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Dragons announce 2019 Entertainment and Special Events Lineup




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Dayton, OhioThe Dayton Dragons announced their 2019 Entertainment Highlights today.


The Dayton Dragons officially open their 20th season at Fifth Third Field on Thursday, April 4th when they host the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.


Team Facts


The Dragons have sold out 1,316 consecutive regular season games at Fifth Third Field (every game in their 19-year history).  This is the longest sell-out streak in sports history.  The Dragons have led all of Single-A baseball in attendance for each of their 19 seasons of operation.


Dragons Entertainment Highlights, 2019


The Dragons mascots, Heater and Gem, once again return for every game during the 2019 season.  Other ballpark characters, Wink, Roofman, and ATMO will perform at select games. Once again, the Dragons have put together an exciting lineup of entertainment acts focusing on family fun.


The Dragons “Green Team” orchestrates a variety of hilarious family-friendly skits on the field and in the stands during games.  Each year, new skits and contests are brainstormed throughout the off-season and the Green Team rehearses and perfects the skits during pre-season and in the afternoons prior to games.  The Dragons promise many new on-field skits, scoreboard videos, and entertainment acts with a family-entertainment theme.


Popular On-Field Entertainment

The following signature elements of the Dragons experience will return for another season in 2019.


Toddler Races

Retirement Village People

Mini-Dugout Dancers

Dragons Organist Jimmy Keys


Opening Day


The Dragons Opening Night game on April 4th will feature great entertainment for fans of all ages. The national anthem will be performed by the Miamisburg High School Madrigal Singers, winner of the Dayton Daily News national anthem contest.  They were selected from a group of more than 250 who auditioned to perform the national anthem at Dragons games this season.


Also on Opening Day:


  • WPAFB Honor Guard presenting our nation’s colors
  • Skydivers from Team Fastrax
  • Shakertown Stompers
  • Mini-Dugout Dancers

Six Fireworks Shows on Dragons 2019 Entertainment Schedule


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.


Amazing Tyler, ZOOperstars Headline 12 Dates with National Entertainers


National entertainment acts have been booked to perform at 12 Dragons games this season at Fifth Third Field.  The special entertainment schedule includes the first appearance with the Dragons of the Amazing Tyler, an incredible balancing act that has entertained sports audiences for eight years.  It also includes the nationally-acclaimed comedy dog thrill show, Mutts Gone Nuts.  The schedule includes the return to Fifth Third Field of the ZooperStars, a traditional favorite at Dragons games, and the Jesse White Tumblers, who will make two appearances.  The schedule also includes the Xpogo Stunt Team, BirdZerk!, the Russian Bar Trio, and multiple appearances by Team Zoom Canine Entertainment.


Click the links below to go to the entertainment act’s website


The Russian Bar Trio is an incredible high-flying act that has performed on Oprah, Ellen, and America’s Got Talent.  They will appear at Fifth Third Field on April 26.


The Jesse White Tumblers are known worldwide and have been performing since 1959.  Their acrobatic show has been part of two Presidential Parades and has been seen in numerous NFL, NBA, and MLB stadiums.  They will perform at Fifth Third Field on May 11 and again on June 8.

Mutts Gone Nuts features high flying frisbee dogs, tightwire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and more.  The act has appeared on the ABC Television program, The View.  Recording artist Lee Greenwood called it “the funniest act I have ever worked with,” while First Lady Barbara Bush said, “I laughed until I wept.”  This act will appear at Fifth Third Field on June 2.


Amazing Tyler will make his first appearance at Fifth Third Field in 2019.  This amazing performer has entertained fans at sports venues for eight years, balancing wheelbarrows, bikes, Werner ladders, and much more on his face while at the same time dancing to music and engaging the crowd.  He will appear at the Dragons game on July 6.


The Xpogo Stunt Team is the top pogo performance team in the world, flying nine feet in the air and engaging the crowd with flips and tricks.  They will visit Fifth Third Field on August 11.

