Tucker Barnhart is getting ready to enter his eighth season with the Cincinnati Reds.
The veteran won his second Gold Glove Award last season, becoming just the third catcher in Reds history to win the award multiple times. Johnny Edwards also won twice, and Johnny Bench won 10 Gold Gloves.
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The Brownsburg, Indiana native is a career .248 hitter with 44 home runs and 213 RBI in 628 games. He hit only .204 with five homers and 13 RBI in last year's shortened season.
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Tucker Barnhart helped families and restaurants during the pandemic
In March, in place of Opening Day, Barnhart and his wife, Sierra, purchased gift cards for Big Boy in Queensgate and Eli's BBQ and allowed customers to use the money to get dinner.
In two months Barnhart donated more than $5,000 to restaurants while also raising money for healthcare workers, firefighters, Big Brother Big Sisters of Ohio and the Boys and Girls Club of Ohio.
Move over, Pedro Cerrano, Tucker Barnhart would like a word with the baseball gods
In the movie "Major League" fictional Cleveland Indians outfielder Pedro Cerrano offered a sacrifice to Jobu to help him hit breaking balls.
Well in 2019, Barnhart offered his own sacrifice to the baseball gods. With the Reds offense in the midst of a slump, Barnhart burned his bat to try and spark the offense.
Did it work? Not so much. The Reds lost 2-0 to the Pirates and only had three hits. Barnhart was hitless in three plate appearances.
Tucker Barnhart gave up switch-hitting last season
Hitting from the right side was always a struggle for Barnhart, and the option to give up switch hitting had always crossed his mind.
Last season before spring training, Barnhart decided to hit from the left side exclusively.