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Published: Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 11:51 AM
— The University of Dayton unveiled an extensive plan for upgrading its iconic basketball arena Thursday — so many changes it was hard to keep up with all of them.
»TIMELINE: When to expect changes at UD Arena
Here are our five favorite as the three-phase project gets underway:
1. New seats
Coach Anthony Grant no doubt wants to make sure they don’t get used much, but comfort is key for fans at any event.
In the near future, everyone in the arena will have a padded seat, though some will continue to be nicer than others.
New seats pic.twitter.com/BvqYME0xih— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) May 11, 2017
2. The east side lounge
One of the most prominent changes will involve opening up one side of the arena with windows and what appears to be a new bar area for fans to hit up for their chosen refreshments.
So this view will not change, but what's behind it will pic.twitter.com/BZbLs6m8PO— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) May 11, 2017
3. Air conditioning!
There is no picture to go with this one, so you’ll have to just think back to the last time you were at the arena — and maybe that shirt you sweated through by the end.
4. New center scoreboard and improved wifi
These are pretty much a must-have for any modern arena when it comes to keeping people informed at a game.
If the scoreboard doesn’t have all the information you want — or you really need to make plans with someone sitting in another section or watching at home — it’s always nice to actually be able to use your smart phone at the game.
»WATCH: A look at the future of UD Arena
This is one of those things that seems to be tough for any arena to deliver.
Will the new UD be different?
5. Updated restrooms!
No one ever accused us of not being practical..
The university release says the arena restrooms will be upgraded and expanded, and that’s always good news.
READ MORE: What’s old is new again at UD Arena
While men will only have a few more options, women are the big winners here as the number of toilets for them will increase by 80 percent. (Men’s increase: five percent.)
Again no pictures here, but that’s probably for the best.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 5:51 PM
MASON — Three Colombians in Ohio for the World Flying Disc World Championships chuckled as they were delivered to their hotel in an Ohio Highway Patrol cruiser on July, a cruiser-cam video shows.
The drop-off at the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast concluded a series of events on July 12 touched off when two players and a volunteer affiliated with Oso Club Ultimate were put off a Greyhound bus about midnight on Interstate 71 north of Cincinnati, according to Lt. Scott Kuntz, commander of the highway patrol’s Cincinnati post.
“Sorry you guys had a bad experience,” the unidentified trooper said after pulling up next to the three men standing with their luggage in the berm.
The trooper also expressed surprise the men were let off on I-71.
“The interstate is dangerous,” he said in the video obtained by this news organization.
After talking briefly with the men, the trooper tells them he will have to call for another trooper to carry them and their luggage to the hotel.
He also expressed surprise after the men, one of whom was able to speak some English, told him they were let off because they spoke Spanish.
“That’s not illegal,” the trooper said.
Kuntz said a motorist reported “pedestrians walking on the interstate” southbound in the northbound lanes.
“We were just basically helping them get to where they needed to be,” Kuntz said Friday.
No citations were issued.
“We were just thankful we were able to get them where they needed to be,” Kuntz said.
The incident prompted some controversy after another player contacted media and posted on social media claiming the three were taken off the bus for speaking Spanish.
Greyhound investigated and issued a statement:
“Upon our investigation, we determined that this was not an act of discrimination. In fact, English is not the driver’s first language either. Our policy states that customers must be transported to the destination that is printed on their tickets, and the customers were upset and became unruly when the driver refused to drop them off in another city about 32 miles outside of Cincinnati.”
On Friday, the Oso was still playing to place, but was out of medal contention.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 5:42 PM
Hamilton High School graduate Patrick McGuff turned in another impressive outing for the Dayton Dragons on Thursday night, but that couldn’t prevent the host Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) from posting a 1-0 win in 10 innings.
»KATZ: After the draft
McGuff made his second start since being signed as a free agent from the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League. He pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits, two walks and striking out three.
Dragons reliever Wendolyn Bautista (3-5, 3.61 ERA) was charged with the loss. He was just as impressive, working 4.2 innings, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out six.
»RELATED: Dragons photo gallery
All minor-league games begin extra innings with a free runner at second base. Dayton couldn’t score despite runners on first and third with no outs.
Andy Sugilio had three hits to lead the Dragons and catcher Mark Kolozsvary the team’s other two hits. Both had doubles.
»RELATED: Dragons fall in series finale
It was the third straight loss for the Dragons (12-15 second half and 43-52 overall). Wisconsin (12-14, 43-52) hosts Dayton in the series finale at 8 p.m. Friday. Scheduled to start for the Dragons is pitcher Hunter Greene (3-7, 4.69 ERA). It’ll be his first appearance since pitching in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 4:18 PM
With the potential of 40 new players being signed by major league franchises every summer from the free agent draft – not counting international free agents mostly out of Venezuela and the Dominican Republic – it would seem franchises would have enough players to stock their teams.
Think again. Attrition – including injuries, releases and other needs – create vacancies, especially in the minor leagues.
»RELATED: Dragons photo gallery
Certainly the Reds have enough players to fill their seven stateside minor league teams. The rookie-level Greeneville, Tennessee Reds were added this season. They just don’t want to have 18 second basemen in the system and no catchers. Sometimes, though, extra players are needed.
