The Cincinnati Reds have two major offseason events every year. The first one is Redsfest, and it takes place the first weekend of December every year. That was great, but it’s also behind us. The other one is the Reds Caravan. As usual there will be four legs of the tour and it will hit 17 cities in total. The tour offers question and answer sessions and autograph opportunities throughout “Reds country”.

The North Tour of the Reds Caravan

Reds appearing: Sal Romano, Cody Reed, broadcaster Jeff Piecoro, Senior Advisor Buddy Bell, VP of Player Development Shawn Pender.

Locations:

  • January 17th – Columbus, Ohio at the Polaris Fashion Place from 7-9pm.
  • January 18th – Lima, Ohio at the Apollo Career Center from 5:30pm-7:30pm.
  • January 19th – Dayton, Ohio at the National Museum of the US Air Force from 11am-2pm.
  • January 19th – Hamilton, Ohio at the Parrish Auditorium at Miami-Hamilton University from 3-5:30pm.
  • January 20th – Florence, Kentucky at Florence Mall from 11am-2pm.

The South Tour of the Reds Caravan

Reds appearing: Tucker Barnhart, Curt Casali, Taylor Trammell, Tom Browning (January 17th and 18th only), broadcaster Marty Brennaman, General Manager Nick Krall.

Locations:

  • January 17th – Louisville, Kentucky at Louisville Slugger Field from 6-8pm.
  • January 18th – Nashville, Tennessee at CoolSprings Galleria from 5-7pm CST.
  • January 19th – Bowling Green, Kentucky at Greenwood Mall from 11am-1pm CST.
  • January 19th – Lexington, Kentucky at The Red Mile from 4:30-6:30pm.
  • January 20th – Florence, Kentucky at Florence Mall from 11am-2pm.

The East Tour of the Reds Caravan

Reds appearing: Phillip Ervin, Jesse Winker, Stuart Fairchild, Corky Miller (January 17th, 18th, and the 19th morning stop), David Bell, broadcaster Thom Brennaman, COO Phil Castellini, Assistant General Manager Sam Grossman.

Locations:

  • January 17th – Athens, Ohio at the Athens Community Center from 6:30-8:30pm.
  • January 18th – Charleston, West Virginia at the Charleston Town Center from 5:45-7:45pm.
  • January 19th – Parkersburg/Vienna, West Virginia at Grand Central Mall from 10:30am-12:30pm.
  • January 19th – Huntington, West Virginia at Huntington Mall from 2:30pm-4:30pm.
  • January 20th – Florence, Kentucky at Florence Mall from 11am-2pm.

The West Tour of the Reds Caravan

Reds appearing: Eugenio Suarez, Tanner Roark (January 17th and 18th only), Tyler Stephenson, Jeff Brantley, broadcaster Jim Day, President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams.

Locations:

  • January 17th – Muncie, Indiana at Stoops Automotive from 6:15pm-8:15pm.
  • January 18th – Evansville, Indiana at Eastland Mall from 4-6pm CST.
  • January 19th – Indianapolis, Indiana at Castleton Square Mall from 12-2pm.
  • January 19th – Batesville, Indiana at the Southeastern Indiana YMCA from 4-6pm.
  • January 20th – Florence, Kentucky at Florence Mall from 11am-2pm.

Here’s your disclaimer from the Cincinnati Reds:

*Player appearances, schedule and locations subject to change. Seating is limited at all caravan stops. Autographs will be done on a first-come, first-served basis while time allows. No posed photographs. There may be restrictions on items celebrities can sign.

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11 Responses

  1. B-town Fan

    What a bummer, they aren’t stopping in Bloomington IN. That’s the first time in quite a while they haven’t, there was always large crowds and long lines and the heart of Reds country, in Indiana.

  2. Spaceman Red

    No Eric The Red???? Hope he is still looking as great as the last time I saw him at Reds Fest. No Senzel or Red Machine guys either. Too bad. The Florence iteration looks like it will be epic.

    • Doug Gray

      I haven’t seen ED since the minor league season ended, but I’m guessing he still looks like he did then: Like he could still get out there and play.

      Senzel is out in Arizona working to get ready for the season. Dude’s driven.

      • Spaceman Red

        Appreciate that information, good sir. This may be territory for Mr. Ring but Baseball Reference will confirm it: Based on WAR, BBRef will tell you Eric the Red had the single greatest season in 1987 for any Reds CF since 1903. He was the player I saw that turned me into a fan for life. No shame standing in line with kids at any show to shake his hand and request the obligatory autograph. Amazing the man survived cancer and still looks money.

        Re: Senzel, I am so ready for him to search and destroy in 2019.

      • Old-school

        Any idea if working with Reds instructors and what positions?

  3. CWReds

    I find it interesting none of the guys in the Dodgers deal are on the Caravan, yet Roark is. Am I reading too much into that, or could that mean the front office isn’t sure Wood/ Puig/ Kemp will be on the team come Opening Day? No Scooter either. Might not mean anything, maybe it’s just a coincidence and those guys are already booked up…

  4. Kevin

    How does this normally go? We live in Fort Wayne and are looking to take our boys to the Muncie stop. Do you need to get there way before start time? Will there be lots of fans? Do they do some kind of talk/presentation? Do they sign autographs? Just trying to decide what to expect and whether we need to take work off. Any information would very helpful and appreciated.

    • Doug Gray

      I have never been to one, Kevin, so hopefully someone else can chime in with some more details. But there will be chances for autographs. And there’s usually a Q&A of some kind, too. The events are usually pretty packed, and seating can be limited.

      • WVRedlegs

        Yes Kevin, they are usually pretty well attended. A little more excitement this winter might lead to some more fans going. Go about an hour early. If your place has seats, all the better. The media person like Jim Day, Jeff Piecoro, or Marty and Thom usually open things up with introductions and any pertinent news. Each person may get to speak first. Then a few Q & A’s from the fans. Then they proceed with a walking line that goes by tables that the participants are seated at. You can talk to them as you get your item signed and ask a question personally if you want. The players are often very engaging with the fans, especially the kids.
        You can get one autograph per each participant. You can get the autographs on 1 item if you want or on a few different things. You have to take whatever you want signed with you, as they don’t have much if anything to buy and get autographed. You can get cards, pictures, baseballs, hats, helmets, gloves, bats and banners signed. Things like that that are easily signed. You can take pictures of the participants while they are signing things, but I don’t believe they are allowed to pose for any photos with a fan. But they usually don’t mind a quick snapshot (phone camera) with a kid. They just can’t get up and move around the table to take a posed picture shot. Or let someone get behind the table for a picture. It just holds up the line I guess.
        You are in Muncie, nice group of Reds coming. I would recommend getting 1 single Rawlings Official MLB baseball just to get a solo Eugenio Suarez autograph on. That one can be for the mantle. Then maybe take a second MLB ball for the rest of the participants to sign. That one can be for show and tell. Maybe take a third ball for a solo Jeff Brantley autograph, too. Or something like that. If there are 3 of you going, remember, that will be 3 going through the line and each one gets an autograph from all the participants. That gives you a chance to take some extra things to get signed so the kids can take some cards along too. The hard part is the standing around and waiting to get started. But once it gets started it goes pretty smoothly. Your kids will be pumped afterwards if they get to meet and shake hands with Suarez and get his autograph. Hope you all have a good time.

  5. Kevin

    Thanks WVRedlegs! Looking forward to it!