Congratulations to the newest members of the esteemed Reds Cap Club



Wrestling in 2015

Wrestling in 1986


Wanna join the Reds Cap Club? It’s easy! Simply email/tweet/instagram me a photo of you wearing your favorite Reds headgear and I’ll post the pic next Friday, right here on Better Off Red.



LHP Aroldis Chapman has agreed to terms on a 1-year contract through the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration. His hearing was scheduled for today.



Jackie Robinson’s daughter, Sharon Robinson, last night visited with about 50 youngsters at Cincinnati’s MLB Urban Youth Academy.

Students in grades 4-9 have until March 13 to enter the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life essay contest at mlb.com/breakingbarriers

MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon has more info HERE.

Photos courtesy of my colleague, Michael “Mando” Anderson


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Baseball 101 event May 28 at Great American Ball Park

CINCINNATI (Feb. 12, 2015) — Do you wish you knew more about the game of baseball or are you looking for a fun night out with the girls?

The second annual St. Elizabeth Healthcare A Night of Their Own – Baseball 101 will be held Thursday, May 28 at Great American Ball Park from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This exclusive event gives women of all ages the opportunity to EAT, PLAY and LEARN with Reds coaches, broadcasters, staff and special guests to get an inside look at the game of baseball.

• Enjoy a dinner buffet in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club
• Open bar with beer, wine, and the signature drink, the Rosietini

• Practice your skills on the field by throwing a pitch from the mound or snagging a flyball in the outfield
• Take cuts in the same batting cages used by the players

• Meet Reds manager Bryan Price and special guests
• Receive tips from Reds coaches

Event tickets are $150 and include:
– Dinner buffet with open bar
– Goodie bag and event t-shirt
– Reds ticket for future game
– Guided tour of Great American Ball Park with stops in the Reds clubhouse, press box and broadcast booths.

Space is limited. Sign up today at reds.com/baseball101 or (513) 765-7065.

All proceeds from St. Elizabeth Healthcare A Night of Their Own – Baseball 101 benefit the baseball-themed youth outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.


A big “thanks” to all of the teams that participated in Tuesday night’s BOR Baseball Trivia at Holy Grail Banks!  We have just two more, so if you haven’t had a chance to see what all the fuss is about, please join us this coming Tuesday following the Reds Hot Stove show!

To see Tuesday’s trivia script, including the questions/answers, click here > February 10

And below is Tuesday’s leaderboard…




CINCINNATI (Feb. 10, 2015) — The Cincinnati Reds and Findlay Market Association announce that 1990 relief pitchers Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers will serve as the Grand Marshals of the 96th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, which kicks off at Noon on Monday, April 6, 2015.

Known as the Nasty Boys, the trio of Charlton, Dibble and Myers were key figures in the Reds 1990 wire-to-wire season that ended with a four-game sweep of the Oakland A’s to win the World Series.

The first pitch for the Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day game is 4:10 p.m.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1990 World Championship, the Reds are planning a celebration the weekend of April 24-26, exhibits and events at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum throughout the season and are offering fans an exclusive opportunity to guarantee the new “Nasty Boys” triple bobblehead on April 25.

“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 pick five additional regular season home games of your choice, exclusions apply.

Visit http://www.reds.com/pick6 or (513) 765-7500 to secure the first Reds triple bobblehead and save up to 28%.

Additional details to honor the 1990 team will be announced at a later date.



I hope you’ll join us tonight at 6 o’clock at the Holy Grail Banks for a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show!  Afterwards, stick around for another action-packed edition of Better Off Red Baseball Trivia, hosted by yours truly!

And just for you loyal BOR readers who like to get a head-start on trivia, here’s one of tonight’s questions…

Save it: The single-season save record of 62 was set in 2008 by what pitcher?


You know it’s getting close to Spring Training when the Reds begin loading up their equipment truck.  Here are photos from the incomparable Michael “Mando” Anderson


From the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum…

Presidents’ Day Weekend at the Reds HOF

CINCINNATI (Feb. 10, 2015) — The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum are planning special events for the upcoming Presidents’ Day Weekend:

Baseball and the Presidents – Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.
• Historian Mel Marmer returns to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. to present “Baseball and the Presidents.” Mr. Marmer offers an insightful look into the association between baseball and the Presidency of the United States. In addition to appearing at the Reds Hall of Fame during previous Presidents’ Day weekends, Mr. Marmer has also spoken at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. The presentation is free with museum admission.

Half-Price Admission on Presidents’ Day – Monday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• In honor of Presidents’ Day, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will be offering half-price admission on Monday, Feb. 16. Discounted admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and $3 for active military and veterans. Children ages four and younger are free.

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is located next to Great American Ball Park at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202.

Plan your visit at www.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 and Museum at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. 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. Since its inception, 84 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.


See ya tonight!

Expect good news,




The Reds made some moves over the weekend.  Here is a rundown…

  • 3B Todd Frazier agreed to a two-year deal, avoiding arbitration.
  • RHP Burke Badenhop signed a one-year contract through 2015 with a mutual option for 2016.
  • RHP Kevin Gregg signed a minor league contract with an invitation to 2015 Major League ST camp.
  • Dustin Hughes has been named Reds bullpen catcher.
  • LHP Ismael Guillon has been designated for assignment.

For the Reds updated roster, click here > Expanded Roster


And speaking of Frazier, he squares off today against Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in the second round of the #FaceOfMLB twitter contest.  Please include #ToddFrazier and #FaceOfMLB in your tweets today (through 8am tomorrow)!  You can “vote” 25 times per twitter account, so let’s get moving Reds fans!




Happy Friday, everyone! As you know, Fridays are #RedsCapClub days here on Better Off Red and we have some new members this week!  If you’d like to join the club, do what the folks below did and email/tweet/instagram me a photo of you (or a friend/loved one/John Stamos) wearing a Reds cap.   That’s it!  Easy easy!

Without further ado, here are the newest members of the esteemed Reds Cap Club…



Bryson and Christina

Bryson and Christina




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