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From the BBWAA

From the BBWAA



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).



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!



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 (


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



Reds release 2016 Cactus League schedule
Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 18; spring training games start March 1 at Goodyear Ballpark; April 2 game vs Pirates in Indianapolis

CINCINNATI (Nov. 17, 2015) — The Cincinnati Reds have announced their 2016 Cactus League exhibition schedule.

Pitchers and catchers will report to their complex in Goodyear, Arizona on February 18 and will work out later that afternoon. Position players will report February 23 and will work out later that afternoon.

The Reds open 2016 spring training with three games against Ohio rival Cleveland Indians March 1-3 at Goodyear Ballpark.

The Reds will play 33 exhibition games during spring training, including 18 at Goodyear Ballpark.

The home schedule features the World Series Champion Kansas City on March 15, San Francisco Giants on March 4, Arizona Diamondbacks on March 20, Chicago Cubs on March 22 and night games against the Seattle Mariners on March 12 and Milwaukee Brewers on March 28.

The Reds will wrap up the 2016 Cactus League schedule on Thursday, March 31 vs. the Indians then travel to Indianapolis for an exhibition game on April 2 with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians of the International League. Visit for ticket information. That press release is attached.

The full spring training schedule can be found at

Spring Training Ticket Information
Deposits are currently being accepted for 2016 Spring Training season ticket plans. Full season (all Reds and Indians home games) and half season (all Reds home games) ticket plans are available.

Group tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) and three-game mini plans go on sale Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. MST. With mini-plans, fans are able to combine Reds and Indians home games to make up the perfect spring training getaway.

Flex Ticket Books
After a successful debut in 2015, Flex Ticket Books return again for 2016. Purchase booklets of either 10 Infield Box or Outfield Box discount ticket vouchers. Redeem vouchers at Goodyear Ballpark Box Office for any spring training home game and save $2 per ticket.

Individual game tickets go on sale Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. MST.

Complete ticket details can be found at or by calling the Goodyear Ballpark Ticket Office at (623) 882-3130.

FanFest, Fireworks & Inside the Ropes Tours
Catch the 3rd annual Goodyear Ballpark FanFest following the Reds vs. Indians game on March 26. Activities include autograph sessions, inflatables, baseball skills challenges and more. For ticket information contact the Goodyear Ballpark Ticket Office at (623) 882-3130.

Don’t miss the Fireworks Spectacular following the Reds vs. Mariners game on Saturday, March 12.

Sports Marketing USA offers “inside the ropes” tour packages that include a pregame tour of the Reds Player Development Complex and a visit with a Reds baseball personality. More information can be found at or by calling (800) 892-7687.

Note: Arizona’s time zone is the Mountain Standard Time (MST) zone, which is currently two hours behind Cincinnati. Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time and after March 12, 2016 Arizona will be three hours behind Cincinnati.


Club Announces Major League Medical Staff

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty today announced the promotion of Steve Baumann to head athletic trainer for the Major League club.

Assistant athletic trainer Tomas Vera and strength and conditioning coordinator Sean Marohn will return to the Reds’ medical staff. They will be joined by new assistant athletic trainer Jimmy Mattocks, who was promoted from Class AAA Louisville.

Baumann, 38, spent the previous 11 seasons as the club’s assistant athletic trainer. Following a summer internship with the Major League team, the local native and University of Cincinnati graduate joined the organization full-time in November 1999 and worked at rookie Billings (2000-02), Class AA Chattanooga (2003) and Louisville (2004) before he was hired as an assistant by Cincinnati in time for the 2005 season.

Mattocks, 33, has been in the organization’s player development department for 10 years, including the last 5 seasons as head athletic trainer at Louisville. He also served in that capacity for Reds affiliates at Billings, Class A Dayton and Chattanooga.

The 2016 season will be Vera’s sixth on the Major League medical staff and Marohn’s third.




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




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.

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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 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?


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


Some good news in Reds land today…

West coast cross checker Jeff Barton has been named this year’s recipient of the Scout of the Year Award for the West Region.

The Scout of the Year Award honors a lifetime of scouting excellence.  Jeff received the most votes in the history of the award.  He will be honored at a banquet at this year’s winter meetings in Nashville.


Congratulations to kcnaeou1978, who was randomly chosen as this week’s Baseline Items prize winner!

kc’s question was:

What do you see are the biggest missing pieces for the Reds to get back to playoffs?

To answer, I’d like to see the team solidify its bullpen, add some power to the bench and continue to be creative in adding “analytic-friendly” players with “high-character” players.

Many of you had great questions and comments on Tuesday’s blog post.  I’ll continue to answer/address here on BOR in the coming days.  Thanks for the participation!


