BETTER OFF RED TRIVIA TEAMS UP WITH #REDS HOT STOVE LEAGUE!

Beginning this Tuesday, November 4, the Reds Hot Stove League radio show will kick off with a live broadcast from the Holy Grail Banks from 6pm to 7pm ET.  

The weekly Hot Stove League program can be heard every Tuesday through March 31 on the Reds Radio Network and Reds.com (the show will move to Wednesday on December 24 & January 21).

As an added bonus to those attending the live shows at the Holy Grail Banks, Better Off Red Baseball Trivia will take place immediately following the Hot Stove program.  We’ll have fabulous prizes and lots of fun for those of you looking to bend your brain with baseball information (minutiae).

So add some Reds Baseball to your Tuesday nights this offseason and join us at the Holy Grail Banks for the Reds Hot Stove League radio show and Better Off Red baseball trivia!

See ya Tuesday!

Jamie

 

 

HAPPY ‘NATIONAL CAT DAY’ FROM THE CINCINNATI REDS AND BETTER OFF RED!

Many of you readers are well aware of my fondness for the felines (and animals, in general).  It’s exactly why I’m thrilled today to celebrate National Cat Day!

To get you in the spirit, here are some imperfectly put-together photos of Reds players with cat faces…because, well, it’s National Cat Day.

And if you get a chance, help out my friends HERE.

 

THE CURRENT SCENE AT GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK (10/28, 4:52 PM ET)

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SEE CHUCK BRODSKY PERFORM THURSDAY AT THE REDS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM

Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6 pm – live at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum

Don’t miss an evening with singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky on Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

He’s best known for his songs about baseball and the colorful and off-beat cast of characters of our National Pastime.

Chuck’s ten albums have received worldwide critical acclaim, including his recent release “The Baseball Ballads 2” (2013).

He has performed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and 18 of his baseball songs are in the Hall’s sound recordings library.

Thursday’s event includes:
– Exclusive meet and greet with Chuck Brodsky starting at 6 pm
– Concert in the HOF Theatre at 7 pm
– Cash bar with beer plus baseball-themed snacks

Tickets are just $20 and include admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum: www.redsmuseum.org or 513-765-7923.

Chuck Brodsky 21 July 2012 The Grey Eagle Asheville, North Carol

THE 2014 BURT AWARDS – WEEK FOUR: VOTE FOR #THEBURTS!

Welcome to Week Four of The Burt Awards!

  • Every Friday, through Halloween, a new batch of categories will be unveiled for voting.
  • Polls will close at Midnight, November 7.
  • Results will be posted right here on BOR on Monday, November 10.
  • Before we get to this week’s polls, don’t forget to vote for Week One, Week Two and Week Three nominees.

Congratulations to Week Three winner – @Mcfowee.  She participated in the #TheBurts discussion and was randomly chosen to win a cool prize from BOR HQ.

Would you like to be Week Four’s winner?  Simply participate in the discussion by leaving a comment on the this blog post and/or by including the hashtag #TheBurts in your tweets this week.  I will announce one random winner prior to the unveiling of next week’s nominees.

Without further ado, here are the new categories that need your votes….

Of the 162 games that the Reds played in 2014, there were a few that stood out above the rest. Which game was your favorite?

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The Reds Twitter roster continued to grow in 2014.  Reds fans now have online access to many of their favorite players and team personnel.  Who was your favorite of the bunch in ’14?  Last year, @LisaBraun overcame the odds to take home the title.  Will she do it again this year?

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You and your pals are sitting around discussing the possibility of the Reds getting into an on-field brawl.  Naturally, such a discussion requires the following question: Which Reds player should you best not mess with?

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There were several incredible performances by Reds players in 2014.  Which was the best?  Homer Bailey no-hitters have dominated this category over the past two seasons, but the field is wide-open this year.

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Our final category of Week Four is “Best In-Game Feature at Great American Ball Park.”  The Reds production/scoreboard team is second-to-none and always provides top-flight entertainment during Reds home games.  But what’s your favorite?  Last year it was Free Pizza with 41% of the vote.

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That’s all for this week. Check back Friday for another round of categories and nominees. Thanks for voting and don’t forget to take the discussion to Twitter by using the hashtag #TheBurts and/or leaving your thoughts in the comments section of this post!

- Jamie

COZART, HAMILTON & PHILLIPS ARE #REDS FINALISTS FOR GOLD GLOVE AWARD

The official release from Rawlings….

2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Finalists Announced
ESPN2 to broadcast exclusive show unveiling MLB recipients Tuesday, November 4th

ST. LOUIS, MO – October 23, 2014 – Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH), today announced the finalists for the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Award®, honoring the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League™ and National League™. Winners will be unveiled during a live, one-hour “Baseball Tonight – The 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Announcement Show” on ESPN2 Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 7pm ET/6pm CT.

