Congratulations to OF Jesse Winker and LHP Amir Garrett, who’ve been named the top Reds prospects of 2015!

My main man Mark Sheldon has more on this story HERE.


Don’t forget to vote for J.J. Hoover for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award.  CLICK HERE to do so.


For those of you folks with iPads and the MLB At-Bat app, your prayers have been answered!  MLB announced yesterday that At-Bat has been updated to support iOS 9 AND will begin picture-in-picture streaming for the iPad!

This is going to be awesome for the stretch run and the Postseason!


And speaking of the Postseason, in the Comments section of this blog post, tell me who you think will battle it out in the 2015 World Series.  One random participant will win a cool prize from Better Off Red Headquarters!


Skip Schumaker is now on Instagram!  Follow him at StandardMule55.


Do you folks know about the Reds All-Star Legacy Brick Campaign? If not, it’s worth checking out HERE.


That’s all for now.  More in a bit!  Have a great weekend!

Expect good news,


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Watch (and listen to) this go-ahead home run by Todd Frazier in the 10th inning of last night’s game in San Francisco…

The Reds beat the Giants last night, 9-8.  Frazier now has 34 home runs on the season.


Can you believe it’s been 27 years?

September 16, 1988: After a 2 hour and 27 minute rain delay, Tom Browning finally took the Riverfront Stadium mound for Cincinnati.  Less than 2 hours later, he became the first Red to ever complete a perfect game.

It took just 101 pitches (72 strikes) to breeze through the soon-to-be World Series Champion Dodger lineup. Twenty-seven up, 27 down. Browning induced 10 fly outs and 10 ground outs while fanning 7.  Not once during the game did he reach a 3-ball count.  It was truly perfection.

Here’s highlights from that fateful night 27 years ago…


This past Saturday, over 400 people took over Great American Ball Park before the Reds/Cardinals game to participate in “Sliding Into OM” – a special yoga session on the field. Here are some photos courtesy of my pal Michael “Mando” Anderson


Including the 2012 NLDS, the Reds have won 12 of the last 15 meetings vs. the Giants at AT&T Park.

Something to keep your eye on during tonight’s game: Jay Bruce (9) is trying to join Billy Hamilton (56), Brandon Phillips (20), Todd Frazier (12) and Joey Votto (11) with double-digit steals totals. The last time the Reds produced at least 5 players with 10 or more steals was 1999, when they had 6 players (Mike Cameron 38, Pokey Reese 38, Barry Larkin 30, Aaron Boone 17, Greg Vaughn 15, Michael Tucker 11). Cincinnati currently leads the Majors with 128 stolen bases.

That’s all for now. More in a bit!

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


Way to go, J.J.!

RHP J.J. Hoover has been named Reds nominee for the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award!  Hoover is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others.

J.J. has committed to giving back to the community and is looking to expand on his family’s connection to become more involved with the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.  Hoover is aware of the importance of giving back to Reds Country, the same community that has given so much to him.

The Reds will host a pregame ceremony when the team returns to town on Thursday, September 24 recognizing J.J. as the club’s nominee. A $7,500 donation from Chevrolet will be made to the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky in J.J.’s honor.

Beginning Wednesday, September 16th (Roberto Clemente Day), fans are encouraged to vote for J.J. Hoover to win the prestigious Clemente Award and register for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 World Series on ChevyBaseball.com.


Congratulations and good luck to the Reds’ Skip Schumaker!


Thousands of baseball fans participated in an Internet poll on http://www.MLBPLAYERS.com between September 10 and 13, to determine which players inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.

From this list of 30 players, Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles) was tabbed to represent the AL East, Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers) and David Robertson (Chicago White Sox) – TIE – the AL Central, Robinson Cano (Seattle Mariners) the AL West, Dee Gordon (Miami Marlins) the NL East, Skip Schumaker (Cincinnati Reds) the NL Central and Justin Turner (LA Dodgers) the NL West.

These seven players will have their names placed on the 2015 Players Choice Awards ballot to determine this season’s Marvin Miller Man of the Year award winner. 2015 Players Choice Awards ballots will be distributed to all Major League players on Wednesday, September 16, when the accounting firm of KPMG conducts the league-wide, players-only voting.


Check out this highly amusing video from the Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash (poor Jumbo!)…


Voting season continues!

Online fan voting begins today for the 2015 Esurance MLB Awards.  Fans, members of the baseball media, club front-office personnel, former MLB players and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) members – each count for 20% of the winner selection.  Winners in each of the 24 categories will receive the trophy known as the GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball).

The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards Show, will air Friday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET exclusively on MLB Network and MLB.com.


