Cincinnati Reds

Jack Hannahan, a veteran utility infielder, has become the third Cleveland Indian to join the Cincinnati Reds this week.

The Reds announced this morning that the 32-year Hannahan, a free agent, has signed a two-year contract through the 2014 season, with a club option for 2015.

Terms of the contract were not released.

Hannahan and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. today at Great American Ball Park.

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."

2012 Redsfest

Nov 30, 2012

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.


Around Cincinnati Baseball Special

Oct 19, 2012

The newest “Around Cincinnati Baseball Special”

The World Series is near, so Lee Hay has assembled a 2-hour baseball extravaganza saluting one of the greatest Reds ever, 1B Ted Kluszewski. He was a bigger than life athlete and during this program, listeners will hear from his wife, Eleanor; clubhouse legend Bernie Stowe and his wife, Priscilla; Reds Hall of Famer Ken Griffey; Steve Wolter from Sports Investments; and more. Also learn about this year’s Reds Fest, and the Baseball on the West Side exhibition at the Price Hill Historical Society.

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The Reds and  Dusty Baker have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season.  They're making the formal announcement Monday afternoon at 3 during a press conference at Great American Ball Park.

"In Dusty's five seasons here he's taken us to the postseason twice and has proven he can lead our teams to championship-caliber play on the field," Reds CEO Bob Castellini said in the news release announcing the agreement.   "He's the right manager to continue the building process that will take us deeper and deeper into the playoffs in the future."

Saluting Big Klu

Oct 15, 2012
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Sunday, October 21, 2012: 8 PM

The World Series is near, so Lee Hay has assembled a 2-hour baseball extravaganza saluting one of the greatest Reds ever, first baseman Ted Kluszewski. He was a bigger than life athlete and during this program, listeners will hear from his wife, Eleanor; clubhouse legend Bernie Stowe and his wife, Priscilla; Ken Griffey; Steve Wolter from Sports Investments; Big Klu in the Reds Hall of Fame and more. Also learn about this year’s Reds Fest, and the Baseball on the West Side exhibition at the Price Hill Historical Society.

Reds fans are reeling from the loss that eliminated Cincinnati from the playoffs.

Gene Mesh doesn't think Reds players had any fire in them after they left San Francisco.

"I think they're reading their own headlines after winning two out there."

He was very disappointed after the 6-4 loss to the Giants and so was Pete Pryval.

"Lost opportunity. We had plenty of chances and it didn't happen."

Reds Manager Dusty Baker says he's getting tired of the disappointments too.

"It hurts. I mean big time."

No crying in baseball.


Not even now, when the disappointment in Reds Country is deep and profound; when the high hopes have blown away with the autumn leaves; when the over-sized World Series tickets thousands of Reds fan have stashed away at home are nothing but bittersweet souvenirs of a season that ended too soon.


Yes, I’m disappointed as the rest of you are.

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After winning the first two games of the National League Division Series in San Francisco, the Reds have now dropped two games at Great American Ball Park, leaving their postseason hanging on Game 5 Thursday afternoon.

The Giants scored 8 runs on 11 hits, three of them home runs.  Despite getting 9 hits, the Reds could only muster 3 runs.  Mike Leake was the losing pitcher; Tim Lincecum picked up the win in relief for San Francisco.

Mat Latos will start for the Reds in Game 5.   Matt Cain takes the mound for the Giants.

Waiting to Clinch

Oct 10, 2012

The Reds are hoping to wrap up the divisional playoff series with a win this afternoon. Last night Cincinnati lost to the Giants 2-1.

The second largest crowd in the history of Great American Ballpark went home disappointed.

Pat Ingram from Ashland, Kentucky said, "I was hoping they'd sweep the Giants. We were all hoping that."

If you do have tickets to the Reds playoff games the team has very specific instructions for which ones to use and where to pick them up.  Below is a release from the Reds.

Fans should use tickets marked NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES “HOME GAME 1” for the NLDS Game 3 on Tuesday, October 9: (game time is 5:37)

If National League Division Series Game 4 on Wednesday, October 10 is played fans should use tickets marked NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES HOME GAME 2.

Red is lighting up the night sky in Cincinnati. The Great American Tower tiara has a red hue which will continue as long as the Cincinnati Reds are in the World Series hunt.  Eagle Realty, the company maintaining the lights, says there are 192 bulbs. All are Metal Halide lights, which last a long time.

The company says "Lighting of the tiara symbolizes the excitement throughout downtown Cincinnati as the community rallies around the Cincinnati Reds as they compete in the playoffs."

As the Reds go into postseason play for the second time in three seasons, here's some playoff history courtesy of Reds Hall of Fame Chief Curator Chris Eckes. 

The 1976 team went undefeated in the postseason, the only team to do that since Major League Baseball went to divisional play.  The Reds swept the Phillies in three games in the National League Championship and the Yankees in four in the World Series that year.  Eckes says prior to that run, Cincinnati manager Sparky Anderson had a prophetic discussion with reporters:

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Reds players are pumped to be in the playoffs this weekend, but they do feel added pressure as the stakes get higher.

As strange as it sounds pitcher Bronson Arroyo says he'll try to do a little less.

The Reds will be heading to San Francisco to face the Giants for the start of the National League Division Series this weekend.  Cincinnati is the number two seed in the National League after the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon to take the top spot.  The Reds first game against the Giants will be Saturday night at 9:37.
 

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