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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.  For Week One results, Click Here. For Week Two results, Click Here. For Week Three results, Click Here.  For Week Four results, Click Here.

It’s now time to reveal the final week’s winners.  Envelopes, please…

Our first category is Best Nickname.  Of the 545 total votes, the winner collected 28% and edged out the runner-up by just 10 votes!  The winner is…


“The Cuban Missile” Aroldis Chapman is now the back-to-back champion in this category.  Congrats!

Second place: “The Toddfather” (143 votes, 26%)
Up next is Favorite Food at GABP.  Twenty-seven categories netted a total of 503 votes.  The winner with 12% of the vote is…


Second place: Hot Dog (9%)
On to the Best Special Event of 2014.  There were 18 nominees for this category totaling 413 votes.  The winner with 25% is…


Second place: Fireworks Fridays (17%)

Here’s another one of my personal favorite categories – Your Vote for 2015 Bobblehead.  We had all kinds of random nominees for this one, but the winner was an in-house regular…


Devin Mesoraco caps off a strong showing in this year’s Burt Awards.  The Reds starting catcher finishes with 4 Burts!  Congrats, Devin!

Second place: Jeff Brantley Eating Ice Cream and Chicken Wings (15%)

Our final category of the 2014 Burt Awards is Player with the Best Music.  After Joey gave up on “Paint it Black,” there was only one clear-cut winner and you folks nailed it…


Todd Frazier now has a firm grip on this category, as he’s won in consecutive years.  Will he stick with Sinatra in 2015?  We shall see.

Second place: Joey Votto/Brandon Phillips (14% each, 63 votes)


Well, that concludes the 2014 Burt Awards!  I hope you had as much fun with this as I did!  Can you believe this was The Burts’ fourth year?!  Me neither.

Here’s hoping the 2015 Burt Awards include “Best Postseason Celebration.”

Before we sign off, I must thank all of you who voted on the polls and participated in the discussion/fun.  You folks are the reason we do this.  Thank you!

And congratulations to all of the prize winners, including, @TerkelTilden, an active participant in the Burt Awards discussion. For his efforts, Luke has been randomly selected as the final winner and will receive a cool prize pack from BOR HQ.

Tune in next year for the Fifth Annual Burt Awards!

Go Reds!

Expect Good News,



CINCINNATI (Nov. 21, 2014) — Looking for the best holiday gifts for your favorite Reds fan? Check out our annual top 10 gift picks for the 2014 holiday season.

1. “Nasty Boys” Pick-6 Plan: Guarantee the new “Nasty Boys” triple bobblehead featuring 1990 relief pitchers Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers when you buy the Nasty Boys Pick-6 plan, presented by McDonald’s. This six-game ticket plan includes the Sat., April 25 Reds vs. Cubs game (Nasty Boys bobblehead night), six free McDonald’s Extra Value Meals® and pick five additional regular season home games of your choice, exclusions apply. The Nasty Boys Pick-6 plan will go on sale Monday, Dec.1st: or (513) 765-7500.


2. Reds Heads Kids Club Membership: The Reds Heads Kids Club is the official fan club for Reds fans ages 3-12. The new 2015 kit includes a Reds Heads backpack with detachable lunch box, exclusive 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® merchandise, 2 free Reds game tickets plus members-only ballpark experiences like player autograph sessions. For a limited time during the month of December, membership is only $25 and can be purchased beginning Dec. 5 & 6 at Redsfest. More information at

3. ALL-STAR GAME® Tickets: Want tickets to the 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® at Great American Ball Park? Guarantee your chance to buy ALL-STAR GAME® tickets by purchasing Reds half-season ticket plans and above. Plan pricing begins under $9 per seat: or call (513) 765-7500.

4. Reds Rookies Baby Fan Club Membership: Reds Rookies, the official baby club of the Reds, is drafting members up to three years old. As a Reds Rookies member, babies receive an exclusive Reds baby baseball cap, Reds Rookie bib plus vouchers for a free Reds ticket including marching on the field in a pregame parade! Reds Rookies membership kits can be purchased for $14 beginning Dec. 5 & 6 at Redsfest, at Great American Ball Park and online at

5. Major League Clubhouse Tours: The Reds HOF & Museum’s Major League Clubhouse tours are the ultimate holiday gift! The two-hour VIP tour includes all the stops on the Scott’s® Ballpark Tour Experience as well as the home and visitors clubhouses, broadcast booths, press box, dugouts and more. Tours are available Saturday afternoons at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. only, through March 21: Adult tickets are $34 with discounts for seniors, children and military members: or (513) 765-7923.

