Cincinnati Reds

2014 Opening Day Playlist

Mar 25, 2014

Opening Day in Cincinnati is like no other.  With the help of the Cincinnati Reds, we have curated a special Opening Day Spotfiy playlist to help get you fired up for the 2014 season.  These are the songs you'll hear at Great American Ballpark when your favorite players come up to bat.

Go Reds!

Play Ball!

Mar 25, 2014
WVXU, Tana Weingartner

  With a seemingly never-ending winter it’s hard to believe opening day is less than a week away, but the people are more than ready for our city’s unofficial holiday and the first game of the season.

Michael E. Keating

Aroldis Chapman, the Reds' left-handed closer struck in the face by a batted ball Wednesday night, had surgery Thursday  at a Phoenix hospital to have a small titanium plate inserted over his left eye, where the bone was fractured.

Rob Butcher, the Reds' director of media relations, said in a press release that Chapman is "expected to remain in the hospital a day or so."

The two-and-a-half hour surgery was performed by cranial facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ed Joganic at Banner Good Samarian Hospital in Phoenix.

Michael E. Keating

Update:

Aroldis Chapman is having surgery Thursday to insert a plate and screws above his left eye after being struck in the head by a batted ball Wednesday night, according to Rob Butcher, the Reds' director of media relations.

Chapman, the Reds' left-handed closer, was injured in a game with the Kansas City Royals, when he was struck above the left eye by a Salvador Pena line drive. Chapman had fractures above his left eye and nose.

Team physician Timothy Kremchek said Chapman suffered a mild concussion but his vision was not affected.

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The Reds are calling on two former team captains to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day.  In a release, the team says David Concepción and Barry Larkin will throw out simultaneous first pitches before the Reds take on the Cardinals on March 31st  at Great American Ball Park.  

Concepción was named captain in 1983 and Larkin got the title before the 1997 season.

Concepción also will serve as the grand marshal of the 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, which begins at noon before the 4:10 game.

Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

The Reds started the first professional baseball team in 1869, so without a doubt there's a lot of history surrounding them. The Reds Hall of Fame opens an exhibit today, Kings of the Queen City, which showcases the team's greatest moments and biggest names.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is a graphic timeline covering 145 years of Reds history.  The timeline also has an interactive touch-screen screen monitor with audio and video clips.

Howard Wilkinson

Today is the first day of spring.

Yes, it is. Don’t let the piles of rock-hard snow lining the streets and clogging up your yard fool you. Don’t be deceived by the slushy white stuff that is supposed to fall from the sky today.

Today, at the Cincinnati Reds’ training camp in the suburban desert that is Goodyear, Arizona, the Reds pitchers and catchers report for duty. Some have been there for days, anxious for another season of baseball to begin.

Some will tell you that you are crazy; that spring officially begins on Thursday, March 20 – the vernal equinox.

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Reds Hall of Famer Dave Concepción will be the Grand Marshal of the 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.

The parade kicks off at noon on Monday, March 31.

Concepción was a nine-time All-Star and winner of five Gold Gloves during his 19 seasons with the Reds. He was inducted in the Reds Hall of Fame in 2000 and his jersey number, 13, was retired by the Reds in 2007.

The first pitch for the Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day game is 4:10 p.m.

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  With snow on the ground and temperatures well below freezing, it seems as if Opening Day is a long way off.

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Here's what the Reds had to say about Dusty Baker leaving the team:

Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty has announced the team will make a managerial change heading into the 2014 season.

The new manager will replace Dusty Baker, who went 509-463 in his 6 seasons in Cincinnati. There was no announcement regarding changes on the coaching staff.       

Michael Keating

Hamilton County Commissioners could take the first steps Wednesday toward balancing the stadium fund for the next five years.

The plan is much the same as last year, but involves a different bank and a three-year deal. Essentially the board would take out an insurance policy with PNC Bank to cover the bulk of the debt and fund what's left from county reserves.

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All the Reds players who made up the Great Eight will be taking part in the dedication ceremonies for the new Joe Morgan statue at Great American Ball Park this weekend. 

Reds Hall of Fame executive director Rick Walls says Morgan was one of the last players to join the famed starting eight on the Big Red Machine of the 1970's.

"Joe was one of the final pieces that came in '72 in the trade with Cesar Geronimo," said Walls.  "So the last two starting members came in, that kind of solidified that group, and when that group of eight played together it was so special."

Unequal Technologies

Major League Baseball is working with a couple of different companies to design a special pitchers baseball cap that would protect them if hit in the head.  MLB medical director Dr. Gary Green says he's trying to

Serious Reds fans will know the name Gene Bennett. He was a long-time scout for the team, responsible for finding such great players as Don Gullett, Chris Sabo and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin for the team. He retired in 2011 after 58 years with the team, but still stays active in the game with his Gene Bennett Classic, a gathering of young, talented baseball players at Shawnee State University, hoping to get a look by pro scouts. Gene Bennett talks about his long career and some of the great players he’s been associated with in an interview with Mark Heyne.

