#THEBURTS FINAL WEEK RESULTS ANNOUNCED!

Last month, Better Off Red polls opened for the prestigious Cincinnati Reds end-of-the-season awards known as “The Burt Awards.” Every week since, a new collection of categories was unveiled for BOR readers to vote upon.  Five categories were trimmed from the Burt Awards in 2014, but the total number of votes was nearly identical to 2013.  Approximately 20,000 overall votes were cast for 25 categories.  For Week One results, Click Here. For Week Two results, Click Here. For Week Three results, Click Here.  For Week Four results, Click Here.

It’s now time to reveal the final week’s winners.  Envelopes, please…

Our first category is Best Nickname.  Of the 545 total votes, the winner collected 28% and edged out the runner-up by just 10 votes!  The winner is…

Nickname

“The Cuban Missile” Aroldis Chapman is now the back-to-back champion in this category.  Congrats!

Second place: “The Toddfather” (143 votes, 26%)
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Up next is Favorite Food at GABP.  Twenty-seven categories netted a total of 503 votes.  The winner with 12% of the vote is…

Food

Second place: Hot Dog (9%)
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On to the Best Special Event of 2014.  There were 18 nominees for this category totaling 413 votes.  The winner with 25% is…

SpecialEvent

Second place: Fireworks Fridays (17%)
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Here’s another one of my personal favorite categories – Your Vote for 2015 Bobblehead.  We had all kinds of random nominees for this one, but the winner was an in-house regular…

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Devin Mesoraco caps off a strong showing in this year’s Burt Awards.  The Reds starting catcher finishes with 4 Burts!  Congrats, Devin!

Second place: Jeff Brantley Eating Ice Cream and Chicken Wings (15%)
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Our final category of the 2014 Burt Awards is Player with the Best Music.  After Joey gave up on “Paint it Black,” there was only one clear-cut winner and you folks nailed it…

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Todd Frazier now has a firm grip on this category, as he’s won in consecutive years.  Will he stick with Sinatra in 2015?  We shall see.

Second place: Joey Votto/Brandon Phillips (14% each, 63 votes)

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Well, that concludes the 2014 Burt Awards!  I hope you had as much fun with this as I did!  Can you believe this was The Burts’ fourth year?!  Me neither.

Here’s hoping the 2015 Burt Awards include “Best Postseason Celebration.”

Before we sign off, I must thank all of you who voted on the polls and participated in the discussion/fun.  You folks are the reason we do this.  Thank you!

And congratulations to all of the prize winners, including, @TerkelTilden, an active participant in the Burt Awards discussion. For his efforts, Luke has been randomly selected as the final winner and will receive a cool prize pack from BOR HQ.

Tune in next year for the Fifth Annual Burt Awards!

Go Reds!

Expect Good News,

Jamie

#THEBURTS WEEK FOUR RESULTS ANNOUNCED!

Last month, Better Off Red polls opened for the prestigious Cincinnati Reds end-of-the-season awards known as “The Burt Awards.” Every week since, a new collection of categories was unveiled for BOR readers to vote upon.  Five categories were trimmed from the Burt Awards in 2014, but the total number of votes was nearly identical to 2013.  Approximately 20,000 overall votes were cast for 25 categories.

It’s now time to reveal the Week Four winners.  Envelopes, please…

Our first winner today is from the category Favorite Game of 2014.  The winner with 26% of the 355 total votes is…

Favorite Game

The final two games of the season were my personal favorites, as well.  Johnny Cueto winning his 20th game was definitely a great way to put a bow on the long year.  The Reds finished strong; let’s hope it carries into 2015.

Second place: Opening Day (16%)
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Up next is Best In-Game Feature at Great American Ball Park.  The winner collected 100 of the 335 total votes.  For the second consecutive season, you chose…

InGameFeature

You people are wild about free La Rosa’s pizza, and I can’t blame ya.

Second place: Hometown Hero (12%)
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We move on to Performance of the Year.  This category is usually reserved for Homer Bailey no-hitters, but somehow, he didn’t manage to throw one of those in 2014.  Instead, with 43% of the 337 votes, the winner is….

