One of the more popular questions I’m regularly asked involves player options. What are they? How do they work? Who has them and who doesn’t?
If you’re wondering which Reds players are “out of options,” they are:
Last week, the Reds added six players to their 40-man roster. All of those players who were added to the roster would’ve been eligible for next month’s Rule 5 Draft.
Please note the qualifications of the Rule 5 Draft are based on calendar years, not contract years. For example, recently added 40-man roster players Didi Gregorius and Donald Lutz both signed in 2007. Even though they made their professional debuts in 2008, each would have been eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft because they have been “under the club’s control” for 5 years (2007-2011).
This is how Reds Director of Brisk Walking Zach Bonkowski counts down to Redsfest…
…with photos of adorable kittens! Awww, Zach!
And just because…remember the SkyRosa?
Finally, we here at Better Off Red are saddened and stunned to learn of the passing of Mariners outfielder Greg Halman. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans.
More later. Don’t forget to send in your Redsfest Haikus!
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Greetings from a slightly soggy GABP…
THIS DATE IN REDS HISTORY (courtesy of Redleg Journal by Rhodes & Snyder)
1995 “Barry Larkin is named the Most Valuable Player of the National League.”
“Larkin had 281 points in the voting to finish ahead of Dante Bichette, who had 251. Larkin received 11 first place votes out of 28 cast. Larkin hit .319 with 15 homers, 98 runs scored and 51 stolen bases. The .319 average is the highest of any shortstop in club history with at least 400 at-bats, and the stolen base mark is a modern club record.”
1991 “A month after the Senate approves the controversial nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, the Reds swap Jack Armstrong, Scott Scudder and Joe Turek to the Indians for Greg Swindell.
1886 “The Reds and St. Louis complete the first ever trade of reserved players. The Reds sent Jack Boyle to St. Louis for Hugh Nicol.”
“The diminutive Nicol, who stood just 5 feet 4 inches, was born in Campsie, Scotland.”
For those of you who’d like to listen to the Reds Hot Stove League tonight at 6pm ET, here’s the link.
Congratulations to @jiffylube92 for correctly answering this week’s Trivia for a Shirt question!
“Jiffy” gets a brand new Better Off Red, limited edition t-shirt and a mystery prize from BOR Headquarters.
Didn’t win? Don’t fret, we’ll play again next week.
Stay tuned to BOR as I’ll be posting the first round of Redsfest player appearances.
And don’t forget, if you have Redsfest questions, tweet them using the hashtag #AskRedsfest. I’ll collect all of your queries and have answers posted Friday on BOR.
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The Cincinnati Reds organization lost a member of its family last night. Former Cardinals star pitcher Bob Forsch, who for the past three seasons served as the pitching coach for the Reds Rookie affiliate in Billings, passed away at the age of 61. To read more, click HERE.
The only players this season to have been All-Stars and won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards:
This Date in Reds History (Courtesy of Redleg Journal by Rhodes & Snyder):
November 4, 1891: The Reds hire Charlie Comiskey to play first base and manage the team.
“Comiskey was player-manager for St. Louis in the American Association in 1891. Comiskey managed Cincinnati to a 201-206 record from 1891-1894. He is best known as the owner of the Chicago White Sox from 1901 until his death in 1931, and for the ballpark which bears his name. His pettiness and penurious manner inspired the Chicago players to throw the 1919 World Series to the Reds.”
November 4, 1981: The Reds trade Ken Griffey Sr. to the Yankees for Fred Toliver and Brian Ryder.
I snapped some photos at lonely Great American Ball Park this morning. Take a look…
Since it’s Friday, here’s some Gary Clark Jr. to help you get into the weekend spirit…
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A couple of announcements…
2011 Reds Community Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament
CINCINNATI (Nov. 3, 2011) — Sign up now to play Texas Hold ‘Em alongside your favorite current and former Reds at the Reds Community Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament presented by Prestige AV & Creative Services on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
Now in its sixth year, this annual event at Redsfest is one of the largest celebrity poker tournaments in the Midwest.
Doors open at 3:30 pm for registration and side games. The tournament begins at 5 pm.
Each table of 10 will feature a current or former Reds player, coach, broadcaster or other local celebrity.
