POLLS HAVE OPENED FOR THE 2014 BURT AWARDS!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Reds fans of all ages!
It’s time to vote for the fourth annual Burt Awards…or as we at BOR Headquarters like to call it – “The Burts.”
The Burts – named after Better Off Red mascot Burt BobbleRed – are fans choice awards recognizing the accomplishments and quirks that contributed to the Reds’ 2014 season.
In addition to the traditional categories (MVP, Best Pitcher, etc), we also have some unconventional awards to hand out, such as “Best Mascot,” “Favorite Game” and “Best Hair.
Beginning 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.
The nominees for each category were determined by the hard-working staff at Better Off Red and members of the Cincinnati Reds front office. We tried to limit the number of nominees to 5 per category, but as you’ll see, in some instances, we had to include more than 5.
You can vote as much and as often as you’d like. If you lose track of the polls/nominees, the Burt Awards blog posts are listed under the “Categories” section, which is located on the sidebar of Better Off Red. –>>
*****As an added bonus, prizes will be randomly given to voters discussing the Burt Awards in the “Comments” section of each blog post, as well as to folks who Tweet about the Burts using the hashtag #TheBurts. (Again, prizes will be awarded at random).
So without further ado, the first 5 polls are open!
Our first category is 2014 Reds Most Valuable Player. We limited the nominees to position players since we’ll also have a 2014 Reds Most Outstanding Pitcher category. Last year, Shin-Soo Choo took home the “Burt” with 35% of the vote.
This poll is for the Best Reds Baserunner. Keep in mind, sometimes the best baserunner isn’t always the fastest. Last year, Billy Hamilton won this category with 80% of the vote.
Next is Best Newbie. Nominees were based on “rookie” status as well as “newcomer” status to the Reds club. Last year, Shin-Soo Choo won with 82% of the vote.
This poll is for Best Announcer. “Mercury” Marty Brennaman is going for his fourth consecutive Burt Award in this category. Can he do it?
The final category for Week One voting is Best GABP Promotional Giveaway. There were lots to choose from in 2014, so cast your vote wisely. Last year the Reds Stein became a back-to-back winner; it’s a nominee again this year.
That’s it for Week One voting! Join us next Friday for a new batch of Burt Award categories and nominees!