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Congratulations to Reds CF Billy Hamilton, 3B Todd Frazier and 2B Brandon Phillips, who’ve been named finalists at their respective positions for the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

The Gold Glove Award is given annually to the top defenders at each position.  Winners will be announced on November 10 at 7pm ET on ESPN.





The Better Off Red Podcast is set to debut this Thursday on, iTunes and right here on Better Off Red (  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.


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


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.


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.



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


That’s all for now.  More in a bit.

Expect good news,



The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is offering free admission to fans 17 and under on “Kids Weekend” this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 & 25. The Hall of Fame will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Special programming and activities are planned for kids and families all weekend, including:

• Free batting cages each day with instruction from a former Reds player
– Saturday: 1999 Rookie of the Year Scott Williamson (10 to 11 a.m.)
– Sunday: Reds Hall of Famer Ron Oester (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

• Autograph signings with Scott Williamson (Saturday, 11 to 11:30 a.m.) and Ron Oester (Sunday, 12:30 to 1 p.m.)

• Meet a Reds mascot and take your photo with a World Series trophy
– Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to Noon
– Sunday: 1 to 1:30 p.m.

• Show how fast you can throw in Strike Zone, presented by Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. All ages are welcome to throw and prizes will be awarded to the fastest throw in different age groups. (Noon to 2 p.m. both days)

• Hold a piece of Reds history by putting on the curator’s gloves and learning about artifacts at the Discovery Table (Noon to 4 p.m. both days)

• Win great prizes on the “Wheel of Fame” for a $10 donation – everyone is a winner!

• Additional kid-friendly exhibits and activities include:
– You Make the Call, where fans can call the play like a Major League announcer
– Cincinnati Children’s Kids Clubhouse, featuring videos and interactive experiences for kids
– Hall of Fame Theater, which will feature special video programming for the weekend
– Scavenger hunts through the museum and coloring activities

The Reds Hall of Fame Gift Shop will feature year-end closeout specials on matted prints, autographed items and Reds Hall of Fame apparel marked down to their lowest prices of the season.

Additionally, all visitors will receive a complimentary Stars of the Queen City poster.

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 at Great American Ball Park, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round.

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


Thursday, October 22, 2015


CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the 2016 Major League coaching staff that will serve under manager Bryan Price.

Bullpen/assistant pitching coach Mack Jenkins, hitting coach Don Long, Major League catching coordinator Mike Stefanski and bullpen catcher Dustin Hughes will return in 2016 to those positions.

The following coaches will return with new responsibilities: Jim Riggleman will serve as bench coach, Billy Hatcher will coach third base and outfielders, and Freddie Benavides will coach first base and infielders. Last season, Riggleman was third base coach, Hatcher first base coach and Benavides infield coach.

New to the 2016 staff will be Mark Riggins as pitching coach and Tony Jaramillo as assistant hitting coach. Riggins spent the last 4 seasons as the organization’s minor league pitching coordinator and previously served as pitching coach on the Major League staffs of the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. Jaramillo has been a hitting coach in the Reds’ minor league system since 2008, including each of the last 3 seasons at Class AAA Louisville.

The club will not renew the contracts of bench coach Jay Bell, pitching coach Jeff Pico or assistant hitting coach Lee Tinsley.

” We appreciate the hard work and dedication Jay, Jeff and Lee gave us the last two years,” Jocketty said.



CINCINNATI (Oct. 21, 2015) — The P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy has announced the fall 2015 clinic schedule for baseball, softball and T-ball.

The Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn offers free, year-round baseball and softball instruction, plus educational and vocational opportunities for boys and girls ages 5-18 residing primarily in urban neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

T-ball Clinics – Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Oct. 11 – Dec. 13)
• One hour indoor T-ball games for boys and girls ages 5-7 teaching the basics.

Softball Clinics – Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Oct. 21 – Dec. 16)
• For girls ages 8-18 whose skills range from beginner to intermediate, teaching the basics of hitting, throwing, fielding and pitching.

Baseball Clinics – Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Oct. 27 – Dec. 15)
• For boys ages 8-13 whose skills range from beginner to intermediate, teaching the basics of hitting, throwing, fielding and pitching.