Ford Frick Award Update

Over 20 broadcasters from the “Broadcasting Dawn Era” are eligible for the 2016 Ford Frick Award, including former Reds mic men Dick Bray (1937-43) and Harry Hartman (1931-33).  Voting for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Frick Award is open now through October 2 at www.facebook.com/baseballhall.


The End of the Road

The season has ended for the three Reds minor league teams that qualified for the postseason in their respective leagues.

AA-Pensacola was eliminated by Biloxi in the Southern League playoffs (3-0).

A-Daytona was defeated by Charlotte in the Florida State League finals (3-1).

R-Billings fell to Missoula in the Pioneer League playoffs (2-1).







That’s all for now. Check back soon on how you can win a cool prize from Better Off Red Headquarters!

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It’s been a frenetic two years for Reds lefty Brandon Finnegan.  Acquired by the Reds in the July 26 trade that sent Johnny Cueto to Kansas City, Finnegan’s still trying to catch his breath from 2014 when he became the first player to ever participate in both the College World Series and Major League World Series in the same year.

Better Off Red recently took a moment to get to know one of the newest Reds.  Here’s Brandon Finnegan in his words…


First car: 2004 Chevy Tahoe w/ 20” rims. My dad bought it for me during my sophomore year of high school.
Sports: In addition to baseball, I also played football and basketball until I started to throw hard and I decided to stick to baseball. We (my brother and I) won a lot of trophies growing up.
Favorite Players: Pudge (Rodriguez), A-Rod; Barry Bonds was my favorite. I also liked David Ortiz, Josh Hamilton and Aroldis Chapman.
Hobbies: I collect shoes. Being around Jeremy Guthrie in Kansas City; he got me into the shoe game. I collect all kinds but mainly Jordans.

Jobs: I was a valet during my freshman year at TCU. Before baseball started, I parked cars at the Omni Hotel. I didn’t have to learn how to drive a manual transmission, though.
When he first “knew”: I threw hard in Little League. I knew I had the tools because I could hit, too. Going into my sophomore year of high school is when I first hit 90mph, so I knew I had something special going on.
Halloween costumes: I dress up as Superman a lot. Also a vampire and a Ninja Turtle.
Memorable birthday parties: My brother and I always celebrated our birthdays at a roller rink or bowling alley. All of the same friends always came. It was fun. Now we get together with friends and family for dinner.
Favorite non-baseball trip: I went to Jamaica when I was in high school. I also took a cruise in Mexico.
Music: I like country music and hip-hop. My first concert was Leann Rimes, Brooks & Dunn and Kenny Chesney all on one card in an outdoor concert.

Pets: My parents have my two dogs – Gizmo and Dixie. Gizmo is a Shih Tzu/Pomeranian mix and looks like Gizmo from Gremlins. Dixie is a Chihuahua/Greyhound mix. I was driving home one night and she ran out in front of me, so after I stopped and opened the door she jumped in my car with me. So, I took her home.
Superstition: When I start, I wear the same socks and under shirt; laundered of course. I have a very specific routine.
Siblings: I have a brother (Jonathan) who is 2 years older than me. He’s a real estate agent (and also played baseball at Western Texas College).
Role model: My dad (Gary). He was also a left-handed pitcher (at TCU).
Best gift received: When I was younger my cousin and I both got mini pocket bikes.
Best gift given: I sent my parents to Maui this past offseason.
Charities: Stand Up 2 Cancer. At TCU my teammates and I took a boy named Micah under our wing. He suffers from Neuroblastoma. I got really close with him and his family, so Stand Up 2 Cancer is a really big thing to me and my friends.
Best advice received: Control what you can control.
Career difficulties: The trade was the hardest thing I’ve had to go through so far. Some of the Kansas City players are still some of my closest friends.

Coming to Cincinnati: The Reds organization has been awesome. It took me a couple of days to realize that I have a better opportunity with Cincinnati. I spoke to Barry Larkin and Eric Davis in Louisville when I first came over and they helped me settle in.
Goals: I want to start. I want to prove I can be a successful starter. Doubters fuel me. People always told me I’m too short or not fast enough and I want to prove them wrong.
Brandon Phillips: I’ve always been a huge fan of Brandon Phillips. I like the way he plays because he always seems to be having a blast.
Other Reds: I love Fraz (Todd Frazier) and Votto . I think they’re both unbelievable players. And of course, one of my favorite pitchers is Aroldis Chapman.
Playing in both the College World Series and MLB World Series in same year: It was just baseball. I never thought of it as anything more than that. In College it was different because that was something I had been working towards with all of those guys (TCU teammates) for three years. It was a crazy whirlwind that hasn’t hit me yet. It was awesome and a lot of fun.
What he’d do if he wasn’t a baseball player: If I didn’t play baseball I might work in my dad’s roofing business.




