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In case you missed the Reds in Houston over the weekend, Billy Hamilton put on a display in center field that would’ve made Willie Mays proud. Check out the videos below…


Reds and Pirates makeup game set for Sept. 17

Makeup from rainout on May 10 will be played at 12:10 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader

CINCINNATI (June 17, 2016) — The Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game at Great American Ball Park from May 10 that was postponed due to rain will be made up on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12:10 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader.

To accommodate the make-up game, the start time for the game originally scheduled on Sept. 17 at 4:10 p.m. vs. the Pirates has been moved to 6:10 p.m. The Reds Stein giveaway to the first 25,000 fans will be distributed prior to the 6:10 p.m. game.

Reds vs. Pirates day-night doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
• Game 1: 12:10 p.m. (make-up from May 10)
• Game 2: 6:10 p.m. (originally scheduled for 4:10 p.m.)

Fans holding tickets from the May 10 rainout game may present their same ticket at the gates for the Sept. 17 12:10 p.m. game, with no exchange necessary.

Tickets to May 10 may also be exchanged for a remaining 2016 regular season home game (exclusions apply), subject to availability.

Ticket exchanges can also be made at the Great American Ball Park ticket windows.

For fans that ordered tickets online at or by phone through Ticketmaster, please contact Ticketmaster customer service at 1-800-745-3000.

Full rainout information can be found at


Over the weekend the Reds signed their 19th-round pick of the 2016 draft, RHP Matthew Blandino (no relation to Reds prospect Alex Blandino)

The Reds have now inked 18 of their 41 picks, including each of those selected in the first four rounds.


From our friends with the Louisville Bats


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Bats outfielder Scott Schebler was named the International League Batter of the Week, the league announced on Monday. Schebler joins Daniel Wright (Pitcher of the Week, May 16-22) and Jermaine Curtis (Player of the Month, April), as award winners this season. Schebler is the first Louisville Bat to win the Batter of the Week award since Yorman Rodriguez from June 22-28 last season.

Schebler hit .318 with two home runs and nine RBI for the week. He also tied for the IL lead in total bases (18) and extra-base hits (5). Three of his four triples this season came last week and all in consecutive games from June 13-15, becoming the first Bat to triple in three straight since Norris Hopper from April 24-26, 2009 at Toledo.



The Redlegs are 8-3 over their last 11 games.  Tonight, against the Cardinals, they’ll try to even their home record to 16-16.  The forecast calls for clear skies with a gametime temperature of 75.  In other words, a perfect night for a ballgame on the river.

You can get into the ballpark tonight for as low as 7 bucks (click HERE).


This is well worth another look…


From the department of “Expect Good News”

  • Reds hitters have a Batting Average of .359 (52-for-145) against righties over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .249)
  • Reds hitters are slugging .662 (129 total bases in 195 AB’s) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .425)
  • Reds hitters have an OPS of 1.059 (216 PA’s) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .749)
  • Jay Bruce is slugging .722 (65 total bases in 90 AB’s) in the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 3rd of 215 full-time players; League Avg: .429)
  • Brandon Phillips is hitting .385 (10-for-26) with two strikes in the past 14 days (10 games). (MLB Rank: 2nd of 152 full-time players; League Avg: .180)
  • Eugenio Suarez has a .909 Slugging Pct (20 total bases in 22 AB’s) over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 6th of 217 full-time players; League Avg: .427)
  • Reds hitters have a Batting Average of .359 (52-for-145) against righties over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: .249)
  • Jay Bruce’s OPS is 1.106 (99 PA’s) in the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 4th of 215 full-time players; League Avg: .754)


More in a bit!



Let’s talk about Adam Duvall.  In yesterday’s game against the Rockies at Coors Field, Duvall belted 2 home runs to give him 13 on the season (tied for 4th in the NL).  He’s having a fantastic month of May, batting .301 with 11 homers, 24 RBI, a .327 on-base pct. and .720 slugging pct.

Perhaps we could see another Red in the Home Run Derby this year?  (hint: Vote Duvall)

Duvall came to the Reds last season from San Francisco along with Giants’ top prospect RHP Keury Mella in exchange for Mike Leake.  Leake made 9 starts for the Giants before leaving as a free agent.  Mella, 22, is 4-4 this season with a 2.64 ERA in 10 starts with Class-A Daytona.