Plus, if you knock a celebrity out of the tournament, you get the autographed jersey off their back!
The winner will take home a guaranteed $10,000 jackpot.
Individual registration: $150 person ($200 after November 18)
Table registration: $1,500 (Nine players plus one Reds celebrity)
Spectator tickets: $45 per person (Includes two drink tickets and buffet dinner)
For full tournament details and to register, visit: www.reds.com/poker.
For additional information contact Lindsey Lander at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 765-7240.
The Reds today recognized Nick St. Pierre for his “generous and heartfelt support of the Reds Community Fund.” Nick, better known as Gapper, recently won the Skyline Mascot Challenge and donated his winnings ($1,000) to the RCF. A very kind gesture. “Nick St. Pierre” is actually French for “Zany Man of Charity.”
Redsfest information will be posted in the next few days right here on BOR and on Reds.com/Redsfest.
Recent Reds Transactions:
10/28/11: IF Jorge Jimenez (Bakersfield) released unconditionally.
10/31/11: RHP Jared Burton and RHP Daryl Thompson outrighted to Louisville…C Ramon Hernandez, SS Edgar Renteria and LHP Dontrelle Willis elected free agency…LHP Matt Maloney claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins.
11/1/11: RHP Jared Burton, RHP Francisco Cordero and RHP Daryl Thompson elected free agency…LHP Tom Cochran (Louisville) released unconditionally.
11/2/01: RHP James Avery (Carolina), OF Quintin Berry (Louisville), 3b Eric Campbell (Carolina), SS Jose Castro (Louisville), OF David Cook (Louisville), IF Mike Costanzo (Louisville), RHP Jerry Gil (Louisville), IF Michael Griffin (Louisville), IF Jose Gualdron (Bakersfield), RHP Tim Gustafson (Carolina), RHP Justin Lehr (Carolina), RHP Ruben Medina (Bakersfield), IF Carlos Mendez (Bakersfield), C Corky Miller (Louisville), RHP Chris Mobley (Carolina), RHP Doug Salinas (Bakersfield) and C James Skelton (Louisville) all declared 6-year Minor League Free Agents…SS Zack Cozart (Cincinnati) reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.
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PS – Shamefully, it’s been a while since I’ve thanked you all for logging on to Better Off Red. I appreciate it very much. Your support for the team and for the blog is what really makes all of this worthwhile. I’m very grateful. Thank you.
Just a few notes…
ESPN2 will televise the first-ever Rawlings Gold Glove Awards Show from ESPN’s Baseball Tonight studio in Bristol tonight at 10:00 p.m. (ET).
Reds’ finalists include RF Jay Bruce, 2b Brandon Phillips and 1B Joey Votto. Be sure to tune in!!
Also tonight, the Reds Hot Stove League kicks off at 6 ET on 700 WLW and online at Reds.com. If you can’t make it to a radio, here’s the link for you to listen online.
Every Reds Hot Stove League show will be archived HERE.
And here’s a Halloween pic sent in to Better Off Red…
For those of you clamoring for Redsfest information (and let’s be honest, why wouldn’t you be?), keep your eyes peeled to BOR and Reds.com/Redsfest. The 411 will be posted very soon.
Usually in the offseason, I check out my “Redleg Journal” by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder for notable this “date in Reds history” information. Not to bum you out, but I stumbled upon this one from November 1, 1937:
“Benny Frey, who had pitched for the Reds since 1929, commits suicide at his home in Michigan…During spring training of 1937, Frey suffered arm problems and the Reds demoted the veteran sending him to the minors. Frey refused to report and returned to his home near Jackson, Michigan. According to family members, the 31-year-old Frey grew despondent over the fear his arm would not recover, and he died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a car in his sister’s garage.”
This story is especially sad, when considering that less than 3 years later, Cincinnati catcher Willard Hershberger would take his own life during the Reds 1940 World Series championship season.
And now for something more cheerful….
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The Reds have exercised the 2012 option on the contract of 2B Brandon Phillips; declined the 2012 option on the contract of RHP Francisco Cordero; outrighted to Louisville RHP Jared Burton and RHP Daryl Thompson; selected the contract of OF Denis Phipps; LHP Matt Maloney was claimed off waivers by the Twins.
