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Final Spring Game At GABP
Spring Showcase Features Reds vs Futures

The Cincinnati Reds will play their last spring training game in Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park on April 3 as part of a Spring Showcase, giving fans the opportunity to get a first look at the 2012 Reds and see the top players from the organization’s minor league affiliates.

The Spring Showcase begins with an interactive workout prior to the game. Former Cincinnati Reds infielder Doug Flynn (1975-1977) will serve as an on-field host, while select Reds coaches and players will wear microphones and interact with fans during minor league batting practice, minor league infield practice and major league batting practice. 

The Reds vs Futures game between the Major League club and players from the minor league affiliates will include special camera coverage on the scoreboard designed to give fans an unusual perspective on the action. The game will have flexibility to end when all pitchers have been used.

Gates will open at 5:00 p.m.. Interactive workouts will run until the start of the game at 7:00. Minor league players will pose for photographs and sign autographs prior to the game.

“We believe offering this unique access to our final spring training workout and game is the perfect way to kick off Opening Week in Cincinnati,” said Reds Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini.  “Fans are anxious for baseball to begin, and what better way than to allow fans the chance to witness first-hand the hard work being done by our players and coaches in preparation for the season.”

Tickets go on sale to the public at 9am ET on Saturday, February 4 at, by phone at (513) 381-REDS, at the Great American Ball Park box office and at Ticketmaster Outlets, including select Kroger stores.

All seats for this family-friendly event are reduced:
• Bleachers: $5
• Sun Deck/Moon Deck: $10
• Field Box/Infield Box: $17

Tickets for the all-inclusive Diamond Club are $65,
and FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club are $35.

Fans 12 and under will receive free admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

There will be concessions and merchandise discounts throughout the ballpark.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by a fan randomly-picked from the crowd (must be in attendance by 6:45 p.m).

Minor league catcher Tucker Barnhart will receive his 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove Award during pregame ceremonies.


THIS DATE IN REDS HISTORY (courtesy of Redleg Journal by Rhodes & Snyder)

1968 – Ground-breaking ceremonies are held on the future site of Riverfront Stadium.



Here are some extra photos I received from the 2012 Reds Caravan…

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Opening Day First Pitch in Cincinnati in…

  • 2 months, 4 days, 4 hours, 59 minutes
  • 9 weeks, 1.167 days
  • 64.17 days
  • 0.18 years
  • 1,540 hours
  • 92,400 minutes


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Don’t forget, tonight’s Reds Hot Stove League show will be broadcast live from the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum in the Palace of the Fans Theater from 7-8pm ET.  Tonight’s show is open to the public and admission to the HOF is free after 5pm.  If you can’t make it, you can still tune into the show on 700 WLW or online at THIS LINK.


Check this out…

It’s the Scott Rolen Gold Glove replica (presented by Kahn’s) that we’re giving away on May 26 to the first 20,000 fans attending the Reds/Rockies game.  Cool stuff, huh?


Tonight at 10pm ET, MLB Network is revealing’s top 50 prospects.  Tune in to see if any of the Reds farmhands made the list.


Reds host annual ‘Select-A-Seat’ event on Jan. 28

CINCINNATI (January 23, 2012) — Reds fans can choose their seats for the 2012 season at the  annual Select-A-Seat event on Saturday, January 28 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club at Great American Ball Park.

“We invite all Reds fans considering partial or full season tickets to visit the Select-A-Seat event,” said John Davis, Reds Vice President of Ticket Sales. “This is the best way for fans to sit in different seats around the ballpark, determine what locations are right for them and personalize their own Reds experience.”

Beginning at 9:30 am, fans can team up with a Reds ticket sales representative and walk around the ballpark to select their seats for the 2012 season.

At approximately 11 am,  fans can participate in a Q&A with members of the Reds Caravan including Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips, Assistant General Manager Bob Miller, broadcaster and former pitcher Chris Welsh, Reds Hall of Famer Lee May and minor league catcher Tucker Barnhart.

Fans purchasing a season plan of 20 games or more will have the chance to meet the Caravan members and receive a signed baseball.

Select-A-Seat admission is free and cash parking is available in the Great American Ball Park garage.

Seating for the Q&A is limited.

For more information on ticket plans, visit or call (513) 765-7500.


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Johnny Cueto was at Great American Ball Park today working out with Reds Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Matt Krause.  Johnny and Matt also tossed outside on the field.

Johnny says he’s feeling great.  He was working up a pretty good sweat, so I didn’t want to bother him too much with small talk.


