Meggie Zahneis, winner of the 2011 Breaking Barriers essay contest, earned the job of youth correspondent for MLB.com in the fall of '11.
|If you want an example of community outreach done right, look no further than the Reds Community Fund and the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program it sponsors in the greater Cincinnati area.
|Target Plaza, which is conveniently attached to the Target Field light rail station, allows fans a view of the field, no purchase necessary.
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|Ohio native and first-time All-Star Josh Harrison hasn't given much thought to the possibility of a homecoming next summer when Cincinnati is slated to host the Midsummer Classic.
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|For the Frazier brothers, Monday night's Gillette Home Run Derby was, in the words of the incomparable Yogi Berra, "déjà vu all over again." That's because Todd, the youngest Frazier son and starting third baseman for the Reds, was tapped by National League captain Troy Tulowitzki to represent the NL -- and Frazier's oldest brother, Charlie, was on the mound.
More» Frazier hammers a 415-foot FlexBall|
|Raymond Beasley V knows a thing or two about breaking barriers. Beasley, a rising sixth-grader from Brentwood, Calif., has been through more in his 10 years of life than most of us could even dream of.
|These days, you'll find Tommy La Stella at the top of the Atlanta Braves' batting order, anchoring second base in the stead of the struggling platoon of Dan Uggla, Tyler Pastornicky and Ramiro Pena, and La Stella is grateful for every second of the chance he's been given.
More» La Stella rips a two-run double for 4-3 lead|
|Blake Brian Frazier cannot read. That should come as no surprise, since he's only 11 weeks old. But if little Blake could read, what kinds of things might he learn about his dad, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier? Well, he could start with the call-to-action columns written by local sports reporters urging fans to pencil Daddy in at third base on the All-Star roster.
More»Meggie talks about fatherhood with Frazier|
|Long regarded by Reds brass and fans alike as a diamond in the rough, Devin Mesoraco is coming into his own, realizing the visions of potential greatness Cincinnati saw when it took the catcher in the first round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
More» Mesoraco launches a pair of home runs|
|The Rockies' Charlie Blackmon is officially the Cinderella story of Major League Baseball this season. Last year, he was a utility outfielder, but this season, he has established himself as not just an everyday player, but an offensive stalwart.
More»Meggie and Blackmon discuss expanded role|
|Doug Coates came across Cincinnati's Joe Nuxhall Miracle League one Saturday morning. The Miracle League, which is based on the legacy of Reds player and broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, allows kids with physical disabilities to play baseball.
|Joe Maddon has a lot to do with the Rays' long-term success -- so much so that we should be taking a closer look at the "Maddon Way."
More»Meggie Zahneis interviews Joe Maddon about 'Rays Way'|
|Jackie Robinson was a heck of a lot braver than I am. He changed the face of baseball today, as well as impacting countless individual lives. I'm proud to say that one of those lives is mine.
More»Sharon Robinson talks about Meggie Zahneis' journey|
|Ron Washington may well be the most unorthodox manager in baseball, based on the philosophies and principles he uses to manage the Texas Rangers. But what people don't realize -- and what they need to, in the context of Washington -- is that different doesn't have to be equated with bad or wrong.
More»Meggie chats with Rangers manager Washington|
|Outfielder Peter Bourjos, acquired from the Angels in November, is eager to partake in the Cardinal Way, something he says you've got to see to believe.
More»Meggie interviews Bourjos about Cards organization|
|For years, the Reds played the traditional season opener in baseball. That doesn't happen any more, but for the game's oldest franchise, Opening Day is still a special time, beginning with a parade through city streets.
More»Back to Baseball for the Reds!|
|Arizona Diamondbacks catcher and clubhouse leader Miguel Montero is approaching this season the same way he'd advise a younger player to do so -- with his head down, eyes open and all the effort and passion he can summon.
More»Meggie catches up with Miguel Montero|
|Indians fans appreciate Nick Swisher for his passion and gritty style of play. His teammates admire Swisher's veteran clubhouse presence. The organization values Swisher's capacity to become the face of a resurgent Tribe club. Reporters like that Swisher can talk at length, and provide quality quotes, on almost any subject.
More»Meggie talks with Swisher about life in Cleveland|
|A.J. Pollock has something to prove. The 26-year-old was selected by the D-backs in the first-round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. At the start of the 2013 season, he was ranked by MLB.com and Baseball America as the No. 6 prospect in Arizona's organization.
More»Meggie chats with D-backs outfielder Pollock|
|Among the stars playing in Spring Training games Monday were Clayton Kershaw, Derek Jeter, Tim Lincecum, Koji Uehara and Andrew McCutchen. But the most important facet of the day's action was not a player, manager or even an umpire. In fact, it was not a person at all, but a set of new rules. Major League Baseball on Monday implemented on a trial basis its new instant-replay system.
More» Rahl reaches on first use of expanded replay|
|The winter months that the Reds and their fans spent apart faded away quickly on a recent Reds Caravan stop. The same rapport that the players and fans achieved at Redsfest carried over into the team's second fan engagement opportunity of the offseason.
More» Hamilton's speed to serve as valuable asset|
The Breaking Barriers essay contest provides students a chance to share stories of how they use Jackie Robinson's values to face their own barriers.
Meggie was featured in a Passion Portrait by #besomebody for her ability to overcome adversity and live out her dream.