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Reds get new grass at Great American Ball Park


(2007 photo by Ed Markovich via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds will be playing on a new grass surface in 2012 at Great American Ball Park.

Hamilton County, which owns the Reds’ home stadium, spent $1.53 million to replace the playing surface at both Great American and the Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium.

The new playing surface is part of a plan to repair or replace equipment at the ballpark.

The money comes from a repair account which is replenished each year by the county with a $1 million. The Great American Ball Park account according to the county has around $3.5 million.

The Reds current lease signed in 2003 with Hamilton County, has the Reds paying for routine maintenance and repairs, while the county pays for capital improvements and replacements at GABP.


Info compiled from Hamilton County, Radio & TV news

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.

Indians club 3 homers, get 12 hits beat Reds, 8-2


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The Cleveland Indians, who’ve had trouble beating the Cincinnati Reds the past three seasons, are dominating in 2011 with a 4-0 record and have officially won won the Ohio Cup.

Friday night in Cincinnati, the Tribe pounded out 12 hits, clubbed out three homers during an 8-2 win at Great American Ball Park.

Four Indians had three hits each- Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana and Grady Sizemore.

The offensive outburst by Cleveland gave Justin Masterson, who grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio in the Dayton area, his first win on the mound since April 26, although it was the team’s inept offense which overshadowed several of his quality starts during that period.

During those 11 starts, he had an ERA of 3.34, pitched into the seventh inning eight times and had seven quality starts.

Before a sellout crowd of 40,440, Masterson did it again, allowing one run on four hits and struck out five in eight innings and is 6-6 on the season.

Losing pitcher was Bronson Arroyo who couldn’t keep the baseball in the park as he allowed three homers, 24 for the year which leads the National League. He gave up eight runs in 4.2 innings.

compiled from staff, Cincinnati Reds & Cleveland Indians news

Reds rally past Brewers; Cordero joins 300 saves club


Francisco Cordero (file photo)

Say what you want able Reds closer Francisco Cordero. Sure, he blows saves every-now-and-then but so do all closers.

In the Cincinnati Reds recent win over Milwaukee, he became the 22nd pitcher to get 300 saves.

Cordero tied Bruce Sutter with 300 saves and is 10 for 12 in 2011. He is third on the Reds all-time saves list with 123. He trails Danny Graves with 182 and John Franco with 148. Cordero has been with the Reds for only four seasons.

As far as the game, Milwaukee was leading 3-0 and was getting solid pitching from Shawn Marcum. But somehow the past two seasons, the Brewers have lost 13 of 15 games at Great American Ball Park, where the Reds are never out of the game.

Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning off Marcum.

Joey Votto, after Brandon Phillips was hit with a pitch with two outs in the eighth, connected for the game-winning two-run homer off Kameron Loe (2-5) to give the Reds a 4-3 comeback win. It was the Reds 15th come-from-behind win.



Info courtesy of Cincinnati Reds

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