And on that note…


  • 2 months, 16 days, 6 hours and 23 minutes
  • 10 weeks, 6.225 days
  • 76.22 days
  • 0.21 years
  • 1,829 hours
  • 109,764 minutes


Wednesday’s Hot Stove League show will be broadcast live from the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum in the Palace of the Fans Theatre from 7-8pm ET.  Admission to the HOF is free after 5pm and open to the general public. 

If you can’t make it for the live broadcast, tune into 700 WLW or listen online by USING THIS LINK


Reds Caravan Poster #10…

Be sure to collect all of the numbered unofficial Reds Caravan posters right here on BOR.   And don’t forget, you can join in on the fun by sending me ( your very own specially-designed poster. If it’s good and in good taste, I’ll post it right here on BOR.

Here’s one with a Jersey Shore Theme, courtesy of Gary Sweeney and Tony Laurenzana

That’s right up Frazier’s alley.


I’ll have more in a bit.

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If you missed it yesterday – the Reds avoided arbitration by signing to 1-year contracts through the 2012 season RHP Homer Bailey, LHP Bill Bray and IF Paul JanishRHP Jose Arredondo and RHP Nick Masset are the only remaining Reds players eligible for arbitration.


Reds Caravan Poster #6

Be sure to collect all of the “unofficial” Reds Caravan posters right here on BOR.

And if you want to send in your very own specially-designed Caravan poster, email it to me at If it’s good and in good taste, I’ll post it right here on the blog.


Our man Rich Linville recently took part in the brand new MLB Network game show called Baseball IQ. He took some time to send in a full report (and photos). Enjoy…

I can’t tell you how I did, of course, but I will say the game is challenging. Oftentimes, you can’t believe how obvious the answers are, after they give them to you.

One of the pictures is the wall of signatures from players & other celebs who have visted the studio. I was looking for Johnny Bench or Joe Morgan and the 1st name I saw was Regis Philbin. Also, there is a closeup of Barry Larkin’s signature that he signed last week after he was elected to the Hall of Fame.

One hallway is lined with pictures of the MLB Network analysts. I took a photo of Sean Casey’s pic.

The other 2 pics are from the studio, after our show when the lights were turned off.

The people at the network have been really nice. Being in a place that is nothing but baseball is awesome. Truly an unforgettable experience.



Tune in to MLB Network to see how Rich faired in his appearance on Baseball IQ. Two new episodes will air every Tuesday through Thursday at 9 p.m. ET from Jan. 24 through Feb. 23, leading up to the start of Spring Training — 31 episodes in all.


That’s all for now.  I’ll have more in a bit.

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Good morning, Fonzies!

First off, happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  

Let’s get things started today with Reds Caravan Poster #4.  Remember, you can collect them all right here on BOR. 


I showed this to Marty over the weekend and he approved…but added  – “you are demented.” 

And my main man Tim Carper from Grayson, Kentucky’s WUGO Radio submitted his version of  a Caravan poster…

I love it!

If you’d like to put together a 2012 Reds Caravan poster, I’d love to see it. If it’s good and in good taste, I’ll post it right here on BOR.  Email it to me at 


Reds minor league catching prospect Tucker Barnhart (who will be traveling with the South Tour on the Carvan) sent me information on a charity football game that will take place in April, benefitting Alzheimer’s research

For more information, CLICK HERE or tweet @IndyBvB.


THIS DATE IN REDS HISTORY (courtesy of Redleg Journal by Rhodes & Snyder)

1913:  The Reds purchase Three Finger Brown from the Cubs.

The future Hall of Fame pitcher had a career record of 195-95 when he arrived in Cincinnati.  Although he was past his prime, Brown was one of the few bright spots on the Reds staff in 1913, winning 11 games and posting a 2.91 ERA.  Brown is arguably the first Red to be used as a relief specialist.  He started 16 games but appeared in 39; in his 23 relief appearances, he picked up six saves, suggesting that new manager Joe Tinker used Brown to salvage wins.


For those of you in the Cincinnati area, stop by the Holy Grail tomorrow night from 6-7pm ET  for another action-packed edition of the Reds Hot Stove League, hosted by Mercury Marty

I’ll be there and would love to say hi to ya.


Received word from Zach Bongreatness that the South Bus of the Reds Caravan (aka, “The Rock Star Tour”) will be responsible for 1,118.4 of the 2,752.9 total miles traveled.  That’s about right.