Rawlings first began highlighting the top-three defenders at each position in 2011. Since then, only nine players have been named a Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalist each year: Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre, Toronto pitcher Mark Buehrle, Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano, Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon, Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina, Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips.

A number of players are vying for the designation as the best defender at their respective positions, including 21 former Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners. The Kansas City Royals™ and Los Angeles Dodgers™ lead all teams with four finalists each. With pitcher Dallas Keuchel’s top-three finish among American League pitchers, the Houston Astros™ became the final team to have at least one Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalist.

The longest, active consecutive streak of Rawlings Gold Glove Award wins belongs to St. Louis’ Molina with six, beginning in 2008. Kansas City’s Gordon is next with three consecutive wins.

Each manager and up to six (6) coaches on his staff vote from a pool of qualified players in their League, and cannot vote for players on their own team. Last year, Rawlings added a sabermetric component to the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process, as part of its collaboration with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The SABR Defensive Index comprised of approximately 25 percent of the overall selection total, with the managers and coaches’ vote continuing to carry the majority.

FINALISTS:

2B
DJ LeMahieu (ROCKIES)
Brandon Phillips (REDS)
Chase Utley (PHILLIES)

SS
Zack Cozart (REDS)
Adeiny Hechavarria (MARLINS)
Andrelton Simmons (BRAVES)

CF
Billy Hamilton (REDS)
Juan Lagares (METS)
Denard Span (NATIONALS)

TONIGHT! BETTER OFF RED BRAIN-BENDING BASEBALL TRIVIA: WORLD SERIES EDITION

Join us tonight at the Holy Grail Banks for another edition of Better Off Red Brain-Bending Baseball Trivia!

We’ll start at 7pm sharp (approximately an hour before the first pitch of the World Series).

The incredibly gracious folks at the Holy Grail Banks have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds from tonight’s event to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum!

It will be  “team-format” (1-6 per team) for tonight’s trivia game with lots of cool prizes on the line.  Get there early to sign up.  Come for the trivia and stay for the Fall Classic!

Here are more details…

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BOR BASEBALL TRIVIA TUESDAY AT HOLY GRAIL BANKS

Join me tomorrow night (Tuesday, 10/21) at the Holy Grail Banks for good fun and great prizes as we test your knowledge in baseball trivia!

We’ll start bending your mind at 7pm sharp, just before the start of the World Series, so get there early!

The fine folks at Holy Grail have agreed to give a portion of the event’s profits to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.

Call a buddy and bring a friend because the competition will be set up in a multiple-team format.

See ya then!

THE 2014 BURT AWARDS – WEEK THREE: VOTE FOR #THEBURTS!

Welcome to Week Three of The Burt Awards!

  • Every Friday, through Halloween, a new batch of categories will be unveiled for voting.
  • Polls will close at Midnight, November 7.
  • Results will be posted right here on BOR on Monday, November 10.
  • Before we get to this week’s polls, don’t forget to vote for Week One and Week Two nominees.

Congratulations to Week Two winner – Natalie E.  She participated in the #TheBurts discussion and was randomly chosen to win a cool prize from BOR HQ.

Would you like to be Week Three’s winner?  Simply participate in the discussion by leaving a comment on the this blog post and/or by including the hashtag #TheBurts in your tweets this week.  I will announce one random winner prior to the unveiling of next week’s nominees.

Without further ado, here are the new categories that need your votes….

Our first category this week is Best Fielder.  Brandon Phillips is the perennial favorite in this category, but don’t overlook  Zack Cozart and Billy Hamilton.  Last year, “Dat Dude BP” won his fourth straight Burt Award in this category with 54% of the final vote.

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Next is “Great Red Hope for 2015.” This one is very much open for interpretation.  There are several random nominees for this category; some are coming off injury, some are blue-chip prospects that might help the club next season, and one nominee remains nameless/faceless.  It’s up to you to decide which carries the most “hope” into 2015.  Last year, Billy Hamilton took home the Burt with 43% of the vote.

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Next this week is Best Mascot.  You already know the usual suspects.  Last year, Mr. Redlegs became a 3-time champion in this category after winning 40% of the vote.  Will he make it four-in-a-row?

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This category is for the Reds fan who loves seeing dirty uniforms, full-throttle hustle and fearless acts of accomplishment.  Who was the “grittiest” Red of 2014?  Last year, Ryan Hanigan won the Burt with 21% of the vote.

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Our final category of Week Three is one of BOR’s favorite – Best Facial Hair.  It’s true, manager Bryan Price invoked some facial hair limitations for 2014, but the boys in red still managed to show off some stylish whiskers.

