LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Buddy Bat is back with a new look for 2016! And he is showing off his new colors for the first time on WDRB in the Morning.
The Louisville Bats' Greg Galiette brought along a new and improved Buddy to talk about the Cincinnati Reds/Louisville Bats Winter Caravan. Gone is Buddy's purple look. He's a bat of a different color and wearing the team's new Red and Blue look.
Watch for Buddy Bat in the annual WDRB Mascot Bowl on Friday, February 5, 2016. He's always ready for action, but he doesn't always play by the rules.
The Bats are gearing up for 2016 with their annual membership drive for the WDRB Bats Kids Club. It costs $20 per child and includes free admission to every Sunday home game (excluding July 3rd) plus a jersey and more. For information, CLICK HERE.
Cincinnati Reds/Louisville Bats Winter Caravan 2016
Free & open to the public
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Slugger Field from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Billy Hamilton and Adam Duvall will headline the annual Reds Caravan stop at Louisville Slugger Field on Thursday, January 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jesse Winker, the Reds' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, rounds out the player lineup. The event is free and open to the public.
Other guests visiting Louisville Slugger Field will include Reds Senior Vice President and General Manager Dick Williams, former Bats broadcaster and current Reds broadcaster Jim Kelch, former Reds pitcher and current Reds broadcaster Jeff Brantley and the lovable Rosie Red.
Hamilton, 25, spent one year with the Bats in 2013 and stole 75 bases in 123 games, the second highest total in Louisville franchise history behind Vince Coleman's 101 with the 1984 Louisville Redbirds. Hamilton stole 56 bases with the Reds in 2014 and 57 in 2015, his first two full seasons in the big leagues.
Duvall, 27, played in 25 games with the Bats in 2015 after being acquired from the Giants in the Mike Leake trade deadline deal. He hit 30 home runs Between Triple-A Sacramento and Louisville last season, tied for fifth-most in the minor leagues. He was called up to the Reds on August 31 and finished the season with the club. He homered in his first at-bat with both the Bats and Reds.
Winker, 22, was drafted by the Reds in the supplemental first round of the 2012 draft, 49th overall. He is a career .292 hitter in 371 minor league games and, in 2013, was named Reds Minor League Hitter of the Year. Winker hit .282 with 13 home runs and 55 RBI in 123 games at Double-A Pensacola in 2015.
The 2016 Reds Caravan provides fans with the opportunity to interact with current and former players, top minor leaguers, broadcasters and members of the Reds front office staff. At each stop, the group will field questions from fans and sign autographs while time allows. In all, the caravan will make 16 stops and cover 3,300 miles in three days over Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee.
Sales representatives from both the Cincinnati Reds and Louisville Bats will be on hand to discuss season tickets and group outings. The Reds Hall of Fame, the Reds Community Fund and Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network will attend selected stops. Also at each stop, the Reds will raffle two tickets to the Monday, April 4 Opening Day game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Louisville Bats season opener:
The Bats will open their 2016 schedule with a seven-game road trip beginning April 7 before the home opener on Thursday, April 14 vs. Toledo at 7:05 p.m. The 2016 season will mark both the Bats 17th season at Louisville Slugger Field and their 17th season as the top affiliate of the Reds. The entire 2015 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at www.batsbaseball.com. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and luxury suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287. Single game tickets, including for Thunder Over Louisville and July 3, are set to go on sale March 1.
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