6. April Pass: For just $70, the Reds April Pass gets you Upper View Level tickets to 11 home games in April, including Opening Night, two bobblehead games, two Fireworks Fridays and more. Excludes Opening Day. On sale beginning Dec. 5 at Redsfest and

7. Reds Hall of Fame & Museum Membership: An annual membership to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum gives fans free museum admission, Redsfest passes, batting cage passes, exclusive access to special events, collectible gifts and more: or (513) 765-7923.

8. Reds Winter Gear: The Reds Team Shop by Majestic at Great American Ball Park is open year-round and has the best selection of Reds cold weather gear including jackets, hoodies and many different styles of fun knit hats. The Team Shop is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

9. Reds Authentics: Game-used, one-of-a-kind, autographed and authenticated baseballs, bats, helmets and jerseys from the 2014 season make great holiday gifts. Items can be purchased at or by calling (513) 765-7097.

10. Family Catch: Families of all ages can play catch on the field at Great American Ball Park after the Reds vs. Marlins game on Sunday, June 21. The Family Catch packages start at $150 and include two game tickets and two post-game field passes. This annual fundraiser for the Reds Community Fund is a perfect gift for any Reds fan. Purchase tickets at (513) 765-7240.


Spring training games start March 3 at Goodyear Ballpark

CINCINNATI (Nov. 20, 2014) — The Cincinnati Reds have announced their 2015 Cactus League exhibition schedule.

The Reds open 2015 spring training with three games against Ohio rival Cleveland Indians on March 3-5 at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona.

The Reds will play 33 exhibition games during spring training including 19 at Goodyear Ballpark.

The home schedule features the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants on March 16, the American League Champion Kansas City Royals on March 11, Chicago Cubs on March 28 and night games against the Texas Rangers on March 25 and Milwaukee Brewers on March 27.

The Reds will wrap up the 2015 Cactus League schedule on April 2 vs. the Indians then travel to Montreal, Canada and play two games against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 3 and 4 at Olympic Stadium.

The Reds return to Cincinnati for Opening Day on April 6 to host the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park.

Spring Training Ticket Information
Deposits are currently being accepted for 2015 Spring Training season ticket plans. Full season (all Reds and Indians home games) and half season (all Reds home games) ticket plans are available.

Three-game mini-plans and group tickets go on sale Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST). With mini-plans, fans are able to combine Reds and Indians home games to make up the perfect spring training getaway.

Individual game tickets go on sale Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. MST.

Complete ticket details can be found at or by calling the Goodyear Ballpark Ticket Office at (623) 882-3130.

Flex Pack – new for 2015
Expand your game choices with the new Flex Pack ticket option. With the Flex Pack you can purchase booklets of either 10 Infield Box or Outfield Box discount ticket vouchers. Redeem vouchers at the Goodyear Ballpark Box Office for any spring training home game and save $2 per ticket.

FanFest, Fireworks & Inside the Ropes Tours
Catch the 2nd annual Goodyear Ballpark FanFest following the Reds vs. Indians game on March 17. Activities include player autograph sessions, inflatables, baseball skills challenges and dinner. For ticket information contact the Goodyear Ballpark Ticket Office at (623) 882-3130.

Don’t miss the Fireworks Spectacular following the Reds-Brewers game on Friday, March 27.

Sports Marketing USA offers “Inside the Ropes” tour packages that include a pregame tour of the Reds Player Development Complex and a visit with a Reds baseball personality. More information at or (800) 892-7687.

Note: Arizona’s time zone is the Mountain Standard Time (MST) zone, which is currently two hours behind Cincinnati. Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time and after March 7, 2015 Arizona will be three hours behind Cincinnati.



It was a  jam-packed house last night at the Holy Grail Banks for another week of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show and Better Off Red Baseball trivia!

Those in attendance last night included “Mr. Perfect” Tom Browning, Reds minor league pitcher Joel Bender, Reds broadcaster Jim Kelch, @Bongreatness, Rosie Red and the Rosie Reds, the “Voice of the Reds” Joe Zerhusen, Fox Sports Ohio stats guru Joel Luckhaupt and members of Reds Fantasy Camp.

As always, the fine folks at the Holy Grail Banks took great care of us and provided a nice warm shelter on a very frigid evening.  We even helped raise some money for a good cause.  Overall it was a successful night! I hope YOU join us for all of the fun next week!

If you’re interested in seeing last night’s trivia script, including the brain-bending questions that were asked click here —> November 18

Here are last night’s results…

1. The Smiths – 168 points
2. OU Bobcats – 88 points
3. @RedsHulk – 33 points
T4. Catch Ya Later, Fear the Triangle, The Gurus – 0 points each (all wagered everything on the last question)





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!





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


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.

Envelopes, please…

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…

Original photo by Al Behrman of the AP

Original photo by Al Behrman of the AP

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…

Original photo courtesy of The AP

Original photo courtesy of The AP

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,


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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 Head ShotCINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds today named Jim Riggleman third base coach for the Major League team.

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.



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