The North Bus is expected to travel 818.6 miles while the West Bus is going to take it easy this year with a paltry 815.9 miles.

Once again, we’re counted on to pick up the slack.  Shameful.



2 months, 20 days and 5 hours

2 months, 20.17 days

11 weeks, 3.169 days

80.17 days

0.22 years

1,924 hours

115,443 minutes


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I’d feel a lot more frightened by Friday the 13th if it were a Monday….

…and no, I don’t steal my material from Garfield.


Reds Caravan Poster #3.  Collect them all right here on Better Off Red!

And if you have a Caravan poster you’d like to share, email it to me at  If it’s good and in good taste, I’ll post it right here on BOR.


My favorite baseball writer, Meggie Zahneis, wrote a pretty cool piece on her experience covering her first press conference – the Barry Larkin presser at GABP.  CLICK HERE to read it. 


As mentioned yesterday here on BOR, the Reds’ Rich Linville will be competing on the brand new MLB Network gameshow, Baseball IQ

Today the Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter wrote a nice story on Rich.  CLICK HERE to read it.


THIS DATE IN REDS HISTORY (thanks to Redleg Journal by Rhodes & Snyder)

1988:  The Reds deal Nick Esasky and Rob Murphy to the Red Sox for Todd Benzinger, Jeff Sellars and Luis Vasquez.



  • 2 months, 23 days and 3 hours
  • 11 weeks, 6.096 days
  • 83.1 days
  • 119658 minutes
  • 1994 hours


Finally, I hope you got a chance to check out my guest blog post this morning for Paul Daugherty’s The Morning Line.  I had a good time with it.  Go HERE to read it.


That’s all for now.  I’ll have more in a bit.

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Reds Caravan Limited Edition Poster #2, hot off the presses.  Collect them all right here on Better Off Red


It didn’t take long for the Caravan poster craze to catch on…

Knowing that I’m probably only going to create and post Southern Leg Tour posters, BOR reader Jason Lawrence, who’ll be attending a North Tour stop, took it upon himself to create a couple of brilliant posters advertising the Northern boys. Here they are…

I can confirm that a few members of the Reds Front Office laughed out loud when they saw the one featuring Thom Brennaman.  Nice job, Jason!

If you folks would like to contribute to the Caravan Poster craze, feel free to email your works of art to me at  If they’re well done and in good taste, I’ll post them here on BOR.


There’s some talk about broadcasting a few 2012 Spring Training games exclusively on the internet.  I’m throwing my hat into the ring for color commentator.  If you support that idea, show us by taking it to Twitter with the hashtag #BetterOffSaid. (tongue firmly in cheek on that one). 


Today I’m introducing what I hope will be a regular feature here on BOR.  I’m calling it my week’s Favorite Five. 

This week, I’m listing my favorite five Twitter follows…in no particular order.

  • @IrishEyes1982
  • @Laurie_PDX
  • @LisaBraun
  • @OldHossRadbourn
  • @MoEgger1530

Check back next week for five more favorites.


I’ll have more stuff in a bit.  Thanks so much for logging on.  You folks are the best.

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As you can imagine, it’s been a pretty busy day at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way…

In addition to the “news” that you may have heard, we’re also prepping for today’s 5pm ET Barry Larkin press conference in the Great American Ball Park Champions Club.  I’ll be posting all kinds of photos from the event right here on BOR.  You can watch the press conference on local television (if you live in the Tri-State area), Fox Sports Ohio,, or you can listen live on 700 WLW


This afternoon at 3:45pm ET, I’ll be appearing on Dayton’s 980 WONE-AM.  Tune in or log on.


And I’ve taken it upon myself to create a few Reds Caravan posters to help promote the upcoming winter tour.  I’ll be posting a few of these periodically.  Collect them all!

Whichever Caravan leg you attend (North, South or West), you’re encouraged to bring signs and/or wear t-shirts supporting that specific tour.  If you do so, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be featured here on BOR. 

There’s a friendly rivalry among the tour busses, so any and all support that you show for your favorite will surely be noted!


That’s all for now, I’ll have more in a bit.

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St. Louis’ Keith Hernandez was Tom Seaver’s 3,000th strikeout victim.  

For correctly answering, Jamie Christy (@JamieChristyc7) has been randomly selected as this week’s winner.  Jamie will receive a brand new Better Off Red limited edition t-shirt and a mystery prize from BOR Headquarters.  Congrats Jamie!

