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Dodgers celebrate Jackie Robinson Day and his 100th Birthday this week




Jackie Robinson at bat (1954 photo by Bob Sandberg of LOOK Magazine in Public Domain via wikipedia commons)

Team to host community events, Centennial Birthday Celebration and special pregame ceremonies


The Los Angeles Dodgers will join Major League Baseball in celebrating Jackie Robinson Day and his centennial birthday over the next week at Dodger Stadium and in the community, with a youth clinic, a “Breaking Barriers: A Legacy of Jackie Robinson” event and a Centennial Birthday Celebration and special pregame ceremonies on Monday, April 15, the 72nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier.

Wednesday, April 10, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Jackie Robinson Baseball Clinic

Mamba Sports Academy, 1011 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park, CA

In celebration of Jackie Robinson’s legacy, the Dodgers will host a baseball clinic at the Mamba Sports Academy for 200 underserved local students. Students will take part in a baseball skills clinic, run by Dodger Alumni Billy Ashley, Lee Lacy and Kenny Landreaux and Mamba Sports Academy staff, and enjoy a documentary about Robinson’s life to better understand the obstacles he overcame both on and off the field on his way to breaking MLB’s color barrier. Each guest in attendance will receive a Dodger t-shirt, game ticket, meal voucher and transportation to the Dodgers’ Sunday, April 14 game versus the Brewers.

Saturday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Breaking Barriers: A Legacy of Jackie Robinson” Event

Jackie Robinson Statue, Lot B, Dodger Stadium

The Dodgers will host a “Breaking Barriers: A Legacy of Jackie Robinson” event on Saturday, where 100 students from the BOSS Program will hear from Dodger manager Dave Roberts on Robinson’s impact, legacy and how it encouraged him to break barriers in his life. Roberts’ portion of the program will last from approx. 12:00-1:00 p.m. BOSS is a 501c3 non-profit, with a mission to leverage the power of sport to help student-athletes, especially those of color. BOSS encourages students to look beyond organized sports and provide knowledge, habits and guidance for them and their non-athlete peers to achieve success in college and beyond in every industry and profession, with particular emphasis on STEM, critical thinking/writing and related fields.

Jackie Robinson Day – Monday, April 15, 7:10 p.m. – Reds at Dodgers


The team will give away a Jackie Robinson replica No. 42 jersey presented by Bank of America to the first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance while supplies last at guest’s point of entry.

On-Field Ceremonies

The Dodgers will host Jackie’s widow, Rachel, and daughter, Sharon, and son, David, for Monday’s game, and the Robinson’s will take part in pregame ceremonies.

Monday’s pregame ceremonies will include 42 current and former Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars (six of which are current Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation scholars), while students from Robinson’s elementary, middle and high schools – Cleveland Elementary School, Washington Middle School and John Muir High School – will have pregame honors.

As has been tradition each April 15, the Dodgers and MLB will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with all players and on-field personnel wearing Jackie’s iconic Number ‘42.’

Jackie Robinson’s Centennial Birthday Celebration

The Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation will host an invite-only Centennial Birthday Celebration in the Stadium Club featuring a sneak preview of the Jackie Robinson Museum.

Tickets are still available for Monday’s game at, and fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:40 p.m. for special pregame ceremonies.


Hot Rods slam Dragons in Sunday’s 13-2 win




April 7, 2019


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Dayton (R-H-E):  2-2-3

Bowling Green (R-H-E):  13-15-1


Win:  Caleb Sampen (1-0)

Loss:  James Marinan (0-1)

Save:  None

HRDayton: None

HRBowling Green:  Connor Hollis (1st, 1 on base in first inning); Grant Witherspoon (1st, 1 on base in fifth inning); Osmy Gregorio (1st, 1 on base in seventh inning).


Bowling Green, Ky.—The Bowling Green Hot Rods belted three home runs and took advantage of 11 walks as they defeated the Dayton Dragons 13-2 on Sunday afternoon.  The two clubs split the first four games of the 2019 season.


The Dragons were limited to just two hits on the day, although they did hold a brief lead in the first inning.  Dayton’s Michael Siani opened the game with a single to center field, stole second and third, and scored on Mariel Bautista’s sacrifice fly to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead.


But Bowling Green’s Connor Hollis hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first, and Grant Witherspoon hit a two-run shot in the fifth as the Hot Rods built their lead to 5-1.


The Dragons scored in the sixth on Bautista’s second sacrifice fly of the day to make it 5-2, but Bowling Green responded with four runs in the seventh to take a commanding 9-2 lead.  Osmy Gregorio hit a two-run homer in the inning for the Hot Rods.  In the eighth, Dragons pitchers combined to issue six walks to tie a club record set in 2009.  Utility infielder Dylan Harris, in the lineup as the designated hitter, entered the game to pitch to finish the inning, allowing the last of the six walks.


Dragons starting pitcher James Marinan (0-1) was charged with the loss.  He worked four innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts.  Julio Pinto followed Marinan and gave up two runs in two innings of work.  Connor Bennett worked an inning, surrendering four runs on three hits and three walks.  Andy Cox struggled with his control in two-thirds of an inning, allowing five walks and four runs.