From the Reds 2015 Season in Review…

SETTING RECORDS: Joey Votto established modern franchise records for walks (143), number of games reaching base at least twice (107) and total number of times reaching base via hit, walk or HBP (319)…he broke his own records, all set in 2013 (135 walks, 105g reaching twice, 316 total times on base)…from 7/10-7/28, he reached base safely at least twice via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 15 consecutive apps, also a single-season franchise record (24-48, .500, 4 2b, 4hr, 9rbi, 17bb, 2hbp, .833slg, .642obp)…the club’s previous single-season mark of 13 such games was shared by Joe Kelley (1903), Johnny Temple (1958), Pete Rose (1967) and Adam Dunn (2002)…from 8/11-10/2, Votto reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP in 48 consecutive games (55-154, .357, .528obp), tying Pete Rose’s single-season modern franchise record (6/12-8/2, 1978)…Votto’s 48-game on-base streak was the longest single-season streak in the Major Leagues since Kevin Millar reached safely in 52 straight in 2007 (6/20-8/25) and the longest in the NL since Barry Bonds’ 58-game streak in 2003…Votto reached base safely in 144 of his 158 apps overall, 2 shy of his 2013 single-season club record of 146g…he led the Major Leagues in all of the above statistical references.


Hope to have a big Better Off Red announcement soon.  Keep your eyes (and ears) open!

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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 – – 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,
• 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,




Todd Frazier, who was in the original lineup, has been scratched.  More information forthcoming.  In the meantime, here’s tonight’s lineup:



From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies tonight the Reds Community Fund will welcome and recognize members of their board & volunteer leaders of their numerous youth baseball and softball outreach programs. Also tonight the RCF will receive donations in the amount of $5,000 from Sargento & Kroger as part of their “Kroger K’s Program” and $28,000 from Mike’s Carwash as part of their season-long “BowTie Tuesday” promotion.

Tonight the Rotary Club of Cincinnati will honor Dr. Henry Heimlich in recognition of lifetime of achievements by presenting him with the Paul Harris Fellowship, named after the founder of the Rotary International.

Tonight’s Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero will be done In Memoriam for Master Sergeant Corey Hood. MSGT Hood died in a tragic accident earlier this summer at the Chicago Air & Water Show. Corey was a Lakota West High School grad and served in Iraq & Afghanistan prior to joining the Army’s Golden Knights parachute demonstration team. We will be joined at tonight’s game by dozens of Corey’s friends and family members, as well as his wife Lyndsay – who will stand in for Corey during our Hometown Hero moment.

As part of a Military Appreciation Night at Great American Ball Park, we will have a post-Anthem flyover conducted by the 77th Weapons Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base. The flyover will be performed using a B-1 bomber flown by Major Kevin Johnson, a Lakota West High School grad, and his crew.



11th Annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic raised $230,000

CINCINNATI (Sept. 29, 2015) — The Reds Community Fund announced today the 11th annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, which took place at Belterra Casino Resort on Sept. 27 & 28, raised $230,000 for the Reds Community Fund.

Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, over 40 celebrities and 170 golfers participated in this year’s event that included two golf scrambles and a Sunday night dinner and comedy show.

This year’s special guest was Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.

Since its inception in 2005, the Marty Brennaman Golf Classic has raised nearly $2,400,000 to support the baseball and softball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

The event was sponsored by CBTS with additional support from Cintas, Belterra Casino Resort and Prestige AV & Creative Services.

The Sunday night dinner and program was hosted by Jim Day and Fox Sports Ohio.

Following the dinner, guests enjoyed a comedy show in Belterra’s CenterStage Showroom featuring comedians Josh Sneed, Dave Dyer and Todd Yohn.



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



In light of what happened in the Nationals’ dugout yesterday, there was a Twitter discussion today on “clubhouse chemistry” and whether or not it has an effect on the success of a team.  So, let me pose the question to you:



The Reds are in DC this afternoon to take on the Nationals at 3:05pm.  Today’s game is the makeup of the July 8 contest that was postponed due to wet grounds and the threat of rain.  The Redlegs will return to GABP tomorrow to begin the final home series of the season – a 3-game set against the Cubs.

Here’s today’s lineup at Washington:




In yesterday’s 8-1 loss vs New York, Joey Votto went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 44 straight games. It’s the longest such current streak in the Majors.

Overall this season, Joey has reached base safely in 139 of his 152 appearances.

With 7 games remaining in the season, Votto is trying to join Barry Bonds (4x), Ted Williams (3x) and Babe Ruth (2x) as the only players in Major League history to hit at least .300 (.318) with 30 home runs (29) and 150 walks (140).



Plenty of photos continue to come in to Better Off Red Headquarters from the CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic currently taking place at Belterra Casino and Resort.  Here are a few courtesy of my pal Michael “Mando” Anderson




















The Reds claimed off waivers from the Indians OF Tyler Holt and transferred to the 60-day disabled list IF/OF Kristopher Negron.



In pre-game ceremonies yesterday the Reds recognized Dick Maus, who is retiring after helping bring games into the homes of Reds fans for more than 5 decades. Dick worked for 700 WLW Radio from 1961-75 and since 1979 has been a part of the Reds TV crew.

Dick Maus and family on the field for pregame ceremonies 9/27/15

Dick Maus and family on the field for pregame ceremonies 9/27/15

Dick is widely considered among his peers here at GABP as the kindest, sweetest man around.  He’s certainly going to be missed here at the ballpark.

On behalf of those here at BOR, best wishes, Dick!


As the season winds down, there’s still a lot of prizes to be given away here on Better Off Red, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

That’s all for now! More in a bit.

Expect good news!



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