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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.

FINAL 2014 #REDS INTRO MUSIC LIST

#34 Bailey – “Fred Bear” by Ted Nugent
#16 Barnhart – “Hell Raisin’ Heat of the Summer” by Florida Georgia Line
#30 Bourgeois – “Pushin” by Bun B
#32 Bruce – “Trophies” by Drake (start at :05)
#54 Chapman – “Wake up” by Rage Against the Machine & “Jingo” by Santana
#64 Corcino – “Subete en el Caballo” by El Alfa
#2 Cozart – “It’s all about the South” by Cadillac Three (start at :58)
#47 Cueto – “Siguelo” by Wisin y Yandel (Pitching)
#47 Cueto – “Hello City Limits” by Breakin’ Strings
#70 Diaz – “Mozart LaPara” by Pa’Gozar
#21 Frazier – “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
#6 Hamilton #1 – “All the Way Turnt Up” by Roscoe Dash (start at :14)
#6 Hamilton #2 – “No Worries” by Lil Wayne
#6 Hamilton #3– “Handsome and Wealthy” by Migos
#9 Hannahan – “Today was a Good Day” by Ice Cube
#28 Heisey – “Gimmie Dat” by The Ambassadors (start at :21)
#36 Holmberg – “I Will Not Bow” by Breaking Benjamin
#60 Hoover – “Awake and Alive” by Skillet (start at :05)
#55 Latos – “Eyes on Fire (Zeds Dead Remix)” by Blue Foundation (Pitching)
#55 Latos – “Disclosure” by Latch (Hitting – start at 3:08)
#44 Leake – “Doses & Mimosas” by Cherub (Pitching)
#44 Leake – “Fitzpleasure” by Alt-J (Hitting)
#63 LeCure – “Prodigal Son” by Black Angels
#48 Ludwick – “Smoke a Little Smoke” by Eric Church (start at :09)
#23 Lutz – “U.O.E.N.O.” by Rocko
#45 Marshall – “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin
#39 Mesoraco #1– “Right Where I Need to Be” by Gary Allan (start at beginning)
#39 Mesoraco #2 – “Fishing in the Dark” by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (start at :06)
#17 Negron – “Come Around” by Collie Buddz
#66 Ondrusek – “Sweet Child O’Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
#43 Parra – “Jump Around” by House of Pain
#46 Partch – “Flower” by Moby
#29 Pena #1 – “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias
#29 Pena #2 – “All I do is Win” by DJ Khaled (start at :02)
#4 Phillips #1 – “Leather So Soft” by Birdman, Lil Wayne
#4 Phillips #2 – “About the Money” by T.I.
#4 Phillips #3 – “Lifestyle” by Rich Gang
#4 Phillips #4 – “No Flex Zone” by Rae Sremmurd
#5 Phillips #5 – “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea
# 7 Santiago – “Ora Por Mi “ by Daddy Yankee
#25 Schumaker – “Play it Again” by Luke Bryan (start at :45)
#31 Simon – “Dile” by Don Omar
#50 Soto – “Peligro” by Cosculluela (start at :39)
#19 Votto – “Lucifer” by Jay Z (start from beginning)

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

Welcome to Week Two of The 2014 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 categories, don’t forget to vote for Week One’s nominees.

And speaking of Week One – congratulations to Denise Pavey, who, for talking up The Burts, wins a special prize from Better Off Red Headquarters!

Would you like to be Week Two’s winner?  Simply participate in the discussion by leaving a comment on 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 for Week Two is Most Outstanding Pitcher.  This one should be fairly easy…

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Our next category is “Best Breakout Season” (not sponsored by Oxy or Clearasil).  Which Reds player used the 2014 campaign to best establish himself as a bona fide big leaguer?  There are some very strong candidates here, so choose wisely.

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Who had the Best Hair on the team in 2014?  Last year, 40% of you picked Bronson Arroyo. Remember this category is for best hair and shouldn’t be confused with Best Facial Hair (a category that will be unveiled in the coming weeks).

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Despite the club’s record, the Reds had players in 2014 that kept you glued to the game.  This category is “Player You Most Enjoy Watching.”  @DatDudeBP took home the hardware last year with 31% of the vote.

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Every baseball manager will tell you that it’s very important to have a good bench.  There are many crucial situations during the season and during individual games that call for a Super Sub.  Who was the best in this category for the Reds in 2014?  Last year, it was Billy Hamilton (37%).

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That’s it for Week Two! 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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#REDS APPROVE SALE OF NIPPERT MINORITY INTEREST

CINCINNATI – On October 3, 2014, the Cincinnati Reds approved the sale of a minority interest in the club by The Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust to Mr. Frank Cohen.

Louise and Louis Nippert began a 46-year ownership interest in the Reds when they bought into the club as part of an investors’ group in 1966. The Nipperts ultimately purchased a majority interest in the Reds in 1973 and retained that interest until 1981. Mrs. Nippert retained a minority interest in the club until her passing in 2012.

Frank Cohen is a Senior Managing Director for The Blackstone Group, a global investment advisory firm based in New York City. He is the fourth generation of the Cohen family to be raised in Cincinnati. He is a 1991 graduate of the Seven Hills School. He received a BA from Northwestern University, where he graduated from the Honors Program in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, with a double major in Political Science. He serves as a director for EOP, CarrAmerica, TRZ Holdings and Blackstone’s industrial venture affiliate, as well as on the Kellogg Real Estate Advisory Board at Northwestern University.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This poll is for Best Announcer. “Mercury” Marty Brennaman is going for his fourth consecutive Burt Award in this category. Can he do it?

