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Once every generation or so, Major League Baseball chooses Cincinnati to host its All-Star Game, the “mid-summer classic” that brings together the best players in one ball park.

When the first pitch is thrown Tuesday night from the Great American Ball Park mound by the National League starter, it will be the fifth time Cincinnati has hosted the All-Star Game since it began at Chicago’s Comiskey Park in 1933 and the first in the ball park that has been the Cincinnati Reds’ home since 2003.

All-Star Game specials, Reds retrospectives, repeats of the 1975 World Series, a two-hour Pete Rose interview and a nightly “All-Star Live” show will fill Fox Sports Ohio July 6-16.

“All-Star Live” debuts at 6 p.m. Monday on FSO, prior to the “Reds Live” pregame show. Starting Thursday, “All-Star Live” and the “Reds Live” pregame and postgame shows will be telecast from Major League Baseball’s FanFest at the Duke Energy Center downtown.

Other highlights include five “Spotlight” shows on Reds history; a replay of the 1988 All-Star Game from Riverfront Stadium; a 30-minute film about the 1970 All-Star Game at Riverfront; highlight films from the 1990, 1975  and 1976 World Series; and four entire games from the Big Red Machine’s 1975 World Series victory over the Boston Red Sox.  The details:

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Cincinnati is hosting Major League Baseball's All-Star Game this month, and there's an enormous effort to make the region look as good as possible.  Millions of tourist dollars are at stake; and it's an opportunity the Reds, Cincinnati, and the region may not have again for a while. 

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The first in a series of mustache-shaped benches was unveiled Friday afternoon outside City Hall, as part of the celebration of Major League Baseball's All-Star Week in Cincinnati.  Reds chief operating officer Phil Castellini says the theme tying the benches is "get your ‘stache on."

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After the baseball stars of tomorrow leave the field, celebrities and baseball heroes will play softball at Great American Ball Park.  The Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball are announcing who will play in the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, July 12, during All-Star Week.

    

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In less than 90 days, Major League Baseball's All-Star Weekend gets underway in Cincinnati. Tens of thousands of fans are expected to visit from around the country.  David Ginsburg with Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI), says work has already started preparing the central business district to make a good impression.

  Cincinnati Reds legend Joe Nuxhall was known for his kind heart and compassionate manner as well as his skills as a ballplayer and announcer. In his book inspired by Joe Nuxhall, Pitching for Success: Character Lessons, the Joe Nuxhall Way, local author Doug Coates blends fiction and sports history to show young readers the importance of good character, sportsmanship, courage and compassion.

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It may be hard for some to imagine, but winter must be officially over, because Cincinnati’'s unofficial holiday, Opening Day, is finally here, as the Reds welcome the Pirates to Great American Ballpark Monday for their first game of the season. Greg Rhodes, Cincinnati Reds team historian; sports writer John Erardi; and, WVXU'’s Howard Wilkinson join us to size up this year’'s Reds, and take a look at the Findlay Market Parade and other opening day celebrations.

In a sports writing career covering half a century, Hal McCoy crowns his own Hall of Fame career with his latest book, “The Real McCoy: My Half Century with the Cincinnati Reds.” The memoir of the team gives fans an inside-the-dugout look that never made the daily press. Veteran sports writer Hal McCoy and WVXU political reporter and avid baseball fan Howard Wilkinson join us to discuss the book, Hal McCoy'’s years covering the Reds, and what really happened to Sparky.

A video tribute to Cincinnati Reds All-Stars

Apr 2, 2015
Michael E. Keating

It has been the dream of millions of youngsters for generations - to grow up and don the uniform of a Major League ballplayer.

It's a dream that comes true for only a small sliver of those millions - and even fewer achieve the honor that comes with being named to baseball's All-Star Game.

The 86th Major League Baseball All Star game will take place July 14 at Great American Ball Park.

Michael E. Keating

With Major League Baseball's All Star Game coming to Great American Ball Park in July, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum has opened an exhibit honoring the 100 Reds who have been members of National League All Star teams.

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Pete Rose has renewed his request to be allowed into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. 

