvenir popcorn bucket that is refillable for only $2.00; and new smaller sizes of draft beer will be available to provide better value.

 

Improvements to Fifth Third Café

The Dragons have teamed up with AZEK Building Products to bring a new look to the popular Fifth Third Café for the 2019 season.  An AZEK Paver system was installed as a new flooring surface in the cafe.  AZEK Pavers are made of up to 95% post-consumer recycled materials, with the added strength of a composite and a natural appearance that resists scratches and stains.   They are lightweight, colorful, and durable.

Hall-of-Fame Display on Suite Level

A new display courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds Hall-of-Fame has been added on suite level at Fifth Third Field, featuring memorabilia from former Dragons who have played for the Reds.  The actual home plate from the 2015 MLB All-Star Game “Home Run Derby” autographed by the winner of the event, former Dragon Todd Frazier, is part of the display.  It also includes various autographed jerseys and caps from key games in recent Reds history involving former Dragons such as Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce, Billy Hamilton, Sal Romano, Amir Garrett, Homer Bailey, Edwin Encarnacion, Devin Mesoraco, Drew Stubbs, and Chris Heisey.

20th Season Signage & Video

Fans will enjoy a new game-opening video for each Dragons game capturing the spirit of the Dragons 20-year history.  The playing field and outfield fence will also feature new 20th Season logos.

Additional New Concourse Player Banners Showcase Dragons History

The Dragons have doubled the number of historic Player Banners on the main concourse at Fifth Third Field.  Forty-four (44) banners depicting players or great moments in Dragons history are now featured.

New Bar Ledges in Multiple Locations

The Dragons and AZEK have also partnered to install new bar ledges on the first and third base side of the ballpark, as well as behind Party Deck C beyond center field.

 

Six Fireworks Shows

The Dragons will conduct six fireworks shows during the 2019 season, presented by Associated Builders and Contractors.  Fireworks can be enjoyed following games on Saturday, April 27, Saturday, May 11, Saturday, June 1, Friday, June 21, Saturday, August 10, and Saturday, August 31.  Fans are also invited to attend the Dragons game on Wednesday, July 3 and enjoy the City of Dayton’s annual Fireworks Spectacular after the game at 10:00 p.m.

CareSource Veteran Salute Program

CareSource’s Veteran Salute program highlights five veteran’s stories during the course of each season.  Veterans who are chosen are honored at a Dragons game with an in-game ceremony and provided with VIP treatment during their special night.  Dates are April 28, May 23, June 21, July 3, and August 10.

 

New Double-Sized Luxury Suite

The Dragons have combined suites 1 and 2 at Fifth Third Field into a reconstructed suite that is twice the size as the previous suites.  The new suite will accommodate larger numbers of fans for games and events.

 

Upgrades to Dragons Training Room

The training room at Fifth Third Field will feature new flooring, cabinetry, and a renovated look with logo and art work.

Renovated Customer Service Booth

The customer service booth will feature new cabinets, countertop, and additional storage for fan items.


More Dragons Info for 2019

Dragons Telecasts on Dayton’s CW

 

Dayton’s CW (WBDT-TV) and the Dragons will broadcast 25 Dragons home games during the 2019 season from Fifth Third Field.  The TV schedule begins on Friday, April 5.  Every Saturday and Sunday Dragons home game in 2019 will be televised along with three Friday night games.  All games will be broadcast live and in high definition on the following outlets, reaching approximately 500,000 households and over 1.2 million potential viewers in a 10-county area.

 

  • Over the air Channel 26.1
  • Spectrum Channels 13 and 1013
  • DIRECTV and DISH Network Channel 26

 

Dragons Director of Broadcasting Tom Nichols will handle the play-by-play on all telecasts.  WDTN-TV Sports Director Jack Pohl will provide color commentary on Saturday and Sunday telecasts as well as April 5, while WDTN-TV weekend sports anchor Hutch Konerman will work the remaining Friday telecasts.  The broadcasts will feature state-of-the-art high definition production quality with seven camera positions, slow-motion replays, player interview clips and the Dragons award-winning information graphics package.

