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Today is Jersey Day in Cincinnati!  Celebrate the Reds today by wearing your favorite jersey (Bonus points if it’s a New Jersey native Todd Frazier jersey!).

Tweet @Jamieblog photos of you wearing your Reds jersey with the hashtag #JerseyDayCin and you may end up right here on Better Off Red!



A few Reds programming notes:

The Reds/Cubs game on Sunday, June 14 has been picked up by ESPN and will be broadcast as a national Sunday Night Baseball game (8:08pm ET).  This means that game will not air on Fox Sports Ohio.

Fox Sports Ohio has picked up the second game of the Wednesday, July 22nd doubleheader vs. the Cubs.  That game is scheduled to air on FSO at 6:10pm ET.

The June 20th game vs. the Marlins is now a 7:10pm ET game (Fox Sports Ohio).


If you’re sticking around for the Fireworks Show following tonight’s Reds/Nationals game at GABP, the theme will feature a “Player At-Bat ” soundtrack.


From today’s Reds Gamenotes…

The Reds’ current starting rotation includes 3 rookies, all of whom have made at least 3 starts (RHP Anthony DeSclafani 9gs, RHP Michael Lorenzen 4gs, RHP Raisel Iglesias 3gs)…2010 was the last time the Reds finished a season with 3 rookies who made at least 3 starts (RHP Mike Leake 22gs, LHP Travis Wood 17gs, RHP Sam LeCure 6gs).


Reds and P&G partner for new video board
at Great American Ball Park

90’x30’ LED screen to debut in time for the All-Star Game

CINCINNATI (May 28, 2015) — A second LED video board will be added to Great American Ball Park in time for the 86th MLB All-Star Game, thanks to the continued partnership between the Cincinnati Reds and Procter & Gamble.

The video display, which if laid flat would span the entire length from home plate to first base, allows fans with obstructed views to the existing scoreboard a new direct line of sight to all the digital action.

P&G, a long-time partner with the Reds, is providing financial support for the scoreboard which will also feature some of P&G’s great American brands such as Tide, Charmin and Pampers. Construction is kicking off this week.

“We are proud to partner with P&G on this project and excited to showcase the extensive brand portfolio of this iconic global company,” said Bob Castellini, Reds President and CEO. “We are grateful P&G continues to honor its local roots by supporting projects such as this.”

The Reds and P&G have a longstanding partnership. Many of P&G’s popular brands are already featured around Great American Ball Park, and most recently the Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, sponsored by P&G, opened in the Roselawn neighborhood.

“As a company focused on delighting consumers every day, we’re thrilled to create a partnership between America’s favorite brands, Great American Ball Park and our hometown Cincinnati Reds to enhance the fan experience,” said P&G Chairman and CEO A.G. Lafley. “As Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game puts Cincinnati on the worldwide stage, we’re proud to show P&G’s strong commitment to the Reds.”

The new Daktronics LED video display will be installed above the Sun Deck/Moon Deck seats in right field, complementing the existing main video board above left field.

Once the board is installed, about 7,500 seats that have limited or obstructed views of the main scoreboard will directly benefit from the new video display.

The installation of the new video board is scheduled to be completed later this summer in time for the MLB All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park.

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves nearly five billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.


Lineups in a bit.

Expect good news!





Down on the farm…

Last night for AA-Pensacola, RHP Robert Stephenson struck out 11 of the 21 batters he faced (4.2ip, 2h, 2r/2er, 5bb) as the Blue Wahoos were defeated by Jacksonville in extra-innings, 8-6.  Over his last 4 starts, Stephenson is holding batters to a .187 batting average (22ip, 8r/7er, 2.86era, 1hr, 24k).

Also last night for Pensacola, Reds prospects Kyle Waldrop and Jesse Winker switched outfield positions. Waldrop made his season debut in left field while Winker, Pensacola’s primary left fielder, moved to right.

After a slow start to the season (.242/.271/.394 in April), Waldrop has been on fire this month.  In 23 games in May, he’s batting .333 with a .351 on-base percentage while slugging at a .541 clip.


If you’re wondering why Johnny Cueto isn’t making his scheduled start today, he’s suffering from elbow stiffness. Mark Sheldon has more on that story HERE.


How about this throw from Joey yesterday?!


More in a bit. Let’s go Reds!!

Expect good news,



Yesterday, we mentioned the Cincinnati Reds and All-Star Game wines that are available at select retailers.  Here are some photos to make you thirsty…

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For more information on the wine or for official imagery please contact Stefanie Drucker at 917-270-9938 or


On the Farm…

RHP Jon Moscot (AAA-Louisville) continues to dominate the International League.  Yesterday vs. Norfolk, the 6’4″ righthander allowed an unearned run on 3 hits over 6.0 innings to improve his record to a perfect 6-0.  In 7 starts overall this season for the Bats, Moscot has allowed just 10 earned runs over 21.0 innings pitched (2.06 ERA, 29k, .226 opponents batting average).


