CINCINNATI — After the MLB announced the 2020 season would start at the end of July, the Cincinnati Reds are going to start their preseason workouts on Wednesday in Cincinnati.
Officials with the Reds announced Wednesday morning the team would work out at the team's home field of Great American Ballpark, and at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio.
Prasco Park is owned by Prasco Laboratories, and Reds officials call it a "state-of-the-art facility" with two baseball fields, a weight room, training room, cafeteria, meeting rooms and multiple clubhouses. Prasco Park is also lighted, so the team can train during the day or at night.
"We are very excited about the possibility of training at Prasco," Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams said. "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."
About 60 players are expected to report for preseason workouts with 35 working out at GABP and the other 25 working out at Prasco Park. Workouts are closed to the public
The season is supposed to start on either July 23 or July 24. Once started, the Reds and other teams will play 60 regular-season games.
“While we may not be able to gather at the ballpark," Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus said, "we can still come together as a community to cheer on the Reds.”