As for Duvall, my friends at Inside Edge provided a list of remarkable stats for Duvall:

He has a 1.043 SLG (24 total bases in 23 AB’s) over the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 2nd of 224 full-time players; League Avg: .435)

He has 11 HR on 32 Flyballs (34.4% HR/FLY) over the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: this leads MLB of 103 full-time players; League Avg: 13.1%)

He has an OPS of 1.418 (24 PA’s) in the past 7 days. (MLB Rank: 4th of 228 full-time players; League Avg: .761)

He has 26 Extra-Base hits out of 42 total hits (61.9% Extra-Base Hit Pct) this season. (MLB Rank: 4th of 215 full-time players; League Avg: 34.9%)

He has homered once every 4.6 at bats over the past 7 days. (NL Rank: 1st of 67 full-time players; League Avg: 26.9)

He is hitting .355 (11-for-31) on breaking pitches over the past 30 days. (MLB Rank: 12th of 125 full-time players; League Avg: .223)

His Line Drive Pct is 29.4% (15/51) against fastballs this year. (MLB Rank: 13th highest of 218 full-time players; League Avg: 21.8%)


Congratulations to Aaron Johnson, who was randomly chosen as the winner of Thursday’s haiku contest!  He wins a BOR t-shirt (XL) and a Joey Votto Super Bobblehead!

We’ll give you more chances this week to win some cool stuff from BOR Headquarters, so stay tuned!


Apologies for being late on this.   Juan Dorado submitted another fantastic Reds Minor League Spotlight, dated Friday, May 27:

The Cincinnati Reds affiliates had another solid week on the diamond, recording a 12-15 mark on the week. Louisville finished the week 3-3, Pensacola recorded a 3-4 mark, and Daytona won 4 of 7 while Dayton went 2-5.

Despite going under .500 on the week, the Double-A affiliate of the Reds is tied for first place in the Southern League South standings with the Biloxi Shuckers. Jackson Stephens has been brilliant for the Blue Wahoos. In his last two starts, he has gone 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 12 innings. He fanned 11 batters and he was the starting pitcher on May 20th, when three Wahoos’ hurlers combined to toss a 7-inning no-hitter at Jacksonville. Stephens tossed five scoreless while Matt Magill and Carlos Gonzalez each tossed one hitless inning in the 6-0 victory.

Although, Stephens was on top of his game last week, he was outshined by the International Pitcher of the Week Daniel Wright. The right-hander was awarded the IL weekly award on Monday after tossing a complete game, 3-hitter against Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He had his contract purchased by the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday and Wright made his ML debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. He tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits in a losing effort.

While the pitching staff keeps dealin’ at the higher levels, Blake Trahan continues to get on base for the Daytona Tortugas. The infielder extended his on-base streak to 31 games on Wednesday afternoon. He has surpassed the 30-game mark set by Bryan Haar (Fort Myers) and Jiwan James (Lakeland) in 2015. Since 2010, there have only been 10 players in the Florida State League with longer on-base streaks than Trahan.

Robbie Grossman 42 2011 Bradenton
Elevys Gonzalez 41 2012 Bradenton
Harold Garcia 40 2010 Clearwater
Robbie Grossman 37 2011 Bradenton
Abraham Almonte 36 2011 Tampa
Logan Watkins 36 2011 Daytona (Cubs)
Kevin Nolan 36 2012 Dunedin
Cam Moran 35 2014 St. Lucie
Brain Van Kirk 36 2011 Dunedin
Alden Carrithers 32 2010 Lakeland
Alfredo Lopez 31 2013 Jupiter
Blake Trahan 31 2016 Daytona

Dayton had a tough week as they have dropped their last 5 games. However, Luis Gonzalez and Tyler Stephenson had big weeks at the plate. In the last week, Gonzalez hit .500 (10-for-20) with two doubles and four RBI. He has an active hitting streak of seven games. Stephenson had his 6-game hitting streak snapped last night with a 0-for-5 performance, but prior to that he was hitting .346 (9-for-26) with a homer 7 RBI during his streak. Since returning from the DL, Stephenson is hitting .250 (12-for-48) with eight runs scored and seven RBI in 12 games.

RED Bites: Sal Romano struck out a season-high nine batters on Thursday night… Jon Moscot tossed six scoreless frames for the Louisville Bats. He recorded his first win of the year… Former Dayton Dragon Franderlin Romero was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for two international slot picks…

With the first half ending in a few weeks, the Cincinnati Reds affiliates look to improve on their overall 85-103 mark.


We’ll have more in a bit!

Expect good news,



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.


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


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


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


And speaking of prizes…

I’ve got this…



and this…


…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!


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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.


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…

Minor League


Folks, this is an amazing deal…


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.


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,



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.


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)


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.


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


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.


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,




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



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
• FOX Sports GO is currently available for iOS, Android, Android TV, Fire tablets and Fire phones, select Windows devices, and online at Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store.


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





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.


That’s all for now!

More in a bit.

Expect good news,




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?!



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…


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

• 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

• 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 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

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


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!


That’s all for now. More in a bit.

Expect good news,



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?


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!


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

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

• 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: or (513) 751-9900.



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.”


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.


Here’s the 2016 Reds Spring Training Broadcast Schedule…

ST Broadcast Schedule


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.


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

2016 Reds Caravan Logo



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