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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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With football officially out of the way, Cincinnatians are counting the minutes until Opening Day.

This week, non-season ticket holders began adding their names to the lottery for All-Star Game tickets.

Reds Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini says MLB is in town this week scouting logistics.

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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 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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.       

The Reds at the All Star Break

Jul 16, 2013

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