Summer exhibits at the Reds Hall of Fame

Jun 28, 2013

Chris Eckes, the operations manager and chief curator of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about a couple of the current exhibitions, including the salute to Joe Morgan and the display of autographs from the entire history of the ball club, and the few that have eluded him.

Cincinnati Reds Update with Mark Schmetzer

May 31, 2013
mlb.com

Mark Schmetzer, author of The Comeback Kids: Cincinnati Reds 2010 Championship Season is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk Reds baseball.

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Maybe you consider yourself the greatest Cincinnati Reds fan in the world. Maybe you have a friend or family member so devoted to the Redlegs that you would hang that moniker on them.


Well, the world is a big place.


It’s a subjective title, but one name that has to be considered is that of Carlos Moreno Lopez, who lives about 4,400 miles away from Great American Ball Park in Barcelona, Spain.

Mark Heyne / WVXU

The Reds will be unveiling a new statue at Great American Ball Park later this year in honor of Hall-of-Fame Second Baseman Joe Morgan.  Sculptor Tom Tsuchiya  is putting the finishing touches on it this week at his studio. 

If you've been to the ballpark, you're already familiar with Tsuchiya's work.  He created the statues of Ted Kluszewski, Frank Robinson, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Johnny Bench.  He's also the artist for several statues at Xavier University, including the one of the Musketeer d'Artagnan, and the new Jesus statue at Solid Rock Church in Monroe. 

This one-hour special shares memories of the women whose husbands were affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds during the 1950’s. These wives include Jo McMillan, Eleanor Kluszewski, Joyce Bell-Dolle, Priscilla Stowe, and Betty Hoyt. Jo McMillan talks about driving with her kids around the country to watch her husband Roy McMillan play ball. You’ll also hear memories of Crosley Field and what life was like for baseball families outside the ballpark. Hosted by Howard Wilkinson and produced by Lee Hay.

Joel Luckhaupt is a statistician on the Cincinnati Reds TV broadcasts on Fox Sports Ohio, and is co-author of The Wire-to-Wire Reds, all about the 1990 championship season. He has a new book out,100 Things Reds Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, part of the popular series of 100 Things books, and he’s in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about his favorite team.

Author Robert Skead has been a successful children’s author for quite some time, but his new e-book finally puts together a story around his hometown hero, and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer, Johnny Vander Meer. In Catching Rainbows: The story of Johnny Vander Meer's Back to Back No Hitters, he pays tribute to the man who put Midland Park, New Jersey on the map. Robert Skead is on the phone and in The Front Row with Betsy Ross.

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According to the Cincinnati Reds, Ryan Ludwick will have surgery Wednesday. This is to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder suffered after sliding headfirst into third base Monday.

It was in the third inning of the opening day game against the Angels.

Ludwick will go on the 15-day disabled list and a corresponding roster move will be made before Tuesday night’s game.

Sarah Ramsey

It's Opening Day in Cincinnati and it might as well be a major holiday in this baseball-crazed town.

Despite the cold, thousands of fans turned out to line the parade route, party at The Banks, and get into the ballpark early to watch batting practice.

Along Race Street Brandy Adams and her friend were seated hours before the parade began and it turns out, they sit in the same place every year to watch it.

"I don't know, it just kind of happens. We always park in the same spot, it was never done on purpose."

This week Howard talks baseball with Jay Hanselman.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Dress in red, but you'll have to do it in layers, with snow showers and temperatures in the 40's predicted. The cold weather doesn't seem to bother fans, who still line the parade route regardless of the forecast for the 94th annual Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. 

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Somewhere in Great American Ball Park today, there will be many a little boy or little girl, dressed in red from head to toe, bundled up in Reds blanket, watching in awe at his or her first Opening Day.
 

Seeing their heroes play on the green grass – Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and the rest.
 

They will be sitting next to a mother or father, who had their own childhood heroes – the wire-to-wire, World Series champion Reds – thinking of their own childhood heroes – Barry Larkin, Eric Davis, Chris Sabo.

With Opening Day on Monday, visitors to Great American Ball Park should also plan time to check out some of the new exhibits at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. HOF Executive Director Rick Walls is in the studio with Mark Heyne to talk about the autograph exhibition, and the salute to Joe Morgan display that will culminate in the unveiling of the Joe Morgan statue on Crosley Terrace later this season.


Mark Heyne / WVXU News

Manager of Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Joe Torre will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Reds opening day, on Monday.  In a release, the team announced the gates will open three hours before game time at 1:10 PM. 

Earlier the Reds Community Fund will sponsor a Charity Block Party on Joe Nuxhall Way and Freedom Way.  That starts at 11:00 AM.

Other Highlights include: 

Sarah Ramsey

Pitching a tent in front of Great American Ball Park.  Braving the cold night ahead.  Reds fans who do this swear by, not at, the annual ritual for a number of reasons.  Dozens of them started lining up at 9 Friday morning for a shot at the 1,500 Opening Day tickets that go on sale Saturday morning at 9.  

Camaraderie seems to be one of the biggest reasons.  Everyone pulls together and behaves themselves.

"You come down, you make friends with people and you watch each other's backs and stand in line," said Jeff King of Florence, a 10-year veteran of the campout.

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