We’re having a great time at Redsfest!  Here are some early photos, including Reds prospects Amir Garrett, Kyle Waldrop and Ben Lively playing “Minute to Win It” games in the Reds Connect Zone…


Hey gang, Redsfest is open!  Stop over and see us at the Connect Zone!

Jamie Redsfest



Thank you so much to all of the folks who stopped by the Holy Grail Banks on Tuesday night for the Reds Hot Stove League radio show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia! We had a record 12 teams participate in trivia this week!

I also want to thank all of you who, in honor of #GivingTuesday, brought donations for my friends at the Ohio Alleycat Resource (even Marty!).

Just a note about next week, there WILL be a Reds Hot Stove show at Holy Grail Banks, however, there will NOT be a BOR Trivia competition (the trivia host will be in San Diego for the Winter Meetings).  We will reconvene for trivia on December 16.  I hope to see more teams then!

For last night’s trivia script/questions & answers click here —> December 2

And here’s last night’s team results…

1. The Guru: 266 pts.
2. Lone Ranger: 233 pts.
3. Team Sullie: 84 pts.
4. Quiz-N-Pants: 32 pts.
T5. Boomstick: 22 pts.
T5. Team Arbormist: 22 pts.
7. Dollstar: 7 pts.
T8. Catch Ya Later: 0 pts.
T8. Team Jada: 0 pts.
T8. Nenni Ninnies: 0 pts.
11. OU Bobcats: -10 pts.
12. KY Reds Heads: -28 pts.

Thanks again!



Non-Tender Partch & Ondrusek

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the acquisition of RHP Matt Magill from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for OF Chris Heisey.

Magill, 25, in 2014 went 7-6 with a 5.21 ERA in 36 appearances and 12 starts for Triple-A Albuquerque. In 2012 for Double-A Chattanooga, he posted a 3.75 ERA and struck out 168 batters over 146.1 innings and 26 starts and was named to the Southern League All-Star team. In 2013, the native Californian made 6 starts for the Dodgers in his Major League debut.

“We are excited to be adding a player with a power arm who has a chance to help our club next season,” Jocketty said of the 6-3, 210-pound Magill.

Heisey, who turns 30 on December 14, has spent his entire professional career with the Reds. He was selected by Cincinnati in the 17th round of the 2006 first-year player draft and appeared in 543 games for the Reds, primarily as an outfielder and pinch hitter.

In other transactions today, the Reds did not offer 2015 contracts to RHP Logan Ondrusek or RHP Curtis Partch. Ondrusek this season posted a 5.49 ERA in 40 relief appearances, while Partch pitched in 6 games for the Reds and went 4-1 with a 4.75 ERA in 2 starts and 39 relief appearances for Class AAA Louisville.



Greetings from GABP!

You might be surprised at how much work and planning that goes into hosting an All-Star Game.  Meetings actually began with the Reds and MLB and others at the ballpark early last year and it’s continuing through this offseason.

Today a large contingent from MLB and its media partners were on the premises today to discuss things such as set location and camera positioning (and numerous other things).  It’s amazing how surgical the preparation is for this world class event.  I’m proud of my good pal Zach Bonkwoski (@Bongreatness), who is serving as the All-Star Game coordinator for the Reds.  He’s been doing Yoeman’s Work.  Did I mention he’s also the point man on organizing Redsfest?  Dude’s been earning his weight in gold these past few months.

And speaking of this week’s Redsfest, be sure to visit the event’s FAQs page to see the answers to your inquiries.


The Reds have posted their 2015 Promotional Schedule.  CLICK HERE to check it out.


Have you folks seen the MLB Network Social Media Awards?  The Reds have four nominations, including Favorite Follow, Social Savvy Rookie, Best #TBT and Best Videobomb.  Voting ends December 13!


