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#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR 5/26; WIN COOL PRIZES FROM BOR!

Reds minor league news…

RHP Anthony DeSclafani made a rehab start for AAA-Louisville yesterday morning (10:35 first pitch) vs. Scranton. He gave up 3 runs on 3 hits in 3 innings (0bb, 2k, 1hr). DeSclafani allowed all 3 runs in the first inning but reportedly looked very sharp in his final 2 innings of work.

Yesterday in Pensacola, the double-A Blue Wahoos got another strong pitching performance from 22 year-old RHP Jackson Stephens.  The Alabama native struck out 9 over 7.0 shutout innings (5h, 0bb) to extend his scoreless innings streak to 12.  In 2015, Stephens ranked among all Reds farmhands with 12 wins (2nd) and a 2.97 ERA (9th). He also ranked among Florida State League leaders in wins (T1st), games started (26, T2nd), innings pitched (145.1, 3rd) and ERA (6th).

High-A Daytona beat Tampa yesterday, 8-4.  The Reds 2015 Minor League Player of the Year Tyler Mahle (RHP) picked up the victory with 6.0 solid innings (9h, 3r,  1bb, 4k).  Mahle has recorded quality starts in 6 of his 10 appearances and is currently holding opponents to a .223 batting average.

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The Reds have been nominated by USA Today for Best Ballpark Food.  To vote, CLICK HERE.

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The one-day Billy Hamilton Baseball ProCamp presented by The Christ Hospital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will be held on June 27th from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Sycamore High School. Participants will learn fundamental baseball skills and have the opportunity to meet and interact with the center fielder. Each camper will receive an autograph from Billy and a team photo with Billy.

Limited spots remain at BillyHamiltonCamp.com

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Word around the campfire is that the @Reds twitter account and the Reds Facebook account (facebook.com/reds) are giving prizes out for “random acts of kindness.”  You might want to check it out.

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And speaking of prizes…

I’ve got this…

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and this…

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…to give away this weekend to one lucky reader of Better Off Red.

Here’s how you can win:

In the comments section of this blog post, write a haiku explaining why your a Reds fan.  Cool?

You have until Monday’s 4:10 first pitch against the Rockies to participate.  I’ll choose the random winner and announce his/her name here on BOR at that time.

Please note that when you submit a comment, it will not appear on the blog post.  Only the randomly selected winner’s comment will be visible (on Monday).

That’s all for now.

Expect good news!

Jamie

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#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR TUESDAY, MAY 24

Last night the Reds acquired from the Orioles two international signing bonus slots for RHP Franderlin Romero. The move allows the Reds more financial leeway to sign foreign players during the international signing period.

Romero, 23, had been in the Reds organization since 2010.  This year for Class-A Dayton, he went 1-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 8 starts for the Dragons.

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More minor league news…

In yesterday’s 5-4 win in extra innings, AA-Pensacola’s Amir Garrett (LHP) allowed 3 runs (1er) on 4 hits in 6.2 innings (2bb, 7k).  Garrett is 3-3 with a 1.49 ERA in 9 starts for the Blue Wahoos (8 of 9 appearances have been quality starts).  He’s holding opponents to a .205 batting average while averaging nearly a strikeout per inning pitched.

Another rising star in the Reds system is RHP Tejay Antone.  Antone, 22, is a 6-4 Texan currently pitching for High-A Daytona.  He struggled a bit yesterday with his command against St. Lucie, throwing 95 pitches in 5.0 innings but he did not allow a run.  Over his last 3 starts, Antone has allowed 4 runs (3er) on 6 hits in 20.0 innings (5bb, 13k).

Here’s a look at current Reds Minor League leaders…

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Folks, this is an amazing deal…

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Tonight’s Reds starting pitcher Daniel Wright yesterday was named International League Pitcher of the Week.

More from our friends with the Louisville Bats…

The International League announced today that Louisville pitcher Daniel Wright has been named the IL Pitcher of the Week for the period from May 16 – May 22. Wright is the first Bats player to be honored as a Player of the Week this season. Third baseman Jermaine Curtis was the IL Player of the Month for April.

Entering the week with one career Triple-A start, Bats right-hander Wright threw a nine-inning complete game allowing one unearned run and striking out eight in a 4-1 Bats win on Monday against the IL North leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. It was the first nine-inning complete game for the Bats since Michael Lorenzen tossed a complete game shutout on August 15, 2015 versus the Norfolk Tides. In two starts since his promotion to Louisville on May 10 he is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA, striking out 10 and walking just one batter.

