When Major League Baseball’s All Star Game comes here in 2015, it will be only the fifth time since the “Mid-summer Classic” began in 1933 at Comiskey Park in and the first time since Great American Ball Park opened in 2003.
But those previous four All Star games – two at Crosley Field, two at Riverfront Stadium – are forever a part of the lore of the Cincinnati Reds, the first professional baseball team and an organization with a deep and rich history.
Our Mark Heyne, an avowed baseball (and Reds) fan, reviews the new Sports Illustrated Kids Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball, which provides the youngest fan with lots of fun information about America’s Pastime. For Reds fans, the book lists Aroldis Chapman as one of baseball’s top 3 hardest throwers and Pete Rose in two of its lists: top leadoff hitters and top unbreakable records for his 4,256 hits.
The Cincinnat Reds found the lead-off hitter they were looking for Tuesday when they dealt center fielder Drew Stubbs and infield prospect Didi Gregorious to the Cleveland Indians for veteran outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and utility infielder Jason Donald.
Gregorius, a shortstop who appeared in eight games for the Reds in a September call-up, was immediately dealt by the Indians to the Arizona Diamonbacks.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the 30-year-old Choo "can fill the missing parts in our lineup both offensively and defensively."
Even in the midst of the NFL season, baseball in Cincinnati doesn’t seem to have an offseason. Coming December 7 and 8 to the Duke Energy Convention Center is the annual Redsfest, a gathering of fans, past and present players and coaches, and a myriad of displays and activities. To preview this year’s Redsfest, Kathryn Braun, promotional events manager for the Cincinnati Reds, is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross.