June 2009

Gamenotes 6-30-09 vs Ari

Gamenotes 6-30-09 vs Ari.pdf

Homestand Highlights June 30-July 5.pdf

DIAMONDBACKS

Lopez 4
Drew 6
Upton 9
Reynolds 5
Parra 7
Young 8
Clark 3
Montero 2
Haren 1

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REDS

Taveras 8
Hairston 5
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Nix 7
Hernandez 2
Bruce 9
Janish 6
Arroyo 1

-JM
http://mlblogsredsintern.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/homestand20highlights20june2030-july2051.pdf

It’s My Life, part 1

This isn’t an ode to Bon Jovi, and furthermore — this ain’t a song for the broken hearted… I’ve had a few requests asking how I got to my position with the Reds and what I would recommend to those looking to get started.

Let me start with my story. 

I grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, a medium-sized city of about 50,000.  Fond du Lac is located about 1-hour northwest of Milwaukee.  I attended the University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac for my first two years of college, earning my associate’s degree.  After that, I transferred to UW – La Crosse where I earned a bachelor’s of science degree in sport management.  While at UW – La Crosse, I worked for the campus Rec Sports program as a special event/promotions supervisor.  This experience primed me better than any education I received.  I knew I wanted to work in sports and baseball was my passion, so I looked for every opportunity to get involved.

The summer before my senior year, I obtained an internship with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Class A Midwest League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners (they have since switched affiliations to the Milwaukee Brewers).  The Timber Rattlers play in Appleton, Wisconsin, about 45-minutes north of my hometown.  The summer-long internship allowed me to see all aspects of the business.  As an intern, I rotated between departments every few weeks.  By the time I was finished, I was certain of the career path I wanted to follow.

To complete my degree requirements, my program at UW – La Crosse called for a semester-long, full-time internship.  I applied and interviewed all over the country with many different sports.  I was offered positions with the Charlotte Bobcats, Houston Astros and the Milwaukee Brewers.  My decision was a fairly easy one to make.  I accepted the full-time internship with the Milwaukee Brewers media relations department.  While in Milwaukee, I met some great people that have become good friends of mine.  My direct supervisor was John Steinmiller, media relations manager but I also worked under Mike Vassallo, director of media relations and Ken Spindler, coordinator of media relations.

After a year-plus with the media relations folks in Milwaukee, I was searching high and low for a way to stay involved in the Brewers organization.  An opportunity became available in the ticket office as a sales representative of season and group tickets.  I was asked to stay on and accepted.  I worked in the ticket department through the 2008 Postseason, while helping in media relations whenever I could.  I enjoyed meeting new people, interacting with fans and gaining new experiences in another side of baseball/sports.

Once my stint with the Brewers ended, I knew that I wanted to get back into media relations.  I asked Mike Vassallo, my boss from Milwaukee, if he knew of anything open around the league.  Mike worked in Cincinnati for the Reds for 6 years under Rob Butcher, “the best in the business.”  (I’m not just saying that because I work here; he really is the most respected media relations guy in baseball.)  He checked with Rob and he thought he might have something available.  I already had plans to attend the annual Baseball Winter Meetings (in Las Vegas last December, in Indianapolis this December) and arranged to meet up with Rob while there.  We met up at the Bellagio and agreed to keep in touch.

After being back from the Winter Meetings for about a week, I was offered the position with the Reds.  And here I am, Intern, Media Relations with the Cincinnati Reds.  My hope to is parlay this internship into full-time work somewhere in baseball media relations.  It’s been a long journey.  Hopefully I can add the next step this winter.

Stay tuned for Part 2 where I offer up my suggestions and tips to those looking to get started in sports.

-JM
http://redsintern.mlblogs.com/

Most Outstanding Player

Reds C Ramon Hernandez was voted by members of the media the coveted Ohio Cup trophy, presented by The Ohio Lottery, as the Most Outstanding Player of this year’s interleague series between the Reds and Indians. In 5g vs Cle Hernandez went 9-for-19 (.474) with a double, triple, homer and 5rbi. OF Jonny Gomes (6g, 7-23, .304, 1hr, 4rbi) and LHP Arthur Rhodes (4g, 4ip, 1h, 0r, 0bb, 3k) also received votes. Reds OF Adam Dunn won the 2008 award (.300, 5hr, 10rbi).

-JM
http://redsintern.mlblogs.com/

Gamenotes 6-28-09 at Cle

Gamenotes 6-28-09 at Cle.pdf

REDS

Taveras 8
Hairston 5
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Gomes DH
Hernandez 2
Bruce 9
Janish 6
Dickerson 7

Owings 1

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INDIANS

Cabrera 6
Sizemore DH
Martinez 3
Choo 9
Peralta 5
Garko 7
Valbuena 4
Shoppach 2
Francisco 8

Huff 1

-JM
http://mlblogsredsintern.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/gamenotes206-28-0920at20cle.pdf

Gamenotes 6-27-09 at Cle

Gamenotes 6-27-09 at Cle.pdf

TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS: RHP Homer Bailey recalled from Class AAA Louisville. IF Adam Rosales optioned to Louisville.