“Our clinics offer high-level instruction and skills development in addition to conditioning, speed and agility sessions,” said Charley Frank, executive director of the Reds Community Fund. “Participation in our programs at the Urban Youth Academy is intended for boys and girls who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford or have access to this type of programming.”

Buckeye Health Plan (Buckeye), a multi-line health plan serving Medicaid recipients in Greater Cincinnati and throughout Ohio, is a proud sponsor of the Urban Youth Academy’s fall baseball and softball programming.

“We are excited to partner with the Reds Community Fund to offer this program to the Cincinnati community,” said Buckeye President and CEO Bruce Hill. “Our mission at Buckeye is to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time, and what better way for kids to be active and get healthy than by playing baseball and softball.”

To register for clinics and information on all Urban Youth Academy programming, please visit or call (513) 765-5000.

P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy
2026 E. Seymour Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45237
(513) 765-5000
Academy hours: 3 to 9 p.m. (closed Friday)
Office hours: 8:30 am to 5:30 p.m. (closed Friday)

The Urban Youth Academy is also available for daytime rental (until 3 p.m.) to host corporate or private events. Please contact Charley Frank at (513) 765-7231 for rental information.


Proceeds from auction to benefit the Reds Community Fund

CINCINNATI (Oct. 19, 2015) — Fans have the chance to own one of the official mustache statues that were placed around the Queen City commemorating the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.

This particular statue was located in Eden Park and was one of the 21 “‘Staches On Parade” that were featured at many iconic locations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

The statue is adorned with unique All-Star Game logos and imagery and measures 8 feet wide, 2.5 feet high and weighs approximately 850 pounds.

The opening bid for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game mustache statue is $4,500 and bidding will remain open through Nov. 16.

To place a bid and for complete auction details visit

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the baseball and softball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

Special thanks to SVI Themed Construction Solutions of Morton Grove, Illinois for their donation of this 2015 MLB All-Star Game mustache statue.



As if this Postseason couldn’t get any better, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier will serve as a guest studio analyst on MLB Network following Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday, October 17!


Occasionally, I’ll peruse the filing cabinets in the Reds media library here at GABP.  I’m usually not looking for anything specific, rather, just searching for something neat.

Today I found a few thing that I think you’ll find interesting, including inter-office memos from then-Reds Assistant to the Executive Vice President Dick Wagner.  I also found a memo about Pete’s #14 and menus that Reds staffers had handy for their take-out lunch runs.  Enjoy…


Unfortunately, the Orioles beat the Reds in 5 games in the 1970 World Series and thus avoided a Riverfront Stadium scheduling conflict with the Bengals. The Bengals lost to the Chiefs at Riverfront on October 18 by a score of 27-19.


I wonder what happened to “Robert Paul Ritter.” Was he in cahoots with “Ted Elkins?” What did the Davenport, Iowa bank have to do with any of this?  This could’ve been an episode of Dragnet!


In this day and age, Major League Baseball organizes all of the pregame festivities for its annual All-Star Game. It seems in 1970, however, the Reds were responsible for booking their own anthem singer. In this case it was Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers.


A 1982 memo from the Reds Publicity department states that Pete Rose will have his uniform number 14 retired “at an appropriate time after Pete retires from baseball.”


Long before LaRosa’s gave away free pizzas for 11 strikeouts at GABP, they sold $2.50 Jack Salmon platters to Riverfront Stadium staffers.  I imagine this menu was from the mid to late ’60s.


Ummm…I don’t see ice cream anywhere on this old menu.


Finally, I have a question…

Are you ready for the Better Off Red PODCAST?!

Stay tuned for more information!


Have a great weekend!

Expect good news,



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


Good luck to the seven Cincinnati Reds farmhands who’ve been selected to participate as members of the Peoria Javelinas in the 2015 Arizona Fall League:  RHP Stephen Johnson, RHP Layne Somsen, RHP Nick Travieso, RHP Zack Weiss, C Chad Wallach, INF Alex Blandino, OF Phillip Ervin.

The AFL season kicks off today with all six teams in action.  The Reds are partnered up with players from the Braves, Padres, Orioles and Mariners to round out the Javelinas roster.

