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Today the Reds recalled from Class AAA Louisville C Tucker Barnhart (#16) and optioned to Louisville C Kyle Skipworth…RHP Daniel Corcino, who on Monday was designated for assignment, has been claimed off waivers by the Dodgers.

April 17


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,


1990 #REDS REUNION APRIL 24 & 25

25-year reunion celebrates 1990 World Series Champions, April 24 & 25

CINCINNATI (April 16, 2015) — More than 30 members of the 1990 World Champion Reds are scheduled to appear April 24 and 25 at Great American Ball Park to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1990 wire-to-wire season.

Players and coaches scheduled to participate: Todd Benzinger, Glenn Braggs, Tom Browning, Keith Brown, Norm Charlton, Eric Davis, Rob Dibble, Mariano Duncan, Kip Gross, Chris Hammond, Billy Hatcher, Danny Jackson, Barry Larkin, Terry Lee, Terry McGriff, Hal Morris, Randy Myers, Paul Noce, Ron Oester, Paul O’Neill (Saturday only), Joe Oliver, Luis Quinones, Sam Perlozzo, Jeff Reed, Jose Rijo, Ron Robinson, Rolando Roomes, Chris Sabo, Scott Scudder, Stan Williams and Herm Winningham.

Friday, April 24 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.
• Select members of the 1990 team to arrive at the Reds HOF & Museum at 5:15 p.m. on the FOX Sports Ohio Fan Express
• Meet-and-greet with select members of the 1990 team at the Reds HOF & Museum from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
• Commemorative print celebrating the 1990 World Series champions, free to all fans in attendance
• Both the Reds and Cubs will wear 1990 throwback uniforms
• Post-game, on-field ceremony honoring the 1990 Reds
• Post-game fireworks show with a soundtrack of hits from 1990, presented by Frisch’s Big Boy

• 1990 World Series Replica Ring Ticket Package: This exclusive ticket package features a must-have 1990 World Series replica ring and a View Level ticket to the Friday, April 24 game for only $25. This promotional package has a limited availability and can only be purchased at

• “Evening with the 1990 World Champions” Reception Ticket Package: This exclusive ticket package includes a meet and greet with the 1990 Reds in the brand new Handlebar at the Riverfront Club presented by Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati on Friday, April 24. Amenities will include an all-inclusive upscale buffet and full open bar, and attendees will receive a commemorative hat, lanyard, lapel pin and 1990 World Series replica ring. Photos are welcome, but no autographs are permitted. Purchase tickets online at

Saturday, April 25 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m.
• As part of Super Saturdays, a triple bobblehead featuring “The Nasty Boys” (Randy Myers, Rob Dibble and Norm Charlton) will be given to the first 25,000 fans at the game, thanks to PNC Bank
• Members of the 1990 team are scheduled to participate in a meet & greet with fans in the Kroger Fan Zone beginning at 12:15 p.m., as they parade towards the field for the start of the special pregame ceremonies at 12:30 p.m.

Schedule and player appearances subject to change. Please visit for updated information.

Reds Hall of Fame Bobblehead Series
In keeping with the year-long celebration of the 1990 Reds, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is offering special bobblehead promotions each month throughout the season featuring stars from the World Series team, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. The bobbleheads are free with regular museum admission on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, while supplies last. Bobbleheads are also available through museum membership. More information at
• April 2015 – Todd Benzinger
• May 2015 – Joe Oliver
• June 2015 – Billy Hatcher
• July 2015 – Tom Browning
• August 2015 – Paul O’Neill


‘Big League Weekend’ features H.S. baseball at Great American Ball Park
Harrison vs. Oak Hills; Elder vs. Lakota West; Anderson vs. St. X

CINCINNATI (April 15, 2015) — Six Cincinnati high schools will play three games this weekend as part of the inaugural “Big League Weekend” at Great American Ball Park.

The six teams playing at GABP are among the 70 teams from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky featured in the Skyline Chili Reds Futures High School Showcase games from March 28 to April 24.

The games kick off Saturday, April 18 with Harrison vs. Oak Hills at 1 p.m. followed by Elder vs. Lakota West at 4 p.m.

Anderson and St. Xavier play on Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m.

“We are proud to host the six schools playing high school baseball at Great American Ball Park,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. “It’s important that we support baseball at all levels including local high school baseball across Reds Country.”

Fans can purchase discounted tickets to select Reds games online at in advance of game day only. Each Reds ticket purchased through this page includes a voucher for entry into the ballpark this weekend for the “Big League Weekend” games.

The individual schools are also selling tickets though their athletic departments. For each ticket sold, a portion will be donated back to that school.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these teams to play on a major league field,” said Tom Gamble, president of In-Game Sports. “And the games are another example of the Reds continuing to foster baseball in the Greater Cincinnati community.”

Gates to Great American Ball Park open at Noon each day. Media interested in covering the games can enter GABP at the Dock #3 entrance on Pete Rose Way.


Today the Reds recalled from Louisville RHP Pedro Villarreal (#62) and optioned to Louisville RHP Josh Smith.

Brandon’s back in the lineup tonight.  Over his last 3 games he’s 7-for-13.



From Mark Sheldon’s story today on…
Like it was after his debut last week, the Reds postgame clubhouse was darkened with only a disco-style light spinning along with the music. Makes sense since DeSclafani’s nickname is “Disco.”


Today the Reds selected from Class AA Pensacola the contract of C Kyle Skipworth (#37), selected from Class AAA Louisville the contract of RHP Josh Smith (#64) and optioned to Louisville IF Chris Dominguez and RHP Raisel Iglesias…corresponding 40-man roster moves will be announced prior to gametime…when Smith pitches he will become the second Reds player this season to make his Major League debut (Iglesias, started yesterday vs StL).

C Devin Mesoraco remained in Cincinnati following yesterday’s game…today he was scheduled to have an MRI to find the cause of discomfort in his left hip.





From my pal @Bongreatness…

The first 20,00 fans in attendance today will receive a 2015 Reds Magnetic Schedule & Car Magnet, presented by PNC Bank. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 11:10AM for Season Ticket Holders and 11:40AM for the general public. However, those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

During pregame ceremonies today the Reds will recognize the Reds Way Employee of the Month for April, ticket seller Carl Ladwig. Carl has been a member of the Reds ticket office since 1995.

Assisting in the delivery of today’s official game ball will be “Paula” the penguin, from the Newport Aquarium. Paula will be joined by her trainer for the delivery of today’s game ball.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Casey Campbell, who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.

Following the conclusion of today’s game it is our first Run the Bases of the 2015 season, presented by Entenmann’s Little Bites. Today’s postgame Run the Bases is open to all fans.




Burt’s #RedToRock is…



From my pal @Bongreatness

The first 25,000 fans at the ballpark today will receive a Todd Frazier bobblehead, courtesy of Coca-Cola. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 11:10AM for Season Ticket Holders and 11:40AM for the general public. However, those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

During pregame ceremonies today the Oak Hills High School Highlander Marching Band will give a 10-minute performance on the outfield warning track. Today’s performance is part of Oak Hills High School Day at Great American Ball Park.

Thinking of Lauren



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