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Reds Caravan expands to new corners of Reds Country

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Do you have Reds fever? Wait no longer. You can meet your favorite past or current player, coach or broadcaster in this year's expanded Reds Caravan.

The 2014 Cincinnati Reds Caravan begins and ends at Great American Ball Park with an expanded  route of 17 fan stops in five states. This year, the Reds have added Evansville, Ind., and Nashville, Tenn. To their scheduled stops.

The kick off for this 3,000 mile journey over four days is Thursday, Jan. 23 from the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and ends on Sunday, Jan. 26 in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club.

Each tour travels simultaneously through Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee providing fans with the opportunity to interact with current and former players, broadcasters and members of the Reds front office staff. At each fan stop, the group will field questions from fans and sign autographs while time allows.

The four tours return to Cincinnati on Sunday, Jan. 26 for the annual Select-A-Seat event at Great American Ball Park, where they will join fans meeting with Reds ticket representatives to choose ticket plans and seat locations for the 2014 season.

"As our fan base continues to grow, we are expanding the Caravan to visit every corner of Reds Country," said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. "Our player, coaches, broadcasters, and Reds personnel look forward to these four days every year as our official kick off to the new season of Reds baseball. It's amazing to experience the welcome we receive from our loyal fans at every stop along the way."

All Caravan fan stops are open to the public and are free. At each fan stop listed below, the Reds will raffle two tickets to the 2014 Opening Day game on Monday, March 31 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

The North Tour includes broadcaster Jim Kelch, broadcaster and former pitcher Jeff Brantley, outfielder Billy Hamilton, Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning, minor league outfielder Jesse Winker, VP of Baseball Operations Dick Williams and mascot Rosie Red.

North Tour Fan Stops Time EST

  • Thursday, Jan. 23 Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Fashion Place) 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 24 Lima, Ohio (Lima Mall) 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25 Dayton, Ohio (National Museum of the U.S. Air Force) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25 Hamilton, Ohio (Parrish Auditorium at Miami-Hamilton University) 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 26 Cincinnati, Ohio (Select-A-Seat at Great American Ball Park) Noon to 2:30 p.m.

The South Tour includes broadcaster Thom Brennaman, broadcaster Jim Day, GM Walt Jocketty, pitcher Mat Latos (Thursday only), Sam LeCure (Friday, Saturday & Sunday), catcher Corky Miller, minor league outfielder Ryan LaMarre, COO Phil Castellini and mascot Mr. Redlegs.

South Tour Fan Stops Time EST

  • Thursday, Jan. 23 Louisville, Ky. (Louisville Slugger Field) 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 24 Bowling Green, Ky. (Greenwood Mall) 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25 Nashville, Tenn. (RiverGate Mall) 10 am to 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25 Lexington, Ky. (Alltech Arena at Kentucky Horse Park - new location for 2014) 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 26 Cincinnati, Ohio (Select-A-Seat at Great American Ball Park) Noon to 2:30 p.m.

The East Tour includes broadcaster Jeff Piecoro, broadcaster and former pitcher Chris Welsh, manager Bryan Price, pitcher Logan Ondrusek (Thursday only), pitcher Homer Bailey (Friday, Saturday & Sunday), 2013 Minor League Player of the Year Seth Mejias-Brean, Director of Player Development Jeff Graupe and mascot Mr. Red.

East Tour Fan Stops Time EST

  • Thursday, Jan. 23 Athens, Ohio (The Market on State) 5:15 to 7:45 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 24 Charleston, W.Va. (Charleston Town Center) 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25 Parkersburg/Vienna, W.Va. (Grand Central Mall) 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25 Ashland, Ky. (Fannin Motors) 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 26 Cincinnati, Ohio (Select-A-Seat at Great American Ball Park) Noon to 2:30 p.m.

The West Tour includes broadcaster Marty Brennaman, catcher Brayan Pena, broadcaster and former player Doug Flynn, Assistant GM Bob Miller, minor league catcher Tucker Barnhart and mascot Gapper.

West Tour Fan Stops Time EST

  • Thursday, Jan. 23 Muncie, Ind. (Stoops Automotive) 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 24 Evansville, Ind. (Eastland Mall - new location for 2014) 5 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25 Bloomington, Ind. (College Mall) 10:30 am to 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25 Indianapolis, Ind. (Castleton Square Mall) 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 26 Cincinnati, Ohio (Select-A-Seat at Great American Ball Park) Noon to 2:30 p.m.

The Reds Caravan will visit over 20 of the Reds on Radio affiliates throughout Reds Country during the trip.

Additional players may be added to select tours in the coming weeks. Visit reds.com/caravan for up-to-date information, maps and photos. 

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