The Cincinnati Reds announced Wednesday they will work out at Great American Ball Park and are finalizing plans to also hold workouts on the corporate campus of Prasco Laboratories in Mason in preparation for the 2020 season.
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Players are scheduled to report July 1, and the 60-game regular season will begin July 23 or July 24.
The Reds will play without fans in the stands are are continuing to work with local officials in hopes of fans being able to attend games as soon as possible.
“It just wouldn’t be summer in Cincinnati without Reds baseball,” said Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus in a press release. “While we may not be able to gather at the ballpark, we can still come together as a community to cheer on the Reds.”
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"It is time to bring America's pastime back to Cincinnati," said Mayor John Cranley. "Cincinnati needs this to lift our spirits. Let's bring the Reds back to where it all started."
The complex in Mason has two fields: Prasco Park and Legacy Field. There is also a weight room, training room, cafeteria, meeting rooms and multiple clubhouses. The site would be the designated alternate site, and players not on the active roster would work out there. There would be 30 players at Great American Ball Park and 30 at the Mason site. All workouts will be closed to the public.
"We are very excited about the possibility of training at Prasco," said Reds President Dick Williams in a press release. "The facilities are first rate and have been a home to many of our region’s best young players. From the moment MLB gave teams the ability to decide where to conduct preseason training, we were committed to finding a facility in close proximity to our home stadium. It will be exciting for the players to prepare here in our home market for this unique season. We are very grateful to the Arington family for working with us to make this a reality.”
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