CINCINNATI -- Members of the Reds -- current and past -- and the front office will be hitting the road to talk baseball with fans as Spring Training is just around the corner.On Wednesday, the club announced its schedule for the 2018 Reds Caravan, which will be held Jan. 25-28.
CINCINNATI -- Members of the Reds -- current and past -- and the front office will be hitting the road to talk baseball with fans as Spring Training is just around the corner.
On Wednesday, the club announced its schedule for the 2018 Reds Caravan, which will be held Jan. 25-28. Presented by CincinnatiUSA.com, the team's busses will spread out around the region and visit five states -- Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Tennessee.
Caravan provides fans the chance to see players, Minor League prospects, broadcasters and front-office members and ask questions before autograph sessions. All 18 featured stops are free and open to the public.
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Here is the breakdown of the four Reds Caravan legs:
The North tour will travel through the Ohio cities of Columbus, Lima, Dayton and Hamilton. Featured will be Reds pitcher Amir Garrett, general manager Dick Williams, broadcasters Jeff Brantley and Jim Day and Minor League catching prospect Tyler Stephenson.
On the South tour are stops in Louisville, Bowling Green and Lexington, Ky., and Nashville, Tenn. Outfielder Phillip Ervin, outfield prospect T.J. Friedl, former catcher and current Minor League catching instructor Corky Miller, president and chief operating officer Phil Castellini and senior director of player development Jeff Graupe. Left fielder Adam Duvall and advisor to the CEO Walt Jocketty will be at the Louisville stop only, and former Reds outfielder Austin Kearns will be at his hometown stop in Lexington only.
The West tour exclusively covers Indiana, with stops at Muncie, Evansville, Bloomington, Indianapolis and Batesville. Led by broadcasting icon Marty Brennaman, it will also have left fielder Scott Schebler (Thursday and Friday only), catcher Tucker Barnhart (Muncie, Indianapolis and Batesville only), Minor League outfield prospect Taylor Trammell, former player Dmitri Young and assistant GM Nick Krall.
And headed out on the East tour through Athens, Ohio; Charleston, Huntington and Parkersburg in West Virginia will be manager Bryan Price, pitchers Sal Romano and Cody Reed, Reds top prospect Nick Senzel, former pitcher Tom Browning and senior advisor to the GM Buddy Bell.
The final Caravan stop will reunite all four tours at the Florence Mall in Florence, Ky., on Sunday, Jan. 28. Doors to the mall open at 9 a.m. ET, with the Q&A session set to begin at 11 a.m. From 12-2 p.m., fans can get autographs.
There will also be 20 stops at Reds radio affiliates and four schools as part of the "Reds Caravan Takeover."
For the full schedule and itinerary details, go to the 2018 Reds Winter Caravan page at reds.com/caravan.
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.