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I’ve got some cool Reds prizes to give away this week, so please stay tuned to Better Off Red for details!

More in a bit.

Expect good news,

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS: THURSDAY, APRIL 28

The Reds are idle today, preparing for a weekend series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.  The team returns home on Monday to begin a 10-game homestand at Great American Ball Park.  Up first will be the Giants and old friend Johnny Cueto.  Cueto is expected to pitch against the Reds on Monday night in the first game of a 3-game series vs San Francisco.

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More positive stuff…

Zack Cozart is hitting .481 (13-for-27) on the road . (MLB Rank: 2nd of 205 full-time players; League Avg: .258)

Eugenio Suarez has an OPS of 1.384 (25 PA’s) versus LHP . (MLB Rank: 1st of 73 full-time players; League Avg: .732)

Zack Cozart has 20 total bases in 27 AB’s (.741 Slugging Pct) on the road . (MLB Rank: 10th of 205 full-time players; League Avg: .423)

Tucker Barnhart has 8 well-hit balls in play in 23 AB’s (.348 Well-Hit Avg) in the past 14 days (8 games). (MLB Rank: 1st of 57 part-time players; League Avg: .153)

Reds hitters Miss Pct is only 17.0% (55/323) versus LHP . (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: 24.1%)

Opponents are hitting just .165 against Reds starting pitchers (15-for-91) when going through the lineup the third time in a game . (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams’ SP’s; League Avg: .265)

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Perhaps you remember the movie Benchwarmers starring Rob Schneider and David Spade?  Well it starred one of our own – Jon Moscot!  Who knew?!  In the movie, Jon gives up a few home runs to Elle King’s dad.  MLB’s Cut 4 revisits Moscot’s scene in the film HERE.

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Today is National Baseball Hall of Famer and Reds legend Barry Larkin’s 52nd birthday.  Happy birthday Barry!

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LHP John Lamb, who is currently on a rehab assignment with AAA-Louisville as he recovers from disc surgery (12/7/15) was fantastic last night in his third start for the Bats.  Lamb scattered 8 hits over 8.0 innings, allowing just 2 runs (both earned) with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts.  Of his 104 total pitches, 79 were strikes (that’s really good). Lamb threw 10 pitches or fewer in 4 of his 8 innings.

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The latest episode of the Better Off Red podcast starring Yahoo Sports baseball columnist Jeff Passan will drop this week!  Keep your ears on!

That’s all for now.  More in a bit.

Expect good news,

Jamie

 

TUESDAY’S BASELINE ITEMS: INTRO MUSIC, PROGRAMMING NOTE

A lot of folks have already been requesting Reds intro music.  Here’s what we have so far…

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Fox Sports Ohio passed along the following programming note regarding Wednesday’s (tomorrow’s) game vs. Philadelphia:

Reds vs. Phillies
Reds Live Pregame Show begins at 6:30pm | Game at 7:00pm
The game is also streaming on FOX Sports GO.
The game will replay in all Reds viewing areas at on Wednesday, April 7 at 6am
• Direct TV: FSCincinnati – 661 & 661-1
• Dish: FSCincinnati – 427 & 412-17
• AT&T: FSCincinnati – 732 & 1732
• Cable viewers:
o Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, Louisville/Lexington, Charleston/ Huntington, Bowling Green (KY), Evansville (IN), and Terre Haute/Fort Wayne/Indianapolis areas:
– Main FOX Sports Ohio cable channel

o Wheeling/Steubenville areas:
– The game is being made available to providers to air on the alternate FOX Sports Ohio cable channels. Alternate channel information can be found here

o Columbus/Lima area:
– This game is being made available to stream on FOX Sports GO
• Only subscribers of participating pay-TV providers in Reds viewing areas will be able to access live streams of the Reds through FOX Sports GO.
• Check participating providers at FOXSportsGO.com.
• FOX Sports GO is currently available for iOS, Android, Android TV, Fire tablets and Fire phones, select Windows devices, and online at FOXSportsGO.com. Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store.

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Here’s a look at my digital scoresheet from yesterday’s exciting Opening Day game:

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Currently rounding up guests for upcoming episodes of the Better Off Red Podcast.  Yahoo baseball writer Jeff Passan has agreed to come on the show to chat about his new book The Arm (released today) and other baseball items.  I’m really looking forward to having Jeff on.