Don’t forget to join us tonight at the Holy Grail Banks for the Reds Hot Stove League radio show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!  Marty and Thom Brennaman are this week’s Hot Stove hosts and they’ll be joined on the phone by infielder Kristopher Negron.  Afterwards, we’ll play another round of trivia with tonight’s theme being All-Star Game Trivia.  The show starts at 6pm.

And in case you missed it, in honor of #GivingTuesday, We’ll be collecting cat food/supplies tonight to donate to my friends at Ohio Alleycat Resource.  If you’re planning to join us at the Holy Grail Banks, we’ll gladly accept anything you can donate to the kitty cats.  I posted a “wish list” of things HERE.


I received a few questions regarding the “non-tender” deadline and how that’ll affect the Reds.  My main man Mark Sheldon covers that eloquently HERE.


And take a look at this video of some of the Reds longest home runs of 2014…


That’s all for now. See ya tonight!



It’s a great week to be a Reds fan!  In addition to Redsfest on Friday and Saturday, don’t forget to attend the Holy Grail Banks Tuesday night for a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show and Better Off Red baseball trivia!  The Hot Stove show goes from 6-7, and the trivia show (hosted by yours truly) gets underway immediately after.

Since Tuesday is officially #GivingTuesday, I’ll be collecting cat supplies/food to donate to my friends at the Ohio Alleycat Resource.  The folks at OAR (@OARNow) do amazing work running a no-kill cat adoption center here in Cincinnati.  As a non-profit organization they depend on help from the community and could really benefit from the following items:

– Fancy Feast pate-style canned cat food
– Paper towels
– Bleach
– Laundry detergent
– Friskies or 9-lives pate style wet food
– Any style of dry food
– Old sheets and towels

If you’d like to join me in giving back on #GivingTuesday, bring any of the stuff above to the Reds Hot Stove League/BOR Trivia on Tuesday night at the Holy Grail Banks, and I’ll personally make sure it gets to the kitty cats at OAR.




?????Redsfest Highlights • Dec. 5-6, 2014

Over 80 current and former Reds players, coaches & broadcasters scheduled to appear

FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank at The Duke Energy Convention Center
• Friday, Dec. 5 from 3 to 10:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The first 11,000 fans through the Redsfest doors each day will receive a free Reds drawstring bag and a commemorative 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® ornament.

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.

Tickets are available at reds.com, by phone at (513) 381-REDS, at the Great American Ball Park box office and at select Kroger stores with Ticketmaster retail outlets. Tickets will also be available at Redsfest on Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 7 a.m.
• 2-day tickets are $25 for adults; $12 for kids (12 and younger)
• 1-day tickets are $17 for adults; $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. St. Louis Cardinals game on Sunday, April 12. Fans purchasing a one-day Redsfest admission will receive one free ticket to the April 12 game.

Current and Former Players at Redsfest
• Over 80 current players and coaches, minor leaguers and broadcasters are expected to attend including Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier and Billy Hamilton. Many Reds Hall of Famers and alumni are expected including Ron Oester, Tom Browning, Eric Davis and Mario Soto. The updated list of scheduled attendees is available at reds.com/redsfest.

Autograph and Photo Sessions
• Over 100 player autograph sessions and player photograph sessions are free of charge with a Redsfest general admission ticket. There are three types of autograph sessions at Redsfest: General Public, Season Ticket Holders Only and Kids Only. Specific times for player appearances will be announced 30 minutes prior to the autograph and photo sessions on the info screens on the Redsfest floor and on the Reds official Twitter account @Reds. Fans can also receive these via text alerts by texting REDSFEST to 66128.

