Credit: WCPO

The Cincinnati Reds are ready to hit it out of the park with a dedication ceremony for their new and improved baseball field at Bellevue Vets.

It’s a project that has taken four months to come to fruition from groundbreaking until today. It’s already a busy morning on the field with bulldozers and crews putting the finishing touches on this project.

This is over a $1 million transformation for this neighborhood in Bellevue. Before the dedication ceremony later today. More than 250 volunteers from the Reds, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Duke Energy, and the Cincinnati Zoo will be working on service projects at the field today.

One of those projects includes a brand new Groeschen Family press box named after Tom and Leo Groeschen. Tom was a longtime Greater Cincinnati sportswriter and Leo was a Red Sox draft pick and prospect who also was a coach at Bellevue Vets back in the day.

The T-ball field will also be dedicated to all of the fallen soldiers from the Bellevue community. Today, volunteers will also work on the renovated outfield that will be used by baseball and softball teams of all ages and abilities.

This field renovation is one of two legacy projects that the Reds Community Fund is doing this year to celebrate the 150th anniversary of baseball’s first professional team – the Red Stockings.