Dragons in the Community

Dragons MVP Program

The Dragons elementary school MVP Program includes over 1,100 fourth and fifth grade classrooms in approximately 200 schools in 50 school districts.  About 35,000 children participate.  The program is in its 14th year in 2019.  The Dragons MVP Program is made possible by the generous support of Ohio’s 529 Plan, the Dayton Dragons Foundation, Panera Bread, WDTN TV, and Dayton’s CW.  The program is completely free of charge to the schools.  The teacher in each of the classrooms selects five MVP’s based on the teacher’s judgment of performance, effort, citizenship, and improvement.  The five MVPs receive four tickets to a Dragons game, tickets to a special Field Day event at the stadium during the season, an MVP certificate, and a Dragons MVP hat.  Dragons players and mascots visit selected classrooms over the course of the season.

 

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Home Run for Life

The Dragons and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have teamed up for their 13th year to showcase the “Home Run for Life” program.  This program honors individuals who have shown tremendous strength and courage in fighting serious illnesses.  Anthem Home Run for Life nights are May 8, May 29, June 12, July 3, and August 22.


Hometown Heroes Program

Five times during the 2019 baseball season, the Dragons will partner with the Dayton Development Coalition, SRC, Inc., TACG, and Reynolds & Reynolds for a season-long tribute to all service men and women past and present.  There will be four special spotlights (April 12, May 22, June 23, and July 11) that will each highlight a different aspect or organization involved in the military.  The season-long celebration will wrap up with a Celebration Night on August 10.

 

Community All-Stars

The Dragons partner with Vectren and Flying Ace Express Car Wash on the Community All-Stars Program, honoring Dayton’s best individuals and organizations that are improving the quality of life in the Miami Valley. From fire fighters to first responders to volunteers and good Samaritans, the Dragons will honor five.  These honorees will be highlighted during a game with a tribute video telling their story.  Dates are April 16, May 21, June 10, July 25, and August 22.

 

CareSource Veteran Salute Program

CareSource’s Veteran Salute program is new in 2019.  See details in the first section above.

 

Top Teacher Award presented by Wright State University CEHS

The “Top Teacher” award, presented by Wright State University College of Education and Human Services, will return as part of the Dragons MVP Program for 2019.  Three teachers who participated in the MVP Program will be selected, and they will be honored during a special inning break of a Dragons game for their accomplishments in their classroom and community. “Top Teacher” honorees will be recognized in the Play Ball game program, Dayton Daily News, radio commercials, and social media posts.

Kids Run the Bases at every Sunday game, every Wendy’s Friends & Family Date

Following every Dragons Sunday game, kids can enter the playing field and run the bases.  Dates are April 14, April 28, June 2, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 14, August 4, August 11, and September 1.  All Sunday home games start at 2:00 p.m.  Kids can also run the bases at every 2019 Wendy’s Friends and Family date (see list in Ticket Information section below).

 

Yoga in the Outfield

The fourth annual “Yoga in the Outfield” will be held on Sunday, July 28 at Fifth Third Field. Participants will take part in a light-hearted yoga class suitable for all levels and ages, led by Ignite Yoga.


Family and Community Events at Fifth Third Field in 2019

Multi-Date Events:

  • High School Baseball at Fifth Third Field. A 20-game schedule begins April 7, giving high school players throughout the Miami Valley the opportunity to play at a professional facility.
  • Post-Game Fireworks, presented by Associated Builders and Contractors:  April 27, May 11, June 1, June 21, August 10, August 31.
  • Dragons Community All-Star Nights:  April 16, May 21, June 10, July 25, and August 22.
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Home Run for Life: May 8, May 29, June 12, July 3, and August 22.
  • Hometown Heroes:  April 12, May 22, June 23, July 11, and August 10.
  • CareSource’s Veteran Salute:  April 28, May 23, June 21, July 3, and August 10.
  • Bike/Carpool to the Dragons Game:  April 28, June 23, July 14, August 11.
  • Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts Overnighters:  May 31 & July 12
  • Little Big Leagues Baseball Camps presented by IGS Energy: June 10-11; July 25-26
  • Kroger Baseball Buddies! Kids 7-13 can go to local Kroger store to sign up for a chance to be a Kroger Baseball Buddy. Those picked will get a Dragons items, including an authentic Dragons jersey and will get to hang out with the players in the dug-out before the game.