Who would you like to hear on the BOR Podcast?  Drop me a note in the comments section or on Twitter @Jamieblog.

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That’s all for now!

More in a bit.

Expect good news,

Jamie

 

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR MONDAY, FEB. 15

Greetings from snowy Cincinnati! On Sunday the Queen City was blitzed with a few hours of non-stop snow which forced many of us to an evening on the couch with hot chocolate and quality TV time. Not that the snow made that necessary for me anyway but it helps to have an excuse to be lazy!

Before the snow hit us on Sunday, many folks traveled to the west side of town for the visitation of Bernie Stowe, the long-time Reds clubbie who passed away last week at the age of 80. The visitation took place at Elder High School where hundreds upon hundred of people showed up to pay their respects. The amount of people who came to see Bernie and his family is a true testament to the kind of person he was.

Some of those I saw at the visitation included Barry Larkin, Devin Mesoraco, former Reds manager Dave Miley as well as many, many, many more names you’d recognize.

As an aside, I saw some folks at the visitation I hadn’t seen in a long, long time, including the lovely Donzetta Nuxhall and Ginny Kamp and my very first boss at the Reds – Dutch McMullen (former head groundskeeper). It was a shame it had to be on those circumstances, but I was grateful to see some of my favorite people from the past. It’s just like Bernie to do that – make something sad into a celebratory reunion.

Here’s a great a article about Bernie from Terrance Moore.

And how cool is this?!

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It’s no secret that I wear my Reds “fandom” on my sleeve. Working for your hometown team, the team you always rooted for as a child and into adult years will do that to you. There are so many great things to be proud of with this organization, no matter what the standings say. What the Reds do on and off the field and behind the scenes make me proud to be part of all this. The video below is just another example of the Reds’ dedication to the community and to the people in it…

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Want to be part of the Reds Rally Pack?

The Scotts Reds Rally Pack entertainment squad is looking for new members for the 2016 season.

Members of the Scotts Reds Rally Pack are true ambassadors for the Cincinnati Reds both at Great American Ball Park and out in the community.

At the ballpark, the Rally Pack serve as a cheer squad that performs various tasks at all Reds home games including t-shirt launches, birthday package deliveries, prize giveaways and promotions performed live on the ballpark’s video boards.

The Rally Pack also makes appearances at community events and activities around Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Members of the Scotts Reds Rally Pack always bring energy and excitement to every event they attend.

The Reds are currently recruiting for new members to join the 2016 squad. Apply today at reds.com/rallypack.

Responsibilities:
• Interact with fans to get them cheering and engaged in the game
• Execute in-game promotions and entertainment including t-shirt launches, birthday package deliveries, prize giveaways, and other promotions
• Maintain a fun and enthusiastic attitude at all times
• Foster a family friendly environment and work closely with kids
• Work closely with the Reds mascots

Qualifications:
• Must be 19 years or older
• Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays, and be available for a majority of Reds home games
• Must be comfortable performing activities and interacting with fans on camera in front of 40,000+ fans
• Must also be comfortable wearing cheerleader-like attire
• Prior performance or entertainment experience preferred

Tryout information:
• Please complete application online at reds.com/rallypack by Feb. 24
• Only select applicants will be invited to interviews on Feb. 29 through March 3
• Final tryouts are scheduled to be held on March 11
• For more information, please contact Shannon Pratt at (513) 765-7347 or spratt@reds.com.

The Rally Pack is a paid, seasonal position. The Cincinnati Reds are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Don’t forget to check out the latest BOR Podcast with Jack Billingham! I had a great time talking to Jack and he was fantastic recounting his time on the Big Red Machine.

Also, we have two more Better Off Red Baseball Trivia nights at the Holy Grail Banks. Join us the next two Tuesday nights following a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League Show!

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That’s all for now. More in a bit.

Expect good news,

Jamie

MONDAY’S #REDS BASELINE ITEMS; SPRING TRAINING BROADCAST SKED

Greetings BOR readers!

The Reds Caravan came and went, the Super Bowl is over and done and the Reds Spring Training equipment truck will be packed up and headed to Arizona this week.  You know what that means?  BASEBALL!!!

