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#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).

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17

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

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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 http://www.indyindians.com for ticket information. That press release is attached.

The full spring training schedule can be found at www.reds.com/spring.

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 reds.com/spring 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 reds.com/springtravel 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.

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STEVE BAUMANN PROMOTED TO REDS HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER
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.

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#REDS NOW AT KENWOOD TOWN CENTRE!; HOT STOVE & TRIVIA TUESDAY AT HOLY GRAIL

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: reds.com/Holiday
• By phone: 513-765-7500
• At the Great American Ball Park administrative offices lobby (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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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!

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

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Thanks to J.J. Osman for the image

 

 

TUESDAY’S #REDS BASELINE ITEMS: TRANSACTIONS, ERVIN

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

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TRAVIESO EARNS ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE WEEK

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PHILLIP ERVIN NEEDS YOUR HELP

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.

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CONGRATS DUSTY

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REDS TRANSACTIONS

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.

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That’s all for now, more in a bit.

Expect good news,

Jamie

MONDAY’S #REDS BASELINE ITEMS: HOT STOVE SCHEDULE, OUTRIGHTS

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

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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

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

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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 pic.twitter.com/pmOpeNCmcT — Josh Shortt (@radioclash77) October 29, 2015

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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:

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That’s all for now. More in a bit!

Expect good news!

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS: BOR PODCAST SET TO DEBUT THURSDAY

The Better Off Red Podcast is set to debut this Thursday on Reds.com, iTunes and right here on Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com).  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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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That’s all for now.  More in a bit.

Expect good news,

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS; CINCINNATI SCOUT HONORED

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Expect good news,

Jamie

‘VACATION’S OVER, PAL!’

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…

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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:
www.redsmuseum.org
• (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.

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

ATTENDANCE

MLB Attendance

 

PACE OF GAME

MLB Pace

INSTANT REPLAY

MLB Instant

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From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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

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

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

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

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MLB AWARDS CALENDAR:

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

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

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

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

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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,

Jamie

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