The Tri-County Mall Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash took place Saturday night at the Super Bowl in Erlanger, KY.  Over 300 fans along with Brandon and all his teammates and coaches were there to bowl to raise money for the Reds Community Fund.

Guests got their photo taken with Brandon and got to meet many of the Reds players and coaches.

All the proceeds from the event benefit the baseball and softball outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.







From my pal @Bongreatness

Today is “Art Museum Day” at the ballpark.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by The Mistics, who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America (author’s note:  The Mistics played at John Fay’s wedding).

Following the conclusion of today’s game members of the Reds Heads kids club will have an exclusive opportunity to Run the Bases of Great American Ball Park. Today’s Run the Bases opportunity is only open to Reds Heads members, including those who sign up at today’s game.


The Reds today finished off last night’s game with a 4-2 win over the Cardinals.  Adam Duvall belted a 2-run, eighth-inning homer to win it for the home team.

Today’s regularly-scheduled game will start at 1:30 PM.

Here’s the Reds lineup:

Hamilton – CF
Schumaker – LF
Votto – 1B
Phillips – 2B
Bruce – RF
Frazier – 3B
Suarez – SS
Barnhart – C
DeSclafani – P


From my pal @Bongreatness

We will resume last night’s suspended game at 12:30PM. The game time for the regularly scheduled game will be announced shortly after the conclusion of the suspended game, but will not start prior to 1:05PM. Our National Anthem will be sung prior to the resumption of the suspended game and is scheduled for 12:22PM.

All fans in attendance today will receive a Pete Rose “Stars of the Queen City” bobblehead, courtesy of Queen City Sausage. In order to accommodate the large crowd expected at today’s game gates for Season Ticket Members will open at 11AM and gates for all fans will open at 11:25AM. However, those times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

During ceremonies that will take place between the completion of the suspended game and start of the regularly scheduled game we will honor Pete Rose who will receive a proclamation from Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann declaring Saturday, September 12th, 2015 as “Pete Rose Day” in the City of Cincinnati. Pete will also receive the “Key to the City” from the Vice Mayor.

Please note that due to the USS LST 325 docked at the Public Landing, there will be no “boomer” fireworks for today or tomorrow’s game for any Reds home run or win. We will still shoot fireworks from the PNC Power Stacks each day.


Fans holding tickets for last night’s game (Friday) can exchange those tickets at face value for any remaining 2015 Cincinnati Reds regular season home game (excluding today’s sold out game), subject to availability. Ticket exchanges are available at Great American Ball Park in advance of game day only.

Fans holding premium tickets can exchange those tickets for non-premium tickets for any remaining 2015 Cincinnati Reds regular season home game (excluding today’s sold out game), subject to availability.


The Reds’ 23 rain delays have totaled 30 hours, 25 minutes and led to 5 postponents (4/25 vs Cubs, 5/8 at WSox, 6/18 vs Det, 7/8 at Wsh, 9/4 vs Mil) and 2 suspended games (6/27 at NYM, completed 6/28; 9/11 vs StL)…the 24 hours, 26 minutes in 17 weather delays at Great American Ball Park is the highest total at home since the Reds started tracking weather delays in 1978.


Friday’s game vs. the Cardinals has been suspended due to rain. It will be resumed Saturday at 12:30 pm.

Saturday’s regularly scheduled game will begin approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game.

Tickets for Friday’s suspended game are NOT valid for EITHER game being played at the ballpark on Saturday. However, the Reds are offering fans the opportunity to exchange their tickets for one of the other remaining home games this season.

More details forthcoming from the Reds Ticket Office.


Michael Lorenzen tonight will make the 42nd consecutive start by a Reds rookie pitcher, breaking the modern Major League record set by the 1902 Cardinals.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 12th Fireworks Friday of the 2015 season, presented by Koorsen Fire & Security. Tonight’s postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to an All-American soundtrack, will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game. Prior to the start of the fireworks show we will welcome crew members of the USS LST 325. The amphibious shipping vessel which saw action on Omaha beach during D-Day will be docked in Cincinnati at the Public Landing from 9/12 through 9/16, offering tours to the public each day from 9am-5pm. 18 of the 20 crew members of the ship are veterans of the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard & Army, including two veterans of World War II.

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will honor America and the memories of those lost in the 9/11 attacks as well as Police & Fire Appreciation Night with a series of activities including a performance by the Emerald Society bagpipers and ceremonial first pitches by representatives of the Cincinnati Police Department, Cincinnati Fire Department and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to the singing of our National Anthem, performed tonight by the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus, we will unfurl a giant American flag in the outfield grass and observe a Moment of Silence. The giant flag today will be held by Reds Season Ticket Members and their families.

Please note that tonight’s National Anthem is scheduled a little earlier than normal, at 6:56PM.

During the middle of the 7th inning break tonight we will be joined by McKenna Medley who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.


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