This week’s edition of the Better Off Red Podcast features the man who helped lead the Reds to a 96-win season in 1999, Greg Vaughn!
Greg checks in to talk honestly about some of baseball’s current issues, his time spent in the game and of course that magnificent 1999 season. This one you won’t want to miss!
Music on this week’s podcast is provided by the very talented Los Angeles band Jesus Sons. Check out their new rock-n-roll album “Bring it On Home” available now on iTunes.
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Keep checking today’s Baseline Items, as this post may be updated with information/news as the day progresses.
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.
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.
From the Cincinnati Reds:
The Cincinnati Reds offer condolences to the family and friends of longtime scout and cross checker Jeff Barton, who died yesterday at age 50. Jeff was a part of the Reds’ family for more than 26 years and touched not only our organization but also the baseball scouting fraternity. He made countless contributions to the success of the Reds franchise and was instrumental in the signing of many former and current Reds players. At December’s upcoming Winter Meetings in Nashville, Jeff will be recognized as Scout of the Year for the west region. Our thoughts and prayers are with wife Karen and daughters Allison, Makenna and Avery.
The Scout of the Year Award honors a lifetime of scouting excellence. Jeff received the most votes in the history of the award.
In his role as a cross checker, Jeff had influence in the drafting and signing of, among others, Trevor Hoffman, Joey Votto, Michael Lorenzen, Robert Stephenson, Jon Moscot, Tony Cingrani, Justin Turner, Mike Leake and Brad Boxberger.
In honor of Veterans Day, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is pleased to offer all veterans and active military members complimentary general admission (with valid I.D.) Wednesday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 15.
Additionally, the first 200 visitors to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will receive a free commemorative Reds Military Appreciation coin, while supplies last. (Visitors need not be a veteran to receive the coin.)
The following Reds Hall of Famers served in the armed forces:
– Johnny Bench
– Ewell Blackwell
– Smoky Burgess
– Harry Craft
– Lonny Frey
– Warren Giles
– Ken Griffey, Sr.
– Tommy Helms
– Bob Howsam
– Fred Hutchinson
– Brooks Lawrence
– Mike McCormick
– Eppa Rixey
– Johnny Temple
– Johnny Vander Meer
The plaques of Reds Hall of Famers who have served their country will be marked for visitors’ reference.
The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at Great American Ball Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday during the offseason.
Plan your visit at redsmuseum.org 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 & 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 http://www.redsmuseum.org or by calling 513-765-7923.
#REDS BASELINE ITEMS: REDSFEST TO FEATURE OVER 80 CURRENT AND FORMER REDS; HOT STOVE/TRIVIA TONIGHT!
Redsfest Tickets On Sale Now
CINCINNATI (Nov. 10, 2015) — FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Downtown Cincinnati on Friday, Dec. 4 from 3 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
More than 80 current players and coaches, Reds Hall of Famers, alumni and broadcasters are expected to attend including Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier and Billy Hamilton.
Tickets are on sale now at reds.com/redsfest, (513) 381-REDS, Great American Ball Park box office and select Kroger stores with Ticketmaster retail outlets.
Two-day tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and younger. One-day tickets are $17 for adults and $7 for kids. Children three and under are admitted free.
With each two-day Redsfest admission purchased, fans will receive two free tickets to the Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game on Sunday, April 10. Fans purchasing a one-day Redsfest admission will receive one free ticket to the April 10 game.
The first 11,000 fans though the Redsfest doors each day will receive a free Reds drawstring bag and a Mr. Redlegs knit cap.
Redsfest has grown to more than 300,000 square feet of activities including autograph and photo booths with current and former Reds players, interactive games for fans of all ages, game-used and authentic memorabilia and much more.
For the most up-to-date information and additional details about Redsfest, including Autograph Opportunity Sweepstakes and Elite Pass Auctions, please visit reds.com/redsfest.
Sign up now for the Redsfest “Texas hold ‘em” poker tournament at reds.com/poker or (513) 765-7240. The 10th annual Prestige Audio Visual & Creative Services Reds Community Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament presented by Ashlee Fence takes place on Saturday, Dec. 5 with a guaranteed $11,000 first prize.
