Cincinnati Reds Caravan is ready for the 2018 journey

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The Cincinnati Reds get ready for the annual trip across Reds country.

It’s time for the Cincinnati Reds to get ready for spring training.  First, though, they have to go on the annual Caravan.  As usual, the touring group will include young players, broadcasters, and front office personnel.  It will cover the five primary states of Reds country.  Those are Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

This version will have eighteen stops that are free for the public to attend.  The north route will stay in Ohio.  It visits Columbus, Dayton, Hamilton, and Lima.  General Manager Dick Williams headlines this group.  It includes pitcher Amir Garrett and  minor league catcher Tyler Stephenson.  Also on this route are broadcasters Jeff Brantley and Jim Day.

The south route focuses on Western Kentucky and Tennessee.  The trip includes stops in Kentucky in Bowling Green, Lexington, and Louisville.  It also stops in Nashville, Tennessee.  Outfielder Phil Ervin headlines this group.

It also includes minor league outfielder TJ Friedl, COO Phil Castellini, director of player development Jeff Graupe, and former catcher Corky Miller. There will also be special attractions at several stops.

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The west route stays exclusively in Indiana.  It goes to Batesville, Bloomington, Evansville, Indianapolis, and Muncie.  Radio announcer Marty Brennaman is the highlight of this route. 

He will be joined by minor league outfielder Taylor Trammell, alum Dmitri Young, and assistant general manager Nick Krall. This route will also include a rotation of current MLB players.

The east route of the Cincinnati Reds 2018 Caravan promises to have the best combination of guests.

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The east route goes through Ohio and into West Virginia.  They stop in Athens, Ohio.  This leg also stops in Charleston, Huntington, and Parkersburg, West Virginia.  This is the only route that has a pair of MLB players at every stop.

Manager Bryan Price leads this group.  Pitchers Cody Reed and Sal Romano are on this tour, too.  “Mr. Perfect” Tom Browning is also on this tour.

Buddy Bell is headed east.  He is a former Red and also a special adviser.  This route also includes the Reds’ top prospect, Nick Senzel.

The Caravan starts on January 25.  On the 28th it all ends at the Florence Mall, just south of Cincinnati.  There all four routes recombine for a discussion of how it went with the fans.

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The annual Reds Caravan is one of the many things that make the oldest franchise in professional baseball so special.  However, this year is no different.  Fans should always take every opportunity to enjoy these interactions.