Performance

Second place: Aroldis Chapman: Major League Record 17.67 Strikeouts Per 9 Innings; First pitcher to average 100mph (17%)
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Next is one of my personal favorite categories – Player You Best Not Mess With.  For the second consecutive year, you voted for…

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Mat Latos received 28% of the 219 votes.

Second place: Devin Mesoraco (19%)
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Finally today, we reveal the winner of Favorite Twitter Account.  The winner, with 34% of the 303 votes is…

Twitter

@DatDudeBP is not only a favorite twitter account among Reds fans, but it has established itself as a go-to social media name in all of sports.  Congrats, BP!

Second place: @FlavaFraz21 (17%)
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That’s all for today. Please tune in Monday as I reveal Week 5 winners.

For Week One results, Click Here.  For Week Two results, Click Here.  For Week Three results, Click Here.

In addition to the victors above, there is one more winner to announce:

Congratulations to @Jen_E_Riley an active participant in the Burt Awards discussion.  For for her efforts, Jen has been selected as a random winner of a cool prize from BOR HQ.

I’ll be awarding a new winner again on Monday, so feel free to get noticed by either leaving a comment on the blog or by including the hashtag #TheBurts in your tweets.

Expect good news,

Jamie

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TOP TEN HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR #REDS FANS

CINCINNATI (Nov. 21, 2014) — Looking for the best holiday gifts for your favorite Reds fan? Check out our annual top 10 gift picks for the 2014 holiday season.

1. “Nasty Boys” Pick-6 Plan: Guarantee the new “Nasty Boys” triple bobblehead featuring 1990 relief pitchers Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers when you buy the Nasty Boys Pick-6 plan, presented by McDonald’s. This six-game ticket plan includes the Sat., April 25 Reds vs. Cubs game (Nasty Boys bobblehead night), six free McDonald’s Extra Value Meals® and pick five additional regular season home games of your choice, exclusions apply. The Nasty Boys Pick-6 plan will go on sale Monday, Dec.1st: http://www.reds.com/pick6 or (513) 765-7500.

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2. Reds Heads Kids Club Membership: The Reds Heads Kids Club is the official fan club for Reds fans ages 3-12. The new 2015 kit includes a Reds Heads backpack with detachable lunch box, exclusive 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® merchandise, 2 free Reds game tickets plus members-only ballpark experiences like player autograph sessions. For a limited time during the month of December, membership is only $25 and can be purchased beginning Dec. 5 & 6 at Redsfest. More information at http://www.reds.com/kidsclub.

3. ALL-STAR GAME® Tickets: Want tickets to the 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® at Great American Ball Park? Guarantee your chance to buy ALL-STAR GAME® tickets by purchasing Reds half-season ticket plans and above. Plan pricing begins under $9 per seat: http://www.reds.com/2015 or call (513) 765-7500.

4. Reds Rookies Baby Fan Club Membership: Reds Rookies, the official baby club of the Reds, is drafting members up to three years old. As a Reds Rookies member, babies receive an exclusive Reds baby baseball cap, Reds Rookie bib plus vouchers for a free Reds ticket including marching on the field in a pregame parade! Reds Rookies membership kits can be purchased for $14 beginning Dec. 5 & 6 at Redsfest, at Great American Ball Park and online at http://www.reds.com/rookies.

5. Major League Clubhouse Tours: The Reds HOF & Museum’s Major League Clubhouse tours are the ultimate holiday gift! The two-hour VIP tour includes all the stops on the Scott’s® Ballpark Tour Experience as well as the home and visitors clubhouses, broadcast booths, press box, dugouts and more. Tours are available Saturday afternoons at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. only, through March 21: Adult tickets are $34 with discounts for seniors, children and military members: http://www.redsmuseum.org or (513) 765-7923.

6. April Pass: For just $70, the Reds April Pass gets you Upper View Level tickets to 11 home games in April, including Opening Night, two bobblehead games, two Fireworks Fridays and more. Excludes Opening Day. On sale beginning Dec. 5 at Redsfest and http://www.reds.com/tickets.

