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.

NLCSReds

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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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