 

Single-Date Events:

 

  • Kettering Health Network Strike Out Stroke Night:  May 9
  • Girls on the Run 5K:  May 11
  • Walk to End Epilepsy:  May 18
  • Defeating Cancer Night:  June 7
  • Vintage Baseball Classic:  June 22
  • Kettering Health Network Public Safety Day:  July 14
  • Dragons 5K:  July 20
  • Yoga in the Outfield:  July 28
  • Bob Ross Classic, presented by Bob Ross Auto Group:  August 8
  • Kettering Health Network Breast Cancer Awareness Day:  August 11
  • Great American Beer Tasting presented by Heidelberg Distributing:  August 17
  • Dontatos Pizza Family Movie Night:  August 24

 

Ticket Information

 

Dragons Season Tickets

The Dragons most popular season ticket package features 17 games over the course of the season.  Fans can also purchase a 35 or 9-game plan as well as a five-game plan. With all packages, ticket holders will be assigned a Dragons marketing manager as their contact person with the organization to provide assistance throughout the year.  Tickets start at $12.75 per game.  Fans can reserve a package and take advantage of a flexible payment plan. Purchasers of the new plan will receive special Dragons limited edition season ticketholder gifts on specific giveaway nights. All season ticket packages qualify the purchaser to receive a Hunter Greene bobblehead which is exclusive to season ticket holders. They will also receive first rights to playoff games and special events at Fifth Third Field including concerts.

 

Wendy’s Friends and Family

Dragons Wendy’s Friends & Family program include “Dinner and a Show” at Fifth Third Field and provides the best deal in town. Get a Dragons ticket, Wendy’s 4 for $4 meal voucher, and Dragons hat – a $38 value for as low as $12.  Cost of the package is just $18 for stadium seats or $12 for lawn tickets.  Each Wendy’s Friends and Family date is scheduled on a day or night that features a special entertainment act at Fifth Third Field.

 

Friends and Family dates are:

  • Friday, April 26, 7pm (Russian Bar Trio)
  • Thursday, May 23, 7pm (Team Zoom Canine Entertainment)
  • Thursday, May 30, 7pm (Team Zoom Canine Entertainment)
  • Sunday, June 2, 2pm (Mutts Gone Nuts)
  • Saturday, June 8, 7pm (Jesse White Tumblers)
  • Saturday, July 6, 7pm (Amazing Tyler)
  • Sunday, August 11, 2pm (Xpogo)
  • Friday, August 23, 7pm (ZOOperstars)

 

Dragons Kids Club is Back

For the seventh straight year, young Dragons fans can join the Frisch’s Dragons Kids Club. For just $19.99, members receive two Dragons game tickets, a Dragons jersey, Dragons backpack, Dragons hat, a gift card for a free mini-meal at participating Frisch’s Big Boy locations, an invitation for two to an exclusive Kids Club Movie Night, two Dragons Zone passes, and entry into monthly prize drawings.

Group Ticket Options

Group ticket opportunities are also available through the Dragons, including luxury suites, party decks, seating in the Azek Dragons Lair, on the third base side, and on the Lawn at Fifth Third Field. Special benefits are available for groups of 10 to 1,000 fans.

 

Bring Your Little League to Fifth Third Field

Little League outings at Fifth Third Field offer a unique experience to young players throughout the Miami Valley. Starting at just $6.00 a person, your Little League could participate in a pre-game parade, presented by IGS Energy, at Fifth Third Field.

Single-Game Tickets

Single game tickets for the 2019 season are on sale now at the Dragons Box Office located next to the main entry gates at Fifth Third Field.  The box office is open throughout the season from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. On weekend game dates, the box office will open at 12:00 noon and close following the game. The Box Office will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays when the team is on the road. Single-game tickets can be purchased in person, at the Dragons box office, any Miami Valley Kroger store that is a Ticketmaster outlet; other Ticketmaster locations; online at daytondragons.com; or by phone by calling the Dragons Box office at (937) 228-2287 or Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at (937) 228-2323.

 

Dragons on The Field

Luis Bolivar, a former Dragons player, returns for his third season as the Dragons manager in 2019.  Joining Bolivar on the Dragons 2019 coaching staff will be pitching coach Seth Etherton, hitting coach Mike Devereaux, bench coach Kevin Mahar, trainer Andrew Cleves, and strength/conditioning coach Justin Bucko.

The Dragons 2019 25-man roster is expected to be announced on Tuesday, April 2.  A total of 97 former Dragons players have reached the Major Leagues, including all-stars Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, Adam Dunn, and Zack Cozart.

Dragons On Radio

Fox Sports 980 (WONE) is the flagship station for Dragons radio broadcasts. Games can also be heard at www.daytondragons.com and on HD Radio on 104.7 WTUI HD 2.  Dragons play-by-play announcer Tom Nichols returns for his 32nd season in professional baseball and 12th year with the Dragons.  Josh Hess joins Nichols in the booth for his second season with the Dragons in 2019.