BirdZerk! is well-known for skits that revolve around pranks on players and umpires and acrobatic, synchronized dances. In 2008, BirdZerk! was named as the top minor league baseball promotional act by CNBC sports business columnist Darren Rovell. BirdZerk! will visit Fifth Third Field on August 22.


The ZOOperstars have become a fan favorite at Fifth Third Field based on past performances.  These hilarious inflatable characters are based on sports figures with an animal resemblance, such as Clammy Sosa, Cow Ripken, and Ken Giraffey, Jr.  The ZOOperstars will perform on August 23.


The Team Zoom Canine Entertainment group is also a fan favorite at Fifth Third Field.  These unbelievably athletic dogs will perform death-defying leaps and unique tricks at incredible speeds.  They will perform four times this season at Fifth Third Field, entertaining Dragons fans on April 25, May 23, May 30, and June 20 (this appearance is sponsored by Great Clips).


2019 Schedule of National Entertainment Acts at Fifth Third Field

Thursday, April 25, 7pm:  Team Zoom Canine Entertainment

Friday, April 26, 7pm:  Russian Bar Trio

Saturday, May 11, 7pm: Jesse White Tumblers

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

Thursday, June 20, 7pm:  Team Zoom Canine Entertainment, presented by Great Clips

Saturday, July 6, 7pm:  Amazing Tyler

Sunday, August 11, 2pm:  Xpogo

Thursday, August 22, 7pm:  BirdZerk!

Friday, August 23, 7pm: ZOOperstars


AZEK Dragons Lair at Fifth Third Field


The AZEK Dragons Lair is a full-service group hospitality area at Fifth Third Field.  The Dragons Lair experience features an all-inclusive ticket that includes a ballpark buffet and souvenirs.  It comes with game tickets and a buffet featuring grilled hamburgers, all beef hot dogs, smoked pulled chicken, smoked pulled pork, mac and cheese, southern-style baked beans, watermelon, fresh-baked cookies, and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks.  A cash beer and wine bar can be added.  Everyone in the group also receives a Dragons hat and Dragons t-shirt.


Wendy’s Friends and Family


The Dragons Wendy’s Friends & Family program includes “Dinner and a Show” at Fifth Third Field and provide the best deal in town.  Get a Dragons ticket, Wendy’s 4 for $4 meal voucher, and Dragons hat, a value of $38 for as low as $12.  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)


Kids Run the Bases at every Sunday Game & Wendy’s Friends and 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 after every Wendy’s Friends and Family date (see dates above).


Group ticket opportunities


Options are available including luxury suites, seating in the AZEK Dragons Lair, party decks, 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.


Family Events at Fifth Third Field in 2019


High School Baseball

For the 14th consecutive season, the Dragons will play host to high school baseball, as 39 area high school teams will play regular season games at Fifth Third Field.  The 20-game schedule runs throughout April and May.  Admission is free, and concession stands will be open so that fans can enjoy a full day at the ballpark.  The high schools are able to provide their own PA announcers, cheer squads, national anthem singers, and some schools even bring their own radio broadcasters to the ballpark.  Participating high schools sell Dragons tickets to help raise money for their programs.

Kroger Baseball Buddies

Kids 7-12 can go to local Kroger stores to sign up for a chance to be a Kroger Baseball Buddy. Those picked will get a Dragons items, including a replica Dragons jersey and will get to hang out with the players in the dug-out before the game.

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Overnighters

These popular overnight events are set for Friday, May 31 and Friday, July 12. Local scouts spend the night at the ballpark and watch a movie on the video board.


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 Program

The Dragons partner with Vectren and Flying Ace Car Wash on the Community All-Stars Program, honoring individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond to improve 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’s 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.


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.


Dragons 5k

On Saturday, July 20, the Dragons will host their annual 5k run. Pre-registration is underway online at The race will begin at 8 a.m. and will conclude with a post-race party inside the stadium gates.


Bob Ross Classic

On Thursday, August 8, the 19th Annual Bob Ross Classic, presented by Bob Ross Auto Group, will be played at Fifth Third Field.  The exhibition game showcases the best rising high school seniors from schools across the Miami Valley.