For more information on the Arizona Fall League, CLICK HERE.

Oh, and of the six teams in this year’s AFL, I’m a really big fan of the caps being worn by the Glendale Desert Dogs. What’s your favorite?


Many of you saw the Kansas City Royals yesterday rally from an improbable 4 run deficit in the eighth inning to beat the Astros and avoid elimination in the American League Division Series. One of the key moments during that comeback was when KC’s Kendrys Morales hit a ball up the middle off Houston reliever Tony Sipp.  The ball skipped off the mound and off shortstop Carlos Correa’s glove for a 2-run error.

The broadcasters felt it should’ve been a hit.  I thought it was correctly ruled an error.  What do you think?


Pretty cool of Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips to travel to “The Pit” last week to watch an epic high school football game between powerhouses Elder and Moeller…

#greattimes… Coolin’ it w/ my homeboys at the #elder game in #thepit!!! #altiora #purplefriday #selfie #ALLREADY A photo posted by Brandon Phillips (@datdudebp) on Oct 10, 2015 at 11:27am PDT



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From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies today we will honor 15 of our Season Ticket Members for their long-term commitment of support to the Cincinnati Reds franchise.

Today we will also recognize the staff members who make up the Cincinnati Reds front office (those based in Cincinnati). Included in this ceremony will be the recognition of several long-time Reds Gameday staff members who are each retiring after today’s game – including Bill Koshover (Event Security Supervisor – 22 years), Denny Roebel (Usher & Ticket Taker Supervisor – 26 years), Cora Hector (Usher – 35 years), Benny Clary (Chief Ticket Taker Supervisor – 46 years), and Charles Keith (Usher – 46 years). Members of the Reds front office staff will be stationed at the gates of the ballpark at the end of today’s game to personally thank fans for their support during the All-Star Summer.



Todd Frazier, who was in the original lineup, has been scratched.  More information forthcoming.  In the meantime, here’s tonight’s lineup:



From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies tonight the Reds Community Fund will welcome and recognize members of their board & volunteer leaders of their numerous youth baseball and softball outreach programs. Also tonight the RCF will receive donations in the amount of $5,000 from Sargento & Kroger as part of their “Kroger K’s Program” and $28,000 from Mike’s Carwash as part of their season-long “BowTie Tuesday” promotion.

Tonight the Rotary Club of Cincinnati will honor Dr. Henry Heimlich in recognition of lifetime of achievements by presenting him with the Paul Harris Fellowship, named after the founder of the Rotary International.

Tonight’s Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero will be done In Memoriam for Master Sergeant Corey Hood. MSGT Hood died in a tragic accident earlier this summer at the Chicago Air & Water Show. Corey was a Lakota West High School grad and served in Iraq & Afghanistan prior to joining the Army’s Golden Knights parachute demonstration team. We will be joined at tonight’s game by dozens of Corey’s friends and family members, as well as his wife Lyndsay – who will stand in for Corey during our Hometown Hero moment.

As part of a Military Appreciation Night at Great American Ball Park, we will have a post-Anthem flyover conducted by the 77th Weapons Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base. The flyover will be performed using a B-1 bomber flown by Major Kevin Johnson, a Lakota West High School grad, and his crew.



11th Annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic raised $230,000

CINCINNATI (Sept. 29, 2015) — The Reds Community Fund announced today the 11th annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, which took place at Belterra Casino Resort on Sept. 27 & 28, raised $230,000 for the Reds Community Fund.

Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, over 40 celebrities and 170 golfers participated in this year’s event that included two golf scrambles and a Sunday night dinner and comedy show.

This year’s special guest was Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.

Since its inception in 2005, the Marty Brennaman Golf Classic has raised nearly $2,400,000 to support the baseball and softball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

The event was sponsored by CBTS with additional support from Cintas, Belterra Casino Resort and Prestige AV & Creative Services.

The Sunday night dinner and program was hosted by Jim Day and Fox Sports Ohio.

Following the dinner, guests enjoyed a comedy show in Belterra’s CenterStage Showroom featuring comedians Josh Sneed, Dave Dyer and Todd Yohn.



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