St. Louis’ Keith Hernandez was Tom Seaver’s 3,000th strikeout victim.
For correctly answering, Jamie Christy (@JamieChristyc7) has been randomly selected as this week’s winner. Jamie will receive a brand new Better Off Red limited edition t-shirt and a mystery prize from BOR Headquarters. Congrats Jamie!
Didn’t win? Don’t sweat it. We’ll play again next week.
And speaking of Better Off Red t-shirts, do you remember me asking you folks to send in photos of you wearing ‘em?
If you have a BOR shirt – and by this time, you probably do – put it on and take a photo of yourself and email it to me at email@example.com . I’ll post it right here on the blog.
Here are a couple that I’ve already received…
If you haven’t heard, pitchers and catchers report to the Reds’ Player Development Complex in Goodyear, Arizona on Sunday, February 19. After physical examinations, they will work out later that afternoon. Position players will report Friday, February 24 and following physicals will work out that afternoon.
Basically what I’m saying is, we’re going to have some baseball activity in 45 days! Or if you prefer, 1 month and 14 days – 6 weeks and 3 days – 31 weekdays.
Lots of you are asking for the schedule of the 2012 Reds Caravan that will take place January 26-29. As soon as we’re finished finalizing a few things, we’ll let you know the deets right here on BOR and on Reds.com/Caravan.
That’s all I got for right now. I’ll have more in a bit.
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—-Happy holidays, everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying the Umpteen Days of Christmas. It has certainly been fun giving away all of those cool gifts. (You only have a couple of “umpteen” days left to win a prize, so good luck!)
—-Be sure to stop by the Holy Grail tonight at 6 for the Reds Hot Stove League. I’d love to see you all there so I can personally thank you for supporting the Reds and BOR.
If you can’t make it tonight for the live broadcast, HERE’s the link for you to listen to the program online. I’m going to try and get Little Orphan Marty to say “Be Sure to Drink Your Ovaltine” over the air.
—-I’ve been giving out Better Off Red shirts for a long time, now. I’d love to see photos of you folks wearing them! Send me the photos via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll post them here on the blog.
That’s BOR fan Tony Arno showing off his Better Off Red shirt at a Buffalo Sabres hockey game. Tony’s a big Sabres fan and they won that night over the Maple Leafs, so maybe the shirt is good luck?!
Here’s the current Reds 40-man roster (roster is at 37)
33 – Jose Arredondo
61 – Bronson Arroyo
34 – Homer Bailey
45 – Bill Bray
54 – Aroldis Chapman
47 – Johnny Cueto
46 – Carlos Fisher
xx – Mat Latos
44 – Mike Leake
63 – Sam LeCure
xx – Kyle Lotzkar
40 – Nick Masset
66 – Logan Ondrusek
62 – Jordan Smith
xx – Pedro Villarreal
30 – Travis Wood
29 – Ryan Hanigan
39 – Devin Mesoraco
43 – Miguel Cairo
2 – Zack Cozart
25 – Juan Francisco
21 – Todd Frazier
xx – Didi Gregorius
7 – Paul Janish
71 – Kristopher Negron
4 – Brandon Phillips
xx – Henry Rodriguez
27 – Scott Rolen
xx – Neftali Soto
3 – Chris Valaika
19 – Joey Votto
32 – Jay Bruce
28 – Chris Heisey
xx – Donald Lutz
xx – Denis Phipps
17 – Dave Sappelt
6 – Drew Stubbs
Finally, who says we don’t have fun around here in the offices?
Check out our guy Patrick McGrath posing in his Irish Christmas Shrine. That sweatshirt he’s wearing used to be his mom’s (he took the shoulder pads out)….
And I have to give credit where credit is due. Yesterday as I was dilligently writing minor league bios for the 2012 Reds Media Guide, I began getting calls and emails from my fellow employees in regards to a Christmas card that I apparently sent around to everyone in the Reds administration building. The only problem was – I didn’t send out a greeting card to everyone in the Reds administration building.
I was the victim of a prank by my arch nemesis Zach Bonkowski. Here’s the card in question….
Funny? Yeah, a little. Inspirational? Absolutely. I’m now inspired for revenge. I think Zach has forgotten that a couple of years ago, before he went on one of his many vacations, he asked me to house-sit for him. He gave me the keys to his home. I still have those keys. And, I received permission yesterday from the Reds Human Resources Department that I won’t be punished for any retribution served off Reds property. Let the games begin!
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I’m still trying to catch up with Redsfest-related items. I think this post will wrap it up…
During Redsfest, the club announced their 2011 award winners, including Minor League Pitcher of the Year Josh Smith, Minor League Hitter of the Year Denis Phipps, Minor League Player of the Year Billy Hamilton (Chief Bender Award), Reds Most Outstanding Pitcher Johnny Cueto (Johnny Vander Meer Award), Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award winner Bronson Arroyo and Reds Most Valuable Player Joey Votto (Ernie Lombardi Award).
Drew Hayes won the Minor League Community Service Award.
Record Attendance For Redsfest
CINCINNATI (December 3, 2011) — A record 23,737 fans attended this weekend’s FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest at Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati.
Friday’s crowd of 11,020 was a single-day record.
More than 70 former and current Reds players and coaches participated in this weekend’s events.
Proceeds from Redsfest, to be announced later this week, will benefit the baseball-themed outreach programs of the non-profit Reds Community Fund.
Finally, I received this email from loyal BOR reader Anthony Herr…
Umm I think I went to the wrong town for redsfest, I am at the Cape Town International Convention center, and thought redsfest would be here…guess I was wrong! Lol hope all is going good in Cincinnati for redsfest 2011…
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The popular Hot Stove League radio show can be heard tonight at 6:00 p.m. on 700 WLW Radio, via the internet at reds.com/hotstove (LINK HERE) and on the Reds On Radio Network…Marty Brennaman and Jim Kelch will host tonight’s show from the Holy Grail, across the street from Great American Ball Park…Sean Casey, announced yesterday as one of the Reds’ newest Hall of Famers, will call into the show at 6:30.
Jay Bruce will be a phone guest on ESPN 1530 at 4:00 p.m. today…Mike Leake will call in to 700 WLW at 5:30.
Here are a few photos from yesterday’s Reds Hall of Fame press conference, courtesy of my colleague Michael Anderson…
Jose Arredondo, Johnny Cueto, Ryan Hanigan, Juan “Porky” Lopez, Billy Hatcher, and Reds prospect Denis Phipps are all confirmed to attend Redsfest on December 2 & 3 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
For a full list of player appearances, please visit Reds.com/Redsfest.
And speaking of Redsfest, Reds Director of Promotional Events Zach Bonkowski will be stopping by BOR Headquarters tomorrow to answer your #AskRedsfest questions. Be sure to tweet your questions using the hashtag #AskRedsfest.
Don’t forget the Hot Stove League tonight on 700 WLW and on Reds.com. Here’s the LINK to listen.
Following the Hot Stove program, Reds pitcher Sam LeCure will be a guest on tonight’s SportsTalk program on WLW (radio only). Sam is expected to update us on how he’s doing in the “Movember” campaign and whether is moustache has returned to epic proportions.
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 email@example.com 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….
That’s all for now.
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