REDS

Dickerson 8
Hairston 5
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Nix 7
Gomes DH
Bruce 9
Hanigan 2
Janish 6

Bailey 1

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INDIANS

Carroll 4
Sizemore 8
Martinez 2
Choo 9
Garko 3
Hafner DH
Peralta 5
Valbuena 6
Francisco 7

Ohka 1

-JM
http://mlblogsredsintern.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/gamenotes206-27-0920at20cle1.pdf

Ohio Cup fever hits Cleveland

This weekend marks the second and final installment of the coveted Ohio Cup series with the Cleveland Indians.  The Reds lead 2-1 in the season series.

OhioCup_Cle.JPG

Thanks to director of media relations Rob Butcher for the photo from the banks of the mighty Cuyahoga.  Burn on.

-JM
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Gamenotes 6-26-09 at Cle

Gamenotes 6-26-09 at Cle.pdf

TRADE REPORT: Today the Reds acquired from the White Sox minor league C Corky Miller in exchange for minor league OF Norris Hopper. Miller this season appeared in 14g for the White Sox and 4g for Class AAA Charlotte…he will report to Class AAA Louisville. Hopper has spent the entire season with Louisville.

THE FUTURE IS NOW: Class AA Carolina OF Chris Heisey (U.S. Team) and Class A Dayton RHP Juan Carlos Sulbaran (World Team) have been selected to participate in Major League Baseball’s XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, 7/12 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

REDS

Taveras 8
Hairston 5
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Gomes DH
Hernandez 2
Bruce 9
Janish 6
Dickerson 7

Harang 1

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INDIANS

Carroll 4
Sizemore 8
Martinez 2
Choo 9
DeRosa 7
Hafner DH
Peralta 5
Garko 3
Valbuena 6

Sowers 1

-JM
http://mlblogsredsintern.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/gamenotes206-26-0920at20cle1.pdf

Homer’s Odyssey

RHP Homer Bailey will start for the Reds on Saturday at Cleveland.

Last Pitched: For Class AAA Louisville on Monday vs Gwinnett and threw his seventh consecutive quality start to earn the 11-5 victory (7ip, 6h, 1er, 2bb, 8k, 1hr, 115 pitches, 74 strikes)…allowed only a leadoff HR to Reid Gorecki on the third pitch of the game.

Last Pitched for the Reds: On 5/23 vs Cle, in his only appearance of the season received no decision in the 7-6 loss (4.1ip, 3h, 6er, 6bb, 3k, 1hr, 95 pitches, 53 strikes)…left leading, 6-4, with the bases loaded and 1 out but was charged with 2 more runs scored off Burton…the 6 runs allowed tied his career high and the 6 walks were a new career high…walked the leadoff batter in the first, second and fifth innings…in the second allowed 4 runs on a 2-run HR to De Rosa and a 2-out, 2-run single to Cabrera…was optioned to Louisville the next day.

2009 Season: Saturday at Cle will make his second start of the season for the Reds, his first since 5/23…began the year at Class AAA Louisville, where he went 3-5, 4.57 with 2 complete games and a shutout in 8 starts before he was promoted on 5/22…started the 7-6 loss vs Cle on 5/23, then was optioned back to Louisville the next day…made 6 more starts for the Bats (5-0, 0.81) before he was tabbed Saturday’s starter.

At Louisville: In 14 apps for the Bats produced 11 quality starts, including quality starts in each of his last 7 apps (5-1, 1.07, 50.1ip, 47h, 6er, 12bb, 45k)… in his first start of the season allowed a season-high 8 earned runs in 5.1 innings (13.50era) and in his last 13 starts posted a 2.03era (84.1ip, 19er)…following his most recent start ranked among the International League leaders in innings pitched (89.2, 1st), wins (8, 2nd), strikeouts (82, 2nd) and ERA (2.71, 10th)…for the Bats, in 6 starts between his 5/22 and 6/27 promotions went 5-0, 0.81.

IL Pitcher of the Week: Twice this season was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week…in 2 starts the week of 4/20-4/26 went 2-0, 2.92 with 18 strikeouts in 12.1 innings (10h, 6bb)…in the 10-3 win at Toledo on 4/26, over 6.1 innings he struck out a career-high 15 batters to tie the Louisville single-game record…in 2 starts from 6/1-6/7 went 2-0 without allowing a run (14.2ip, 11h, 2bb, 14k).

-JM
http://redsintern.mlblogs.com/

Gamenotes 6-25-09 at Tor

Gamenotes 6-25-09 at Tor.pdf

REDS

Taveras 8
Hairston 5
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Gomes DH
Hernandez 2
Bruce 9
Janish 6
Dickerson 7

Cueto 1

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BLUE JAYS

Scutaro 6
Hill 4
Wells 8
Rolen 5
Lind 7
Rios 9
Overbay 3
Barajas 2
Adams DH

Cecil 1

-JM
http://mlblogsredsintern.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/gamenotes206-25-0920at20tor1.pdf

Gamenotes 6-24-09 at Tor

Gamenotes 6-24-09 at Tor.pdf

REDS

Dickerson 8
Hairston 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Nix 7
Gomes DH
Bruce 9
Hernandez 2
Richar 5

Arroyo 1

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BLUE JAYS

Scutaro 6
Hill 4
Wells 8
Rolen 5
Lind 7
Rios 9
Overbay 3
Barajas 2
Adams DH

Richmond 1

-JM
http://mlblogsredsintern.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/gamenotes206-24-0920at20tor.pdf