Welcome to Week Two of The Burt Awards!
Every Monday, through November 4, a new batch of categories will be unveiled for voting. Polls will close at Midnight, November 10. Results will be posted right here on BOR on Monday, November 11.
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 @nesi66, 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. It was another successful season for Bryan Price’s pitching staff and the five nominees for this award are all worthy of winning. Who will you vote for? Johnny Cueto was last year’s winner with 51% of the vote but due to the time he spent on the DL, he is not a nominee this year.
Who had the Best Hair on the team in 2013? Last year, 38% of you picked Bronson Arroyo. Will he repeat? 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).
As long as Brandon Phillips plays for Cincinnati, I have no doubt he will be a nominee for this next category – Player You Most Enjoy Watching. @DatDudeBP took home the hardware last year with 52% of the vote. He has some stiff competition this year as the pool of nominees was expanded to a whopping 12 players.
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 2013? Last year, it was Todd Frazier (80%).
Whether it’s a beautiful smooth swing from the left side or an unorthodox (yet effective) hack from the right – handling the bat can be a work of art. Who had the Best Swing in 2013? Last year, you voted for Joey Votto (53%).
BONUS POLL: Many teams in Major League Baseball have “their song” that they traditionally play in their home ballpark. The Rangers and Astros play “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” The Red Sox have “Sweet Caroline” and the Yankees play “New York, New York.” In 2013, the Reds began playing a song during the seventh-inning stretch called “Cincinnati, Ohio” by Connie Smith. What did you think?
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!
Every year, following the baseball season, the Reds front office staff is treated with a day of softball at Great American Ball Park.
This afternoon, employees from all departments were placed into four teams for a winner-take-all tournament. And wow, what a gorgeous day for it! Here are some photos…
Reds staffer Chris Herrell returned to the office today for the first time in 10 months. Earlier this baseball season, he underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare form of blood cancer.
In a show of support (and celebration), members of the Reds front office surprised Chris this morning in the Champions Club at Great American Ball Park. Reds personnel secretly arrived to the club and lined up as a gauntlet, showering Chris with applause and high-fives as he entered the room.
Reds COO Phil Castellini officially announced Herrell’s comeback to the staff. Chris told the group he was very thankful for the support of the Reds organization and its employees.
It certainly was a great way to start a Monday morning. You can tell what kind of person Chris is by simply seeing the support he’s received. It’s a pleasure (and a blessing) to have him back with us.
Here are some pics…
Welcome back, Herrell!!!!
Friday, October 4, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REDS TO REPLACE DUSTY BAKER
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty has announced the team will make a managerial change heading into the 2014 season.
The new manager will replace Dusty Baker, who went 509-463 in his 6 seasons in Cincinnati. There was no announcement regarding changes on the coaching staff.
“This was a very difficult decision to make. Dusty played an important role in the recent success of this organization, and we thank him for his contributions during his time here,” Jocketty said. “We feel a change is necessary, however, if we are to continue to move the organization forward.”
Baker, 64, originally was signed by the Reds to a 3-year contract in October 2007.
Id like to thank the Reds fans for the kind words after the game. Makes me truly happy to be a part of such a greatand storied franchise
— Todd Frazier (@FlavaFraz21) October 2, 2013
thank you to all who wore the red proudly and stuck by us. didn't end the way any of us wanted or had envisioned.
— Sam LeCure (@mrLeCure) October 2, 2013
Cincy I hate to leave on this note, but I appreciate all of the support though out this entire season, it meant a lot.
— Derrick Robinson (@Drob104) October 2, 2013
Thank you for the support and coming out to the games @Reds fans. Planning for another trip to the dance next year.
— JJ Hoover (@JJ_Hoover) October 2, 2013
— Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) October 2, 2013
well another post season watching some other team fight for the crown. reds for life. good job Buccos. ouch. c http://t.co/aFLvREmXw4
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) October 2, 2013
An interview with:
THE MODERATOR: First question for Dusty Baker.
Q. The way you have to manage this game, is it equivalent of Game 7?
DUSTY BAKER: I mean, it’s the same as any elimination game because you know the winner takes all and the loser goes home. There is no tomorrow.
The score, the scoreboard, the inning, all that dictates how you manage.
Q. This is the third time in four years you’ve gone to the post season with a club that hasn’t gone for about 13 years. How proud are you of that fact?
