From the Cincinnati Reds:

The Cincinnati Reds offer condolences to the family and friends of longtime scout and cross checker Jeff Barton, who died yesterday at age 50. Jeff was a part of the Reds’ family for more than 26 years and touched not only our organization but also the baseball scouting fraternity. He made countless contributions to the success of the Reds franchise and was instrumental in the signing of many former and current Reds players. At December’s upcoming Winter Meetings in Nashville, Jeff will be recognized as Scout of the Year for the west region. Our thoughts and prayers are with wife Karen and daughters Allison, Makenna and Avery.


The Scout of the Year Award honors a lifetime of scouting excellence. Jeff received the most votes in the history of the award.

In his role as a cross checker, Jeff had influence in the drafting and signing of, among others, Trevor Hoffman, Joey Votto, Michael Lorenzen, Robert Stephenson, Jon Moscot, Tony Cingrani, Justin Turner, Mike Leake and Brad Boxberger.



This week’s episode of the Better Off Red Podcast features two-time Gold Glove second baseman Pokey Reese!

Pokey tells us what he’s up to these days, his thoughts on Brandon Phillips, playing for the 1999 Reds and 2004 Red Sox and much more!

Music on the podcast this week was provided by the fantastic English singer-songwriter Jack Broadbent.  Check out his new album “Along the Trail of Tears” available now on iTunes.

The latest edition of the Better Off Red Podcast is available HERE!


In honor of Veterans Day, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is pleased to offer all veterans and active military members complimentary general admission (with valid I.D.) Wednesday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 15.

Additionally, the first 200 visitors to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will receive a free commemorative Reds Military Appreciation coin, while supplies last. (Visitors need not be a veteran to receive the coin.)


The following Reds Hall of Famers served in the armed forces:
– Johnny Bench
– Ewell Blackwell
– Smoky Burgess
– Harry Craft
– Lonny Frey
– Warren Giles
– Ken Griffey, Sr.
– Tommy Helms
– Bob Howsam
– Fred Hutchinson
– Brooks Lawrence
– Mike McCormick
– Eppa Rixey
– Johnny Temple
– Johnny Vander Meer

The plaques of Reds Hall of Famers who have served their country will be marked for visitors’ reference.

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at Great American Ball Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday during the offseason.

Plan your visit at redsmuseum.org or by calling (513) 765-7923.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 85 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction. The museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.

Located at Great American Ball Park, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round.

Plan your visit at http://www.redsmuseum.org or by calling 513-765-7923.




Redsfest Tickets On Sale Now

CINCINNATI (Nov. 10, 2015) — FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Downtown Cincinnati on Friday, Dec. 4 from 3 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

More than 80 current players and coaches, Reds Hall of Famers, alumni and broadcasters are expected to attend including Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier and Billy Hamilton.

Tickets are on sale now at reds.com/redsfest, (513) 381-REDS, Great American Ball Park box office and select Kroger stores with Ticketmaster retail outlets.

Two-day tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and younger. One-day tickets are $17 for adults and $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. Pittsburgh Pirates game on Sunday, April 10. Fans purchasing a one-day Redsfest admission will receive one free ticket to the April 10 game.

The first 11,000 fans though the Redsfest doors each day will receive a free Reds drawstring bag and a Mr. Redlegs knit cap.

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.

For the most up-to-date information and additional details about Redsfest, including Autograph Opportunity Sweepstakes and Elite Pass Auctions, please visit reds.com/redsfest.

Sign up now for the Redsfest “Texas hold ‘em” poker tournament at reds.com/poker or (513) 765-7240. The 10th annual Prestige Audio Visual & Creative Services Reds Community Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament presented by Ashlee Fence takes place on Saturday, Dec. 5 with a guaranteed $11,000 first prize.

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


Join us tonight at the Holy Grail Banks beginning at 6pm ET for the Hot Stove League Radio Show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!


