The Cincinnati Reds added a final Great American Ball Park spring-training game to the schedule, pitting the major-league squad against top players from the organization's minor-league affiliates.
The Spring Showcase is set for April 3.
The Spring Showcase begins with an interactive workout prior to the game. Former Cincinnati Reds infielder Doug Flynn (1975-1977) will serve as an on-field host, while select Reds coaches and players will wear microphones and interact with fans during minor league batting practice, minor league infield practice and major league batting practice.
The Reds vs Futures game between the Major League club and players from the minor league affiliates will include special camera coverage on the scoreboard designed to give fans an unusual perspective on the action. The game will have flexibility to end when all pitchers have been used.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. Interactive workouts will run until the start of the game at 7 p.m. Minor-league players will pose for photographs and sign autographs prior to the game.
“We believe offering this unique access to our final spring training workout and game is the perfect way to kick off Opening Week in Cincinnati,” said Reds Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini.· “Fans are anxious for baseball to begin, and what better way than to allow fans the chance to witness first-hand the hard work being done by our players and coaches in preparation for the season.”
Tickets are on sale now for the event.