?????CINCINNATI (Jan. 6, 2015) — The 2015 Cincinnati Reds Caravan kicks off Thursday, Jan. 22 from the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum and will travel 3,300 miles over four days visiting five states before culminating Sunday, Jan. 25 at Great American Ball Park for the annual Select-A-Seat event. The Caravan is presented by the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network.

The four Caravan tours travel through Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee providing fans with the opportunity to interact with current and former players, top minor leaguers, broadcasters and members of the Reds front office staff. At each of the 17 fan stops, the groups will field questions and sign autographs while time allows.

The tours return to Cincinnati on Sunday, Jan. 25 for the Select-A-Seat event in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club at Great American Ball Park where they will join fans meeting with Reds ticket representatives to choose ticket plans and seat locations for the 2015 season.

“For the second year in a row we are sending four Caravan tours to visit every corner of Reds Country,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. “The Caravan is our official kick-off to the new season and our players, coaches, broadcasters and office personnel are excited to meet with loyal fans at all the stops across five states.”

All Caravan fan stops are free and open to the public, and at each fan stop listed below (excluding Select-A-Seat) the Reds will raffle two tickets to the 2015 Opening Day game on Monday, April 6 (4:10 pm) vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates and and two tickets to T-Mobile ALL-STAR FANFEST® at Duke Energy Convention Center during 2015 MLB All-Star Week (July 10th – 14th).


Here are a few videos of new Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd

Here’s hoping Reds fans at Great American Ball Park see a few of these monster shots by Byrd in 2015…

The rap on Byrd is that he’s going to play his heart out for ya. These plays seems to confirm it…

I think he’ll be just fine in left field, don’t you?


Don’t forget to submit to me your Reds Cap Club photos!


Join us at the Holy Grail Banks tomorrow for another live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!  The Hot Stove show at 6pm precedes Baseball Trivia which goes on around 7:10ish.  It’s a great way to get your Reds fix as we are now a little more than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training camp!




Last week Better Off Red announced the return of the Reds Cap Club.  Each Friday, we’ll introduce to you the newest members of this very exclusive club.  If you’d like to join, all you have to do is email me (jramsey@reds.com), instagram me or tweet me (@Jamieblog) a photo of you or a friend/loved one wearing a Reds cap; simple as that.

Without further ado, here are the new cap clubbers…

Jarod Hoffman

Jarod Hoffman

Robin Thompson

Robin Thompson



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Send Minor League RHP Ben Lively To Philadelphia

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the acquisition of OF Marlon Byrd and cash from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league RHP Ben Lively.

Byrd, 37, in a career-high 154 appearances last season hit .264 with 28 doubles, a career-best 25 HR and 85 RBI. He led the Phillies in HR, extra-base hits (55) and total bases (263) while ranking second among all National League right fielders in HR and RBI.

Byrd has averaged 15 homers and 71 RBI over a 13-year Major League career with the Phillies, Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates. He has 845 career appearances in center field, 398 appearances in right field and 144 appearances in left field. Byrd spent most of the last 2 seasons playing right field for the Mets and Phillies.

Lively, 22, in 26 starts last season at Class A Bakersfield and Class AA Pensacola combined to finish 13-7 with 3.04 ERA.




A record thirteen teams joined us last night for Better Off Red Baseball Trivia at the Holy Grail Banks.  Thanks to each and everyone of you who made it out to participate, and here’s hoping we’ll see YOU this coming Tuesday for more brain-bending baseball trivia!

If you’d like to take a look at last night’s script, click here –> December 30

Last night’s final leaderboard…

1. The Gurus: 84pts
2. Nenni’s Ninnies: 72pts
Thomas & Friends: 72pts
4. Hoboken Zephyrs: 64pts
5. Schottzie O2: 60pts
6. Catch Ya Later: 59pts
7. Team Arbormist: 50pts
8. Johntsons: 12pts
9. Germ: 0pts
Redlegs Ryan: 0pts
State of Mind: 0pts
Team Bresnan: 0pts
T.Ferguson: 0pts


Tonight at 6pm, another live action-packed edition of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia takes place at the Holy Grail Banks!  Hot Stove host Jim Kelch will be joined by Cincinnati Enquirer Reds beat writer John Fay and Fox Sports Ohio’s Jim Day.  (Note: Jon Jay and Jason Bay were not asked to attend).

Better Off Red Baseball Trivia, hosted by yours truly, immediately follows the live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League show.  This week, our first-place team will receive a voucher for four free tickets to an upcoming 2015 Reds game at GABP!   Join us, won’t ya?!


Hello everyone!  I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday break and got to spend some quality time with family, friends and/or loved ones.  Some of you are still in your pajamas, enjoying another week away from the office; for that, I offer my most sincere “cheers!”

We have a few things here at Better Off Red to catch you up on…

Some of you long-time BOR readers remember the Reds Cap Club, right?  Well if you’re new to this or perhaps don’t remember, the Reds Cap Club was something we used to celebrate here on the blog every Friday.  I’d simply ask for emails (jramsey@reds.com), Instagrams or Tweets (@Jamieblog) featuring images of folks wearing their Reds caps & hats.  The photos would be posted on the blog and those folks would then become the newest members of the Reds Cap Club.

