Hi folks!  I’m happy to be back here at Better Off Red Headquarters after spending a gorgeous autumn “staycation” at home in Cincinnati.   This is absolutely my most favorite time of the year and I must say, the Queen City is no slouch when showing off her Fall wardrobe.

In addition to the incredible Bengals game I saw yesterday, I’ve spent a lot time glued to the TV set watching Postseason baseball.  None of the new Fall television shows can quite capture drama like Major League Baseball in October.  The Astros/Royals series is my favorite so far, followed by Cubs/Cardinals.  And yes, I did see the “Utley Slide.”

Speaking of Postseason baseball, my colleague Larry Herms and I have once again been selected to work the NLCS for MLB.  Not sure yet in which city we’ll work, but we’ve been assigned to games six and seven (if necessary).  I have yet to visit Citi Field, so I wouldn’t mind seeing the Mets advance.

Here are a few Baseline Items to catch you up on while I was away…


Reds HOF & Museum offers Major League Clubhouse Tours

CINCINNATI (Oct. 12, 2015) — The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is once again offering offseason tours of Great American Ball Park that include the Reds clubhouse, radio and TV booths, dugouts and more.

The two hour Major League Clubhouse Tours feature access to the:
• Reds Clubhouse
• Visitors Clubhouse
• Radio & TV Broadcast Booths
• Field Level Media Interview Room
• Plus all the stops on the Scotts® Great American Ball Park Tour including the dugouts, press box, Mercedes-Benz Diamond Club, FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club, Handlebar at the Riverfront Club presented by Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati and more.

The tours begin Oct. 17 and are available on Saturday afternoons at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. only.

Major League Clubhouse Tour tickets and pricing are available at:
• (513) 765-7923
• In person at the Reds HOF & Museum, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Each tour ticket includes admission into the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

The tours run weekly until March 19, 2016. No tours on Dec. 5 due to Redsfest.

Space is limited and tours often sell out in advance.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 85 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction. The museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.


Major League Baseball recently released information recapping the 2015 season.  You might find the following data helpful…


MLB Attendance



MLB Pace


MLB Instant


From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Ten of the National Pastime’s pioneering voices have been named as the finalists for the 2016 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The 10 finalists for the 2016 Frick Award are: Jack Graney, Harry Heilmann, Al Helfer, France Laux, Tom Manning, Graham McNamee, Rosey Rowswell, Hal Totten, Ty Tyson and Bert Wilson. The winner of the 2016 Frick Award will be announced on December 9 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., and will be honored during the July 23 Awards Presentation as part of the July 22-25 Hall of Fame Weekend 2016 in Cooperstown.

The 10 finalists for the 2016 Frick Award include the three fan selections produced from online balloting at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook site – http://www.facebook.com/baseballhall – in September and October. Graney, McNamee and Wilson emerged as the top three fan selections in the online voting. The other seven candidates were chosen by a Hall of Fame research committee. All candidates are deceased.

(Helfer called games for the Reds in 1935 & 1936).



During World Series
• Game 2, Oct. 28, AL City Rivera/Hoffman AL/NL Relievers of the Year presented by The Hartford
• Game 3, Oct. 30, NL City Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet – J.J. Hoover is a finalist!
• Game 4, Oct. 31, NL City Hank Aaron Awards – Joey Votto is a finalist!

• Mon., Nov. 9 (8:00 pm ET) MLBPA Players Choice Awards (MLB Network)
• Mon., Nov. 9 (Evening) Sporting News Executive of the Year GM Meetings in Boca Raton, FL
• Tues., Nov. 10 (6:00 pm ET) BBWAA Awards Finalists Announced (MLB Network)
• Tues., Nov. 10 (7:00 pm ET) Rawlings Gold Gloves (ESPN)
• Wed., Nov. 11 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards (MLB Network)
• Thurs., Nov. 12 Louisville Silver Sluggers (MLB Network)

Mon., Nov. 16-Thurs., Nov. 19
BBWAA Awards (Finalists, Tues., Nov. 10) MLB Network
o Nov. 16 Rookies of the Year
o Nov. 17 Managers of the Year
o Nov. 18 Cy Young Winners
o Nov. 19 Most Valuable Players

• Fri., Nov. 20 (7:00 pm ET) Esurance MLB Awards (MLB Network, MLB.com)
• Tues., Dec. 1 American League Edgar Martinez Outstanding DH
• Sat., Jan. 23 2016 BBWAA Dinner at New York Hilton





That’s all for now! I’ll have more in a bit, including a chance for you to win some cool prizes from Better Off Red!

Expect good news,


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