Baseball awards season begins tomorrow night with the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards announcement at 10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2…RF Jay Bruce, 2b Brandon Phillips and 1b Joey Votto are all award nominees at their respective positions.
The Reds Hot Stove League starts tomorrow night at 6 ET. If you won’t be around a radio for the show, here’s the link for you to listen.
All of the Reds Hot Stove League shows will be archived HERE.
On this date in 1938, Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi won the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Lombardi would eventually become a Baseball Hall of Famer in Cooperstown.
The Reds announced today that LHP Aroldis Chapman is scheduled to pitch in the Arizona Fall League on October 24, October 27 and October 31.
I have no information on whether the Missile will start those games or appear in relief.
I had a great time last night at the Beer Sellar in Newport for the #HatsOffCin celebration. Thanks again to all of you who stopped by. I’ll post some photos from the event once they are finished being developed at the 1-hour photo lab.
A big thanks to Charley Frank, Lindsey Lander and our friends at Proctor and Gamble for making the event possible.
I received a couple of photos from game one of the World Series Project. Let’s take a look…
Diane Bielo sent us this screen shot of Johnny Bench during last night’s pregame events. Johnny appears to be blinded by that mysterious light fixture in the middle of the picture.
My main man Jim Church offers us this photo of two former Reds squaring off last night on the big stage; Arthur Rhodes vs. Josh Hamilton.
Keep ‘em coming, folks! For more information, click HERE.
My two favorite Client Services Reps, Heather and Liz, asked if I could send out a message to any of you who happen to be Season Ticket Holders about their exclusive Season Ticket Holder Block Party group on Facebook.
This community was created to give Reds Season Ticket Holders the opportunity to get to know their fellow plan holders and share their love of the Reds with other passionate fans.
Season Ticket Holders are invited to share their favorite moments and memories at Great American Ball Park through wall posts, photos from GABP visits and more. This group also provides updates on all the latest Reds STH information, upcoming promotions and special events planned just for its members. In short, the STH Block Party is a Reds Season Ticket Holder’s destination for everything Reds (other than Better Off Red, of course)!!
An e-mail invitation was sent out to Season Ticket Holders at the end of the season, but in case you missed it, simply shoot an e-mail to Liz at email@example.com , and we’ll get you signed up!
I’m kind of goofy-excited about the lovely Zooey Deschanel singing the Star Spangled Banner before Sunday’s World Series Game Four.
The Reds are looking for over 300 volunteers to help out at this year’s Redsfest. Are you interested? Click HERE.
I get a lot of emails and tweets from folks looking for advice on how to break into the sports business, specifically jobs pertaining to the Reds or Major League Baseball. Volunteering for events like Redsfest is a perfect first step.
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Don’t forget to stop by the Beer Sellar in Newport tonight from 5:30-7:30 for the #HatsOffCin celebration!
This is our chance to thank all the terrific Reds fans that supported the #HatsOffCIN promotion and helped the Reds Community Fund win a $50,000 grant from Head & Shoulders.
Reds Urban Youth Academy Kicks Off Third Year
CINCINNATI (October 19, 2011) — The Reds Urban Youth Academy, the year-round baseball and softball training facility operated by the Reds Community Fund, returns for its third year on Monday, October 24.
The Reds Urban Youth Academy provides free baseball and softball instruction to underserved boys and girls ages 8 to 18.
Located at the temporary home of Gamble Montessori School in Winton Place, the academy is also the site of the Community Fund’s Brandon Phillips Field and P&G Fields.
For 2011-12, the academy programming will expand to offer training four evenings a week with weekend hours available for area teams.
“Each clinic is free and focuses on the fundamentals of the game,” said Charley Frank, executive director, Reds Community Fund. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to sharpen their baseball and softball skills in an exciting and educational way.”
The academy is instructed by local area high school coaches as well as Reds Community Fund staff.
For specific dates and times of the weekly clinics and to register, please visit www.redsyouthbaseball.org or contact Sean McKenna at (513) 765-7234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reds Urban Youth Academy is located at 5425 Winton Ridge Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45232.