Mariel Bautista had a double and two runs batted in to lead the Dragons offense.  Bautista has at least one hit in each of the Dragons first four games and is batting .429.



Team Notes

  • Dragons relievers have allowed just two earned runs in 15 innings on the year, posting an ERA of 1.20.
  • The Dragons notched a shutout win on the road on Saturday.  In 2018, they had just two shutouts on the road.
  • The Dragons have collected at least 10 hits and scored at least six runs in back-to-back games. Individual Notes
  • Three Dayton players have hits in all three games in 2019.  They are Mariel Bautista, Juan Martinez, and Bren Spillane.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers (Game times are Dayton time) (All games on WONE 980 AM and

Monday, April 8 (7:05 p.m.)  Dayton RH Lyon Richardson (0-5, 7.14 w/Greeneville in ‘18)

at Fort Wayne LH Ramon Perez (2-1, 2.48 w/Tri-City in ‘18)

Tuesday, April 9 (7:05 p.m.)  Dayton RH Jared Solomon (0-1, 6.75) at Fort Wayne RH Angel Acevedo (0-0, 0.00)

Wednesday, April 10 (11;05 a.m.):  Dayton LH Jacob Heatherly (0-0, 6.00) at Fort Wayne LH Ryan Weathers (0-0, 0.00)

Thursday, April 11 (7:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Jhon De Jesus at Fort Wayne LH Efraín Contreras (0-0, 4.50)




Dragons shut down Hot Rods in Saturday night affair behind pitching of DeJesus and Bullpen




April 6, 2019


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Dayton (R-H-E):  6-11-0

Bowling Green (R-H-E):  0-5-4


Win:  Jhon De Jesus (1-0)

Loss:  Michael Plassmeyer (0-1)

Save:  None

HRDayton: Mariel Bautista (1st, 0 on base in fourth inning).

HRBowling Green:  None


Bowling Green, Ky.—Dayton starting pitcher Jhon De Jesus combined with two relievers on a five-hit shutout as the Dragons defeated the Bowling Green Hot Rods 6-0 on Saturday night.  The win was the Dragons second straight victory and improved their record to 2-1.


De Jesus, who missed the entire 2018 season with a shoulder injury, made his first appearance of 2019 and allowed only one runner to reach second base over five innings of work.  He allowed three hits and two walks with three strikeouts to earn the win.  Relievers Eduardo Salazar and Eddy Demurias each tossed two scoreless innings to close out the Dayton victory.

Jhon DeJesus had an impressive 2019 debut for the Dragons


The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on a long home run to left field by Mariel Bautista, his first of the young season.


The Dragons added to their lead in the seventh inning.  Bren Spillane lined a single to left field with one out and Miguel Hernandez reached on an error.  With two outs, Shard Munroe singled off the glove of the second baseman as Spillane scored from second. Claudio Finol followed with a hit to right to bring in Hernandez to make it 3-0.


Dayton added three more runs in the eighth inning to take a commanding 6-0 lead.  Jay Schuyler reached on an infield single with one out, went to second on a ground out, and advanced to third on Bren Spillane’s two-out single.  Schuyler scored on a throwing error before Juan Martinez connected on a two-run double to the fence in left-center field to close out the scoring.


Four different Dayton players collected two hits.  Bautista led the way with the home run and is now 5 for 12 (.417) on the year. Schuyler, Spillane, and Martinez also had two hits.

On the Air:  All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app and on HD Radio on 104.7 WTUI HD 2.


For Dragons 2019 ticket information, call (937) 228-2287.




Catcher Tucker Barnhart added to “Top 20 Greatest Dragons” players




Tucker Barnhart diving for a ball as a Dragons catcher


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.


Next on the list of the 20 Greatest Dragons is:


Tucker Barnhart


Barnhart was the starting catcher on the 2011 Dragons, a team that set a club record for most wins in a half when they went 48-22 in the second half under manager Delino DeShields.  The team also featured star shortstop Billy Hamilton, power-hitting first baseman Donald Lutz, ace starting pitcher Josh Smith, and all-star closer Drew Hayes.  Barnhart’s year in Dayton earned him recognition as an outstanding defensive catcher.  Following the season, he was given Minor League Baseball’sRawlings Gold Glove Award, a big honor presented to only one player at each position throughout all the minor leagues.  He caught 92 games for the 2011 Dragons; no Dragons player has caught more games since.


Barnhart reached the Major Leagues with the Reds in 2014 and has served as the starting catcher in Cincinnati over each of the last four seasons, emerging as one of the best defensive players at his position in all of baseball.  In 2017, he became just the third catcher in Reds history to win a Gold Glove award at the big league level, joining Johnny Bench and Johnny Edwards.  Barnhart set the Reds franchise record for highest fielding percentage by a catcher that year at .999, which led the Major Leagues.


As a hitter, Barnhart has continued to improve since he first joined the Reds.  In 2017, he hit a career-high .270, and in 2018, he hit 10 home runs with Cincinnati to reach double-digits for the first time as a professional, major league or minor league.  Also in 2018, Barnhart was the Reds nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award for representing baseball with extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions on and off the field.


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:


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