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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.

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That’s it for Week One voting! Join us next Friday for a new batch of Burt Award categories and nominees!

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2014 #REDS STAFF SOFTBALL GAME

Each year following the conclusion of the Reds season, the Reds front office gets treated to a day of softball on the field at Great American Ball Park.

Employees from all departments are divided into four teams for a winner-take-all tournament.

For the second straight year, the annual Reds softball game was accompanied by fantastic weather.

Here are some photos…

COMING SOON: THE FOURTH ANNUAL BURT AWARDS

As the Reds’ season becomes a point of reference, hyperlinked in the archives of baseball web sites all across the Information Superhighway, we here at Better Off Red are preparing to supplement the hard facts of the Redlegs’ 2014 record with something we think you might like…

It’s true that we didn’t get to pour adult beverages all over ourselves like we did in the past, but we’re still allowed to have a little bit of fun, right?; here’s how…

For the fourth straight year, Better Off Red will announce its Reds end-of-the-season awards.  We here at BOR Headquarters call ‘em The Burt Awards, or “The Burts,” for short.

The Burts – named after Better Off Red mascot Burt BobbleRed – will recognize Reds superlatives from the 2014 baseball season.  Some of the categories include “Most Valuable Player,” “Most Outstanding Pitcher,” and “Best Fielder,” but we’ll also have some unconventional awards to hand out, such as “Favorite Promotional Giveaway,” “Best Mascot” and “Favorite Ballpark Food.”

The Better Off Red staff is currently working ’round the clock in compiling nominees for all of the Burt Awards.  Once the nominees are revealed, it’ll be your job to vote for the winners.  Voting will begin next week right here on BOR.

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FINAL GAME #REDS LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Today is Fan Appreciation Day at Great American Ball Park. All fans entering the ballpark today will be eligible to win prizes that will be awarded throughout the game by the displaying of winning seat locations on the GABP video/ribbon boards. The Fan Appreciation Day redemption/information table will be set up on the Main Stage in the Kroger Fan Zone beginning in the 1st inning and will remain open throughout the game/postgame.

The first 20,000 fans in attendance today will also receive a 2014 Reds Team Photo.

Today we also host the 12th Annual Mascot T-Ball Game. Over 20 area mascots will compete in today’s game, which will be held on the field beginning at Noon. Many of the mascots will stick around to visit with fans throughout today’s game.

Also during pregame ceremonies today the Rosie Reds will present their annual scholarship awards to 9 local collegiate baseball programs. This is part of the Rosie Reds annual contributions to our community.

Offering up a simultaneous first pitch today will be Mrs. Mary Winnefeld (wife of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and Robert A. McDonald (Secretary of Veterans Affairs). Handling the catching duties will be Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr. (Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and Mr. Sloan D. Gibson (Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs). This group is in town for the USO Tribute Cincinnati – taking place tonight at Music Hall, featuring the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and benefiting the USO of Metropolitan Washington. Over the past 11 years, this Cincinnati community fundraiser has raised over $5 million dollars for the United Service Organization (USO) of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro), making this event the largest supporter of USO-Metro outside of Washington D.C. The money raised helps fund critical programs and services that USO-Metro provides to recovering service men and women and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D.C.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Smooth Transitions who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.

Following the conclusion of today’s game we will have the third and final Run the Bases of the 2014 season, open to all fans.

SATURDAY’S #REDS LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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From my pal @Bongreatness….

The first 20,000 fans in attendance today will receive a 2014 Reds Team Photo.

During pregame ceremonies today a group from the Woodmen of the World will unfurl a large American flag in the outfield grass during the singing of our National Anthem.

#REDS EXTEND WALT JOCKETTY’S CONTRACT

Saturday, September 27, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REDS EXTEND WALT JOCKETTY’S CONTRACT
General Manager Signs Through 2016

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini today announced the signing of President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty to a 2-year contract extension through the 2016 season.

Jocketty’s original contract was to have expired at the end of this season.

“This franchise has had great success under Walt’s guidance, and we’re delighted he has signed a 2-year extension,” Castellini said.

Jocketty joined the organization in January 2008 as a special advisor to Castellini, and 3 months later he was named to his current position. Including his time in St. Louis, he has produced 10 playoff teams and has won 8 National League Central Division titles. His 2006 Cardinals team won the World Series.

In the last 5 seasons, the Redlegs won at least 90 games 3 times and have been in the Postseason 3 times, including National League Central Division championships here in 2010 and 2012 and last year’s Wild Card berth. In franchise history, the successful Postseason stretch of 3 appearances in 4 seasons from 2010-2013 is matched only by the teams that made 6 playoff appearances during the Big Red Machine era (1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979).

In 2010, in just his third season at the helm of the club’s baseball operations, Jocketty led the Reds to the National League Central Division title with a 91-71 record and their first appearance in the Postseason since 1995.

After that 2010 championship season, Jocketty was recognized by his peers and Sporting News as Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year. He also won that prestigious award in 2000 and 2004.

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