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POSTGAME NOTES: Cincinnati Reds 5 Cleveland Indians 3 Wednesday, June 13


50,747 Mat Latos Reds 5-3 win over Indians June 13, 2012

50,754 Brandon Phillips Reds 5-3 win over Indians June 13, 2012

Brandon Phillips was 3-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBI's last night (2009 photo by Rdikeman via wikipedia commons)

CINCINNATI, OHIO — * In the 16th season of Interleague play, the Reds are 102-126 vs. the American League.

* The Reds are 5-3 in Interleague play this year.

* There were two home runs hit last night in Great American Ball Park. That means there have been 1 homer hit in the last 58 games at GABP since 7/29/11 vs. San Francisco, a record.

* The Reds have spent the past 21 days in first place in the NL Central Division.

* The Reds are 38-39 vs. the Cleveland Indians, 16-10 at GABP.

* Reds 3B Scott Rolen could be activated in the next couple of days.

* The first 10,000 fans received a Brandon Phillips Silver Slugger Award Mini-Bat.

* Brandon Phillips is now hitting .347 (50-for-144, 6 doubles, 8 homers, 26 RBI’s, 6 steals) in his career against his former team, the Indians.

* Mat Latos finishes 7 innings for the fourth time this season.

* Mat Latos is 5-0 with a 3.73 ERA (60.1 IP, 25 ER) in his last 10 starts since an 11-1 loss at St. Louis. The Reds are 8-2 in those starts. He lowered his ERA against the AL from 3.62 to 3.49 ( 56.2 IP, 22 ER).

* Ryan Ludwick now has 11 RBI’s in his career off Derek Lowe (9-for-21, .429, 4 homers).

* Jay Bruce now has 49 career RBI’s with the bases loaded (13-for-56, .232, 3 doubles, 1 homer).

* LHP Bill Bray continues his rehab at Triple-AAA Louisville by throwing Thursday June 14 and June 15

* Reds scout Chet Montgomery, who signed several players during the Big Red Machine era including former infielder Doug Flynn, passed away a few weeks ago.

* The stars were in the house on Wednesday night as Urban Meyer, Kyle Busch, Pete Rose and Pete Rose, Jr. visited Great American Ball Ball Park.

* WINNING PITCHER: Mat Latos Reds, 5-2

LOSING PITCHER: Derek Lowe Indians, 7-5

SAVE: Aroldis Chapman Reds 7


TIME: 2:38


Stuart Mason assisted in this article




SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Johnny Bench, Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Legend



Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame catcher ( photo)

When the Inaugural Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Game came to town this past weekend, the MLB Legends team had Reds Hall of Fame catcher, Johnny Bench.

The 64-year-old looked as if he could still play the game. But he told us that the knees and back would not hold up.

Johnny Lee Bench was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on December 7, 1947 and grew up in Binger, Oklahoma.

Bench’s childhood dream was to become a major league baseball player and his father encouraged him to pursue the catching position would get him there quicker. Johnny listened to his dad and was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1965 amateur draft.

It only took two short years in the minor leagues and Bench made the Reds roster for the 1968 season. Bench was on his way to a stellar career and would have celebrity status.

Johnny bench in the batting cage (photo by Dave Maetzold)

Johnny played for the Reds from 1967 to 1983 and his teammates would include Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Bobby Tolan, Tony Perez, George Foster, Danny Driessen, Cesar Geronimo, Dave Concepcion and Ken Griffey, Sr. This group conprised the Big Red Machine, a team that dominated National League baseball in the 1970′s with their hitting, pitching, running and defense.

The Big Red Machine, under the direction of George Lee “Sparky” Anderson, won six division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.

ESPN called Johnny the greatest catcher in baseball history.

A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, voted in back in 1989 with 96.42 percent of the vote, Bench was a 14-time All-Star and a two-time NL Most Valuable Player.

His other career accomplishments include: a .267 batting average, with 389 home runs, 1,376 RBI’s, a 10-time Gold Glove award winner, 1968 NL Rookie of the Year, 1976 World Series MVP, 1976 Babe Ruth Award, 1975 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, 1981 Hutch Award, Major League Baseball All-Century Team, Major League Baseball All-Time Team and his #5 Cincinnati Reds jersey retired in 1984.

The Sporting News dubbed him as the greatest catcher ever in 1998, when he was named the 16th greatest player of all time.