This is truly the time of the year in which I start feeling the baseball itch.  There’s so much I’m looking forward to this year, including some of the following (in no particular order):

  • The new wave of young Reds players coming to big league camp
  • Face-to-face interaction with baseball fans/writers/broadcasters while at work
  • An actual All-Star break
  • Reds Hall of Fame induction weekend
  • Opening Day
  • The game itself
  • Aaron Boone on Sunday Night Baseball
  • Boxscores and scoresheets
  • Batting practice
  • etc, etc, etc

I’m pretty sure I’m leaving out a million other things.  What are YOU most looking forward to?

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It’s taken a little longer than I anticipated getting back into the swing of things since the Caravan ended, so below are a few items/reminders for you to chew on…

The Better Off Red Podcast returns this week with a very special guest!

Better Off Red Baseball Trivia takes place Tuesday (tomorrow) following the 6pm live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League Show at the Holy Grail Banks.  Please join us for all of the fun!

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The Reds and MLB will participate in Black History Month community forum (official announcement below)

Black History Month Community Forum on Economics
At National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Feb. 10

Featuring speakers from African American Chamber of Commerce,
Cincinnati Reds, Major League Baseball and DeFuze It

CINCINNATI (Feb. 8, 2016) — The African American Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati Reds, Major League Baseball and DeFuze It will partner for a Black History Month community forum and networking session on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The Black Businesses Matter: Pathway to Prosperity forum will include an historical look at black-owned businesses and a panel discussion on the economic gaps facing African Americans as well as growth and success strategies for diverse businesses.

Event hosts and keynote speakers include:
Sean Rugless – President & CEO, Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce
Phil Castellini – COO, Cincinnati Reds
Wendy Lewis – Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Strategic Alliances, Major League Baseball
Iris Roley – President, DeFuze It
Rev. Damon Lynch III – Pastor, New Prospect Baptist Church
Michael Battle – Executive Vice President, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Agenda:
• 5:30 p.m.: Doors open to NURFC (free admission)
• 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.: Networking
• 6:15 p.m.: Program begins

Background:
• The foundation of this event began as Cincinnati played host to the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.
• Mr. Castellini, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Foley and Rev. Lynch were part of the “All Lives Matter: A Social Justice Dialogue of Faith, Community and Baseball” diversity summit held during All-Star Week at the Freedom Center.
• The topics of discussion were education, economic development, jobs, health and welfare and criminal justice-related issues.
• Local community and business leaders in attendance expressed interest in continuing to provide a forum to discuss those important matters.
• The African American Chamber became the newest partner to the group through its PROSPER 2016 initiative that brings focus to the economic challenges facing African Americans in our region.

Black Businesses Matter: Pathway to Prosperity
Black History Month Community Forum on Economics
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
5:30 to 8 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Grand Hall
50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Admission is free. RSVP in advance is preferred: http://goo.gl/S3aTn4 or (513) 751-9900.

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CINCINNATI’S DURAN SUSPENDED

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Cincinnati Reds outfielder Juan Duran has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Drostanolone, Stanozolol and Nandrolone, performance-enhancing substances in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Duran will be effective at the start of the 2016 regular season.

Reds’ Statement On Juan Duran’s Suspension

Below is the organization’s response to the 80-game suspension of OF Juan Duran for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

“The Reds fully support Major League Baseball’s drug policy and its penalties. The organization does not condone in any way the use of drugs prohibited under the policy. We will have no further comment.”

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The Reds have hired Lou Piniella to serve in a consulting capacity as a senior advisor to baseball operations. He is expected to spend some time with the team during spring training.

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Here’s the 2016 Reds Spring Training Broadcast Schedule…

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#REDS BASELINE ITEMS: HOT STOVE TONIGHT, CARAVAN TOMORROW

HOT STOVE LEAGUE SHOW TONIGHT!
Tucker Barnhart, Ivan De Jesus Jr., Jesse Winker and Dmitri Young will be on the Reds Hot Stove League Show on 700 WLW & the Reds Radio Network tomorrow/Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. live from the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. The public is invited.

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REDS CARAVAN STARTS TOMORROW!
The 2016 Reds Caravan, presented by Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network, consists of four separate tours traveling over 3,300 miles making stops in five states over four days. The tours kick off TOMORROW (Jan. 28) from the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum and conclude with the “Caravan Finale” on Sunday, Jan. 31 at the Florence Mall.

Travel along with the Caravan buses on Reds.com/Caravan.

