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!
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….
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%)
Next up is Best Breakout Season. The winner with 433 of the 752 total votes is…
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%)
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…
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%)
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)
Finally today, we award the Burt for Super Sub. This man finished with 300 of the 702 total votes (43%) to win…
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%)
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,
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.
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.
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.
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%)
Our next category is Best Baserunner and for the second straight year, Cool Papa Bill “ran” away with it…
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%)
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…
Second place: Kristopher Negron (34%)
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…
“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.
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…
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)
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,
We had another great crowd last night at Holy Grail Banks for the Reds Hot Stove League show and Better Off Red Brain-Bending Baseball Trivia. Thanks to everyone who came out!
Below is the trivia script from last night, featuring the questions and answers.
Script, click here —> November 11
And our leaderboard:
1. Charlie Sheenius: 98 points
T2. Two and a Half Interns: 88 points
Boomsticks: 88 points
4. Team Arbor Mist: 76 points
5. Cobra Kai: 70 points
6. Heads Up: 69 points
We’d love to see you and your team come out and compete next Tuesday!
“Expect good news,”
Want to have some Reds-related fun tonight before the big bad polar vortex hits? Yes, yes you do – so, join us tonight at the Holy Grail Banks at 6pm for a live broadcast of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show featuring Sam LeCure! Sam will be on hand with hosts Thom Brennaman and Jim Kelch to take your questions and talk about everything Cincinnati Reds.
And following the show, stick around for another edition of Better Off Red Baseball Trivia hosted by yours truly. We’ll have nine innings of trivia with a chance for you to win some really cool prizes. I GUARANTEE a good time.
Tonight’s trivia theme is “2010” (the year, not the movie), so study up!
See ya tonight!
RIGGLEMAN JOINS REDS’ STAFF AS THIRD BASE COACH
Riggleman, 62, joined the organization’s player development department in 2012 as manager of the new Class AA affiliate in Pensacola, then in 2013 and 2014 served as manager at Class AAA Louisville.
He has been a manager, coach or instructor at the professional level since 1981, including all or parts of 12 seasons as a manager for the Nationals (2009-11), Mariners (2008), Cubs (1995-99) and Padres (1992-94).
Riggleman previously worked on Major League staffs as third base coach for the Indians (2000), first base coach for the Cardinals (1989-90) and bench coach for the Nationals (2009), Mariners (2008) and Dodgers (2001-04).
He joins second-year manager Bryan Price’s coaching staff that includes bench coach Jay Bell, hitting coach Don Long, assistant hitting coach Lee Tinsley, pitching coach Jeff Pico, bullpen coach Mack Jenkins, first base coach Billy Hatcher, infield coach Freddie Benavides and Major League catching coordinator Mike Stefanski.
Welcome to the fifth and final week of The Burt Awards!
Every Friday for the past month, Better Off Red has unveiled categories and nominees for the most prestigious Reds end-of-the-season awards -“The Burts.” If you’ve missed any of the previous polls or if you simply want to cast your vote again, click Here, Here, Here and Here.
- Polls will close at Midnight, November 14.
- Results will be posted right here on BOR on Tuesday, November 18.
As many of you already know, Better Off Red has announced a random “Fan Participation” winner during each week of Burt Awards voting. Week Four’s Fan Participation winner is @frtoastwalter. He will receive a really cool prize from BOR Headquarters.
Would you like to be Week Five’s winner? It’s your last chance, and since this is the final week, I’m going to award two winners – one from Twitter and one who comments on this blog.
- To be Week Five’s Twitter winner, simply include the hashtag #TheBurts in your tweets this week.
- To be Week Five’s Blog winner, simply leave a comment to THIS blog entry below.
I will announce the two random winners on Tuesday, November 18 when the voting results are revealed for the 2014 Burt Awards.
Without further ado, here are the final categories that need your votes…
Leading off the final week of voting is “Best Nickname.” In a day-and-age when most players’ nicknames have been reduced to simply adding a “y” or “ie” to their surnames, the Reds and their fans still manage to come up with some catchy monikers. Which is your favorite?
Next up is Favorite Food at GABP. Whenever you go to Great American Ball Park, there’s that one delicious item that you can’t watch the game without. What is it at GABP that makes your belly growl and your tongue slap your eyeballs? And if the menu we listed doesn’t suit ya, click “other” and write in your vote in the comments section of this post.
Our next category is Best Special Event of 2014. It was a busy year for our Reds staff, especially the Entertainment and Productions and Promotional Events departments. Several really cool Reds events took place during the year. Which was your favorite?
We know how much you folks love your bobbleheads, so pay attention to this next category. Of the nominees listed below, which would you like to see made into a bobblehead in 2015? And please note, this is just for our amusement and there are no promises that the “winner” will get a bobblehead next year.
Easily, one of the most popular blog posts here on Better Off Red involves Reds “Intro Music.” Which Reds player had the Best Music in 2014? If you need a point of reference, Click HERE to scroll through all the 2014 music updates.
Well, that about does ‘er. All of the nominees for the 2014 Burt Awards have officially been announced. It’s up to you to decide the winners!
Thanks for participating!
Expect good news,
Founded in 2012, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners are determined using a formula that combines traditional defensive stats with advanced metrics, as well as the data logged by the baseball experts working for the scouting service Inside Edge.
2014 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award Winners
(P) Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds
(C) Russell Martin – Pittsburgh Pirates
(1B) Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
(2B) Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
(3B) Juan Uribe – Los Angeles Dodgers
(SS) Andrelton Simmons – Atlanta Braves
(LF) Alex Gordon – Kansas City Royals
(CF) Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
(RF) Jason Heyward – Atlanta Braves *
Defensive Team of the Year – Cincinnati Reds
*Jason Heyward named overall 2014 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year.