This date in Reds history…

On this date last year, Reds manager Bryan Price lit a fire under the boys…

On this date in 2012, Mike Leake hit his first big league home run.  It was the first of 3 consecutive homers hit off the Braves that inning…

As the Reds prepare for a weekend series against their in-state rival Indians, let’s go back exactly 5 years ago to see highlights of Cincinnati’s exciting win over the Tribe…



Congratulations to Suzanne, the winner of yesterday’s Better Off Red prize closet contest.

Let’s give away some more stuff today, shall we?  In the “Comments” section of this post, tell me about the first Reds game you ever remember watching – either in-person or on TV.

Please note that when you leave a comment, only I can initially see it (it gets emailed to me).  I will randomly “approve” the one winning comment and it will appear at the end of this blog post tomorrow (Friday).  Cool? Good luck!

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May the Fourth Be with You!


Votto vs. Vader. Joey’s OPS is much higher.



Little known fact: Brennan Boesch has two purebread Imperial Walkers



For your records:

The Saturday, June 20 game between the Reds and Marlins at Great American Ball Park is now scheduled to begin at 7:10 PM. It had originally been a 4:10 game.


Oliver-BobbleheadCollectible Bobblehead for May: Joe Oliver

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum’s 2015 bobblehead series celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Reds 1990 World Championship team.

The series continues in May with catcher Joe Oliver, whose game-winning hit in Game 2 of the 1990 World Series cemented his place on the Reds’ all-time list of postseason heroes. The bobblehead depicts Oliver in the midst of that historic swing.

The bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame beginning Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. and will be available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of May, while supplies last.

The bobblehead series, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, continues each month through August with a different member of the 1990 World Series team in a classic pose that highlights an iconic moment:
• April: Todd Benzinger (now available only to museum members)
• May: Joe Oliver
• June: Billy Hatcher
• July: Tom Browning
• August: Paul O’Neill

Admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for active military/veterans.

The best way to ensure a bobblehead is to join the Hall of Fame & Museum as a member:
• $50 Reds Fan membership (individual) gets the Todd Benzinger and Joe Oliver bobbleheads
• $85 All-Star membership (family) gets the Todd Benzinger, Joe Oliver, Billy Hatcher and Tom Browning bobbleheads
• $200 MVP membership gets all five bobbleheads
• $1,000 World Champion memberships get all five bobbleheads plus additional exclusive perks and gifts.

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.

Located next to Great American Ball Park, The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is open year-round with extended hours on game days.

Plan your visit at or by calling (513) 765-7923.


Major League Baseball today released a second update on the leaders of the Franchise Four campaign.

The current Reds Franchise Four leaders are: Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin.

Voting continues through May 8 at

More from MLB:

With more than 17.4 million votes cast so far and close races throughout the 33 categories, the highlights of the current leaders include the following:

• Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax and Tom Seaver continue to lead in the “Greatest Living Players” category.

• Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan appears on the Franchise Fours of the Los Angeles Angels, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. The only other player to appear on multiple Club Franchise Fours is Vladimir Guerrero (Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Angels).

• Nine different franchises – the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees, the Oakland Athletics, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals – have four Hall of Famers representing them in their respective Franchise Fours.

• The changes since the first balloting update issued on April 22nd are as follows: Luis Aparicio has passed Harold Baines to join the group of leaders for the White Sox; Walter Johnson has passed Tony Oliva to join the group of the Twins’ franchise leaders, including their Senators roots; Robin Roberts has passed Chase Utley to join the Phillies’ leaders; Rogers Hornsby has passed Ozzie Smith to join the Cardinals’ leaders; and Ichiro Suzuki has passed Randy Johnson to join the Mariners’ leaders.


That’s all for now.  More in a bit!

Expect good news,



Look what I arrived today to Better Off Red Headquarters


Today is your last chance to secure one of these beauties by ordering your Nasty Boys Pick 6 Plan!  Also, there are single tickets and Standing Room Only tickets still available.

Remember, the first 30,000 people through the gates on Saturday will receive a bobblehead.  Gates to GABP on Saturdays generally open 2 hours before first pitch, unless large crowds on Crosley Terrace dictate opening any earlier.  Basically, what I’m saying is, if you want a bobblehead, get your ticket now and get to the ballpark early!

CLICK HERE for more details.


A few minor league notes…

In Louisville’s 13-8 loss yesterday to Toledo, IF Irving Falu went 2-for-2 with a triple and 3 RBI. Falu is batting .371 in 10 games for the Bats (13-for-35, .870ops).

OF Jesse Winker (2-for-5) yesterday hit his first home run of the season in Pensacola’s 8-4 loss to Birmingham.

RHP Nick Travieso fired 6 shutout innings in the first game of Daytona’s doubleheader vs. Dunedin. He scattered 5 hits with 2 walks while striking out 5.