7. Reds Hall of Fame & Museum Membership: An annual membership to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum gives fans free museum admission, Redsfest passes, batting cage passes, exclusive access to special events, collectible gifts and more: http://www.redsmuseum.org or (513) 765-7923.

8. Reds Winter Gear: The Reds Team Shop by Majestic at Great American Ball Park is open year-round and has the best selection of Reds cold weather gear including jackets, hoodies and many different styles of fun knit hats. The Team Shop is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

9. Reds Authentics: Game-used, one-of-a-kind, autographed and authenticated baseballs, bats, helmets and jerseys from the 2014 season make great holiday gifts. Items can be purchased at http://www.reds.com/authentics or by calling (513) 765-7097.

10. Family Catch: Families of all ages can play catch on the field at Great American Ball Park after the Reds vs. Marlins game on Sunday, June 21. The Family Catch packages start at $150 and include two game tickets and two post-game field passes. This annual fundraiser for the Reds Community Fund is a perfect gift for any Reds fan. Purchase tickets at (513) 765-7240.

#REDS RELEASE 2015 CACTUS LEAGUE SCHEDULE

Spring training games start March 3 at Goodyear Ballpark

CINCINNATI (Nov. 20, 2014) — The Cincinnati Reds have announced their 2015 Cactus League exhibition schedule.

The Reds open 2015 spring training with three games against Ohio rival Cleveland Indians on March 3-5 at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona.

The Reds will play 33 exhibition games during spring training including 19 at Goodyear Ballpark.

The home schedule features the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants on March 16, the American League Champion Kansas City Royals on March 11, Chicago Cubs on March 28 and night games against the Texas Rangers on March 25 and Milwaukee Brewers on March 27.

The Reds will wrap up the 2015 Cactus League schedule on April 2 vs. the Indians then travel to Montreal, Canada and play two games against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 3 and 4 at Olympic Stadium.

The Reds return to Cincinnati for Opening Day on April 6 to host the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park.

Spring Training Ticket Information
Deposits are currently being accepted for 2015 Spring Training season ticket plans. Full season (all Reds and Indians home games) and half season (all Reds home games) ticket plans are available.

Three-game mini-plans and group tickets go on sale Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST). With mini-plans, fans are able to combine Reds and Indians home games to make up the perfect spring training getaway.

Individual game tickets go on sale Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. MST.

Complete ticket details can be found at reds.com/spring or by calling the Goodyear Ballpark Ticket Office at (623) 882-3130.

Flex Pack – new for 2015
Expand your game choices with the new Flex Pack ticket option. With the Flex Pack you can purchase booklets of either 10 Infield Box or Outfield Box discount ticket vouchers. Redeem vouchers at the Goodyear Ballpark Box Office for any spring training home game and save $2 per ticket.

FanFest, Fireworks & Inside the Ropes Tours
Catch the 2nd annual Goodyear Ballpark FanFest following the Reds vs. Indians game on March 17. Activities include player autograph sessions, inflatables, baseball skills challenges and dinner. For ticket information contact the Goodyear Ballpark Ticket Office at (623) 882-3130.

Don’t miss the Fireworks Spectacular following the Reds-Brewers game on Friday, March 27.

Sports Marketing USA offers “Inside the Ropes” tour packages that include a pregame tour of the Reds Player Development Complex and a visit with a Reds baseball personality. More information at reds.com/springtravel or (800) 892-7687.

Note: Arizona’s time zone is the Mountain Standard Time (MST) zone, which is currently two hours behind Cincinnati. Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time and after March 7, 2015 Arizona will be three hours behind Cincinnati.

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#THEBURTS WEEK THREE RESULTS ANNOUNCED!

Last month, Better Off Red polls opened for the prestigious Cincinnati Reds end-of-the-season awards known as “The Burt Awards.” Every week since, a new collection of categories was unveiled for BOR readers to vote upon.  Five categories were trimmed from the Burt Awards in 2014, but the total number of votes was nearly identical to 2013.  Approximately 20,000 overall votes were cast for 25 categories.