Well, we’re getting the club back together starting this Friday and we’re looking for new members of the Reds Cap Club. For those of you who may have already joined the club a long time ago, your membership needs to be updated!  Simply email, Instagram or Tweet me a pic of your coconut in a Reds cap and…voila…you’ll become the newest RCC member!  (And by sending in your photo, you’ve agreed to have it posted here on Better Off Red).

What are club privileges, you ask?  Great question.  It’s top secret (meaning, nothing other than you get your photo on BOR and recognized by me as one of the coolest people in all of the land!).

I have one more New Era Winter Meetings cap to give away, so I figure I’ll make it available to one lucky participant in this week’s Reds Cap Club party.  Send in your photo and you could be randomly chosen to win the lid.

In addition to the Winter Meetings Cap, I’ll also give away a new book by my friend Craig Lindvahl entitled Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday: And Other Stuff You’ll Need to Know Tomorrow.  You might remember Craig as the filmmaker of Let’s Get Ready to Win: A Day at Great American Ball Park.  His new book is fabulous and I think you’ll enjoy it.  The winner of the cap will also get the book.


The Reds Hot Stove Radio Show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia RETURN to the Holy Grail Banks tomorrow (Tuesday, December 30)!  Join us beginning at 6pm for a live episode of the Hot Stove show and then stick around for some brain-bending baseball trivia, hosted by yours truly.  It’s always a good time and I’d love to see you!


Interested to see how Reds players are fairing in the Winter Leagues?  Check out the stats below…




That’s all for now!  More in a bit!

Expect good news,



Congratulations to our neighbors, the Cincinnati Bengals for a big Monday night victory and sealing their fourth straight playoff berth! Who Dey!


Need some Reds in your life this Christmas? Here’s a note from our friends at Fox Sports Ohio…

FOX Sports Ohio to air Reds Rewinds this Wednesday & Thursday and debut RedsFest Live Wednesday at 8:00pm

The first Reds Rewind, the Reds-Rockies game from May 11th featuring Aroldis Chapman’s return, airs this Wednesday, Dec. 24th at 6:00pm.

CINCINNATI, OHIO – Celebrate the holidays with FOX Sports Ohio with Reds Rewinds and RedsFest Live! FOX Sports Ohio is excited to replay four Reds games from the 2014 season and premiere RedsFest Live this Wednesday and Thursday.

Starting at 6:00pm on Wednesday, December 24th, FOX Sports Ohio will replay two Reds games from last season and debut RedsFest Live.
• The 6:00pm replay features the Reds game from May 11th, 2014, when Aroldis Chapman hit 100 mph 15 times against the Rockies in his return from his preseason injury.
• At 8:00pm, tune in to FOX Sports Ohio for the premiere of RedsFest Live.
o What do Reds fans have to look forward to this upcoming season? Jim Day goes one-on-one with Reds Manager Bryan Price for some of those answers.
o Plus, it’s the youngsters asking the tough questions of Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton and Devin Mesoraco in the Kids Only Press Conference.
o And, we know what Sam LeCure can do on the mound, but what about in the kitchen? Find out what LeCure has cooking!
o A top prospect had a fan-tastic surprise for the crowd.
• The 8:30pm Reds Rewind will be the Reds-Pirates game from June 17th, 2014, where Todd Frazier’s home run in the ninth lifted Cincinnati over Pittsburgh. Billy Hamilton had three hits and two stolen bases.

Starting at 7:00am on Thursday, December 25th, FOX Sports Ohio will replay two additional Reds games.
• The 7:00am Rewind will be the Reds-Cardinals game from September 11th, 2014, when Johnny Cueto pitched eight scoreless innings to lead the Reds to a 1-0 victory.
• At 9:00am, tune in to FOX Sports Ohio for the replay of the Reds-Pirates game from September 28th, 2014, when Johnny Cueto won his 20th game of the season, the first Red to accomplish this since 1988.


On behalf of everyone here at Better Off Red, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday break.  Merry Christmas and happy new new year!!

…and a hearty congratulations to Zach and Danielle!!


Be back soon!



Thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!  We’re going to take next Tuesday off, but we’ll be back at the Holy Grail Banks on December 30th.  I hope you can join us!

To view last night’s Trivia script, click here —> December 16

Here’s the final leaderboard…

  1. Red Hot Ball of Fury – 91 pts
  2. Catch Ya Later – 83 pts
  3. Eppa Rixey’s Midnight Runners – 81 pts
  4. Schrute Farms – 64 pts
  5. Dollstar Tattoo – 55 pts
  6. OU Bobcats – 1 pt
  7. Quiz-N-Pants – 0 pt



Join us tonight at the Holy Grail Banks for a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show, hosted by Marty Brennaman and Thom Brennaman.  Immediately following that incredible life-altering experience, prepare to have your mind blown by Better Off Red Baseball Trivia, hosted by yours truly!

We’ll get started at 6pm, and the Brennaman boys should have plenty to talk about following the deals the Reds made at the Winter Meetings; and I’ll give you an opportunity to win fun prizes during BOR Trivia, including a new Better Off Red t-shirt!

So break up the last few days of your work schedule by immersing yourself in Reds baseball, tonight at the Holy Grail Banks!!!



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