 

Current Alumni Roster for Today’s March 30 Dayton Dragons Celebration Game

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

LEFT TO RIGHT: SIRI, STEPHENSON, TRAMMELL, SANTILLAN

Dayton, Ohio—Jose Siri, Taylor Trammell, Tyler Stephenson, and Tony Santillan highlight an updated list of players expected to play for the Alumni Team in the Dayton Dragons 20th Season Celebration Game on Saturday.  The game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field and will match the 2019 Dragons against the Alumni Team.  All players on the Alumni Team are still active within the Cincinnati Reds organization and previously played for the Dayton Dragons.

Siri, Trammell, Stephenson, and Santillan were all key players on the 2017 Dragons team that advanced to the semi-final round of the Midwest League playoffs.  All four players are ranked among the top-10 prospects in the Reds organization with Trammell ranked as high as #2 on some lists.

 

Additional players on the Dragons Alumni Team include outfielders Narciso Crook, TJ Friedl, Brian O’Grady, Andy Sugilio, and Aristides Aquino; infielders Brantley Bell, Luis Gonzalez, Gavin LaValley, Bruce Yari, Alberti Chavez, Carlos Rivero, and Randy Ventura; catchers Hendrik Clementina, Cassidy Brown, Jose Duarte, Morgan Lofstrom, and Ernesto Liberatore; and pitchers Cory Thompson, Wennington Romero, Jesse Stallings, Mac Sceroler, Wendolyn Bautista, Moises Nova, Carlos Machorro, and Raul Wallace.

 

Interestingly, Siri will be joined at Fifth Third Field by former Dragon and Reds outfielder Austin Kearns, who will appear as a special guest.  Siri and Kearns produced the two biggest seasons in Dragons history, 17 years apart.  Siri starred for the Dragons in 2017 when his season included a Midwest League record 39-game hitting streak.  Kearns was a member of the inaugural Dragons of 2000, when he enjoyed an incredible streak of home runs in eight straight games.

 

Among the 29 players on the Dragons Alumni Team are a former Reds first round draft pick (Stephenson), the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game (Trammell), the Reds 2018 Minor League Hitter of the Year (Friedl), the Reds 2018 Minor League Pitcher of the Year (Santillan), a 2018 Midwest League Full-Season All-Star (Clementina), and the Dragons all-time career leader in games played (Gonzalez).  The list also includes popular, multiple-year Dragons Crook and Bell.

 

Eight (8) players on the list played in their league’s all-star game in 2018.  They include Clementina, and Thompson with the Dragons; Trammell, Santillan, Stephenson, Friedl, and Bell with Advanced-A Daytona; and Aquino with Double-A Pensacola.

 

Specialty Jerseys

Specialty jerseys will be worn in the Dragons 20th season Celebration Game by both Team 20 and the Dragons Alumni Team.  An on-line jersey auction will take place after the game.  Replica jerseys will be available in the Dragons Den team store and at www.daytondragons.com.

 

 

 

Jose Siri added to Dragons Alumni Team for Celebration Game

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

Jose Siri

Dayton Dragons 2017 star outfielder Jose Siri has been added to the list of players expected to play for the Alumni team.  Siri produced one of the best seasons in Dragons history in 2017 when he finished first or second in the Midwest League in eight major offensive categories (including home runs, slugging percentage, extra base hits, runs, hits, and stolen bases), was selected as the league’s best defensive outfielder, and compiled a league-record 39-game hitting streak.

 

Among the list of other players expected to play for the Alumni team on March 30 at Fifth Third Field are former Dragons outfielders Taylor Trammell, TJ Friedl, Narciso Crook, and Stuart Fairchild; and infielders John Sansone and Brantley Bell.

 

The Dragons will host their “20th Season Celebration Game” on Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  The game will match the 2019 Dragons (“Team 20”) against a team of Dragons alumni who are still playing in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system.

 

Individual game tickets for the Dragons 20th Season Celebration Game are available now.  Go to daytondragons.com/celebrationgame or Ticketmaster.com.

 

Additional information on the Dragons 20th Season celebration including videos on the 20 Greatest Dragons, special 20th Season merchandise, and Dragons alumni listings is available here:  https://www.milb.com/dayton/team/20.

 

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