Bens biz takes a look at MiLB and Beer!!

Bens biz takes a look at MiLB and Beer!!

Ever wonder about what MiLB teams have their own beer? You can find out in this article by Ben Hill…

MiLB promotional news April 21


MLB: 30 Bold Predictions for 2014 Season

Originally posted on OutsidePitchMLB LLC:

Could Bryce Harper be prime for an MVP season?

Could Bryce Harper be prime for an MVP season?

It’s Spring Training. The sun is shining, the grass is growing and it’s that time of year where the ball fits perfectly into a glove and we hear the crack of the bat. It’s baseball season! It’s fun to think about the possibilities that lie ahead for each team and some notable players. Here are 30 bold predictions for the upcoming MLB season.

American League:

1. Baltimore Orioles: Five players exceed 30+ homers: Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Manny Machado.

2. Boston Red Sox:Jackie Bradley Jr. has a breakout season. Expect the young center fielder to ultimately see the full-time job and prove that he’s one of the best players on the Red Sox. He can easily bat .280 with 10 homers, 40 RBI and 30 stolen bases.

3. Chicago White…

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Los Angeles Dodgers 2014 spring training report from MLB Network Radio

Originally posted on SiriusXM Blog:

Inside Pitch’s Jim Bowden and Casey Stern kicked off MLB Network Radio ‘s coverage of the Cactus League on Sunday by visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers in Glendale, Arizona.

Los Angeles Dodgers 2014 outlook

With Don Mattingly back as manager, ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw locked into a new long-term deal and Matt Kemp on the road to recovery, the Dodgers look to be in good shape. Second base remains a question mark, but the Dodgers are a World Series favorite going into the season.

Dodgers interviews

Ace pitcher and reigning NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez

Manager Don Mattingly

General manager Ned Colletti

MLB Network Radio hits all 30 spring training camps this March. Find out where they head next at, and follow along on Twitter @MLBNetworkRadio and on Facebook. You can also listen to each show, in its entirety, with SiriusXM On…

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MLB Network Radio’s 2014 Spring Training Tour schedule

Originally posted on SiriusXM Blog:

Pitchers and catchers are reporting to camp, and MLB Network Radio™ is covering your favorite team every step of spring training.

MLB Network Radio™ will bring listeners coverage from all 30 camps during its 2014 Spring Training Tour, as the quest to win the 2014 World Series begins.

The Tour starts March 1 with the Minnesota Twins, and rolls through March 20, with at least one team each day.

The full schedule (all time ET):

Saturday, March 1

  • Minnesota Twins – 4-6 pm

Sunday, March 2

  • Philadelphia Phillies – 4-6 pm
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – 6-8 pm

Monday, March 3

  • Baltimore Orioles – 4-6 pm
  • San Francisco Giants – 6-8 pm

Tuesday, March 4

  • Boston Red Sox – 4-6 pm
  • Kansas City Royals – 6-8 pm

Wednesday, March 5

  • Toronto Blue Jays – 4-6 pm
  • Chicago Cubs – 6-8 pm

Thursday, March 6

  • Detroit Tigers 4-6 pm
  • Milwaukee Brewers 6-8 pm

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Off Season Updates



Well folks, it’s that time of year were is been a long off-season and we are ready for some baseball. I know I’m ready for some Reds Baseball and some Minor League Baseball.

I haven’t been post much because I been playing around with different blog sites. While i love word press, sometimes it won’t let me add pics,tweets, or videos. So i’m torn between wordpress and blogger.

The Reds today agreed to a six-year, 105M contract extension with RHP Homer Bailey. I believe he will be the opening Day Starter. I wouldn’t rule out Mat Latos either.


In other News:

Every time, I here Price talk about managing I like him even more. ( He had at me Redsfest )

Joey Votto: Will be on Lance McAlister’s show again tonight around 6:05 ( This has been great )


Blog Updates: I’m thinking will be going with blogger this year, that why i’m testing it now. I will be posting more about promotional giveaways and MiLB this year than i have been in the past.


Blog Update




1.) I will be attending Redsfest Today and Tomorrow. I plan on doing a post later tonight when i get back to the hotel room.