In 1980, Bench set the endurance record by catching 100 or more games for 13 straight seasons.


Reds Hall of Fame & Museum May bobblehead is George Foster

Press release courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds


The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum’s 2012 Big Red Machine bobblehead series, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, continues in May with the release of the George Foster bobblehead. It’s the second in the six bobblehead series collection.

The George Foster bobbleheads are free with full-price paid admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in May while supplies last.

George Foster (2011 photo by 5of7 & Fylate via wikipedia commons)

There is a strict policy limit of one bobblehead per ticket purchaser per day and the limited number of bobbleheads available for public distribution will go very quickly.

George Foster was one of the most feared sluggers of his era, belting a club-record 52 home runs in his 1977 Most Valuable Player season and pacing the National League in RBI each season from 1976-1978. Inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2003, Foster ranks fifth on the franchise’s all-time home run list.

The 63-year-old Foster, a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, played in the majors from 1969-1986 with San Francisco, the Reds, the Mets and the White Sox.

His career totals included a .274 batting average, with 348 home runs and 1,239 RBI’s.

The best way to ensure a bobblehead is through the purchase of a museum membership. For a membership, please visit the membership page on or call (513) 765-7923.

Reds to induct Casey, Driessen, Reilly to Hall of Fame


Sean Casey at first base in 2004 with Reds (photo by Rick Dikeman via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have announced their 2012 Hall of Fame class.

Three-time All-Star Sean Casey, Big Red Machine 3B/1B Danny Driessen and 19th century first baseman John Reilly will be joining the membership of 75 who have been inducted to the team’s hall.

Casey was selected by the online voting process through the Modern Player Ballot.

Driessen and Reilly were picked by the Reds’ Hall of Fame veteran’s committee, which is composed of media, Hall of Famers, historians and Hall of Fame executives.

The trio will be honored June 22-24 during the Reds’ Hall of Fame Weekend, which will include on-field ceremonies at Great American Ball Park and festivities at the team’s Hall of Fame.

Casey quickly became one of the most popular players to play for Cincinnati. He became known as “The Mayor” during his eight-year tenure.

Driessen was a versatile infielder with the Big Red Machine clubs in the 70′s. He played 12 seasons for Cincinnati from 1973 to 1984.

Reilly was a Cincinnati native and very solid first baseman in the 1880′s. Reilly played for the Reds his entire career of nine years. He held team records for most singles, doubles, triples, home runs, runs scored, RBI’s and games played.

The 37-year-old Casey, who grew up in the Pittsburgh area, also played for Cleveland, Detroit and Boston. He retired after the 2008 season.

He was a 3-time All-Star with the Reds and was the 1999 winner of the Hutch Award.

Casey’s career totals includes: a .302 average, 130 homers and 735 RBI’s.


Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds

Hall of Famer Bench grateful of statue honor by Reds


Johnny Bench's retired #5 (By Rob Hoitt via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds had a Johnny Bench Night on September 17, 1983 at Riverfront Stadium, the final season of his career. That night, he hit the 389th and last homer of his Hall of Fame career.

28 years later on September 17, 2011, they had another at Great American Ball Park. this time, there were no homers, but the Reds honored him with a statue.

Bench, played 17 seasons from 1967-83, all with the Reds, and was a key member  of the “Great Eight”  of the 1970′s Big Red Machine. That group won back-to-back World Series in 1975 and 1976. Bench was a 14-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.

The “Binger Banger” as he was called, due to the fact that Bench hails from Binger, Oklahoma, was named the 1968 National League Rookie of the Year, the 1970 and 1972 NL Most Valuable Player. During his career, he batted .267 with 1,376 RBI’s. As a catcher, he threw out 44 percent of the trying to steal against the pitching staff.

Bench said, “the statue stands for what I stood for, hard work.”

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Cincinnati Reds news

The Reds retired his uniform #5 in 1984.

The statue of Bench is the fifth larger-than-life sculpture to be placed outside of the Reds home, Great American Ball Park. The others are Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Frank Robinson at the main gate.

Several of Bench’s teammates were on hand to witness the unveiling, Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion, Cesar Geronimo, George Foster, Doug Flynn along with Reds CEO Bob Castellini.

Also during the special night, a portion of Second Street which is adjacent to the Stadium was renamed Johnny Bench Way.

Bench, now 63, threw out a ceremonial first pitch.

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