Lots of interesting items in relation to the 2012 schedule, which was just released yesterday. From the Reds press release:

The 2012 campaign will begin with Opening Day on Friday, April 6 against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park (Marlins changing from Florida name to Miami). After that 3-game series, the Reds will host the St. Louis Cardinals from Monday through Wednesday, April 9-11 to complete the first homestand of the season.

“The Reds already are working with the Findlay Market Parade organizers on Opening Day 2012,” said Reds Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini. “No fans look forward to the start of baseball season more than ours.”

Other featured matchups at Great American Ball Park in 2012 include a pair of weekend series against the National League Central Division rival Cardinals (July 13-15, August 24-26), plus weekend battles with the Milwaukee Brewers (July 20-22), Chicago Cubs (August 17-19) and Los Angeles Dodgers (September 21-23).

Highlighting the Reds’ 15-game interleague schedule are home series against the Detroit Tigers (June 8-10), Cleveland Indians (June 12-14) and Minnesota Twins (June 22-24) and road visits to new Yankee Stadium (May 18-20) and Cleveland’s Progressive Field (June 18-20).

I’m looking forward to planning a trip to New York to see the Reds play in Yankee Stadium; I saw the Reds and Yanks hook up in the final year of old Yankee Stadium.

Of course, as I started planning, I realized that I’m probably going to have to make a road trip to Cooperstown in July, as well, for the Barry Larkin Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Next year should be a fun year.