Sports fans usually want their favorite sports teams owners to open their wallets and sign big name players to help their clubs get better at this time of year. I have done this before many times but this Christmas I am not going to be so greedy. Instead, I am going to ask Cincinnati Reds owner, Bob Castellini to save some money by not sending the Reds front office to MLB Winter Meetings. As a fan I don’t think I can take another year of “We were close on a few things but just could not get anything done.” or, “I am not going to make a move just to make a move.” which seems to be the norm for Reds general manager Walt Jocketty.
Why not save the money and spend it on something more productive? Now I know there are many moves done behind the scenes that the fans will never know about, especially since Walt Jocketty loves to keep the press and fans in the dark, but this is just getting very old, very quick. Letting Walt and his front office go to the Winter Meetings is a waste of time and money and I would love to see Bob Castellini go into his office and say, “Sorry Walt, I am not sending you and your boys to the Winter Meetings this off-season, instead I am going to get you to just stay here and watch them on TV.”
At this point I seriously don’t think Walt Jocketty and his front office could make a move at Winter Meetings, even a minor league invite would be a shock. I know I am being a little harsh saying this but like I say to others I am trying to make a point to, “Prove me wrong.” Walt needs to do some work and have everything prepared before he even gets to the Meetings. He needs to have all of his ducks in a row before he even boards the plane. It is time to step up and make a splash, hell even a little ripple would amaze me right now. Reds fans are bored Walt! Do something, just to do something!!
So Mr. Castellini if you could cancel the trip and make the front office stay home from their slumber party I would be a very grateful fan. Thanks
There are rumors now that Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips will most likely stay with the Reds this season. Other teams are saying they had the feeling Ownership wanted him gone more then the front office. Which means to me, Walt Jocketty will not be with the Reds next season if he does not trade Brandon Phillips this off-season. I have always thought Walt Jocketty was skating on thin ice after last season and now with this he might have to pack his bags. There are lots of fans that do not want to see Brandon Phillips traded and I agree but when the owner says something you should listen. So, who do you think will be gone first? Walt Jocketty or Brandon Phillips? I say Walt Jocketty will be gone first then once a new general manager is in, Brandon Phillips will be soon to follow. It is going to happen whether you like it or not and I have the feeling once Reds Owner, Robert H. Castellini reads or hears about these rumors Walt Jocketty will have some serious explaining to do and I don’t think “I am not going to make a move just to make a move” is going to cut it this time.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2013
I've talked to 3 clubs that inquired on Brandon Phillips. All got impression #Reds ownership wanted to move him more than front office did
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 4, 2013
I also found out through twitter that the coaches will be announced today. This is very good news and hopefully this will get the ball rolling on trades and free agent signings that still need to be done.
Jocketty said coaches will be announced today. Know about Long, Pico, Bell, Jenkins. Believe Hatcher will be back but not Berry. #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) December 4, 2013
Jamie Ramsey has been posting all about the Reds Caravan this offseason on his blog “Better Off Red” and you can check it all out starting with, “2012 REDS CARAVAN SET FOR JANUARY 26-29.” Some of the posters made by Jamie and by other fans are amazing to look at. For more information about this great event please check out Reds Caravan 2012.
The Southern Tour (editor’s note: this is the “Rock Star Tour”) stops in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky and features Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips, Assistant General Manager Bob Miller, broadcaster and former pitcher Chris Welsh, Reds Hall of Famer Lee May, minor league catcher Tucker Barnhart and mascot Gapper.
The Northern Tour stops in Ohio and West Virginia and features broadcaster Thom Brennaman, catcher Devin Mesoraco, President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty, Reds COO Phil Castellini, Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning, minor league outfielder Ryan LaMarre and mascot Mr. Redlegs.
The Western Tour stops in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky and features broadcaster Jim Kelch, broadcaster and former pitcher Jeff Brantley, Manager Dusty Baker, infielder Todd Frazier, 2011 minor league Player of the Year Billy Hamilton, VP of Baseball Operations Dick Williams and mascot Rosie Red.
The Reds newest mascot Mr. Red will make special appearances at selected stops, including Huntington, Charleston, Parkersburg, Columbus and Louisville. Pitcher Nick Masset and Reds CEO Bob Castellini will also appear at selected stops, to be announced at a later date.
Southern Tour Fan Stops (free and open to the public, seating is limited)
Thursday, Jan. 26 Huntington, W.Va. /Ashland, Ky (Huntington Mall) 3:30 to 6 pm
Charleston, W.Va. (Charleston Town Center) 7 to 9 pm
Saturday, Jan. 28 Cincinnati, Ohio (Select-A-Seat event at Great American Ball Park) 11 am to 1 pm
Bowling Green, Ky. (Greenwood Mall) (3:30 to 5:30 CST) 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Sunday, Jan. 29 Lexington, Ky. (The Shops at Lexington Center) 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Northern Tour Fan Stops (free and open to the public, seating is limited)
Thursday, Jan. 26 Athens, Ohio (The Market on State) 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Friday, Jan. 27 Parkersburg, W.Va. (Grand Central Mall) 4:30 to 7 pm
Saturday, Jan. 28 Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Fashion Place) 10 am to 12:30 pm
Lima, Ohio (Lima Mall) 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Sunday, Jan. 29 Dayton, Ohio (National Museum of the U.S. Air Force) 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Western Tour Fan Stops (free and open to the public, seating is limited)
Thursday, Jan. 26 Hamilton, Ohio (Parrish Auditorium, Miami University Hamilton) 5:30 to 8 pm
Friday, Jan. 27 Muncie, Ind. (Stoops Automotive) 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 28 Indianapolis, Ind. (Castleton Square Mall) 9:30 am to Noon
Bloomington, Ind. (College Mall) 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Sunday, Jan. 29 Louisville, Ky. (Louisville Slugger Field) 10 am to 1 pm