Great American Beer Tasting

On Saturday, August 17, the Great American Beer Tasting, presented by Heidelberg Distributing, returns to Fifth Third Field.  Heidelberg Distributing will have over 100 different beers available for sampling and all attendees will receive a custom 2019 GABT pint glass and raffle ticket for high-end Heidelberg Distributing and Dragons merchandise. Tickets go on sale April 15.  Register prior to June 1 and receive a free t-shirt and three bonus raffle tickets.  Tickets will be available at the box office or online at


Donatos Movie Night

Donatos Family Movie Night is Saturday, August 24 from 6-10pm at Fifth Third Field. Come enjoy “The Secret Life of Pets” on Fifth Third Field’s giant HD video board. There will also be kids inflatables, entertainment skits, Dragons mascots, a raffle, delicious ballpark food and more! Visit for more information.


Mark Your Calendars!


  • High School Baseball at Fifth Third Field. The 20-game schedule begins April 7.
  • Post-Game Fireworks, presented by Associated Builders and Contractors:  April 27, May 11, June 1, June 21, August 10, August 31.
  • Vectren 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 Program:  April 28, May 23, June 21, July 3, and August 10.
  • Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts Overnighters:  May 31 & July 12
  • Little Big Leagues Baseball Camps, presented by IGS Energy: June 10-11; July 25-26
  • 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 Groups:  August 8
  • Great American Beer Tasting, presented by Heidelberg Distributing:  August 17
  • Dontatos Pizza Family Movie Night:  August 24


2019 Dayton Dragons Preview: A look at the Catchers



The Catchers


This is part one of an eight-part series previewing the 2019 Dragons.  Players listed here are candidates for positions on the 25-man Dragons season-opening roster.


This preview is an unofficial projection of possible roster candidates.  Minor League rosters are not established until April 3.  Spring training variables including performance, injuries, trades, and additional player acquisitions will impact the roster accordingly.


Click links on each name for career stats and player information.




Candidates:  Jay Schuyler, Pabel Manzanero, Robert Boselli, Valentin Martinez.


The Dragons split the catchers’ work load in 2018 between Hendrik Clementina and Mark Kolozsvary.  Clementina started the mid-season Midwest League All-Star Game and was eventually selected as a MWL Full-Season all-star.  Both Clementina and Kolozsvary are expected to move up to Advanced-A Daytona in 2019.


Jay Schuyler and Pabel Manzanero split the catching duties with the Rookie-level Billings Mustangs (one level below the Dragons in the Reds farm system) in 2018, and both are expected to move up to Dayton.  Both players also play first base as a secondary position (they combined to play 37 games at first base with Billings last season), so it is quite possible that the Dragons will have a third catcher on the roster in 2019 so that there is a true backup on the bench on days when both Schuler and Manzanero are in the lineup.  Robert Boselli and Valentin Martinez are candidates for the third catcher role.


Jay Schuyler is a native of Dana Point, California, known as one of the top surfing locations in America, situated about 60 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.  He played college baseball at the University of San Diego, a good program that has been to the NCAA tournament eight times in the last 17 years and produced current Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant.  They play in the West Coast Conference, a strong league that features traditional powers Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.  Schuyler was the best hitter on the San Diego team last spring before being selected by the Reds in the seventh round of the June draft.  Prior to college, Schuyler was a huge star at Dana Hills High School, the same school that produced current Dragons pitching coach Seth Etherton.


The 2018 season was Schuyler’s junior year at San Diego.  After playing sparingly as a freshman in 2016, he broke out as a sophomore in 2017 and hit .352 with six home runs in 54 games, posting a .926 OPS.  He followed that up with a similar season as a junior in 2018 and batted .342 with seven home runs, starting all 55 of his team’s games.  He was also selected Academic All-Conference in 2018.


