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Indians announce Major League Camp Invites



The Cleveland Indians have announced the club has signed free agents INF RYAN FLAHERTY and C DIONER NAVARRO to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training camp.

Flaherty (FLAIR-ety), 32, spent the 2018 season with the Atlanta Braves, starting 23 of the club’s first 29 games and appeared in two games in the NLDS vs. Los Angeles. The Portland, Maine native spent the first six seasons of his career, 2012-17, in the Baltimore Orioles organization and has appeared in double-digit games at all four infield positions, left field and right field during his career. He was the 41st overall pick of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs out of Vanderbilt.

Navarro (dee-ah-ner na-VAR-oh), 34, is a veteran of 13 Major League seasons with six different clubs, ending the 2016 season on the ALCS roster of the Toronto Blue Jays. He stepped away from the game for the 2017 season due to a family medical emergency and most recently appeared in 22 games for La Guaira in the Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional (LVBP), batting.284 (21-for-74) with .748 OPS. The Caracas, VZ native was a 2008 All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays and drove in 69 runs for the 2014 Blue Jays.

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Reds bolster bullpen by bringing back LHP Zach Duke


Zach Duke 2018 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


The Cincinnati Reds have shown everyone in Major League Baseball this year that they are done with rebuilding and are ready to contend again in the National League.

They have made several trades and moved some popular players.

Recently, the team bolstered its bullpen, a team strength in 2018, by bringing back LHP specialist Zach Duke.

Duke had played for the Reds in 2013 and did quite well in limited duty, 0.84 ERA in 10 2/3 innings pitched.

The free-agent acquisition was signed to a one-year, $2 million contract.

To make room for Duke, RHP Jose Lopez  was designated for assignment. That means the Reds have a 10 days to either waive, trade or send Lopez to the minors.

The 36-year-old Duke is a 14-year MLB veteran having also played for Pittsburgh, Arizona, Washington, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota and Seattle.

The 2009 All-Star pitcher with the Pirates, has a won-loss record of 66-90, 4.30 ERA and 836 strikeouts.

Cincinnati Reds announce 2019 Theme Ticket Packages



Includes Limited Number of Exclusive Bobbleheads


New Cincinnati Reds theme ticket packages for the 2019 season that include exclusive promotional items are on sale now at

New packages for 2019 include a Darth Vader bobblehead on STAR WARS™ Night, a Black Panther bobblehead for MARVEL Super Hero™ Night, a “Sam the Bald Eagle” bobblehead on Cincinnati Zoo Night, a Game of Thrones® bobblehead featuring “Queen Rosie” and a Dancing Bear bobblehead on Grateful Dead Night.

All promotional items listed below are only available with the purchase of a Theme Ticket Package, while supplies last.

Game of Thrones® Ticket Package
Wednesday, May 15 vs. Chicago Cubs, 6:40 p.m.
The battle for the Iron Throne goes through GABP on May 15 on Game of Thrones® Night. This special ticket package includes an exclusive Queen Rosie bobblehead seated in the Iron Throne plus your ticket to the game. Be sure to visit the Kroger Fan Zone at the game for a special photo op with the Iron Throne! Game of Thrones® Ticket Package buyers will have a priority line at the photo op.
Packages start at $25:

PEANUTS™ Ticket Package, presented by Cincinnati Bell
Sunday, May 19 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:10 p.m.
The PEANUTS™ gang’s famous characters are back at the ballpark, and this year we’re honoring Snoopy’s unstoppable sidekick Woodstock. This special package includes an exclusive Woodstock bobblehead and your ticket to the game. Plus, PEANUTS™ characters will be at the ballpark to visit with kids before the game.
Packages start at $25:

STAR WARS™ Ticket Package, presented by Skyline Chili
Friday, May 31 vs. Washington Nationals, 7:10 p.m.
Join the Reds for STAR WARS™ Night with this special package that includes a limited-edition Darth Vader bobblehead plus your ticket to the game. A squadron of characters from the film will be available for photo opportunities around the ballpark, and after the game, continue the celebration of a galaxy far far away with a STAR WARS™ themed Fireworks Friday presented by Coca-Cola.
Packages start at $25:

