Meggie Zahneis, winner of the 2011 Breaking Barriers essay contest, earned the job of youth correspondent for MLB.com in the fall of '11.
|The youngest generation of baseball players and fans has never known life without Bud Selig at the helm of our pastime. All that is about to change, with Rob Manfred slated to replace Selig as Commissioner in January 2015. As easy as it would be to do, Selig isn't content to rest on his laurels and simply keep Manfred's seat warm.
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|The Reds and MLB on Friday unveiled the newly built Urban Youth Academy, designed to offer area kids ages 7-18 the opportunity to participate in baseball and softball clinics, character development programming, and even academic tutoring and vocational training -- all free of charge.
More»P and G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy opens|
|Brayan Pena is proving his worth to a struggling Cincinnati squad behind the plate, at first base filling in for an injured Joey Votto, and in the clubhouse.
More» Pena plates Negron with a double in the 6th|
|Kris Negron has had to work hard to make it back to the big leagues after 2012 knee surgery, and the injury-depleted Reds are making use of the hard-nosed player's multiposition talent.
More» Negron cuts Reds' deficit with a solo homer|
|Growing up in the Big Red Machine clubhouse of the 1970s -- among the likes of Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and his own dad, Ken Sr. -- and starring on Cincinnati-area Moeller High School's baseball team as a teen himself, it would've been easy for "The Kid" to let his athletic pedigree go to his head. But that's just not the way he was raised.
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|Well, there's someone sitting in every Major League clubhouse, surrounded by MLB-installed video monitors, watching the action with a careful eye tuned to up-to-the-minute details that could mean the difference between a win or loss.
More» Reds challenge safe, stands in bottom 3rd|
|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.
More» The gateway to Target Field|
|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|
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.