2015 Reds tickets available for purchase at Redsfest include:
• ALL-STAR GAME® Tickets: Want tickets to the 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® at Great American Ball Park? Guarantee your chance to buy ALL-STAR GAME® tickets by purchasing Reds half-season ticket plans and above starting at under $9 per seat.
• “Nasty Boys” Pick-6 Plan: Guarantee the new “Nasty Boys” triple bobblehead featuring 1990 relief pitchers Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers when you buy the Nasty Boys Pick-6 plan, presented by McDonald’s. This six-game ticket plan includes the Sat., April 25 Reds vs. Cubs game (Nasty Boys bobblehead night), six free McDonald’s Extra Value Meals® and five additional regular season home games of your choice, exclusions apply. Save up to 28% with this first ever commemorative triple bobblehead.
• April Pass: For just $70, the Reds April Pass gets you Upper View Level tickets to 11 home games in April, including Opening Night, two bobblehead games, two Fireworks Fridays and more. (not including Opening Day)
• Opening Homestand: Fans can purchase single game tickets to the Opening Homestand games against the Pirates & Cardinals April 8-12.

Main Stage Highlights
• 5:30 p.m. – Introduction of the Reds Players Past and Present
• 6:30 p.m. – Kids Only Press Conference, presented by Kroger
• 7:10 p.m. – Hot Stove Report, presented by FOX Sports Ohio
• 8:00 p.m. – 2014 Team Awards
• 8:35 p.m. – Redsfest Cooking Show presented by DNC Sportservice
• 9:10 p.m. – Reds Family Feud presented by Ohio Air National Guard
• 11:30 a.m. – Hot Stove Report presented by FOX Sports Ohio
• 12:30 p.m. – Redsfest Cooking Show presented by DNC Sportservice
• 1:20 p.m. – Kids-only Press Conference, presented by Kroger
• 2:05 p.m. – Harlem Globetrotters
• 3:00 p.m. – Reds Family Feud presented by Ohio Air National Guard
• 4:00 p.m. – Reds Alumni “Bull Session” presented by Majestic
• 5:00 p.m. – Baseball IQ presented by New Era

Fun for Kids
• The Reds Heads Fun Zone presented by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital on the third floor includes more than 20,000 square feet of activities for kids including bounce houses, trampolines, arcade games, photos with Santa Claus and more.
• Reds mascots Gapper, Mr. Redlegs, Rosie Red and Mr. Red will have designated rooms on the second floor where kids can come throughout Redsfest to have a photo taken with their favorite mascot. Each room will have a unique theme that will make for a great photo opportunity.
• Reds Heads Kids Club & Reds Rookies: Memberships to Reds Rookies, the official baby fan club of the Reds, and Reds Heads Kids Club, the official kids club of the Reds, will be on sale at Redsfest at the Reds Heads booths located on the main floor and the third floor. For both clubs, fans can take advantage of a limited time offer during December only starting at Redsfest.

Reds Connect Zone & Social Media at #Redsfest
• The main floor of Redsfest includes the Reds Connect Zone, a social media area featuring an exclusive free WiFi hotspot and phone charging stations. Reds players and bloggers will make appearances at the Connect Zone throughout the event, and fans can watch live broadcasts from Reds on Radio network affiliates.

Win a trip to Spring Training in Goodyear
• Visit the Goodyear Ballpark Spring Training booth at Redsfest and register for the “Get to Goodyear Spring Training Getaway Sweepstakes” from the City of Goodyear. One lucky fan will win a four day/three night trip that includes airfare for four people to Phoenix, hotel accommodations, car rental and tickets to a Reds Spring Training game at Goodyear Ballpark. Approximate value: $3,500. Postcard entries also accepted. Details and rules available at reds.com/spring.

Reds Merchandise & Memorabilia
• Don’t forget to stop by the Majestic Reds merchandise booth for all the newest official Reds apparel and official MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® apparel. Fans can purchase authenticated, game used and autographed memorabilia from all of your favorite current Reds players straight from the clubhouse. From baseball cards and photos to hard-to-find collectibles, there’s a piece of memorabilia for every Reds fan.

Redsfest Poker Tournament
• The ninth annual Prestige Audio Visual & Creative Services Reds Community Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament presented by Ashlee Fence is Saturday at 3 p.m. The winner takes home a guaranteed $11,000 grand prize.

All proceeds from Redsfest benefit the baseball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.