Women’s World Cup T-Shirt Package, presented by NOCO, Fox19 & The Banks
June 7 – July 7
The Reds are partnering with NOCO, Fox19 and The Banks to offer the World Cup Ticket Package that includes a limited-edition t-shirt and a ticket to select Reds games. Fans can watch the U.S. Women’s National Team in action on The Banks video screen at the Fox19 Now World Cup Viewing Village on Freedom Way.
Packages start at $20:

MARVEL Super Hero™ Ticket Package, presented by Cincinnati Bell
Friday, June 14 vs. Texas Rangers, 7:10 p.m.
On June 14 the annual MARVEL Super Hero™ Night brings Black Panther to Great American Ball Park. This ticket package includes an exclusive Black Panther bobblehead and your ticket to the game. Plus, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will perform LIVE for a special MARVEL-themed fireworks show after the game!
Packages start at $30:

Cincinnati Zoo Ticket Package, presented by Ohio Lottery
Tuesday, June 18 vs. Houston Astros, 7:10 p.m.
Join the Reds and the Cincinnati Zoo to celebrate Zoo Night and their finely feathered All-Star – “Sam” The Bald Eagle. This special package includes an exclusive Sam The Bald Eagle bobblehead plus your ticket to the game. Zoo Night will feature special appearances by animals in the Kroger Fan Zone, a parade during pregame festivities on the field and of course, a special pregame flight from Sam. Two dollars from each ticket package sold will benefit the Cincinnati Zoo.
Packages start at $25:

Margaritaville® Ticket Package, presented by Cincinnati Bell
Friday, July 19 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m.
Join the Reds on July 19 for Margaritaville® Night at the ballpark! In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Off to See the Lizard this special package includes an exclusive Lizard bobblehead and your ticket to the game. Plus, enjoy a fireworks show after the game set to a Margaritaville® soundtrack!
Packages start at $25:

Grateful Dead Ticket Package, presented by Cincinnati Bell
Friday, August 16 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m.
Dance your way to the ballpark for Grateful Dead Night with this special package that includes an exclusive Dancing Bear bobblehead and your ticket to the game. Plus, enjoy a fireworks show after the game set to a Grateful Dead-themed soundtrack!
Packages start at $25:

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Ticket Package
September 20-22 vs. New York Mets
Celebrate Oktoberfest Zinzinnati with this ticket package that includes a Reds commemorative Oktoberfest mug and a ticket for one of three games Sept. 20-22 during the weekend series against the Mets. The mug includes a free drink at the ballpark and at Oktoberfest downtown.
Packages start at $20:
Visit for more information and additional Reds Theme Ticket Packages.

Featured promotional items are NOT gate giveaways and ONLY offered while supplies last.

For any questions regarding Theme Ticket Packages, please contact the Reds Ticketing Dept. at 513-765-7400.
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© 2019 MARVEL
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Reds registration for 2019 Baseball and Softball Camps are open now




Discount When Registering Prior To March 1


Registration is now open for the official baseball and softball camps of the Cincinnati Reds at

For 2019, Reds Camps are offering 16 locations throughout Reds Country giving participants an exciting, fun-filled week of baseball and softball instruction they’ll never forget.

2019 Reds Baseball & Softball Camps locations:
• Northern Kentucky: May 27-31 (Beechwood High School)
• Cincinnati: May 27-31 (Reds Youth Academy)
• Louisville: June 10-14 (Kentucky Country Day)
• Loveland, Ohio: June 10-14 (Loveland High School)
• Indianapolis: June 17-21 (Billericay Park, Fishers)
• Dayton: June 17-21 (Miamisburg High School)
• Harrison, Ohio: June 24-28 (Harrison High School)
• Mason, Ohio: June 24-28 (Mason High School)
• Chillicothe, Ohio: July 15-19 (Chillicothe High School)
• Milford, Ohio: July 15-19 (Milford High School)
• Hurricane, W. Va., July 22-26 (Valley Park Sports Complex)
• Columbus: July 22-26 (Hilliard Bradley High School)
• Lexington, Ky.: July 29-Aug. 2 (Lexington Christian Academy)
• Cincinnati: July 29-Aug. 2 (Summit Country Day Sports Complex)
• Cincinnati: Aug. 5-9 (St. Xavier High School)
• Cincinnati: Aug. 5-9 (Reds Youth Academy)

Campers registering prior to March 1 will receive a $25 discount.