That’s why all teams check out other players, often working trades or signing dropped free agents.
This season, the Dayton Dragons have already used six players not originally signed by them: outfielders Lorenzo Cedrola, Malik Collymore and Logan Taylor as well as pitchers Aneurys Zabala and Patrick McGuff and catcher Hendrik Clementina.
To have so many imports in the low minor leagues is not unusual. The Reds have a history of dipping into independent leagues, where teams are not owned by major league franchises. McGuff and Taylor fit that profile.
One of the most successful Reds’ acquisitions came near the end of the 2002 season when the Dragons ran out of healthy catchers. Reds farm director Tim Naehring – and other scouts – spotted undrafted Ryan Hanigan in the collegiate Cape Cod League.
Offering an immediate position, the Reds landed Hanigan in late August. He hit .273 while playing excellent defense with the Dragons in six games.
»RELATED: Dragons fall in series finale
That was enough to get him invited to spring training, followed by a longer stint at Dayton, where he batted .277 in 92 games for the Dragons, augmenting his defense, in 2003.
He made it to the Reds in 2007, playing most of 11 seasons in the majors. This summer, he is with the Giants’ Class AAA Sacramento River Cats.
Oddly, in the same season he joined the Dragons, Hanigan became teammates with Matt Boone, who was signed after failing to get higher than Class A ball with the Tigers over several seasons. Matt is the son of Bob Boone, who was winding down a short career as manager of the Reds. Bob insisted Matt was the best of his baseball-playing sons, which was not the case.
Matt Boone hit .190 in limited duty in 2002 and .195 in ‘03. He still wasn’t going to get out of Class A ball, but the Dragons had a third baseman.
There was also the case of infielder/outfielder Jeremiah Piepkorn, a fifth-year senior at North Dakota State who was signed prior to the 2004 draft. He looked like a bust, too, posting a .168 batting average over 28 games before his season abruptly ended with what was thought to be an appendicitis attack - it was food poisoning.
The next season, now 25 and still in the Midwest League, Piepkorn hit a fine .266, leading the Dragons with 22 homers and 77 RBIs. He played a couple more years, making it to Class AA, and finished his career in an independent league.
Minor league teams also obtain players from trades made at the major league level.
»RELATED: Dragons first baseman suspended
That’s how Hendrik Clementina made it here, a prospect gained from trading pitcher Tony Cingrani to the Dodgers. Former major league outfielder Scott Van Slyke also came to the Reds in that trade. He was released, picked up by the Marlins and released again. Clementina is among the Dragons’ top hitters.
Sometimes a trade will cost a minor league team a player. In the Ken Griffey Jr. trade to the Reds in 1999, outfielder Mike Cameron and pitcher Brett Tomko went to the Mariners and minor leaguers Jake Meyer and Antonio Perez went west. Perez likely would have been Dayton’s second baseman in 2000. He eventually made it to the majors.
Also in 2000, pitcher Brian Reith was traded from the Yankees to the Reds and played for the Dragons, eventually becoming the first Dragons player to make it to the majors.
Reith came to the Reds organization along with celebrated former Michigan quarterback Drew Henson, a third baseman whose major-league career spanned just nine at-bats and one hit.
The following March, Henson went back to the Yankees along with outfielder Michael Coleman for Wily Mo Pena, a star with the 2001 Dragons who had received a large free agent bonus from the Yanks.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 12:53 PM
CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto pointed to his ability to hit the ball hard and where he wants to on a consistent basis as his greatest strength last week.
“If I want to hit fly balls all the time, I can,” Votto said. “If I want to hit line drives all the time, I can.”
The numbers prove that. According to FanGraphs.com, Votto has popped out on the infield only 16 times in his career and not at all in 2018. Jeremy Frank, of NGBaseball.com, brought this stat to everyone’s attention this week on Twitter.
Votto has popped out in the infield only seven times since 2010, and according to Frank, the average player with the same number of plate appearances (5,341) would have popped up in the infield 127 times.
Votto and the Reds return to action Friday in their first game after the All-Star break, playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park. Votto leads the National League with a .422 on-base percentage. He’s hitting .289 with nine home runs and 55 RBIs.
This could be my favorite stat, ever...— Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) July 20, 2018
Joey Votto pop ups by year:
2010 - 0
2011 - 1
2012 - 1
2013 - 1
2014 - 1
2015 - 2
2016 - 0
2017 - 1
2018 - 0
Since 2010, Votto has popped it up 7 times. With the same amount of PA, the MLB average player would have popped it up 127 times.
#Reds Joey Votto has 6,563 career plate appearances.— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) July 20, 2018
He has never popped out to the catcher, pitcher, or first basemen.
Pop ups (infield fly balls) since 2010:— Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) July 20, 2018
8 Manny Ramirez (in 337 PA)
7 Ken Griffey Jr (in 108 PA)
7 Ivan Rodriguez (in 558 PA)
7 Joey Votto (in 5341 PA)
Griffey last played in 2010; Manny and Pudge last played in 2011.