DUSTY BAKER: Well, I’m very proud of my team. It’s not about having pride in myself. I’m proud to have been with these young players from the time a lot of them just got to the big leagues. I’ve been the only manager that some of them have had.
We have trained these guys. We have tutored them. We’re still teaching things from time to time. Probably what I’m most proud of, of me, is the fact that last year at this time I was two weeks removed from my stroke. I wasn’t as clear headed then as I am now.
It was difficult to come here in this setting, in this interview room, because there were a lot of things I couldn’t think of, a lot of times I couldn’t put things into word the way I’d like to ordinarily. That’s the one thing I’m very thankful for, that last year at this time my family and myself, we were a bit apprehensive and nervous at this time.
Q. The success you’ve had in the regular season, do you think that’s sometimes lost because you haven’t had success in the playoffs?
DUSTY BAKER: Yeah, probably so. I don’t think there are a lot of people that appreciate what we put together, what we’ve done.
We’re in a society that there’s only one room at the top. Again, I would like to think if you keep perservering, you’ll get to the top. If you don’t get to these settings, you have no chance of being a champion.
It hurts to go home. It hurts to lose. I really can’t imagine losing and going home now. So this is a very, very important series for us all, a very important series for our town, and a very important series for our players.
When I got here, a lot were kids, but now they’re men.
Q. The challenges of putting together a roster for a one game series like this and the expectations for Hamilton tonight?
DUSTY BAKER: It wasn’t that big of a challenge to put the roster together for one game. The challenge will be in the ensuing series. Bronson wasn’t available because he just pitched. Homer wasn’t available because he just pitched. Our decision to start Cueto was made up for us on Latos’ injury.
Our expectations of Hamilton is to help us win, and any way he can help us win, we’re going to try. The hard part about Hamilton is waiting for the most opportune time to use him and his skills.
Willie McGee came up to the Cardinals as a rookie and they remind me of each other, the different things they do. Also the fact that Willie McGee came unheralded from the Yankees. He was on loan. He ended up being a World Series hero. Didn’t have to give him back to the Yankees. Worked out a trade.
I believe in history repeating itself at some point in time.
Q. Did you think about starting him today?
DUSTY BAKER: No, I didn’t. I don’t think he’s ready to start yet. People are making a star out of him ahead of schedule because he’s so exciting. But let’s not forget he just started switch hitting a year ago. Different things he has to learn. He just started playing centerfield a year ago. He went from shortstop to centerfield. The fact that (indiscernible) because he was hitting .251. So there’s some things that aren’t great for him.
I try to put guys in a situation where they’ll most likely succeed. Also every play, I’m not going to set Choo down, I’m not going to set Bruce down and also I’m not going to set Ludwick down, at least maybe until late in the game, because he needs experience. A lot of times you can say, I’m going to perform, but you don’t really know until you get there in the pressure situation.
Q. Do you think this hyped up environment gives you a better chance at performing?
DUSTY BAKER: That’s a very good question. I’ve been on both sides. I’ve seen it happen both ways.
The only thing is that you can be relaxed as possible, but it’s in the hands of the pitcher. I repeat, these games here, great pitched game you have a great chance to win. The team that hits in the clutch, especially with a two out situation, are usually the team that wins.
Q. What do you like the way about the way Hanigan works with Cueto? How big was that in your decision to start Cueto tonight?
DUSTY BAKER: Certain guys, Hanigan has caught over the last couple years. He caught close to 90 games, close to winning 20 last year. He’s caught all the Royals games. There’s certain guys they think alike because they’re on the same page. He’s more of a veteran than Rocco. Rocco is still learning how to catch. Like I said, we have a lot of guys still in the process of learning. That was an easy decision, very easy.
Q. Knowing Cueto as well as you do, what do you need to see from him early in the game?
DUSTY BAKER: If you know Johnny Cueto like I know Johnny Cueto, he thrives in this type of environment. Everybody is capable of not having a good game. The one thing about Johnny, he loves pressure. He loves to be in the big games. He was so happy. If you’d seen this guy, the happiness that he exuded when he was told he was starting this game. I mean, let’s not forget, he was our number one starter last year when he got hurt. We had to go to our number two, Latos, in San Francisco in Game 5. It would have been Johnny Cueto’s game again.
We didn’t put him in that position; he put himself in that position.
Moderator: Thank you.
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