( Warning it will be a lot of pictures )

RedsFest Stuff

Player/Staff to Appear

The Main Stage Events

  • 2:30–3:15 p.m. – Welcome to Redsfest & DJ
  • 3:15–4:00 p.m. – Redsfest Opening Act featuring Funky G, presented by Coca&Cola
  • 4:00–4:35 p.m. – The Mistics and Topps Pack Wars
  • 4:35–5:25 p.m. – Harlem Globetrotters Session & Funky G
  • 5:30–5:55 p.m. – Introduction of Reds Past & Present
  • 5:55–6:01 p.m. – Bob Castellini Remarks
  • 6:01–6:20 p.m. – Funky G & Topps Pack Wars
  • 6:20–6:30 p.m. – Unveiling of the new Camo Jersey and new St. Patrick’s Day Jersey
  • 6:30–7:05 p.m. – Kids&only Press Conference, presented by Popsicle
  • 7:10–8:00 p.m. – Hot Stove Report, presented by FOX Sports Ohio
  • 8:00–8:30 p.m. – 2013 Reds Team Awards
  • 8:35–9:10 p.m. – Reds Family Feud, presented by Nike
  • 9:15–10:00 p.m. – Coaches Corner Q&A, presented by Cincinnati Bell
  • 10:00–10:30 p.m. – Funky G & Split the Pot Winner
  • 10:30–11:15 a.m. – Welcome to Redsfest&Funky G
  • 11:15–11:45 a.m. – Sponsor Presentations&Funky G, presented by Coca–Cola
  • 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Hot Stove Report, presented by FOX Sports Ohio
  • 12:30–1:00 p.m. – Reds Alumni Bull Session #1, presented by Majestic
  • 1:00–1:15 p.m. – Topps Pack Wars&Funky G
  • 1:15–2:00 p.m. – Kids–only Press Conference, presented by Popsicle
  • 2:00–2:15 p.m. – Harlem Globetrotters
  • 2:20–3:00 p.m. – Reds Family Feud, presented by Nike
  • 3:00–3:30 p.m. – Funky G&Topps Pack Wars
  • 3:30–3:55 p.m. – Reds Alumni Bull Session #2, presented by Majestic
  • 4:00–4:40 p.m. – Reds Name That Tune, presented by New Era
  • 4:45–5:10 p.m. – Funky G
  • 5:15–6:00 p.m. – Coaches Corner Q&A, presented by Cincinnati Bell
  • 6:00–6:30 p.m. – Funky G&Split the Pot Winner




2.) If you follow me on twitter: @mrbaseballman, tweet me and let me know you are there and we can meet up. I like meeting new peep’s

3.) The Reds released their promotional schedule, I plan on doing a blog post for each month.

You can find it here:

4.) I also plan on doing a post on The Reds spring training schedule.

The Easiest way to get hold of me is on twitter.

That’s it for the updates!!!

Oh, Everyone that is traveling to Redsfest please be safe.

RedsFest 2013

I haven’t posted anything baseball related in a while. It’s been good to get away from baseball for a while but that will change this coming weekend with RedsFest coming up on December 6th and 7th.

Below is a post from Jamie Ramsey ( Better Off Red ) detailing Redsfest


Redsfest Highlights • Dec. 6-7, 2013
Over 70 current and former Reds players, coaches & broadcasters scheduled to appear

FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank at The Duke Energy Convention Center
• Friday, Dec. 6 from 3 to 10:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Redsfest has grown to more than 300,000 square feet of activities, including autograph and photo booths with current and former Reds players, interactive games for fans of all ages, game-used and authentic memorabilia and much more.

The first 12,000 fans each day will receive a free Reds winter scarf and drawstring backpack. With paid two-day Redsfest admission, fans also will receive a voucher good for one free View Level ticket to any April home game, including Opening Night on April 2. (subject to availability)

Tickets are on sale now at, by phone at (513) 381-REDS, at the Great American Ball Park box office and at select Kroger stores with Ticketmaster retail outlets. Tickets will also be available at Redsfest starting Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 7 a.m.
• 2-day tickets are $25 for adults; $12 for kids (12 and younger)
• 1-day tickets are $17 for adults; $7 for kids
• Children three and under are admitted free

Current and Former Players at Redsfest
• More than 70 current and former Reds players, coaches and broadcasters are scheduled to appear including Joey Votto, Aroldis Chapman, Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton and new manager Bryan Price. Many Reds Hall of Famers and alumni are expected including Tom Browning, Eric Davis, Dave Parker and Ron Oester. The full list of scheduled attendees is available at

Autograph and Photo Sessions
• Over 100 player autograph sessions and player photograph sessions are free of charge with a Redsfest general admission ticket. There are three types of autograph sessions at Redsfest: General Public, Season Ticket Holders Only and Kids Only. Specific times for player appearances will be announced 30 minutes prior to the autograph and photo sessions on the info screens on the Redsfest floor and on the Reds official Twitter account @Reds. Fans can also receive these via text alerts by texting REDSFEST to 66128.

