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Nothing to announce regarding any transactions you may have heard about last night/this morning.  If that changes, you’ll get the official word right here on Better Off Red


Today’s Reds Caravan Poster #5 features a rookie to the “Rock Star Tour,” Mr. Tucker Barnhart.  Tucker was the 2011 minor league Gold Glove winner at the catcher’s position and had a fine season for the Dayton Dragons.  We’re expecting him to earn lots of success in the years to come.  In the meantime, he’ll be part of the Southern leg of the 2012 Reds Caravan – a highly successful group in and of itself.

Remember, you can collect the complete set of “unofficial” Reds Caravan posters right here on BOR.

And you can also get in the fun by submitting to me ( one of your very own specially-designed Caravan posters. If it’s good and in good taste, I’ll post it right here on BOR.

Mary Beth Muething sent this one in of the Rock Star Tour…

And Tina Cisneros of the fantastic Reds blog Rockin’ Redlegs supports her Northern Tour fellas with this poster…

Good stuff, ladies!


My colleague Michael Anderson snapped an impressive photo this morning of the inclimate weather that rolled in over GABP.  Thankfully, “Mando” didn’t get struck by lightning.


I’ll have more in a bit. Stay tuned.

Expect good news!



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


I’ll have more in a bit.  Thanks for logging on!

Expect good news,




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.

Expect good news,



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.

Expect good news,



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.

Expect good news,



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