After signing with the Reds, Schuyler was assigned to Billings and got off to a very slow start to begin his professional career.  At the end of the first half, he was hitting just .171 with only one extra base hit in 25 games.  But in the second half, Schuyler improved tremendously to become one of the Pioneer League’s best hitters.  He played in 33 games in the second half, batting .339 with an on-base percentage of .403.  For the year, Schuyler finished at .272 with one home run and 23 RBI in 58 games.  He primarily hit in the #2 spot in the Billings batting order.  He served as the Billings catcher in 39 games, played 10 games at first base, four in left field, and six as his team’s designated hitter.  He is 21 years old and is listed at 6’1”, 190 lbs.


Pabel Manzanero also saw plenty of time behind the plate at Billings in 2018, catching 29 games while playing in 27 others at first base, serving mostly as the Mustangs cleanup hitter in the lineup.  Manzanero has been around the Reds organization for six seasons since signing as a free agent out of Venezuela in the fall of 2012 as a 16-year-old.  He has hit well in recent years, batting at least .290 in three of his last four seasons.  In 2018, he hit .291 at Billings in 66 games with nine home runs including two in one game on July 23.  Manzanero is 23 years old and is listed at 6’3”, 240 lbs.


With Schuyler and Manzanero potentially in the lineup at the same time, as they often were at Billings in 2018, the Dragons may carry a third catcher.


Robert Boselli is a New Jersey native who played two years of college baseball at St. John’s before being selected in the 37th round of the draft by the Reds in 2018.  Boselli played two years of junior college baseball before arriving at St. John’s in 2017.  He became a starter in 2018 and batted .285 with four home runs in 49 games.  After signing professionally, Boselli reported to Billings and played briefly for the Mustangs before being reassigned to the Reds new affiliate in Greeneville, Tennessee.  He played in 24 games for the G-Reds, batting .225 with a pair of home runs.  Boselli is 6’4, 240 lbs. and is 22 years old.


Valentin Martinez is a native of the nation of Colombia and like Manzanero, he has been in the Reds system for several years.  He signed as a free agent in the summer of 2013 as a 16-year-old.  He spent three seasons with the Reds Dominican Summer League affiliate before coming to the U.S. in 2017.  In 2018, he played with four different Reds farm clubs at various levels of the organization, wherever a need arose, including eight games at the Triple-A level with Louisville.  He totaled 50 at-bats and hit .220.  He saw the most time at Billings and batted .308 in 12 games with his only home run of the season.  He is 22 years old and is listed at 6’0”, 175 lbs.


Next up:  First Basemen


The Dragons will open the Midwest League season on Thursday, April 4th against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 7:00 p.m.  Again this season, all 140 home and road games can be heard on radio on WONE 980 AM and on the internet at and the Dragons Mobile App.  The Dragons will again televise all Saturday and Sunday home games, plus a few Friday night games, on the Dayton CW.


Catcher Devin Mesoraco named among “20 Greatest Dragons”




Devin Mesoraco playing for Dragons

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons have announced the next name on their list of “20 Greatest Dragons.” The player recognition is part of the organization’s 20th Season Celebration.  Players selected on the list of 20 are being announced in random order leading up to the Dragons 20th Opening Night game on Thursday, April 4 against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.


Next on the list of the 20 Greatest Dragons is:


Devin Mesoraco


Mesoraco joined the Dragons in May of 2008 after being taken in the first round of the previous year’s draft by the Reds.  Mesoraco had been selected out of Punxsutawney High School in Pennsylvania and was just 19 years old when he arrived at Fifth Third Field.  Mesoraco was a solid addition to the Dayton lineup and a key ingredient in the Dragons run to the second round of the Midwest League playoffs that season.  Playing against mostly older competition, he fit into the middle of the Dragons batting order, belting nine home runs in his 83 games with the team.  Mesoraco entered the final month of the season with a .280 batting average while battling a bothersome thumb injury that caused his final average to fall to .261.  Mesoraco was the starting catcher in all four Dragons playoff games and had a hit or walk in each of them.