Didn’t win?  Don’t sweat it.  We’ll play again next week.


And speaking of Better Off Red t-shirts, do you remember me asking you folks to send in photos of you wearing ‘em? 

If you have a BOR shirt – and by this time, you probably do – put it on and take a photo of yourself and email it to me at .  I’ll post it right here on the blog. 

Here are a couple that I’ve already received…

Kara Silver with Reds minor league catcher Tucker Barnhart

Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Norris at Niagara Falls


If you haven’t heard, pitchers and catchers report to the Reds’ Player Development Complex in Goodyear, Arizona on Sunday, February 19. After physical examinations, they will work out later that afternoon. Position players will report Friday, February 24 and following physicals will work out that afternoon.

Basically what I’m saying is,  we’re going to have some baseball activity in 45 days! Or if you prefer, 1 month and 14 days – 6 weeks and 3 days – 31 weekdays.

Excited yet?


Lots of you are asking for the schedule of the 2012 Reds Caravan that will take place January 26-29.  As soon as we’re finished finalizing a few things, we’ll let you know the deets right here on BOR and on


That’s all I got for right now.  I’ll have more in a bit.

Thanks for logging on!  I really appreciate it. 

Go Reds!

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—-Happy holidays, everyone!  I hope you’re all enjoying the Umpteen Days of Christmas.  It has certainly been fun giving away all of those cool gifts.  (You only have a couple of “umpteen” days left to win a prize, so good luck!)

—-Be sure to stop by the Holy Grail tonight at 6 for the Reds Hot Stove League.  I’d love to see you all there so I can personally thank you for supporting the Reds and BOR.

If you can’t make it tonight for the live broadcast, HERE’s the link for you to listen to the program online.  I’m going to try and get Little Orphan Marty to say “Be Sure to Drink Your Ovaltine” over the air. 

—-I’ve been giving out Better Off Red shirts for a long time, now.  I’d love to see photos of you folks wearing them!  Send me the photos via email ( and I’ll post them here on the blog.

That’s BOR fan Tony Arno showing off his Better Off Red shirt at a Buffalo Sabres hockey game.  Tony’s a big Sabres fan and they won that night over the Maple Leafs, so maybe the shirt is good luck?!


Here’s the current Reds 40-man roster (roster is at 37)

Pitchers (16)
33 – Jose Arredondo
61 – Bronson Arroyo
34 – Homer Bailey
45 – Bill Bray
54 – Aroldis Chapman
47 – Johnny Cueto
46 – Carlos Fisher
xx – Mat Latos
44 – Mike Leake
63 – Sam LeCure
xx – Kyle Lotzkar
40 – Nick Masset
66 – Logan Ondrusek
62 – Jordan Smith
xx – Pedro Villarreal
30 – Travis Wood

Catchers (2)
29 – Ryan Hanigan
39 – Devin Mesoraco

Infielders (13)
43 – Miguel Cairo
2 – Zack Cozart
25 – Juan Francisco
21 – Todd Frazier
xx – Didi Gregorius
7 – Paul Janish
71 – Kristopher Negron
4 – Brandon Phillips
xx – Henry Rodriguez
27 – Scott Rolen
xx – Neftali Soto
3 – Chris Valaika
19 – Joey Votto

Outfielders (6)
32 – Jay Bruce
28 – Chris Heisey
xx – Donald Lutz
xx – Denis Phipps
17 – Dave Sappelt
6 – Drew Stubbs


Finally, who says we don’t have fun around here in the offices? 

Check out our guy Patrick McGrath posing in his Irish Christmas Shrine.  That sweatshirt he’s wearing used to be his mom’s (he took the shoulder pads out)….

And I have to give credit where credit is due. Yesterday as I was dilligently writing minor league bios for the 2012 Reds Media Guide, I began getting calls and emails from my fellow employees in regards to a Christmas card that I apparently sent around to everyone in the Reds administration building. The only problem was – I didn’t send out a greeting card to everyone in the Reds administration building.

I was the victim of a prank by my arch nemesis Zach Bonkowski. Here’s the card in question….

Funny? Yeah, a little.  Inspirational? Absolutely.  I’m now inspired for revenge.  I think Zach has forgotten that a couple of years ago, before he went on one of his many vacations, he asked me to house-sit for him.  He gave me the keys to his home.  I still have those keys.  And, I received permission yesterday from the Reds Human Resources Department that I won’t be punished for any retribution served off Reds property.  Let the games begin!


That’s all for now.  Be back with more later.

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