All proceeds from Redsfest benefit the baseball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.
Join us tonight at the Holy Grail Banks beginning at 6pm ET for the Hot Stove League Radio Show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds executive Walt Jocketty today announced Dick Williams has been promoted to Senior Vice President, General Manager. He will assume those duties immediately. Jocketty will remain the club’s President of Baseball Operations and will continue to oversee the department.
Jocketty said, “As is the case with any business, it’s critical to have a succession plan in place. Dick has been here for 10 years, he’s learned the business, and we are confident he is ready to take on the GM responsibilities.”
Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said, “Eight seasons ago we trusted Walt to provide this organization with leadership, and he produced championship-caliber teams. Walt reset the expectations and culture of this franchise. He and his staff have been responsible for our return to the postseason in recent years and I know Dick has the qualities and ability to continue that tradition of success in the future. As a small market team, we will always continue to look for ways to innovate. As we have done in recent years, the Reds will continue to work harder and smarter to make up for our relatively limited resources.”
Williams said, “I am very grateful for and humbled by this opportunity that Bob and Walt have given me. I believe my promotion is a reflection on the entire team that works behind the scenes to support our efforts. Walt has been a great resource to me and I look forward to our continued collaboration.”
Williams, 44, joined the Reds’ baseball operations department following the 2005 season and since then has been involved in every aspect of that department. He served the organization as Director of Baseball Business Operations and Vice President of Baseball Operations before he became Vice President, Assistant General Manager in November of last year.
Jocketty, 64, was hired as a special advisor to Castellini in January 2008 and then in April of that year was named President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. He led the Reds to three postseason appearances, including National League Central Division championships in 2010 and 2012 and the 2013 Wild Card game. In franchise history, that stretch of 3 playoff appearances in 4 seasons is matched only by the Big Red Machine teams that went to the playoffs six times.
Jocketty has spent 41 seasons in professional baseball, the last 21 years as a Major League general manager. Three times since 2000 he was voted by his peers Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year, most recently in 2010 after leading the Reds to their first playoff appearance in 15 seasons.
It’s with great sadness to report the passing of former Reds outfielder Eddie Milner.
From Reds Hall of Fame Operations Manager & Chief Curator Chris Eckes…
May 21, 1955 – November 2, 2015.
A tremendous defensive outfielder possessed of great speed, Eddie Milner was drafted by the Reds in 1976 and moved steadily through the Reds’ farm system before making his Major League debut in 1980. A native of Columbus, OH, Milner became a regular in 1982, leading the team in stolen bases with 18. Milner paced the club in steals again in 1983 with a career-high 41, a figure that ranked 6th in the National League. In the outfield, Milner was one of the league’s top defenders. From 1983 – 1986, he regularly ranked among league leaders in games played, putouts, chances, and fielding percentage. In 1983, he was arguably the league’s best defensive center fielder, pacing the NL in fielding percentage and assists. Traded to the Giants prior to the 1987 season, Milner helped San Francisco to the 1987 Western Division championship and appeared in the postseason in that year’s National League Championship Series. Milner returned to the Reds for the 1988 campaign, his last in the Major Leagues. In recent years, Milner has made multiple appearances at the Reds Hall of Fame and at Hall of Fame chapter events throughout Reds Country. In January of 2015, Eddie served as a coach at Reds Fantasy Camp in Goodyear, AZ.
The very first episode of the Better Off Red Podcast is now available HERE!
Our first guest is former Reds outfielder Dmitri Young, with music from JD McPherson.
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Thanks to Lisa Braun, MLB Advanced Media and the Cincinnati Reds. A very special thanks to BOR Podcast technical director Nick Prince, who’s put a lot of hard work into making the podcast a reality.
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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.
— Rawlings Sports (@RawlingsSports) October 29, 2015
— Rawlings Sports (@RawlingsSports) October 29, 2015
— Rawlings Sports (@RawlingsSports) October 29, 2015
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.
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!
— Hey, it’s Matt! (@MBrooESQ) October 24, 2015
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,