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Reds-NutcrackerNew Holiday Gift Pack & Kids Club memberships available now

CINCINNATI (Nov. 9, 2015) — The Cincinnati Reds are selling the recently-released “Holiday Gift Pack” and 2016 Reds Heads Kids Club memberships at Kenwood Towne Centre.

Located just inside the main Montgomery Road entrance by Cheesecake Factory, the Reds are offering both gift options at a freestanding retail booth through December 31.

Reds Holiday Gift Pack
• Four (4) ticket credits that can be used for any combination of 2016 regular season games (excluding Opening Day)
• Limited edition Reds nutcracker
• Prices start as low as $40

2016 Reds Heads Kids Club
• Official kids club membership for Reds fans ages 3-12
• Membership kit includes exclusive merchandise, free Reds tickets, members-only experiences and much more.
• All for one low price of $30 ($200 value)

The Holiday Gift Pack and Kids Club membership kits are available at:
• Kenwood Towne Centre: 7875 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236
• Online:
• By phone: 513-765-7500
• At the Great American Ball Park administrative offices lobby (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)



Don’t forget, the Reds kick off their Hot Stove League Show tomorrow (Tuesday) LIVE at the Holy Grail Banks!

Following the hour-long radio show, I’ll be hosting another edition of Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!

So, if you need your baseball fix, Holy Grail Banks is the place to be on November 10. We’ll get started at 6pm ET. I hope to see you there!


In honor of no-shave November, Burt BobbleRed has been growing out his whiskers…


Thanks to J.J. Osman for the image





This week’s Better Off Red Podcast is now available HERE!

This week, Reds Hall of Famer Jim Maloney joins me for a baseball-filled conversation that I’m certain you’ll enjoy. Jim talks about the multiple no-hitters he threw when he was one of the best pitchers in the game during the 1960s. He also reveals that former Reds GM Bob Howsam questioned his toughness and ability to play through pain.

Jim Maloney played for legendary managers Fred Hutchinson and Sparky Anderson and was the only player to appear on both the Reds’ 1961 and 1970 rosters.  Both of those teams went to the World Series.

I could’ve listened to Jim for hours.  He has so many great stories and had an amazing Major League career.  Most of all, he’s a world-class guy; a benevolent gentleman. Talking to Jim reminded me of being a kid at the barber shop hanging on every word as the weekly regulars waxed poetic on baseball.

I hope you’ll enjoy this week’s podcast with Jim Maloney.  A big thanks to Eleventh Dream Day for providing our music this week!  Check out their latest album Works For Tomorrow.

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Next week’s guest is two-time Gold Glove second baseman Pokey Reese!



Dick Williams

Dick Williams

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds executive Walt Jocketty today announced Dick Williams has been promoted to Senior Vice President, General Manager. He will assume those duties immediately. Jocketty will remain the club’s President of Baseball Operations and will continue to oversee the department.

Jocketty said, “As is the case with any business, it’s critical to have a succession plan in place. Dick has been here for 10 years, he’s learned the business, and we are confident he is ready to take on the GM responsibilities.”

Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said, “Eight seasons ago we trusted Walt to provide this organization with leadership, and he produced championship-caliber teams. Walt reset the expectations and culture of this franchise. He and his staff have been responsible for our return to the postseason in recent years and I know Dick has the qualities and ability to continue that tradition of success in the future. As a small market team, we will always continue to look for ways to innovate. As we have done in recent years, the Reds will continue to work harder and smarter to make up for our relatively limited resources.”

Williams said, “I am very grateful for and humbled by this opportunity that Bob and Walt have given me. I believe my promotion is a reflection on the entire team that works behind the scenes to support our efforts. Walt has been a great resource to me and I look forward to our continued collaboration.”

Williams, 44, joined the Reds’ baseball operations department following the 2005 season and since then has been involved in every aspect of that department. He served the organization as Director of Baseball Business Operations and Vice President of Baseball Operations before he became Vice President, Assistant General Manager in November of last year.

