RICHMOND, Ky. – Bronson Arroyo, a Major League Baseball All-Star, World Series Champion and former pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds will be the featured speaker at the Eastern Kentucky University Baseball Diamond Legacy Fund Leadoff Lunch on Feb. 8, head coach Edwin Thompson announced today.

The event will include lunch, a silent auction and introduction of the 2020 Colonel baseball team.  The Leadoff Lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. inside the Keen Johnson Building on the Eastern Kentucky University campus. 

Doors will open at 11 a.m. for corporate sponsors and VIP ticket holders to meet Arroyo, and get autographs prior to the start of the event.  Doors will open to the general public at 12:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25.  VIP tickets are $50.

After lunch, fans are encouraged to stay and watch the EKU baseball split-squad game at 4 p.m.  Admission is FREE.

Sponsorships are available.  Sponsor a table to spread your organization’s message at the event, or sponsor a player for $50 each.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Thompson

Annual gifts to the Diamond Legacy Fund directly support the EKU baseball program, Earle Combs Stadium and the Player Development Center, help purchase additional training equipment, supplement the travel budget and assist in acquiring additional items that allow the players to reach their full potential.

For more information regarding the event, please contact EKU Baseball Director of Operations Beau Gann at 859-537-5390, or by email

The Colonels open the 2020 season on Feb. 14-16 with a three-game series at Presbyterian College.  EKU’s first home game is scheduled for Feb. 18 against Kentucky State.

More about Bronson Arroyo: 

Arroyo played in the All-Star game in 2006 as a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds.  National League All-Star Team manager Phil Garner handpicked Arroyo for the All-Star Team. 

Arroyo’s baseball career began when the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. 

After two seasons in Pittsburgh, Arroyo was traded to the Boston Red Sox.  In 2004, Arroyo forever secured celebrity status in Red Sox Nation by helping the team reverse the 86-year-old “Curse of the Bambino.”  Arroyo, who narrowly earned a spot in the Red Sox rotation during spring training, became one of the team’s most consistent starters.  His pitching was critical to the Red Sox after the All-Star break, as he went 7-2 with a 3.97 ERA.  During Boston’s World Series run, Arroyo turned in several memorable clutch post-season performances.  

He had a great first season after being traded to the Cincinnati Reds.  Arroyo started 35 games, finished with a 3.29 ERA, struck out 184 batters and led the league in innings pitched.  In fact, he threw for over 200 innings in four consecutive seasons.  Arroyo later won a Gold Glove Award as a pitcher with the Reds in 2010.  

Arroyo officially retired from baseball in September of 2017.  He resides in Florida and continues to perform his music.