HALL OF FAMER JOHNNY BENCH TO RECEIVE
THE “SCOUT’S DREAM” AWARD
AT THE PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL SCOUTS FOUNDATION’S “IN THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME” GALA
LOS ANGELES (October 18, 2011) – Johnny Bench has been considered the greatest catcher in baseball history and soon the Cincinnati Reds’ legend will add the “Scout’s Dream” Award to his long list of honors. The Award will be presented at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation’s 9th Annual “In the Spirit of the Game” Sports and Entertainment Spectacular gala on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
Game One of the World Series takes place tonight in St. Louis at 8:05pm ET on Fox. St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter opposes Texas’ C.J. Wilson.
Follow me on Twitter and let me know which all-time World Series game you’d attend if you could turn back the clock. (To join the conversation, click the “Follow” button on the right sidebar of this page).
Check out my buddy Jeff Van Kirk, who wore his Better Off Red shirt at the Bank of America 500 in Charlotte!
Do you have a BOR shirt? If yes, send me a photo of you wearing it somewhere cool! (you can email it to me at email@example.com).
That’s all for now. More later. Hope to see you tonight!
The Reds Community Fund will hold a HatsOffCIN celebration party on Wednesday, October 19 at the Beer Sellar in Newport, KY to thank all the terrific Reds fans that supported the #HatsOffCIN promotion and helped the Reds Community Fund win a $50,000 grant from Head & Shoulders. Happy hour will be 5:30 to 7:30pm with complimentary appetizers for all. Tweet any questions to @redscommunity.
I’ll be there, as will many of the folks whom you only recognize by names beginning with “@“. So show up and I’ll tell you all about my cats and my cracked heels. I’m only kidding (unless you want to hear about my cats and cracked heels). It’ll be fun and I’m looking forward to meeting you/reconnecting with you on Wednesday!
Be sure to submit your Bobblehead answers to me by midnight tonight! I’ll announce the winners tomorrow.
Don’t forget to vote for the Burt Awards!
It’s good to be back in BOR Headquarters after spending four days in St. Louis. The NLCS games (3, 4 & 5) were exciting and I loved being a part of it. Hopefully next year, I’ll be involved as a Reds representative instead of an MLB rep. It was nice to catch up with my MLB friends, Katy Feeney, Chuck Torres, Lydia Panayotidis, Bennett Shields, Raxel Concepcion, Marty Sewell (Marlins), Josh Ishoo (Padres) and Matt “Chiz” Chisholm (Giants).
If you watched the game last night, you may have seen my co-worker Larry Herms on the field escorting Albert Pujols to his postgame media “hits.” The postgame stuff was the most exciting for me. It’s quite a thrill to be able to run out onto the diamond and get the requested players for TV/radio interviews. Quite a rush.
As a “bitter rival,” I understand the sentiments Reds fans feel towards the Cardinals. However, I’m not ashamed to say that I very much enjoyed watching the play of Jon Jay and David Freese during the NLCS. They’re two guys who are going to be very good players for a long time. Oh and I’m pretty proud of myself for coming up with the nickname “Chief Justice” for Jay.
It should be a great World Series. I hope you tune in and watch.
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A few announcements…
Moneyball contest winners will be revealed today. Stay tuned.
Tomorrow, I’ll be blogging on location from the National League Championship Series in St. Louis. Be sure to log on to BOR, as I anticipate plenty of photos and lots of behind-the-scenes stuff.
I’ll be working the NLCS on behalf of Major League Baseball, assisting with the media relations aspect of the series (corralling players for interviews, manager interviews, helping out with auxiliary pressbox, press conferences, etc.).
This will be my third year helping out and I very much enjoy it. Last year, the Reds were in the postseason, so my job with the club took precedence over any duties with MLB…and that was A-okay with me. I’d prefer the Reds be in the postseason every year.
Don’t forget to vote for The Burt Awards! Voting continues through the end of the month and we’re going to have some fun announcing the winners.
The episode of Man vs. Food that was filmed in Cincinnati with Better Off Red fan Adam Turer airs this Wednesday at 9pm ET on the Travel Channel! Adam wears a BOR shirt during the episode!
And speaking of BOR shirts…Trivia for a Shirt will be on hiatus this week. But keep your eyes peeled on BOR later today for a really cool contest!
That’s all for now. More in a minute.
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