Jocketty, 64, was hired as a special advisor to Castellini in January 2008 and then in April of that year was named President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. He led the Reds to three postseason appearances, including National League Central Division championships in 2010 and 2012 and the 2013 Wild Card game. In franchise history, that stretch of 3 playoff appearances in 4 seasons is matched only by the Big Red Machine teams that went to the playoffs six times.

Jocketty has spent 41 seasons in professional baseball, the last 21 years as a Major League general manager. Three times since 2000 he was voted by his peers Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year, most recently in 2010 after leading the Reds to their first playoff appearance in 15 seasons.


EDDIE MILNER: 1955 – 2015

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It’s with great sadness to report the passing of former Reds outfielder Eddie Milner.


From Reds Hall of Fame Operations Manager & Chief Curator Chris Eckes

Eddie Milner
May 21, 1955 – November 2, 2015.
A tremendous defensive outfielder possessed of great speed, Eddie Milner was drafted by the Reds in 1976 and moved steadily through the Reds’ farm system before making his Major League debut in 1980. A native of Columbus, OH, Milner became a regular in 1982, leading the team in stolen bases with 18. Milner paced the club in steals again in 1983 with a career-high 41, a figure that ranked 6th in the National League. In the outfield, Milner was one of the league’s top defenders. From 1983 – 1986, he regularly ranked among league leaders in games played, putouts, chances, and fielding percentage. In 1983, he was arguably the league’s best defensive center fielder, pacing the NL in fielding percentage and assists. Traded to the Giants prior to the 1987 season, Milner helped San Francisco to the 1987 Western Division championship and appeared in the postseason in that year’s National League Championship Series. Milner returned to the Reds for the 1988 campaign, his last in the Major Leagues. In recent years, Milner has made multiple appearances at the Reds Hall of Fame and at Hall of Fame chapter events throughout Reds Country. In January of 2015, Eddie served as a coach at Reds Fantasy Camp in Goodyear, AZ.


Keep checking today’s Baseline Items, as this post may be updated with information/news as the day progresses.





Rosters for the prestigious Arizona Fall League’s 10th annual Fall Stars Game have been announced, as have the game’s final vote candidates.

OF Phillip Ervin is hoping to join fellow Reds farmhand, INF Alex Blandino on the Western Division roster but he’ll need your vote to do so.  Ervin is one of three West Division final vote candidates.

To vote for Phillip Ervin, CLICK HERE!

The AFL 2015 Fall Stars Game will take place this Saturday (November 7) at 8:08 ET and air on both MLB Network and Sirius/XM’s MLB Radio.





On Monday the Reds reinstated from the 60-day disabled list RHP Homer Bailey, C Devin Mesoraco, SS Zack Cozart and RHP Jon Moscot.

The club also announced that it has outrighted to Louisville RHP Sam LeCure and declined the 2016 contract options on RHP Burke Badenhop and IF/OF Skip Schumaker.

LHP Sean Marshall, LHP Manny Parra and C Brayan Pena became free agents.


That’s all for now, more in a bit.

Expect good news,



Keep checking today’s Baseline Items, as this post may be updated with information/news as the day progresses.


The Reds announced last week that the following players have been outrighted off the team’s 40-man roster:

Nate Adcock
Collin Balester
Brennan Boesch
Jason Bourgeois
David Holmberg
Kris Negron
Josh Smith


It’s never too early for Christmas. In fact, it’s closer than you think. I love this…


In case you missed some of the great Reds-themed halloween costumes over the weekend, the Reds Twitter account has gotcha covered…

Happy Halloween from one of my preschoolers and his awesome homemade costume! @lisabraun @reds — Josh Shortt (@radioclash77) October 29, 2015


The Reds Hot Stove League Show kicks off on Tuesday, November 10 at the Holy Grail Banks!  The popular hour-long Reds radio show will be hosted by Marty Brennaman and other Reds broadcasters and feature news and interviews with Reds players, coaches and front office personnel.