It’s now time to reveal the Week Three winners.  Envelopes, please…

We start today with the Best Fielder category.  Only one man has ever held this award in the long and storied history of The Burts, and it’s going to remain that way…at least for another year.  With 265 of the 630 total votes, the four-time winner is…

Fielder

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Brandon Phillips takes home this award for the fourth straight year, although his competition was the toughest it’s ever been.  The Reds in 2014 were the best fielding team in baseball thanks to the likes of Brandon, Zack Cozart and Billy Hamilton.

Second place: Zack Cozart (23%)
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Our next poll result is Great Red Hope for 2015. Voters feel that this category’s winner carries the most “hope” into the 2015 season. With half of the 584 votes, the winner is…

RedHope

After appearing in just 62 games in an injury-riddled 2014, Reds fans are hoping Joey Votto returns to form and leads the Cincinnati club back into the postseason.

Second place: “Player acquired via trade/free agency” (14%)
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Up next is Best Mascot.  You know the usual suspects – Gapper, Mr. Redlegs, Mr. Red and Rosie Red.  The three-time winner in this category is Mr. Redlegs.  Can he make it four in-a-row?

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He sure can, with 39% of the vote.  Congratulations, Redlegs!

Second place: Rosie Red (28%)
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Here we go with the Grittiest.  Ryan Hanigan usually has a firm grip on this category, but since he’s moved on, it’s time to crown a new champion.  Who’s it going to be?

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With 163 of the 582 votes, Devin Mesoraco is our new “Grittiest” Red.

Second place: Billy Hamilton (145 votes)
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Finally for week three, we honor the Reds player with the Best Facial Hair.  Five nominees tallied a total of 559 votes.  The winner with 57% is…

Facial Hair

Sam LeCure regains this award after trading it back and forth with his good pal Corky Miller.  Another fantastic year for the whiskers, Sam!  Congrats!

Second place: Chris Heisey (15%)
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That’s all for today. Please tune in tomorrow as I reveal Week 4 winners.

For Week One results, Click Here.  For Week Two results, Click Here.

In addition to the victors above, there is one more winner to announce:

Congratulations to @Jordan_TM an active participant in the Burt Awards discussion.  For for his efforts, Jordan has been selected as a random winner of a cool prize from BOR HQ.

I’ll be awarding a new winner each day this week, so feel free to get noticed by either leaving a comment on the blog or by including the hashtag #TheBurts in your tweets.

Expect good news,

Jamie

Official Rules for BETTER OFF RED Giveaways: Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any MLB entity and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received a Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 100 miles from the ballpark where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower. You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will not keep or store your information or use it for any purpose other than sending your giveaway item(s) or providing you information on receiving the item(s). Giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations.

TUESDAY NIGHT TRIVIA RESULTS, QUESTIONS

It was a  jam-packed house last night at the Holy Grail Banks for another week of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show and Better Off Red Baseball trivia!

Those in attendance last night included “Mr. Perfect” Tom Browning, Reds minor league pitcher Joel Bender, Reds broadcaster Jim Kelch, @Bongreatness, Rosie Red and the Rosie Reds, the “Voice of the Reds” Joe Zerhusen, Fox Sports Ohio stats guru Joel Luckhaupt and members of Reds Fantasy Camp.

As always, the fine folks at the Holy Grail Banks took great care of us and provided a nice warm shelter on a very frigid evening.  We even helped raise some money for a good cause.  Overall it was a successful night! I hope YOU join us for all of the fun next week!

If you’re interested in seeing last night’s trivia script, including the brain-bending questions that were asked click here —> November 18

Here are last night’s results…

1. The Smiths – 168 points
2. OU Bobcats – 88 points
3. @RedsHulk – 33 points
T4. Catch Ya Later, Fear the Triangle, The Gurus – 0 points each (all wagered everything on the last question)

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WARM UP NEXT TO THE #REDS HOT STOVE TONIGHT! (AND THEN STAY FOR BOR TRIVIA)

When it’s this cold outside, there’s only one sure-fire way to warm up, and that’s with the Reds Hot Stove League show at the Holy Grail Banks!  Tonight’s show goes live at 6pm with this week’s guest Mr. Perfect Tom Browning! 