Main Stage Highlights
• 5:30 p.m. – Introduction of the Reds players past and present
• 6:20 p.m. – Unveiling of new the Camouflage and St. Patrick’s Day jerseys
• 6:30 p.m. – Kids Only Press Conference, presented by Popsicle
• 7:10 p.m. – Hot Stove Report, presented by FOX Sports Ohio
• 8:00 p.m. – 2013 Team Awards
• 9:15 p.m. – Coaches Corner Q&A with manager Bryan Price, presented by Cincinnati Bell

• 11:45 a.m. – Hot Stove Report presented by FOX Sports Ohio
• 12:30 p.m. – Reds Alumni Bull Session presented by Majestic
• 1:15 p.m. – Kids-only Press Conference, presented by Popsicle
• 2:20 p.m. – Reds Family Feud, presented by Nike
• 4:00 p.m. – Reds Name That Tune presented by New Era
• 5:00 p.m. – Coaches Corner Q&A with manager Bryan Price, presented by Cincinnati Bell

Tickets for the 2014 season
• Single game tickets will be on sale at Redsfest for all April home games.
• Packages for Mother’s Day, four Bark in the Park games and six Military Appreciation games will be available.
• Reds Ticketing reps will be available for fans who want to buy early and save with 2014 season ticket plans or mini-plans.
• Redsfest is the first opportunity for fans to purchase the new “Homer Pick-6” plan. This mini-plan includes a guaranteed Homer Bailey “Dual No-Hitter” Bobblehead (Sat., May 10 vs. Rockies) plus the choice of five additional regular season games, (exclusions apply). Plans start as low as $72.
• Exclusive ticket offer for fans that purchase the 2014 Reds Heads Kids Club membership – available only at Redsfest.

Fun for Kids
• Returning this year is the “Reds Heads Fun Zone” on the third floor with more than 20,000 square feet of activities for kids including bounce houses, trampolines, photos with Santa Claus, arcade games and more. The Third Floor Fun Zone Stage presented by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will feature Reds players reading to kids, animals from the Cincinnati Zoo and live music.
• New this year, Reds mascots Gapper, Mr. Redlegs, Rosie Red and Mr. Red will have designated rooms on the second floor where kids can come throughout Redsfest to have a photo taken with their favorite mascot. Each room will have a unique theme that will make for a great photo opportunity.
• Reds Heads Kids Club and Reds Rookies: Memberships to Reds Rookies, the official baby fan club of the Reds, and Reds Heads Kids Club, the official kids club of the Reds, will be on sale at Redsfest at the Reds Heads booths located on the main floor and the third floor. Membership kits include exclusive club gear and a member booklet with vouchers for a free Reds ticket, unique ballpark experiences and more. Membership purchases at Redsfest will include an exclusive benefit or item, while supplies last.

Reds Connect Zone & Social Media at #Redsfest
• Stop by the “Reds Connect Zone” to check out photo booths, phone charging stations, internet access and appearances by Reds players and bloggers. The area includes expanded space for fans to watch live broadcasts from Reds on Radio network affiliates. Follow the @reds on Twitter and receive updates all weekend on which players will be in the autograph and photograph booths 30 minutes advance of each session. Fans can use the hashtag #Redsfest when tweeting from Redsfest.

Redsfest Poker
• The eighth annual Reds Community Fund Celebrity Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament presented by Prestige A/V & Creative Services is Saturday at 3 p.m. The winner takes home a guaranteed $11,000 grand prize.

Reds Merchandise and Memorabilia
• Don’t forget to stop by the Reds merchandise booth for all the newest official Reds apparel. Fans can purchase authenticated, game used and autographed memorabilia from all of your favorite current Reds players straight from the clubhouse. From baseball cards and photos to hard-to-find collectibles, there’s a piece of memorabilia for every Reds fan.

All proceeds from Redsfest benefit the baseball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

RedsFest Player and Staff Appearances updated 12/3/2013

Mark Sheldon ( RedsFest )

CINCINNATI — Final preparations are in full swing as the 2013 edition of Redsfest is almost here.