Mesoraco reached the Major Leagues with the Reds in 2011 and is one of 10 Dragons to have played in the MLB All-Star Game.  He earned that selection in 2014 when he blasted 25 home runs, usually hitting fourth in the Reds batting order for a team that also included Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and Brandon Phillips.  Mesoraco joined Johnny Bench as the only catchers in Reds history to hit at least 25 home runs and collect at least 80 RBI in a season.  He also tied a club record with home runs in five consecutive games including a grand slam to close out the streak.  In fact, during the streak, Mesoraco became the first player in MLB history to hit a solo home run, two-run homer, three-run homer, and grand slam, in order, over four consecutive games, resulting in his bat being sent to the National Baseball Hall-of-Fame in Cooperstown.

Despite numerous unfortunate injuries over the next few years, Mesoraco remained with the Reds into the 2018 season before being dealt to the Mets.  Still only 30 years old, he is likely to add to his career achievements.


Mesoraco is the sixth former Dragons announced among the 20 Greatest Dragons.  Austin Kearns, Zack Cozart, Justin Turner, Homer Bailey, and Samone Peters were previously announced.


The 20 Greatest Dragons were selected based on a media vote of Dragons television, newspaper, radio, and internet reporters.  Additionally, during the 2019 season, the Dragons will be conducting a fan vote featuring one player per position to announce their all-time greatest lineup.


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:


Twins send Carlos Carrasco to showers early in 9-3 rout of Indians on Sunday










Sunday, March 31, 2019

Target Field

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Attendance: 15,613

Weather: 34 degrees, Partly Cloudy

Wind: 7 mph, out to left field

WP: Martin Perez 1-0

LP: Carlos Carrasco 0-1

LOB: Indians 7, Twins 6


Carlos Santana was the only star for the Indians on Sunday going 4-for-4 with 3 RBI's

The Minnesota Twins made batting practice of Carlos Carrasco’s pitches. The 32-year-old righthander had trouble getting his curve to work and had to use the fastball. The result was 6 runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. All told, the Twins had 15 base hits.

The offensive woes continue for the Indians. They had only 6 hits in Sunday’s game and the Tribe was 2-for-8 with RISP. Without Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis, key cogs in the lineup, Cleveland in the 3 games series, scored just 5 runs and struck out 39 times.

The one bright spot is 1B Carlos Santana, who the Indians brought back from Philadelphia in a trade over the winter, was 4-for-4 with 3 RBI’s.

Recent hot streak rewards Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky as NHL’s First Star of the Week, March 25-31




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COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been named the National Hockey League’s First Star of the Week for the period ending March 31, the league and club announced today.  Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi was named the Second Star, while Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper was selected as the Third Star.  It marks the ninth time in his career that Bobrovsky has earned a Star of the Week accolade, most recently being named the Third Star of the Week for Feb. 18-24, 2019.


Bobrovsky went 4-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average (GAA), .966 save percentage (SV%) and two shutouts in four games last week, stopping 113-of-117 shots on goal.  He made 26 saves in a 4-0 win over the New York Islanders on March 26, turned aside 26-of-28 shots in a 6-2 win over Montreal on March 27 and made 26 saves in a 5-2 win at Nashville on March 30.  He capped the week with his NHL-leading ninth shutout at Buffalo on March 31 as he made 38 saves in a 4-0 win.


The Novokuznetsk, Russia native has posted a 36-23-1 record with a 2.55 GAA, .914 SV% and nine shutouts in 60 games this season.  He currently leads the NHL with a career-high nine shutouts, which is one shy of the club single season record of 10 set by Steve Mason in 2008-09.  Bobrovsky also ranks second in the NHL wins and seventh in minutes played (3,455) and has gone 17-7-0 with a 1.90 GAA, .933 SV% and seven shutouts in 24 outings since February 1.


The Blue Jackets return to action on Tuesday when they host the Boston Bruins in the final home game of the regular season.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.  The game will be televised live nationally on NBC Sports Network.  The game may also be heard on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, and online


Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2018-19 regular season are on sale now.  Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2018-19 campaign are also currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting



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