So get out of the cold and into the warm embrace of the Cincinnati Reds as we put another log in the hot stove.

After the show, stick around for this week’s edition of Better Off Red trivia hosted by yours truly.  I’ll have some brand new BOR t-shirts to give away!

A good time will be had by all, I promise.

See ya tonight!

Jamie

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#THEBURTS WEEK TWO WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Last month, Better Off Red polls opened for the prestigious Cincinnati Reds end-of-the-season awards known as “The Burt Awards.” Every week since, a new collection of categories was unveiled for BOR readers to vote upon.  Five categories were trimmed from the Burt Awards in 2014, but the total number of votes was nearly identical to 2013.  Approximately 20,000 overall votes were cast for 25 categories.

It’s now time to reveal the Week Two winners. Envelopes, please…

Our first category of Week Two is Most Outstanding Pitcher.  Five candidates netted over 700 votes.

No surprise here, the winner with 83% of the vote is….

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Johnny Cueto went 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA for the Reds in 2014 and finished second to Clayton Kershaw in the NL Cy Young Award voting.  Cueto, this year, became 1 of only 2 pitchers in Reds history, since 1900, to produce at least 20 wins and 240 strikeouts in a season (Jim Maloney did it in 1963 & 1965).

Second place: Aroldis Chapman (13%)
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Next up is Best Breakout Season.  The winner with 433 of the 752 total votes is…

Breakout

The season that Devin Mesoraco had in 2014 didn’t go unnoticed by the voters of the Burt Awards.  In addition to the victory in this category, he has also taken home the “Burt” for Most Valuable Player.  Congratulations, Devin!

Second place: Todd Frazier (17%)
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Up next is Best Hair.  Bronson Arroyo dominated this category in the past, but with his departure, a new hairy hero has emerged.  The winner of The Burt with 45% of the nearly 700 votes is…

Original photo courtesy of the AP

Original photo courtesy of the AP

I think it’s obvious by the photo that the voters got this one right.  Johnny Cueto has the best dreads in the game.

Second place: Jay Bruce (18%)
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For the first time in the long and storied history of the Burts, voters have produced an award-winning tie .  Of the 704 total votes for Player You Most Enjoy Watching, two players tallied 175 votes apiece to share this illustrious honor.  The co-winners are…

 

So if a “tie is like kissing your sister,” what’s it like if you’re the sister:  kissing your “Step Brothers?”  Congratulations to Aroldis Chapman and Brandon Phillips – two exciting and entertaining players.

Third place: Todd Frazier (109 votes)

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Finally today, we award the Burt for Super Sub.  This man finished with 300 of the 702 total votes (43%) to win…

SuperSub

 

Another one that voters got right on the money.  Brayan Pena was pressed into action as an everyday player after signing with the Reds as the backup catcher.  In addition to his time behind the plate, Pena also appeared regularly at first base for the injured Joey Votto.  A truly well-deserved win for Brayan.

Second place: Kristopher Negron (33%)
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That’s all for today. Please tune in tomorrow as I reveal Week 3 winners.

For Week One results, Click Here.

In addition to the victors above, there is one more winner to announce:

Congratulations to Terri Noble an active participant in the Burt Awards discussion.  For for her efforts, she’s been selected as a random winner of a cool prize from BOR HQ.

I’ll be awarding a new winner each day this week, so feel free to get noticed by either leaving a comment on the blog or by including the hashtag #TheBurts in your tweets.

Expect good news,

Jamie

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#REDS ANNOUNCE ‘CARAVAN TAKEOVER’ PROMOTION

Reds announce “Caravan Takeover” promotion

CINCINNATI (Nov. 17, 2014) — For the second year in a row, the Cincinnati Reds are offering the opportunity for a lucky fan to host a Reds Caravan stop in their town.

With the “Reds Caravan Takeover” promotion, fans can submit an essay of 200 words or less on why a stop at their home, school or business would make a great addition to the Reds Caravan tour that travels though Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee on Jan. 22-24, 2015.

