A LITTLE BIT OF THIS, A LITTLE BIT OF THAT

Well, it’s Saturday and I’m feeling a little goofy, so here’s some random stuff for ya…

As I type this, there’s a magician outside on Crosley Terrace in front of Great American Ball Park….

….and jugglers.

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On this date in 1980, the Reds selected a shortstop with their 8th round draft pick.  His name was Eric Davis.  He later became a pretty good outfielder (you may have heard of him).  Five years later, the Reds used their first round pick (fourth selection overall) on another shortstop.  His name?  Barry Larkin.

Other #1 draft picks on this date in Reds history include Pat Watkins, Pokey Reese and Brandon Larson.

The 2011 First-Year Player Draft takes place Monday through Wednesday.  The Redlegs have the 27th overall pick.  You can follow everything draft-related on MLB.com/draft.

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Four of the five members of the Reds media relations department are wearing the same shirt today, including interns Brett Jager and Jon Cline and assistant director Larry Herms (pictured).  Director Rob Butcher is also wearing the same shirt but was actually doing his job when this photo was taken.  The only one not wearing the Reds polo shirt today is me.  Because I “didn’t ge the memo,” does it mean the guys don’t want me to be part of the group? 

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This afternoon’s potential sellout would be the Reds’ 57th in 9 regular seasons at Great American Ball Park, the fourth this season.  The Reds are 27-29 when playing in front of regular season sellout crowds at GABP.

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LHP Bill Bray tomorrow will celebrate his 28th birthday.  Bray has been charged with 3 runs all season, and all 3 of those runs scored off the pitcher who relieved him.  On the season, he’s 1-1 with a 1.33 ERA.

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Check this out from The Sporting News:

Sporting News annual Top 50 MLB Players list chosen by Executive Panel

June 2 – Sporting News has released its annual list of the top 50 current MLB players. For the third year in a row, St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols topped the list, followed by Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki at No. 2. Rounding out the top 10 are: No. 3 Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez; No. 4 Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto; No. 5 San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum; No. 6 Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay; No. 7 Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria; No. 8 Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera; No. 9 Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer; No.10 Texas Rangers LF Josh Hamilton.
 
The Yankees and Red Sox had the most players on 2011′s list with five each, followed by the Phillies with four, and the Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers and Rockies with three apiece.
 
The annual list was voted on by a panel of 21 current Major League executives.
 
The new issue of Sporting News features Pujols, Tulowitzki, Hernandez, Votto and Lincecum on the cover and is on newsstands now. The issue also includes a Sporting News Conversation with hit king Pete Rose and a profile of the NBA’s most unguardable player, Dirk Nowitzki.  For more on the MLB top 50 players please visit: http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2011-06-01/the-50-best-players-in-baseball-pujols-tulowitzki
Press Contact: Anne Keegan, akeegan@sportingnews.com, 212-500-0670 

MLB Top 50 Players
1. Albert Pujols
2. Troy Tulowitzki
3. Felix Hernandez
4. Joey Votto
5. Tim Lincecum
6. Roy Halladay
7. Evan Longoria
8. Miguel Cabrera
9. Joe Mauer
10. Josh Hamilton
11. Josh Johnson
12. Robinson Cano
13. Hanley Ramirez
14. Adrian Gonzalez
15. C.C. Sabathia
16. Ryan Braun
17. Alex Rodriguez
18. Carlos Gonzalez
19. Cliff Lee
20. Matt Holliday
21. Justin Verlander
22. Jon Lester
23. Jose Bautista
24. Ryan Zimmerman
25. Carl Crawford
26. Mark Teixeira
27. Prince Fielder
28. Chase Utley
29. Mariano Rivera
30. Jered Weaver
31. David Price
32. Ryan Howard
33. Dustin Pedroia
34. Ichiro Suzuki
35. Kevin Youkilis
36. Clayton Kershaw
37. Buster Posey
38. Brian McCann
39. Dan Haren
40. Justin Morneau
T41. Ubaldo Jimenez
T41. David Wright
43. Matt Kemp
44. Andre Ethier
45. Zack Greinke
46. Andrew McCutchen
47. Adrian Beltre
48. Adam Wainwright
49. Jason Heyward
50. Shin-Soo Choo

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I owe you all another hearty THANK YOU for making Better Off Red the top-ranked MLB Pro Blog for the second straight month.  You folks are incredible. 

I always like to say that the blog is  my conversation piece, but it’s YOUR blog.  I mean that.  Without you, there is no BOR.

I say it often, and I’ll say it again –  I’m truly fortunate to be able to share all of this stuff with you…and I have a blast doing it.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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That’s all for now!  Enjoy the game today!  I’ll be tweeting, so follow me at Jamieblog.

Expect good news,

Jamie

Play nice, Burt!

2 Comments

Really – BP is not in the top 50? Maybe he needs a couple of more WebGems? I got a great laugh out of your Burt Bobblehead picture! :)

Congrats on the NO.1 spot on the blog list, as I’ve said before it is you who deserves it, you make it a fun & informative place for us REDS fans.

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