Called FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest, presented by PNC Bank, it will take place at the Duke Energy Convention Center on Friday from 3-10:30 p.m. ET and Saturday from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m

Reds HOF

CINCINNATI (Dec. 3, 2013)

— Outfielders Ken Griffey, Jr. and Dave Parker, second baseman Ron Oester and 19th century first baseman Jake Beckley will be the next four players inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
Griffey, Jr. was the top vote-getter selected by fans, alumni and media through the Modern Player Ballot, presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett.
Parker, Oester and Beckley were selected by the Veterans Committee, comprised of Reds Hall of Fame members and executives, baseball historians and members of the media.
The four will be honored during 2014 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, which will be announced at a later date.
• Ken Griffey, Jr. was one of the most iconic players ever to wear a Reds uniform and was a three-time National League All-Star during his eight-and-a-half seasons in Cincinnati.
• Dave Parker played four seasons for the Reds from 1984 to 1987 and was a two-time National League All-Star.
• Rob Oester played his entire 13-year Major League career with the Reds and appeared in more games at second base than all but two players in franchise history.
• Jake Beckley played seven seasons for the Reds from 1897 to 1903 and his .325 average ranks third on the Reds all-time list.
“The Class of 2014 showcases the great baseball heritage we have in Cincinnati with three of the four inductees being products of youth and high school baseball in the Queen City,” said Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. “And the addition of 19th century star and National Baseball Hall of Famer Jake Beckley makes for arguably our strongest induction class ever.”
The induction of Griffey, Jr., Parker, Oester and Beckley will bring the Hall’s membership ranks to 79 players, three managers and three executives.

Ken Griffey, Jr. (Outfield, 2000-2008)

One of the most gifted athletes to ever wear a Reds uniform, Ken Griffey, Jr., joined the Reds on Feb.10, 2000 following a trade with the Seattle Mariners, returning to Cincinnati where he starred at Moeller High School. During his inaugural season with the Reds, Griffey slugged 40 home runs, knocked in 118 runs, and was selected to represent Cincinnati at the 2000 All-Star game in Atlanta. During his career with the Reds, Griffey, Jr. would be selected to represent the club in two more All-Star games in 2004 and 2007. In 2005, Griffey, Jr. received the National League Comeback Player of the Year award and was selected as the Reds team MVP. He ranks 7th on the Reds all-time home run list with 210, 6th on the club’s all-time list with a career on-base plus slugging percentage of .876, is tied for 4th on the Reds all-time list in career slugging percentage (.514), and is the only player in Reds history to hit his 500th and 600th career home runs as a Red. With his induction into the Reds Hall of Fame in the summer of 2014, he will join his father, Ken Griffey, Sr., as the only father-son combination in the Hall.

Dave Parker (Outfield, 1984–1987)

One of the most intimidating hitters of his era, outfielder Dave “The Cobra” Parker became the first major free agent acquisition in Reds history when he was signed by the club in December of 1983. Over the next four seasons, Parker was a fixture in the middle of the Reds lineup and was crucial to the club’s resurgence to postseason contention. The Reds team Most Valuable Player each season from 1984 to 1986, Parker was also a two-time National League All-Star, a two-time Sporting News All-Star and was the winner of two Silver Slugger Awards during his Reds career. In 1985, Parker authored one of the most impressive offensive seasons in club history, batting .312 with a league-best 125 RBI and ranked second in the league in home runs (34), hits (198) and slugging percentage (.551). For his Reds career, Parker averaged nearly 27 home runs and 108 RBI per season. Raised in Cincinnati, Parker graduated from Courter Tech High School in 1970 and remains a resident of the Queen City.

Ron Oester (Second Base, 1978–1990)

A Cincinnati native and 1974 graduate of Withrow High School, second baseman Ron Oester played his 17-year professional baseball career in the Cincinnati Reds organization, including 13 years at the Major League level. Selected by the Reds in the ninth round of the 1974 amateur draft, Oester made his Major League debut in 1978 and began making regular appearances in the Reds lineup in 1980 when he appeared in 100 games and finished fourth in voting for the National League Rookie of the Year Award. In 1981, Oester enjoyed the first of six consecutive seasons as the Reds starting second baseman, a streak that was interrupted by a major knee injury he suffered in July of 1987. He won Major League Baseball’s Hutch Award in 1988 after his successful return to the Reds everyday lineup. In his final season in 1990, Oester was a key player off the bench during the Reds World Championship season and scored the winning run in the Reds pennant-clinching game over the Pirates in Game 6 of the 1990 NLCS. After his playing career, Oester spent six seasons with the Reds as a Major League coach. He remains a Cincinnati resident.