Reds-NutcrackerNew Holiday Gift Pack & Kids Club memberships available now

CINCINNATI (Nov. 9, 2015) — The Cincinnati Reds are selling the recently-released “Holiday Gift Pack” and 2016 Reds Heads Kids Club memberships at Kenwood Towne Centre.

Located just inside the main Montgomery Road entrance by Cheesecake Factory, the Reds are offering both gift options at a freestanding retail booth through December 31.

Reds Holiday Gift Pack
• Four (4) ticket credits that can be used for any combination of 2016 regular season games (excluding Opening Day)
• Limited edition Reds nutcracker
• Prices start as low as $40

2016 Reds Heads Kids Club
• Official kids club membership for Reds fans ages 3-12
• Membership kit includes exclusive merchandise, free Reds tickets, members-only experiences and much more.
• All for one low price of $30 ($200 value)

The Holiday Gift Pack and Kids Club membership kits are available at:
• Kenwood Towne Centre: 7875 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236
• Online: reds.com/Holiday
• By phone: 513-765-7500
• At the Great American Ball Park administrative offices lobby (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)



Don’t forget, the Reds kick off their Hot Stove League Show tomorrow (Tuesday) LIVE at the Holy Grail Banks!

Following the hour-long radio show, I’ll be hosting another edition of Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!

So, if you need your baseball fix, Holy Grail Banks is the place to be on November 10. We’ll get started at 6pm ET. I hope to see you there!


In honor of no-shave November, Burt BobbleRed has been growing out his whiskers…


Thanks to J.J. Osman for the image





This week’s Better Off Red Podcast is now available HERE!

This week, Reds Hall of Famer Jim Maloney joins me for a baseball-filled conversation that I’m certain you’ll enjoy. Jim talks about the multiple no-hitters he threw when he was one of the best pitchers in the game during the 1960s. He also reveals that former Reds GM Bob Howsam questioned his toughness and ability to play through pain.

Jim Maloney played for legendary managers Fred Hutchinson and Sparky Anderson and was the only player to appear on both the Reds’ 1961 and 1970 rosters.  Both of those teams went to the World Series.

I could’ve listened to Jim for hours.  He has so many great stories and had an amazing Major League career.  Most of all, he’s a world-class guy; a benevolent gentleman. Talking to Jim reminded me of being a kid at the barber shop hanging on every word as the weekly regulars waxed poetic on baseball.

I hope you’ll enjoy this week’s podcast with Jim Maloney.  A big thanks to Eleventh Dream Day for providing our music this week!  Check out their latest album Works For Tomorrow.

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Next week’s guest is two-time Gold Glove second baseman Pokey Reese!



Dick Williams

Dick Williams

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds executive Walt Jocketty today announced Dick Williams has been promoted to Senior Vice President, General Manager. He will assume those duties immediately. Jocketty will remain the club’s President of Baseball Operations and will continue to oversee the department.

Jocketty said, “As is the case with any business, it’s critical to have a succession plan in place. Dick has been here for 10 years, he’s learned the business, and we are confident he is ready to take on the GM responsibilities.”

Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said, “Eight seasons ago we trusted Walt to provide this organization with leadership, and he produced championship-caliber teams. Walt reset the expectations and culture of this franchise. He and his staff have been responsible for our return to the postseason in recent years and I know Dick has the qualities and ability to continue that tradition of success in the future. As a small market team, we will always continue to look for ways to innovate. As we have done in recent years, the Reds will continue to work harder and smarter to make up for our relatively limited resources.”

Williams said, “I am very grateful for and humbled by this opportunity that Bob and Walt have given me. I believe my promotion is a reflection on the entire team that works behind the scenes to support our efforts. Walt has been a great resource to me and I look forward to our continued collaboration.”

Williams, 44, joined the Reds’ baseball operations department following the 2005 season and since then has been involved in every aspect of that department. He served the organization as Director of Baseball Business Operations and Vice President of Baseball Operations before he became Vice President, Assistant General Manager in November of last year.