2016 Reds Caravan Logo

 

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS: MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CHANGES FOR 2016

The Reds recently announced coaching changes to a few of their minor league affiliates.  Some new and familiar faces take over roles within the organization.  Here’s a rundown…

AA-PENSACOLA: On the heels of leading the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to their first playoff berth, Pat Kelly returns as manager for a second season. Kelly is joined by major league veteran Danny Darwin in his first season as Pensacola’s pitching coach, while Alex Pelaez returns for his third year as the team’s hitting coach.

Advanced-A DAYTONA: Pitching Coach Tom Brown and Hitting Coach Travis “Gookie” Dawkins have joined the staff alongside returning Manager Eli Marrero and Athletic Trainer Kyle Utne. Daytona’s 2015 Pitching Coach, Tony Fossas, has been promoted to Cincinnati Reds Pitching Coordinator.

R-BILLINGS: Ray Martinez will serve as field manager of the Billings Mustangs for the 2016 season. Martinez replaces Dick Schofield, who was promoted to manage the Dayton Dragons of the Class-A Midwest League.

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Don’t forget to join us tonight at the Holy Grail Banks for another tag-team match featuring a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!

The action gets underway at 6pm as Reds reliever J.J. Hoover joins host Jim Kelch for the popular Hot Stove program.  Immediately following, yours truly takes over for another round of baseball trivia.

If you haven’t joined us yet for one of these fun Reds-themed Tuesday nights at Holy Grail, you really should.  It’s a whole bunch of fun with a great atmosphere, not to mention, it’s a great way to get your Reds fix during these cold winter nights.

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Hoping to have two new BOR Podcasts this week in order to help you stay on that treadmill! Stay tuned!

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Just like many of you, I binged on Netflix’s Making a Murderer over the weekend…

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That’s all for now.  More in a bit.

Happy New Year!!

Jamie

POST CHRISTMAS POST

Before we get started with our “Post Chirstmas Post,” I want to recognize some of the great baseball people we lost over the last few days.

First, Reds Hall of Famer Jim O’Toole left us on Saturday at the age of 78.

Reds Hall of Fame Operations Manager Chris Eckes provided us this overview of O’Toole’s career:

A Chicago native who adopted Cincinnati as his hometown after spending nine of his ten Major League seasons as a Red, Jim O’Toole was a fixture at Reds events of all types and sizes throughout his post-playing career. No day was more special to Jim and his expansive family than Opening Day. Jim was the Reds starting pitcher in three Opening Day contests and won two of them. Each year, dozens of members of the O’Toole clan would attend the Reds’ first game of the season.

On December 26, 2015, Jim O’Toole lost his lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, passing away at his home a day after celebrating Christmas with his family. He was 78 years old.

One of the Reds’ top starting pitchers in the 1960s, O’Toole spent only one season in the minor leagues before making his Reds debut in September of 1958. He quickly developed into one of the anchors of a Reds pitching staff that became one of the game’s best.

A left-handed pitcher, O’Toole won at least sixteen games each season from 1961-1964, winning a career high nineteen in the Reds’ 1961 National League Championship season. O’Toole’s victory total ranked third in the National League in 1961 and his ERA of 3.10 was the league’s second best. His performance earned him the starting assignment in Game 1 of the 1961 World Series against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

The starting pitcher for the National League in the 1963 All-Star Game, O’Toole was a 17-game winner that season. He was a 17-game winner again in 1964, posting a career-best 2.66 ERA for a Reds team that finished two games short of winning its second pennant in four seasons.

O’Toole won 94 games over the course of his 1958 – 1966 Reds career, a total bested by only five left-handed pitchers in franchise history. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1970 in his first year of eligibility.

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The baseball world also learned yesterday of the passing of long-time St. Louis sportswriter Joe Strauss.  Joe lost his battle with leukemia at the age of 54.  I’ll always remember Joe as a fixture in the Great American Ball Park pressbox when the Reds hosted the Cardinals.

Although I didn’t know Joe that well, I did appreciate his wit and wisdom and dry sense of humor; and he was always very kind and friendly to those of us in the Reds media relations department.  I know for a fact there a several of us here in Cincinnati who are going to miss Joe.

Braves coach Bobby Dews and former big league star Dave Henderson also left us over the weekend.

