PHOTOS FROM ZACK COZART AND HOMER BAILEY SIGNING SESSION IN 2012
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart and starting pitcher Homer Bailey will visit the Sports Gallery in West Chester Township from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Tuesday, April 2.
The two players co-hosted a signing session at the same sports memorabilia shop last year. It was also on the day after Opening Day.
However, unlike last year, both players are coming into the signing event in much different positions.
Last April, Cozart became the first rookie shortstop to start Opening Day for Cincinnati since 1971 and was coming off an offseason that he spent rehabbing an elbow injury.
Cozart starred in 11 games for the Reds in July of 2011 and had a batting average of .324 before the season-ending injury, which required Tommy John surgery.In his first full season in 2012, Cozart had a .246 batting average, scored 72 runs, hit 33 doubles and had 15 home runs.
Meanwhile, Homer Bailey was battling for the last spot in the rotation last spring.
Prior to winning that role, Bailey hadn’t pitched more than 132 innings in a season in his previous five with the Reds.
In 2012, Bailey went on to set career records in earned run average (3.68), games started (33), innings pitched (208) and strikeouts (168).
Bailey also appeared to get stronger at the end of the season, tossing a no-hitter in late September against the Pittsburgh Pirates and then breaking a Reds postseason record with 10 strikeouts in his start against the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.
The cost to have an item signed by either Cozart or Bailey is $25 (one autograph per ticket). Fans can also buy a combo ticket, which includes signatures from both players, for $45. Bailey will also be signing autographs with a “No Hit” inscription for an additional $10.
Prior to signing events or on the day of the event, the Sports Gallery will also have baseballs, bats, photos, cards, helmets and other Reds collectibles available for purchase.
Furthermore, items can also be dropped off or mailed in to be signed.
The local sports memorabilia shop also has another autograph session locked down in April with two members of the Big Red Machine. On Thursday, April 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., Reds fans can get autographs from Pete Rose and Tony Perez.
For information about mail order items or to buy tickets, which are limited, call 513-759-4256 or visit www.asportsgallery.com