Once again this year, Better Off Red Baseball Trivia will take place immediately following the Hot Stove program at the Holy Grail.  Come for the Hot Stove show and stay for your chance to win cool prizes during 9 innings of brain-bending baseball trivia, hosted by yours truly!

Here’s the Hot Stove schedule:



That’s all for now. More in a bit!

Expect good news!



The very first episode of the Better Off Red Podcast is now available HERE!

Our first guest is former Reds outfielder Dmitri Young, with music from JD McPherson.

Be sure to subscribe to the BOR Podcast on itunes, as well.  We’ll have a new episode every Thursday.

Thanks to Lisa Braun, MLB Advanced Media and the Cincinnati Reds.  A very special thanks to BOR Podcast technical director Nick Prince, who’s put a lot of hard work into making the podcast a reality.

Please let me know what you think (good or bad, I can take it!).



Congratulations to Reds CF Billy Hamilton, 3B Todd Frazier and 2B Brandon Phillips, who’ve been named finalists at their respective positions for the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

The Gold Glove Award is given annually to the top defenders at each position.  Winners will be announced on November 10 at 7pm ET on ESPN.





The Better Off Red Podcast is set to debut this Thursday on, iTunes and right here on Better Off Red (  Our very first guest is none other than two-time All-Star Dmitri Young (@DaMeathookYoung).

Dmitri talks on the podcast about his dramatic lifestyle change, the story behind the “Dmitri Hands” gesture, his most memorable teammates and so much more. It’s fascinating trip down memory lane with one of baseball’s good guys.

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I hope you’ll join us for our very first episode of the Better Off Red Podcast, coming Thursday! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast when it becomes available on iTunes!

The plan is to make the podcast an extension of the Better Off Red brand and a fresh complement to the blog.


There are in fact Reds fans across the pond and on the pitch…and not just those of the Liverpool FC variety!


Don’t forget to vote for Joey Votto, Todd Frazier, Brandon Phillips and Marty Brennaman for 2015 Esurance MLB Awards!  Mark Sheldon has more information HERE.


The World Series starts tonight and I for one cannot wait to see the Royals and Mets duke it out for the championship.  I’d love to see our old friend Johnny Cueto do well.



Better Off Red Baseball Trivia returns to the Holy Grail Banks on November 10! Join us, won’t ya?


That’s all for now.  More in a bit.

Expect good news,



The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is offering free admission to fans 17 and under on “Kids Weekend” this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 & 25. The Hall of Fame will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Special programming and activities are planned for kids and families all weekend, including:

• Free batting cages each day with instruction from a former Reds player
– Saturday: 1999 Rookie of the Year Scott Williamson (10 to 11 a.m.)
– Sunday: Reds Hall of Famer Ron Oester (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

• Autograph signings with Scott Williamson (Saturday, 11 to 11:30 a.m.) and Ron Oester (Sunday, 12:30 to 1 p.m.)

• Meet a Reds mascot and take your photo with a World Series trophy
– Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to Noon
– Sunday: 1 to 1:30 p.m.

• Show how fast you can throw in Strike Zone, presented by Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. All ages are welcome to throw and prizes will be awarded to the fastest throw in different age groups. (Noon to 2 p.m. both days)

• Hold a piece of Reds history by putting on the curator’s gloves and learning about artifacts at the Discovery Table (Noon to 4 p.m. both days)

• Win great prizes on the “Wheel of Fame” for a $10 donation – everyone is a winner!

• Additional kid-friendly exhibits and activities include:
– You Make the Call, where fans can call the play like a Major League announcer
– Cincinnati Children’s Kids Clubhouse, featuring videos and interactive experiences for kids
– Hall of Fame Theater, which will feature special video programming for the weekend
– Scavenger hunts through the museum and coloring activities

The Reds Hall of Fame Gift Shop will feature year-end closeout specials on matted prints, autographed items and Reds Hall of Fame apparel marked down to their lowest prices of the season.

Additionally, all visitors will receive a complimentary Stars of the Queen City poster.

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.

Located at Great American Ball Park, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round.

Plan your visit at or by calling 513-765-7923.


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