The winner and 20 guests will have the chance to participate in an exclusive meet and greet and autograph session with Reds players, broadcasters and front office staff.

Last year’s winner of the Reds Caravan Takeover was Sherry Gregor of Bridgetown, Ohio.

Essays will be accepted through Dec. 15, 2014 and the winner will be announced in mid-January.

Official entry form, details of the promotion and contest rules can be found at reds.com/caravan.
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#THEBURTS WEEK ONE WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Last month, Better Off Red polls opened for the prestigious Cincinnati Reds end-of-the-season awards known as “The Burt Awards.”  Every week since, a new collection of categories was unveiled for BOR readers to vote upon.

Five categories were trimmed from the Burt Awards in 2014, but the total number of votes was nearly identical to 2013.  Approximately 20,000 overall votes were cast for 25 categories.

It’s now time to reveal the Week One winners.

Envelopes, please…

Traditionally, our first category is the most popular and that certainly was the case again in 2014.  The Most Valuable Player poll received a whopping 3,444 total votes!  The clear-cut winner with 74% of that result is Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco.

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Mesoraco established career highs this year in most offensive categories.  His 24 home runs as a catcher (he hit 25 overall) are the most by a Red since Johnny Bench hit 30 in 1977.  With 440 plate appearances, Devin became only the third catcher in Major League history to produce at least 24 HR and 76 RBI in 450 plate appearances or fewer, joining Mike Piazza (1994) and Ivan Rodriguez (2000).  Mesoraco was named to his first All-Star team by National League manager Mike Matheny.  He finished the year with an impressive .893 OPS.  Congratulations to 2014 Burt Award winner for MVP – Devin Mesoraco!

Second place:  Todd Frazier (18%)
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Our next category is Best Baserunner and for the second straight year, Cool Papa Bill “ran” away with it…

Original photo by Al Behrman of the AP

Original photo by Al Behrman of the AP

Hamilton received 85% of the 1,342 votes. His 56 stolen bases were good for second in the National League, behind Dee Gordon’s (64) and were a single season franchise record for a rookie; the most by a Major League rookie since Ichiro had 56 in 2001 and the most by any Reds batter since Deion Sanders in 1997 (also 56).

Second place: Todd Frazier (10%)
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Next is Best Newbie.  Originally slated to back up starting catcher Devin Mesoraco in 2014, Brayan Pena saw himself in the starting lineup more often than not, appearing in a career high 115 games, including 53 appearances at first base.  Prior to 2014, Brayan had only played first base four times at the Major League level.  His big smile and humble approach quickly made him a Reds fan favorite in his first year in Cincinnati.  It’s no surprise that he’s the winner of this one…

Original photo courtesy of The AP

Original photo courtesy of The AP

Second place: Kristopher Negron (34%)
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Up next is Best Announcer.  Of the 11 nominees our winner amassed 525 of the 1,298 votes.

Congratulations to our first four-time winner…

Announcer

“Mercury” Marty has swept this category in each of the first four years of the Burt Awards.  He told me that you’re all invited to his big celebration party tonight at Thom’s house. Be there by 9:30 and prepare to go all night long.

Second place: Jeff Brantley (15%)

Notes:  The self-proclaimed “voice of the Reds” Joe Zerhusen finished fourth with 115 votes.
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Our final category of the day is Best GABP Promotional Giveaway.  Nearly 1,300 votes were cast for the 23 nominees.  In the closest race of the day, first place – by a mere 7 votes – goes to…

Giveaway

The Mr. Redlegs 2015 All-Star Game bobblehead takes over after two consecutive years of dominance by the Reds Stein.

Second place: Homer Bailey Dual No-Hitter Bobblehead (150 votes)

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That’s all for today. Please tune in next week as I reveal Week 2 Winners.

In addition to the victors above, there is one more winner to announce:

Congratulations to @J_Landen an active participant in the Burt Awards discussion. For for his efforts, he’s been selected as a random winner of a cool prize from BOR HQ.

I’ll be awarding a new winner each day next week, so feel free to get noticed by either leaving a comment on the blog or by including the hashtag #TheBurts in your tweets.

Expect good news,

Jamie

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