My most vivid memory of Dews was watching him while I was on the Reds ground crew tirelessly hit fungos during batting practice.  I don’t think I ever remember an image of Dews without a fungo bat in his hand.  Dews was an icon in the Braves organization and Better Off Red sends its most sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Gosh, how many Dave Henderson baseball cards did I have?  Countless.  That’s how I was first introduced to him and his unique smile.  “Hendu” finally became a real person to me when I saw highlights of him hitting that improbable home run off Donnie Moore in the ALCS so long ago.  He became a player to be wary of (and respected) when he joined the Athletics and squared off against our Reds in the 1990 World Series.  It saddens me that he left us at the young age of 57.  Better Off Red sends its condolences to the family, friends and fans of “Hendu.”

So many of us in and out of the game appreciate what all four of these guys contributed to our great sport and we won’t forget them.  Rest in peace, fellas.

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In happier news, Better Off Red gave you folks an additional few days to participate in the final day of the 2015 Umpteen Days of Christmas.  Our final day randomly-selected winner is Patty Heitzman. She correctly answered that Gimbys and Macys were the competing department stores in the original Miracle on 34th Street.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the 2015 Umpteen Days of Christmas!  It was fun and we had some great prizes to give away, thanks to all of the gracious departments in the Reds front office.

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For those of you who haven’t made it out to the Holy Grail Banks for a Tuesday night filled with Reds Hot Stove League and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia action – you’re really missing out.  Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about…

This past Tuesday (the 22nd) after Marty and Thom hosted a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show and before we took the stage to begin BOR Baseball Trivia, a gentleman named Britt Denny requested a few minutes to propose to his girlfriend, Laura Kelch.  It was our first live marriage proposal!

Laura is the daughter of Reds broadcaster Jim Kelch and I can promise you that Britt did indeed get permission from Jim before popping the question.  It added to a great/memorable night at the Holy Grail Banks.  I hope you’ll join us next Tuesday, January 5th for Reds Hot Stove League/BOR Baseball Trivia!

Britt on kneeling on the right proposes to Laura in the green dress

Britt on kneeling on the right proposes to Laura in the green dress

 

She said yes!

She said yes!

And here’s a photo of Tuesday’s night’s BOR Trivia participants…

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That’s all for now. More in a bit.

Happy holidays and expect good news!

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS; RAFFLE AT THIS WEEK’S BOR TRIVIA

VOTTO FINISHES THIRD IN MVP VOTING

From the BBWAA

From the BBWAA

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JOHNSON, ROMANO, STEPHENSON ADDED TO REDS 40-MAN ROSTER

The Reds have selected the contracts of RHP Stephen Johnson, RHP Sal Romano and RHP Robert Stephenson and signed to a 1-year Major League contract through the 2016 season RHP Blake Wood. The 40-man roster is at 38 players.

Johnson, 24, on August 20 was acquired from the Giants in exchange for OF Marlon Byrd. Johnson was selected by SF in the sixth round of the June 2012 first-year player draft.

Romano, 22, was selected by the Reds in the 23rd round of the June 2011 first-year player draft. He enters the 2016 season rated the ninth-best prospect in the organization.

Stephenson, 22, was selected by the Reds in the first round (27th overall) of the June 2011 first-year player draft. For the third straight season he is rated the organization’s top prospect and in 2015 led all Reds minor league pitchers with 140 strikeouts (140ip).

Wood, 30, spent the 2015 season with the Pirates’ Class AAA affiliate at Indianapolis, where he was a mid-season International League All-Star. He led the IL in saves (29), games finished (46) and highest strikeouts/9 innings ratio among relievers (10.74) while ranking second in the league in apps (57).

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BOR TRIVIA AT HOLY GRAIL BANKS TO FEATURE RAFFLE BENEFITING HERRELL FAMILY

The Reds Hot Stove League show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia returns to the Holy Grail Banks on Tuesday, November 24 (TOMORROW)!

Reds staffers will hold a prize raffle exclusive to those participating in Trivia on Tuesday.  Proceeds will benefit Reds Season Sales Manager Chris Herrell and his family.  Chris is battling Stage IV Lymphoma and everything we can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Let’s all get together Tuesday for the biggest BOR Baseball Trivia yet!

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JOHN FAY ON THIS WEEK’S BOR PODCAST

Long-time Reds beat writer John Fay (@Johnfayman) joins me on this week’s episode of the Better Off Red Podcast! Be sure to tune in this Thursday to Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com).

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