How awesome was this last night…


Lineup and more to come,



Awesome day for sports. Finally get to see what this Bryant dude can do with a bat…



Did you guys see the drama that went down on Twitter Thursday morning? Brayan Pena, was ready to go to the gym with Billy Hamilton, but speedy Billy was more like sleepy Billy.  A tweet later, hilarity ensued and #WakeUpBilly was born.  See below…


One of the nicest young guys in the game, Michael Lorenzen, is off to a hot start at Triple-A Louisville.  In 2 starts for the Bats, he’s 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA and a .196 opponents batting average.  He’s allowed just 1 run (solo homer) on 9 hits over 13.0 innings (3bb, 5k).




A big thank you to Jessica Barga and the folks at Miami University for inviting me back last night to my alma mater to speak at the Oxford Writing Festival.  It’s always great to be back on the most beautiful campus in the country! #LoveAndHonor



The Reds are in St. Louis tonight to battle the Cards. I’ll have lineups and possibly other news later right here on Better Off Red.

And speaking of BOR, I have still have some shirts to give away…want one?

Expect good news,



I hope you’ll join us tonight at 6 o’clock at the Holy Grail Banks for a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show!  Afterwards, stick around for another action-packed edition of Better Off Red Baseball Trivia, hosted by yours truly!

And just for you loyal BOR readers who like to get a head-start on trivia, here’s one of tonight’s questions…

Save it: The single-season save record of 62 was set in 2008 by what pitcher?


You know it’s getting close to Spring Training when the Reds begin loading up their equipment truck.  Here are photos from the incomparable Michael “Mando” Anderson


From the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum…

Presidents’ Day Weekend at the Reds HOF

CINCINNATI (Feb. 10, 2015) — The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum are planning special events for the upcoming Presidents’ Day Weekend:

Baseball and the Presidents – Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.
• Historian Mel Marmer returns to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. to present “Baseball and the Presidents.” Mr. Marmer offers an insightful look into the association between baseball and the Presidency of the United States. In addition to appearing at the Reds Hall of Fame during previous Presidents’ Day weekends, Mr. Marmer has also spoken at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. The presentation is free with museum admission.

Half-Price Admission on Presidents’ Day – Monday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• In honor of Presidents’ Day, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will be offering half-price admission on Monday, Feb. 16. Discounted admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and $3 for active military and veterans. Children ages four and younger are free.

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is located next to Great American Ball Park at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202.

Plan your visit at or by calling (513) 765-7923.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. 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. Since its inception, 84 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.


See ya tonight!

Expect good news,



Happy Reds Cap Club Day!  The club continues to grow every week!  Are you a member yet?  If not <gasp> all you have to do is tweet/email/instagram me a photo of you decked out in your favorite Reds cap and I’ll add you to the club next Friday!

Here are the new members this week…




Have you seen Dmitri Young lately?  The former Reds outfielder was recently in Goodyear serving as an instructor at Reds Fantasy Camp and he looks fantastic!  Take a look (that’s the new Dmitri on the left)… ????????????????????? …..



Happy Friday, everyone. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and gearing up for a great weekend. Since it’s Friday, here are the newest members of the Reds Cap Club…

Tom S.

Tom S.


If you’d like to become the newest member of the prestigious Reds Cap Club, simply wear your Reds cap and send me a photo of you doing so! You can email/tweet/instagram me and I’ll be sure to include you next Friday!


How AWESOME does this look?

Tune in to MLB Network on Tuesday, January 20 at 8pm.


Half-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on MLK, Jr. Day

CINCINNATI (Jan. 15, 2015) — In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will offer half-price admission on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

Discounted admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Children ages four and younger are free.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 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.

Following exhibits are currently on display at the museum:
• Kings of the Queen City – 145 years of Reds baseball history is showcased in the exhibition Kings of the Queen City, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. The exhibit features a dynamic graphic timeline that emphasizes the greatest moments and biggest names in Reds history and a wide range of artifacts that represent Reds history from the early days to present day.
• Hometown Reds – More than 100 native Cincinnatians are honored in the exhibition Hometown Reds: Local Boys Who Played for the Cincinnati Reds. Hometown Reds features jerseys, game-used equipment and memorabilia dating back 145 years to 1869.

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is located next to Great American Ball Park at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202.

Plan your visit at or by calling (513) 765-7923.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. 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. Since its inception, 84 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.


Here are a few videos of new Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd

Here’s hoping Reds fans at Great American Ball Park see a few of these monster shots by Byrd in 2015…

The rap on Byrd is that he’s going to play his heart out for ya. These plays seems to confirm it…

I think he’ll be just fine in left field, don’t you?


Don’t forget to submit to me your Reds Cap Club photos!


Join us at the Holy Grail Banks tomorrow for another live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!  The Hot Stove show at 6pm precedes Baseball Trivia which goes on around 7:10ish.  It’s a great way to get your Reds fix as we are now a little more than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training camp!




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