We had another great turnout last night at the Holy Grail Banks for the Reds Hot Stove League radio show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia !

Mo Egger and Doug Flynn were joined on the phone by Jeff Brantley and Todd Frazier for the Hot Stove show, which you can stream HERE.  Doug stuck around after the show to play trivia for the “Bombers” team.  At one point we had a total of nine teams – not bad…hopefully more next week!

As always, the fine folks at the Holy Grail Banks took great care of us and provided a great atmosphere for Reds fans to enjoy the evening.  Another a successful night! A big thanks to everyone who came by!

I hope YOU join us for all of the fun next week!

If you’re interested in seeing last night’s trivia script, including the brain-bending questions that were asked click here —> November 25

Here are last night’s results…

  1. The Gurus – 169 points
  2. The Bombers – 128 points
  3. Redleg Ryans – 104 points
  4. Catcha Ya Later – 84 points
  5. OU Bobcats – 64 points
  6. In Seat-a-Squad – 25 points
  7. Natty B’z – <Forfeit>
  8. The GaGas – <Forfeit>
  9. The Lettermen – <Forfeit>


Join us tonight for the Reds Hot Stove League radio show and Better Off Red baseball trivia, live at the Holy Grail Banks, beginning at 6pm!

Mo Egger is tonight’s Hot Stove show host and he’ll be joined on the phone, first by “The Cowboy” Jeff Brantley, followed by Reds All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier.

Immediately after the Hot Stove show, stick around for another edition of Better Off Red baseball trivia, hosted by yours truly.  Former National League Gold Glove second baseman and the self-proclaimed “Glue of the Big Red Machine” Doug Flynn will be in attendance to participate in tonight’s trivia contest as a “celebrity contestant.”  He also has agreed to give out free hugs.

There’s no better way to get your baseball fix than by spending your evening at the Holy Grail Banks for the Reds Hot Stove League radio show and Better Off Red baseball trivia!

See ya tonight at 6!


(Trivia clue: Tonight’s theme is the year 2000.)


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Announce Promotions In Baseball Operations Department

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announcing the hirings of longtime baseball executive Kevin Towers as Special Assistant/Player Personnel and veteran scout Jeff Schugel as Special Assistant/Pro Scout.

Towers, 53, spent the last 4 years as Executive Vice President and General Manager at Arizona and led the Diamondbacks to the National League West Division championship in 2011.

Towers has 18 years’ experience as a Major League general manager. He spent 14 of those seasons as the GM for the San Diego Padres from 1996-2009. During that period, the Padres won NL West Division championships in 1996, 1998, 2005 and 2006 and advanced to the World Series in 1998. Towers’ 2007 club fell just shy of advancing to the Postseason for the third straight year after losing a tie-breaker game to the Colorado Rockies.

Schugel, 53, spent last season, his 31st in professional baseball, as Special Assistant to Atlanta Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Frank Wren.

Before joining the Braves in 2014, Schugel spent 9 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as a Major League scout and then special assignment scout. He also worked in various scouting capacities for the Minnesota Twins (1987-91), Colorado Rockies (1993-2000) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2000-04).

In other front office news, Vice President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams was named Vice President, Assistant General Manager; Director of Baseball Operations Nick Krall was named Senior Director of Baseball Operations; Director of Baseball Research and Analysis Sam Grossman was named Senior Director of Baseball Analytics; Eric Lee was named Manager of Baseball Operations; and Bo Thompson was named Baseball Operations Analyst.

In the international scouting department, Director of Latin American Scouting Tony Arias was named Director, International Scouting; Assistant Director of Latin American Scouting Miguel Machado was named Assistant Director, International Scouting; Coordinator of Global Scouting Jim Stoeckel was named Director, Global Scouting; International Scout and Dominican Republic Scouting Coordinator Richard Jimenez was named Director, Latin American Scouting; and Dominican Republic scout Emmanuel Cartagena was named Scouting Coordinator, Dominican Republic.



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