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And that’s all for Week Three.  Thanks for voting and don’t forget to take the discussion to Twitter by using the hashtag #TheBurts and/or leaving your thoughts in the comments section of this post!

More categories next week!

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THURSDAY BASELINE ITEMS

Twenty-four years ago today…

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Looking for a place to watch Game One of the World Series on Tuesday, October 21?  I have an idea, join me at the Holy Grail Banks!  In addition to the Fall Classic, we’re gonna play some Baseball Trivia with lots of cool prizes!

The fine folks at the Holy Grail have agreed to donate some of their proceeds that night to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.  Stay tuned to BOR and @Jamieblog for Tuesday’s “start time.”

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Congratulations to Reds blue-chip prospect Jesse Winker, who was named Arizona Fall League Player of the Week.  Here’s the official announcement from the AFL…

MLB.com’s No. 40 overall prospect delivered
in his first week in Arizona, leading the league leader in
RBI (7), slugging percentage (.909) and OPS (1.472), and
ranking fourth in on-base percentage (.563).

The 6-3, 210-pound lefty was 5-for-11 with 4 runs,
2 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI and 4 walks in three games.

Cincinnati selected the Windermere, FL native with the
49th overall selection (Compensation A Round) of the
2012 draft of out Olympia (FL) High School.

Winker, who turned 21 in August, is a .297 career hitter
over three minor-league seasons (rookie-level Billings,
Single-A Dayton, High-A Bakersfield, Double-A
Pensacola) with 54 doubles, 8 triples, 36 home runs
and 168 RBI in 248 games.

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Here’s hoping you’ve been watching the MLB Postseason games – they’ve been fantastic.

I’ve been lucky enough to once again work the National League Championship Series for Major League Baseball.  This is my fifth tour of duty as an MLB Postseason volunteer and I’m so very honored for the opportunity.

This year, my duties have been carried out in St. Louis (my Reds co-worker Larry Herms has the San Francisco portion of the series).  MLB brings on a few PR folks from other teams to help out with the excess media that the Postseason generates.

I was joined in St. Louis by the Mets’ Ethan Wilson, the Braves’ Jim Misudek and the Padres’ Patrick Kurish.  In addition to assisting both the Giants and Cardinals media relations teams, we also work in a variety of roles with MLB officials Katy Feeney, Chuck Torres and Bennett Shields.  It helps lighten the load on the behind-the-scenes tasks that come with the big stage of the NLCS.

I will not know until the conclusion of tonight’s Game Five between the Cards and Giants if I need to book my flight for a weekend return to St. Louis.  If the Giants win, I stay home.  If the Cards win, I’ll be on a direct flight first thing tomorrow.

Here are a few photos from Games One and Two…

L-R: Bennett Shields of MLB, Jim Misudek of the Braves, Ethan Wilson of the Mets

L-R: Bennett Shields of MLB, Jim Misudek of the Braves, Ethan Wilson of the Mets

The NLCS Postseason Press Conference Room at Busch Stadium

The NLCS Postseason Press Conference Room at Busch Stadium

During the game, the media folks turn the press conference chairs around to watch the game on the TVs located in the back of the room.

During the game, the media folks turn the press conference chairs around to watch the game on the TVs located in the back of the room.

Here's "Louis" the bald eagle that made an appearance during Game Two's pregame festivities

Here’s “Louis” the bald eagle that made an appearance during Game Two’s pregame festivities

A portion of the auxiliary pressbox (or "aux box") for media overflow

A portion of the auxiliary pressbox (or “aux box”) for media overflow

Nice hair, dork.

Nice hair, dork.

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Week Three of The Burt Awards voting will be posted tomorrow here on BOR!  I hope you’ve been participating!

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Reds HOF & Museum offer tours of Reds Clubhouse

CINCINNATI (Oct. 9, 2014) — The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is once again offering offseason tours of Great American Ball Park that include the Reds clubhouse, radio and TV booths, dugouts and more.

The two hour “VIP” tour features access to the:
• Reds Clubhouse
• Visitors Clubhouse
• Radio & TV Broadcast Booths
• Field Level Media Interview Room
• Plus all the stops on the Scotts® Great American Ball Park Tour including the dugouts, press box, Mercedes-Benz Diamond Club, FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club and more.

The tours begin Oct. 11 and are available on Saturday afternoons at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. only.

Tour tickets and pricing are available at:
• redsmuseum.org
• (513) 765-7923
• In person at the Reds HOF & Museum, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Each tour ticket includes admission into the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

The tours run weekly until March 21, 2015. No tours on Dec. 6 due to Redsfest.

Space is limited and tours often sell out in advance.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 84 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction. The museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.

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