The camps are open to boys and girls ages six to 14 and run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All campers receive a full Reds uniform (jersey, pants, hat and belt), four Reds game tickets, and a bus trip to Great American Ball Park where a Reds player and coach will meet us and conduct a behind-the-scenes tour. Campers will be treated to an insider’s perspective seldom available to the general public.

The camps are led by an experienced staff of baseball and softball instructors who are passionate about the game and committed to creating an experience of a lifetime.

“Now in our eighth year, our job is to create a training environment that meets the baseball and softball needs of every athlete who wants our help,” said Tim Rappé, Reds Camps director. “The most important thing for parents to understand is that it doesn’t matter if your athlete is six and picking up a bat for the first time or 14 and preparing to play high school baseball. This camp will significantly improve each camper’s ability to play and understand the game.”

For additional details, pricing and registration visit or call 1-855-8GoReds (1-855-846-7337).

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Commissioner Manfred issues statement as MLB mourns loss of its first Black manager and Hall of Fame outfielder, Frank Robinson at age 83




Frank Robinson at bat 1960 photo By Unknown - Manny's Baseball Land via, Public Domain, https

Major League Baseball is sad to confirm the passing of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first African-American field manager in the history of the game and longtime MLB executive, who was 83. He passed away this morning at his home in California, surrounded by family and friends.

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today:

“Frank Robinson’s résumé in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations. He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career. Known for his fierce competitive will, Frank made history as the first MVP of both the National and American Leagues, earned the 1966 AL Triple Crown and World Series MVP honors, and was a centerpiece of two World Championship Baltimore Orioles’ teams.

“With the Cleveland Indians in 1975, Frank turned Jackie Robinson’s hopes into a reality when he became the first African-American manager in baseball history. He represented four franchises as a manager, most recently when Baseball returned to Washington, DC with the Nationals in 2005. Since 2000, Frank held a variety of positions with the Commissioner’s Office, overseeing on-field discipline and other areas of baseball operations before transitioning to a senior role in baseball development and youth-focused initiatives. Most recently, he served as a Special Advisor to me as well as Honorary American League President. In 2005, Frank was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, for ‘setting a lasting example of character in athletics.’

“We are deeply saddened by this loss of our friend, colleague and legend, who worked in our game for more than 60 years. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to Frank’s wife Barbara, daughter Nichelle, their entire family and the countless fans who admired this great figure of our National Pastime.”

The Robinson family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions in Frank’s memory can be made to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee or the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.


* .294 Batting average

* 2,943 Hits

* 586 Homers (10th all-time)

* RBI’s 1,812

* As a Player

Cincinnati, Baltimore, LA Dodgers, California, Cleveland

* As a Manager

Cleveland, San Francisco, Baltimore, Montreal/Washington

Record: 1,065 wins, 1,176 losses, winning percentage of .475

* As a Coach

California, Baltimore twice and Milwaukee


* 14-time MLB All-Star

* 2 World Series titles



* World Series MVP

* Triple Crown winner

* NL Rookie of the Year

* AL Manager of the Year

* Retired Jersey #20

Reds, Orioles, Indians

* Team Hall of Fames

Reds, Orioles, Indians, Nationals Ring of Honor

* Baseball Hall of Fame Induction

1982, first ballot with 89.2% of the vote

Frank was born in Beaumont, Texas on August 31, 1935. He was the youngest of 10 children. His parents divorced when he was an infant and he stayed with his mother, who moved to Alameda, California, in the Oakland area. He attended McClymonds High school where his basketball teammate was the legendary center Bill Russell. On the baseball team, his teammates included Vada Pinson and Curt Flood.

On February 7, 2019, Robinson died of bone cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 83.




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