Tuesday morning news and notes Doug Gray January 10, 2017 15 Comments The Cincinnati Reds Caravan is one of the premiere events of the offseason. The organization puts forth several groups of announcers, players (past, present and future) and front office personnel and have them travel throughout “Reds country”. That usually only extends a few hundred miles outside of Cincinnati. Not anymore. For the first time the Reds will take the Caravan to Pensacola, Florida. That, of course, is the home of the Blue Wahoos. The Reds have been their only affiliate since they became a franchise in 2012. The stop will be minor league focused with Dick Williams and Jeff Graupe representing the front office on the trip along with Zach Vincej, Jackson Stephens and Ray Chang – all of whom played with Pensacola in the 2016 season. If you’re in Pensacola, the event will be on Saturday January 14th from 12pm-2pm at Blue Wahoos Stadium. The event will open an hour early, at 11am, for season ticket holders. It’s a free event for everyone and open to the public. Jon Moscot has been in Israel promoting baseball and the World Baseball Classic along with several other members of Team Israel and several Major League employees. C. Trent Rosecrans talked with him over the weekend about some of his experiences thus far over at the Enquirer. It’s a pretty good read, so be sure to check it out. This part jumped out to me the most, though, as just an awesome experience. “(Sunday) we went and floated in the Dead Sea, I got on a camel after I got out of the water of the Dead Sea between Jordan and Israel. It was like, this is really cool. It might have been one of the highlights of the trip,” Moscot said. “Then, right after that, we ended up climbing up this huge mountain, Masada. It was a good day.” I spent my Sunday making a coffee table. Well, except the legs, which I didn’t get to until today. I’d say Jon Moscot had a better Sunday than most of us. The Reds have released their promotional schedule for 2017. There are SEVEN bobblehead giveaways. Adam Duvall Anthony DeSclafani Billy Hamilton Raisel Iglesias Homer Bailey Tony Perez / Sean Casey / Joey Votto Triple-Bobblehead. Presumably on their own body and not some alien-hybrid with three heads and one body. Fan-Vote option. You can also get an Eric Davis dual 30/30 Bobblehead if you get a Pick-6 ticket plan. So, in theory you could land EIGHT Bobbleheads this year along with 11 heads that actually bobble. 15 Responses The Duke January 10, 2017 I think it’s a great idea to expand the caravan to the affiliates. They should hit them all imo, and put a focus on bringing back big leaguers who played for that affiliate as well as guys that played there the year before. It’s a great way to expand the team base and get the locals invested in a team that may be 1000 miles away. Now Dayton and Louisville are so close those are already Reds fans in most cases, but I still think it’d be good fan outreach making that stop every year as part of an affiliate tour. I’d even hit Billings and Goodyear if I were them. Billy January 10, 2017 Am I the only one who thinks Billy Hamilton’s bobblehead should be a bobblelegs instead? Have him sliding head-first into a base with his bobblelegs sticking up in the air. Who wouldn’t have fun with that. Hoyce January 10, 2017 Billy billy billy Jami Sanderson January 10, 2017 Yes!!! Saturday is THE day in Pensacola. I miss baseball. WAHOOOO!!! Reaganspad January 10, 2017 Floating in the Dead Sea is cool, but oily. It is like baby oil and your skin feels oily as you get out. Masada is so cool. The IDF take their oath there often and all the IDF jets tip their wing in salute as they fly by. The camels are overrated Love being in Israel and look forward to returning. Lots of dual citizenship there, so a built in fan base Bob January 10, 2017 Doug, any word on which players will be on the caravan? Was wondering if the reds will answer any questions about the Phillips situation? Also was wondering why Brandon hasn’t talked to any reporters about what he claims the reds owe him? I can’t believe no one has asked. Doug Gray January 10, 2017 As far as I’ve seen, only Pensacola has released any information on their leg of the Caravan. That’s probably because it’s not really a part of the caravan in the sense that they are all on a bus going from point a to b to c. Edit: the Reds just tweeted out that the schedule will be released later today – I assume that will also include who is on which leg of the tour. With Phillips – he’s probably still not talking to any of the local media. Can’t say why a national guy hasn’t asked (though maybe they have). Mongo January 10, 2017 Mongo have family in Mount Masada. victor vollhardt January 10, 2017 Question–I know the Reds (for the next two years) can only sign “international play ers” for amounts 300,000.00 or under. But in those two years do they still get (under the new CBA) 4 to 5 million pool money? If they do then in theory they could sign 15 to 17 players at 300,000 each. Far more likely would be to trade some of their money to other teams who don’t have the 300,000 ceiling on individual players but need the extra money for one big money signing. I feel that there must be rules tied to this as well. I also realize from now until June 2017 they could more or less do whatever they want and pay the 100% penalty without affecting the above scenario for the next two years. Mr. Gray could you outline what rules and amounts are for 2016/2017–2017/2018–2018/2019 signing periods? Doug Gray January 10, 2017 Yes, they still get that amount of money, and they could trade some of that, or use it to sign a bunch of $300,000 guys. Krozley January 10, 2017 Reds sign Louis Coleman to a minor-league deal. Could be useful bullpen depth at no risk. Pitched okay last year coming off an injury until late in the year when 8 runs in his last 4 innings boosted his ERA from 3.48 to 4.69. sixpacktwo January 10, 2017 Sounds like he ran out of gas, but you remove that 4 innings and those 8 runs we do not get him. Fly ball rate is too high, but right handed specialist? Doug Gray January 10, 2017 It’s been reported that he was dealing with “shoulder fatigue” late in the season. So that could certainly explain some of it. Kevin January 10, 2017 I, for one, welcome our new triple-headed first basemen overlords. Doug Gray January 10, 2017 As you should.