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Reds fans lined up at Fountain Square today for an All Star Game promotion.  And with this warmer weather, they're anticipating baseball season, which begins four weeks from today with the Reds' Opening Day.

Mark Heyne / WVXU

When the Cincinnati Reds return from spring training in Arizona, they should find new signs at Great American Ball Park. 

The three neon signs, above the scoreboard, over the main gates, and on the southwest corner of the outside, will be replaced with LED lighting. 

Normally, the team and Hamilton County would be responsible for the $1 million to $2 million cost, but Scott Beeken with Great American Insurance Group says it will pay.

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Government offices and banks were closed for Presidents' Day.  But the Reds Hall of Fame was still open, and education manager Ken Freeman says American Presidents have had a lengthy connection with Major League Baseball.

The first sitting President to attend a baseball game was North Bend, Ohio native Benjamin Harrison, in 1892.  (The Reds beat the Senators, 7-4, in 11 innings.)

Michael Keating

The Cincinnati Reds and All Star closer Aroldis Chapman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract, the Reds announced Friday morning.

MLB.com is reporting that Chapman will make $8.05 million this year. In the arbitration hearing, which was to have taken place Friday, Chapman was asking for $8.7 million for the 2015 season, while the Reds countered with $6.65 million, according to MLB.com.

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This week, Cincinnati is hosting the National Sports Forum.   Jackie Reau with the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation says it's another opportunity to get the area more national, and international attention.

"There are about a thousand people here from really all over the country, representing all the four major league sporting bodies, as well as a number of colleges, universities, sporting properties, and also vendors who supply the sporting industry," Reau says.

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Great American Ball Park is getting some new seats in time for the 2015 All Star Game.

About five years after the stadium was built, the Reds noticed some of the seats were breaking. The company that made them fixed some. A competing vender quoted $5 million to fix everything.

Instead, Hamilton County Stadium Director Joe Feldkamp says he's found two local companies that will do the job for less, and support another county initiative in the process.

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Beginning Friday, people entering Reds games through the main ballpark gates will have to go through metal detectors.  Next season the detectors will be at all Great American Ball Park gates.

The team says this is part of Major League Baseball's initiative to standardize security procedures at all 30 Major League parks. MLB is working with the Department of Homeland Security.

The metal detectors are in addition to the standard bag checks.

The Reds Hall of Fame heads into a busy weekend celebrating its 2014 class.  Ken Griffey Junior, Dave Parker, Ron Oester and the late John Beckley will be inducted into the hall Saturday evening during on-field ceremonies before the Reds play the Marlins.

Reds Hall of Fame  Executive Director Rick Walls compares the annual induction celebration to the Super Bowl or the World Series for the museum:

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The Official Logo for the 86th Midsummer Classic is a nostalgic design with a pill box hat and handlebar mustache.  It also includes crossed bats representing a traditional baseball design and uses both red and black. 

Reds President and CEO Bob Castellini said in a release “Today’s logo unveiling is the first of many exciting things that will happen throughout Reds Country, as we prepare for the honor of hosting Major League

  About 25 percent of major-league pitchers today have had Tommy John surgery. The procedure, in which doctors transplant a tendon from one arm into a damaged elbow to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, is named for the pitcher who first underwent the surgery in 1974. Dr.

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Ann Thompson / WVXU

If just watching the game isn't enough for you, the Cincinnati Reds want to keep you engaged with new technology at Great American Ball Park. This year the team has invested in:

  • Instant Replay
  • Reds Connect Zone
  • iBeacons

At ballparks throughout the country teams are making instant replay available on the main video board. At Great American they are also on smaller monitors throughout the stadium.

WVXU's politics reporter, Howard Wilkinson, talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the chances of an Ohio or Kentucky candidate being nominated for president if the GOP convention comes to Cincinnati in 2016. And, of course, a little baseball talk on the Reds' Opening Day.

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

With tens of thousands of baseball fans making their way to Great American Ball Park today here are some good links to know:

Where to go

cincinnati.reds.mlb.com

Where to park

RedsOpeningDay_Parking2014.pdf

Plan ahead for traffic

ohgo.com/dashboard/cincinnati

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