A special Reds Hot Stove League Show takes place this week, live at the Holy Grail Banks, as Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco joins hosts Marty and Thom Brennaman for the hour-long radio program.

Immediately following the Hot Stove show, Better Off Red Baseball Trivia returns this week to test your baseball knowledge!

It all starts at 6pm on Tuesday (December 15) at the Holy Grail Banks.  Can’t wait to see you there!



Monday, December 14, 2015


Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said, “The Commissioner called me this morning prior to the announcement. We respect his decision on the matter of Pete Rose and are grateful for his diligence and the amount of time he spent on the matter. We also appreciate that the Commissioner stated that Hall of Fame consideration is a separate issue and we and the fans think he deserves that opportunity. We are pleased that we have had and will continue to have opportunities to commemorate Pete’s remarkable on-field accomplishments. Any future plans to celebrate Pete’s career with the Reds first will be discussed with the Commissioner and then will be communicated publicly at the appropriate time.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 14, 2015


Major League Baseball announced today that it has completed the review regarding Pete Rose’s application for reinstatement from the Ineligible List.

Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today informed Mr. Rose, both verbally and in writing, that the application has been denied. The Commissioner’s decision accompanies this press release.

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The Better Off Red elves are giving you a chance to win some very cool Reds-related gifts as a “thank you” for your support in 2015! It’s a little something we like to call “The Umpteen Days of Christmas.”

Every day through Tuesday, December 22nd, you’ll have the opportunity to win a top-of-the-line prize. Here’s how…

Using the comments section of this blog post, correctly answer the following Holiday-related trivia question:

Who is Rudolph’s father?

Easy enough?

You’ll notice, I made the actual comments in the comments section invisible to you and other readers. This is to cut down on “cheating.” Once you submit your comment, it will be automatically emailed to me, where only I’ll be able read your answer. I’ll put all the correct answers in a pile from which I’ll choose one random winner, daily. If you win, I’ll contact you via email.

And remember – no matter what holiday you celebrate this time of the year, Better Off Red celebrates it, too. Thus, all of you are encouraged to participate!

We’ll announce today’s winner tomorrow. Good luck!


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This week’s guest on the Better Off Red Podcast is long-time Reds clubhouse & equipment manager Rick Stowe!

Rick and I had a great time discussing the behind-the-scenes work he does to make sure things go smoothly in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse. I think for many of you folks who enjoy the behind-the-scenes stuff, you’re going to really like this episode of the BOR Podcast. Rick also tells a few great stories from his over 30 years in the business and talks about his legendary father Bernie Stowe. You won’t want to miss this one.

Music on this week’s show is provided by the highly regarded indie rock band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Phil Dickey is the front man of SSLYBY and is a huge Reds fan and avid BOR reader. SSLBY regularly appears on Billboard Albums “Top Heatseekers” chart and their latest album “The High Country” is my favorite of theirs yet.

To listen to this week’s episode of the BOR Podcast, CLICK HERE.


One of the hot topics at this year’s MLB Winter Meetings has been the idea of implementing additional safety netting at ballparks in 2016. Below is the official press release issued by Major League Baseball…

Fan Safety Initiative Leads to New Netting Recommendations for Next Year

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball has issued recommendations to all 30 Major League Clubs aimed at enhancing the safety of fans attending Major League Baseball games, while also preserving the interactive elements that are integral to the baseball fan experience.

The recommendations — which resulted from a review that began earlier this summer — include the following:

• Clubs are encouraged to implement or maintain netting (or another effective protective screen or barrier of their choosing) that shields from line-drive foul balls all field-level seats that are located between the near ends of both dugouts (i.e., the ends of the dugouts located closest to home plate, inclusive of any adjacent camera wells) and within 70 feet of home plate. The Commissioner’s Office has retained a consultant specializing in stadium architecture and protective netting to assist interested Clubs in implementing this recommendation.

• Although Clubs already provide warnings to fans about the dangers posed by batted balls and bats entering the stands and the need to pay attention to the action on the field during each at-bat, the Commissioner’s Office recommends that Clubs continue to explore ways to educate their fans on these issues and is providing Clubs with resources to assist them in this area.

• The Commissioner’s Office will be working with the Clubs and online ticketing sellers to identify ways to provide customers with additional information at the point of sale about which seats are (and are not) behind netting.

Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “Major League Baseball prides itself on providing fans in our ballparks with unparalleled proximity and access to our players and the game taking place on the field. At the same time, it is important that fans have the option to sit behind protective netting or in other areas of the ballpark where foul balls and bats are less likely to enter. This recommendation attempts to balance the need for an adequate number of seating options with our desire to preserve the interactive pre-game and in-game fan experience that often centers around the dugouts, where fans can catch foul balls, see their favorite players up close and, if they are lucky, catch a tossed ball or other souvenir.

“I am confident that this recommendation will result not only in additional netting at Major League ballparks but also draw additional attention to the need for fans who make the choice not to sit behind netting to be prepared for the possibility of foul balls and bats entering the stands.”






This week’s guest on the Better Off Red Podcast is Cincinnati Reds all-time saves leader Danny Graves (@dgravy32)!

Danny tells us about the media work he’s doing these days, his thoughts on the current state of the game and we reminisce about the days when he was closing out games for the Reds.

Music on this week’s show is provided by the talented singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler. Check out his album “Holy Smokes” now available on iTunes.

To listen to this week’s episode of the BOR Podcast, CLICK HERE.



The Reds will not tender contracts to OF Ryan LaMarre, RHP Ryan Mattheus or RHP Pedro Villarreal.

The club will tender contracts for 2016 to LHP Aroldis Chapman, SS Zack Cozart and RHP J.J. Hoover, all eligible for arbitration.

The roste is now at 35 players.



The Reds have signed to minor league contracts and invited to 2016 Major League spring training camp RHP Tim Melville, RHP Dayan Diaz, RHP J.C. Ramirez and 1B/OF Brandon Allen.


It’s Tuesday, which means another dose of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show followed by Better Off Red Baseball Trivia at the Holy Grail Banks beginning at 6pm!

Reds General Manager Dick Williams will join host Jim Kelch for the first half of tonight’s Hot Stove Show, then Reds Senior Vice President of Business Relations Karen Forgus will stop by to chat with Jim about Redsfest.

Immediately following the Hot Stove program, join me for another round of Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!  Test your baseball knowledge and win fabulous prizes as we spend another fun Tuesday night getting our summertime fix.

It all starts tonight at 6pm.  See ya then!



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