CINCINNATI -- Four Reds buses, five states, 17 fan stops and 3,300 miles combined. It all adds up to another edition of the popular annual Reds Caravan.
The Reds announced Tuesday that their 2017 Caravan will be on the road Jan. 26-29 with stops in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Tennessee. Fans will have an opportunity to see and interact with current and former players, Minor League prospects, front office staff and broadcasters.
Each of the 17 fan stops will feature a question-and-answer session and autograph signings. All stops are free and open to the public, and at each stop the Reds will raffle two tickets to the 2017 Opening Day game on Monday, April 3 (4:10 p.m. ET) vs. the Phillies.
For the second year in a row, the Reds Caravan will conclude with a final stop at the Florence Mall in Florence, Ky., on Sunday, Jan 29. The doors to the mall will open at 9 a.m. ET, and a Q&A with players will begin at 11 a.m. From 12-2 p.m., fans can get autographs with current players and photos with Reds alumni and Minor Leaguers.
The Reds Caravan is presented by the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network.
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 broadcaster Marty Brennaman; outfielder Scott Schebler; catcher Devin Mesoraco (Dayton only); Minor League infielder Blake Trahan -- ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Reds' No. 19 prospect; former Reds infielder/outfielder Dmitri Young; assistant general manager Nick Krall (except Sunday); FOX Sports Ohio host Brian Giesenschlag (Friday and Saturday only) and mascot Gapper.
• On the South Tour, going through Louisville, Bowling Green and Lexington in Kentucky and Nashville in Tennessee: manager Bryan Price; pitcher Tim Adleman; left fielder Adam Duvall (Louisville only); shortstop Zack Cozart (Nashville only); Minor League pitcher Sal Romano (No. 18 prospect); Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning; former Reds outfielder Austin Kearns (Lexington only); senior director of player development Jeff Graupe; broadcasters Jeff Piecoro and Chris Welsh and mascot Mr. Red.
• For the East Tour, with stops in Athens, Ohio, Charleston and Parkersburg in West Virginia and Ashland, Ky.: general manager Dick Williams; pitcher Drew Storen; outfielder Steve Selsky; Minor League catcher Chris Okey (No. 12 prospect); Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis; broadcasters Jeff Brantley and Jim Kelch and mascot Rosie Red.
• The West Tour will traverse Indiana with its stops in Muncie, Evansville, Bloomington and Indianapolis. On the trip will be catcher and Indiana native Tucker Barnhart; Minor League second baseman Shed Long; former Reds catcher Corky Miller; executive advisor to the CEO Walt Jocketty (Thursday-Saturday); COO Phil Castellini; broadcasters Thom Brennaman and Jim Day (except Sunday) and mascot Mr. Redlegs.
For the full itinerary and details, visit the 2017 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.