Jake Beckley (First Base, 1897-1903)

Born in Hannibal, MO in 1867, first baseman Jake “Eagle Eye” Beckley was the Reds starting first baseman from the time of his acquisition in May of 1897 through the 1903 season. One of the top batters of his era, Beckley batted over .300 in six of his seven seasons with the Reds and his .325 career average as a Red ranks third on the club’s all-time list. A complete offensive player, Beckley in various seasons ranked among the league’s leaders in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, doubles, triples, home runs and RBI.  His 77 triples as a Red ranks third on the franchise’s all-time list, and at the time of his retirement from baseball in 1907, his 244 overall career triples ranked first in the history of the game. One of the period’s true characters, Beckley was an aficionado of the hidden ball trick, successfully executing the play multiple times throughout his career. He was also known for his unorthodox bunting style that found him flipping the bat in his hands while the pitch was in flight and using the handle to hit the ball. Beckley was only 50 years old when he died of heart failure in 1918. He was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.


John Fay on the Ryan Hanigan Trade When the Reds signed free-agent catcher Brayan Pena, it meant two things: Devin Mesoraco was going to be the No. 1 catcher, and Ryan Hanigan was not long for the organization.

Who The Reds Got in the Trade?

Scouting Report on David Holmberg

Coaching News: From Mark Sheldon

The Reds announced new manager Bryan Price’s coaching staff on Wednesday

*Assistant pitching coach Mack Jenkins has been named bullpen coach.

*First base coach Billy Hatcher remains in his current spot.

*Catching coach/bullpen catcher Mike Stefanski will return to those roles.

*Jay Bell is the new bench coach.

*Don Long is the new hitting coach.

*Jeff Pico is the new pitching coach.

*Don Long is the new hitting coach.

*Steve Smith is the new third base coach.

*Freddie Benavides has been added as an extra coach.

Brandon Phillips Update:

That’s all for today folk’s. This weekend is going to be a fun one, this will be my 2nd RedsFest. I’ll take my camera and take pictures for a future post. As always stay cool my peeps.

NaNoWriMo – Day 18 and a MAMMOTH 4 Day Catch Up Write!

Originally posted on awritersfountain:

I have been busy for 4 days and was unable to complete any NaNo writing – today I had the day off and set myself the writing challenge of 4000 (secretly hoping for more like 6000) – unfortunately it was 5pm before I started! It has taken me the best part of 4 hours but I have succeeded. 602281_10151891592314299_1657758687_n

I have been counting the parts in bitesize chunks of 200 – 500 words, not intentionally this is just where the natural breaks came – I had a post-it note taken from the plan highlighting the events for different characters in tonight’s write and I have been updating my word count too. By the 18th day you should be around 30000 words, I was *up until my break- ahead on NaNo stats and so it is a tad disappointing to sit within the limit now but I know I have some time on…

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Weekly update for Halloween



It’s that time of week again!! Time for some blog updates. Since the end of the Cincinnati Reds baseball season i have been reading and watching a lot of horror movies. Book‘s and Horror movie‘s are my two favorite thing’s to do during the off-season and on off-days. 

The Book i read last week was

Caibs blood


( Cain’s Blood )

By: Geoffrey Girard 

Geoffrey Girard


I meet Geoffrey at Book’s By The Banks in Cincinnati a couple of week’s ago. His book stood out to me for two things. 1.) That cover is just freaking sweet and 2.) The book is about serial killer’s!!

You meet the following serial Killer‘s in the book.

Jeffrey Dahmer 

Son Of Sam

Ed Gein 

Boston Strangler 

Richard Ramirez ( The Night Stalker )

John Wayne Gacy

I think they are a few more, these are the one’s i took note’s of!!!


I give it 5 out of 5 beer’s. Yes i rate my books by beers. I read this book over a 4 day span and it was hard to put it down.  Just the fact it’s about serial killer’s interested me in it. 

What the book is about ( From Amazon )

The DNA of the world’s most notorious serial killers has been cloned by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new breed of bioweapon. Now in Phase Three, the program includes dozens of young men who have no clue as to their evil heritage. Playing a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, scientists raise some of the clones with loving families and others in abusive circumstances. But everything changes when the most dangerous boys are set free by their creator. A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Castillo didn’t count on the quiet young man he finds hiding in an abandoned house—a boy who has just learned he is the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer. As Jeffrey and Castillo race across the country on the trail of the rampaging teens, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope. Melding all-too-plausible science and ripped from- the-headlines horror, Cain’s Blood is a stunning debut about the potential for good and evil in us all.


Cains Blood By Geoffrey Girard Amazon Link



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