Jocketty, 64, was hired as a special advisor to Castellini in January 2008 and then in April of that year was named President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. He led the Reds to three postseason appearances, including National League Central Division championships in 2010 and 2012 and the 2013 Wild Card game. In franchise history, that stretch of 3 playoff appearances in 4 seasons is matched only by the Big Red Machine teams that went to the playoffs six times.

Jocketty has spent 41 seasons in professional baseball, the last 21 years as a Major League general manager. Three times since 2000 he was voted by his peers Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year, most recently in 2010 after leading the Reds to their first playoff appearance in 15 seasons.


EDDIE MILNER: 1955 – 2015

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It’s with great sadness to report the passing of former Reds outfielder Eddie Milner.


From Reds Hall of Fame Operations Manager & Chief Curator Chris Eckes

Eddie Milner
May 21, 1955 – November 2, 2015.
A tremendous defensive outfielder possessed of great speed, Eddie Milner was drafted by the Reds in 1976 and moved steadily through the Reds’ farm system before making his Major League debut in 1980. A native of Columbus, OH, Milner became a regular in 1982, leading the team in stolen bases with 18. Milner paced the club in steals again in 1983 with a career-high 41, a figure that ranked 6th in the National League. In the outfield, Milner was one of the league’s top defenders. From 1983 – 1986, he regularly ranked among league leaders in games played, putouts, chances, and fielding percentage. In 1983, he was arguably the league’s best defensive center fielder, pacing the NL in fielding percentage and assists. Traded to the Giants prior to the 1987 season, Milner helped San Francisco to the 1987 Western Division championship and appeared in the postseason in that year’s National League Championship Series. Milner returned to the Reds for the 1988 campaign, his last in the Major Leagues. In recent years, Milner has made multiple appearances at the Reds Hall of Fame and at Hall of Fame chapter events throughout Reds Country. In January of 2015, Eddie served as a coach at Reds Fantasy Camp in Goodyear, AZ.


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





Rosters for the prestigious Arizona Fall League’s 10th annual Fall Stars Game have been announced, as have the game’s final vote candidates.

OF Phillip Ervin is hoping to join fellow Reds farmhand, INF Alex Blandino on the Western Division roster but he’ll need your vote to do so.  Ervin is one of three West Division final vote candidates.

To vote for Phillip Ervin, CLICK HERE!

The AFL 2015 Fall Stars Game will take place this Saturday (November 7) at 8:08 ET and air on both MLB Network and Sirius/XM’s MLB Radio.





On Monday the Reds reinstated from the 60-day disabled list RHP Homer Bailey, C Devin Mesoraco, SS Zack Cozart and RHP Jon Moscot.

The club also announced that it has outrighted to Louisville RHP Sam LeCure and declined the 2016 contract options on RHP Burke Badenhop and IF/OF Skip Schumaker.

LHP Sean Marshall, LHP Manny Parra and C Brayan Pena became free agents.


That’s all for now, more in a bit.

Expect good news,



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


The Reds announced last week that the following players have been outrighted off the team’s 40-man roster:

Nate Adcock
Collin Balester
Brennan Boesch
Jason Bourgeois
David Holmberg
Kris Negron
Josh Smith


It’s never too early for Christmas. In fact, it’s closer than you think. I love this…


In case you missed some of the great Reds-themed halloween costumes over the weekend, the Reds Twitter account has gotcha covered…

Happy Halloween from one of my preschoolers and his awesome homemade costume! @lisabraun @reds pic.twitter.com/pmOpeNCmcT — Josh Shortt (@radioclash77) October 29, 2015


The Reds Hot Stove League Show kicks off on Tuesday, November 10 at the Holy Grail Banks!  The popular hour-long Reds radio show will be hosted by Marty Brennaman and other Reds broadcasters and feature news and interviews with Reds players, coaches and front office personnel.

Once again this year, Better Off Red Baseball Trivia will take place immediately following the Hot Stove program at the Holy Grail.  Come for the Hot Stove show and stay for your chance to win cool prizes during 9 innings of brain-bending baseball trivia, hosted by yours truly!

Here’s the Hot Stove schedule:



That’s all for now. More in a bit!

Expect good news!



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