The Cincinnati Reds plan to end their annual caravan in Florence, Kentucky
Nothing signals being part of Reds Country more than where the Cincinnati Reds end their annual caravan. Florence Mall in Northern Kentucky is the end point for their multi-state tour. The Reds Caravan is one of the things that makes the Reds a unique franchise.
After travelling across Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, most of the troupe stops at the Florence Mall for a headline event. The mall opens at 9 a.m. in preparation for an 11 a.m. question and answer session. Marty Brennaman, Jim Day (Marty’s 2018 back-up), and Jeff Piecero host today’s event.
Following the Q&A, there is a two hour autograph sesson. That session is for MLB players. The minor leaguers and alumni will be available for photos with the fans.
The Q&A is scheduled to have CEO Bob Castellni, General Manager Dick Williams, and Buddy Bell. Jeff Brantley and Tom Browning headline the alumni scheduled to appear. Top prospect Nick Senzel and outfielder Taylor Trammell highlight the minor leaguers.
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The autograph session is mostly young players. Manager Bryan Price will be there but the rest of the Reds have two years or less of experience. The highlight is lefty prospect Amir Garrett, who may arrive late, after a rough end to his rookie season.
There’s more to the Cincinnati Reds being followed in Kentucky than ending the Caravan there.
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One of the most overlooked aspects of the Reds’ organization is that the Triple-A team is right down the road. Louisville has become a hot bed for Reds support. It is the largest city in the commonwealth and one of only two cities with a baseball team that has an MLB affiliation.
One of the special connections with Louisville is left fielder Adam Duvall. He went to college at the University of Louisville and began his Reds career with the Bats. Now he is a special guest of the caravan every year when it passes through Louisville.
Another part of the allure of the Reds in Kentucky is 700 WLW. The entirety of the commonwealth can hear the Reds’ flagship station. There are also local stations that are part of the radio network.
Of course, the Reds also had a complete circuit of the caravan that went through Kentucky. Stopping in Bowling Green, Lexington, and Louisville hit the three biggest college towns in the commonwealth. However, this is how the Reds continue its connection to the fans.