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THE BURT AWARDS – FINAL WEEK! VOTE FOR #THEBURTS

Welcome to the fifth and final week of The Burt Awards!

Every Monday for the past month, Better Off Red has unveiled categories and nominees for the most prestigious Reds end-of-the-season awards -“The Burts.”  If you’ve missed any of the previous polls or if you simply want to cast your vote again, click Here, Here, Here and Here.

  • Polls will close at Midnight, November 10.
  • Results will be posted right here on BOR on Monday, November 11.

As many of you already know, Better Off Red has announced a random “Fan Participation” winner during each week of Burt Awards voting.  Week Four’s Fan Participation winner is GSpitler.  G will receive a really cool prize from BOR Headquarters.

Would you like to be Week Five’s winner?   It’s your last chance, and since this is the final week, I’m going to award two winners – one from Twitter and one who comments on this blog.

  • To be Week Five’s Twitter winner, simply include the hashtag #TheBurts in your tweets this week.
  • To be Week Five’s Blog winner, simply leave a comment to THIS blog entry below.

I will announce the two random winners on Monday when the voting results are revealed for the 2013 Burt Awards.

Without further ado, here are the final categories that need your votes…

Leading off the final week of voting is “Best Nickname.”  In a day-and-age when most players’ nicknames have been reduced to simply adding a “y” or “ie” to their surnames, the Reds and their fans still manage to come up with some catchy monikers.  Which is your favorite?   Last year, “The Toddfather” took home the Burt with 37% of the vote.  Frazier is nominated twice this year.

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Next up is Favorite Food at GABP.  Whenever you go to Great American Ball Park, there’s that one delicious item that you can’t watch the game without. What is it at GABP that makes your belly growl and your tongue slap your eyeballs?  And if the menu we listed doesn’t suit ya, click “other” and write in your vote in the comments section of this post.  The winner last year, with 20% of the vote was the good ol’ fashioned hot dog.

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Our next category is “Best Special Event of 2013.”  It was a busy year for our Reds staff, especially the Entertainment and Productions and Promotional Events departments.  Several really cool Reds events took place in 2013.  Which was your favorite?  Last year, the “Shave Marty” event won with 34% of the vote.

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We know how much you folks love your bobbleheads, so pay attention to this next category.  Of the nominees listed below, which would you like to see made into a bobblehead in 2014?  And please note, this is just for our amusement and there are no promises that the “winner” will get a bobblehead next year.

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The next category is new to The Burts this year – “Favorite Section at Great American Ball Park.”  Where is that you like to sit or hang out at beautiful GABP when you come to a Reds game?

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Another new category this year is “Favorite Game Time Start.”  Late afternoon, early evening, west coast, business day special?  Ideally, what is your favorite time to watch a Reds game?

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Easily, one of the most popular blog posts here on Better Off Red involves Reds “At-Bat Music.”  Which Reds player had the Best Music in 2013?  If you need a point of reference, Click HERE to scroll through all the 2013 music updates.

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Finally, the last category of the 2013 Burt Awards is – Favorite Place to Go After a Reds Game.  Where is that you like to celebrate a Reds victory (or on a rare occasion, mourn a defeat)?

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Well, that about does ‘er.  All of the nominees for the 2013 Burt Awards have officially been announced.  It’s up to you to decide the winners!

Thanks for participating!

Expect good news,

Jamie

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THE BURT AWARDS – WEEK FOUR: VOTE FOR #THEBURTS!

Welcome to Week Four 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 polls, don’t forget to vote for Week One, Week Two and Week Three nominees.

Congratulations to Week Three winner – @SuperBarry11, who participated in #TheBurts discussion and was randomly chosen to win a cool prize from BOR HQ.

Would you like to be Week Four’s winner?  Simply leave a comment on this blog post, or include 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…

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Of the 162 games that the Reds played in 2013, there were a few that stood out above the rest.  Which game was your favorite?

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The Reds Twitter roster continued to grow in 2013.  Reds fans now have online access to many of their favorite players and team personnel. Who was your favorite of the bunch in ’13?  Last year, you chose @DatDudeBP (37%).

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This category is for the Reds fan who loves seeing dirty uniforms, full-throttle hustle and fearless acts of accomplishment.  Who was the “grittiest” Red of 2013?  Last year, Ryan Hanigan won the Burt with 46% of the vote.

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You and your pals are sitting around discussing the possibility of the Reds getting into an on-field brawl.  Naturally, such a discussion requires the following question: Which Reds player should you best not mess with?  Last year, you said Mat Latos (35%)

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There were several incredible performances by Reds players in 2013.  Which was the best?  Last year, Homer Bailey’s no-hitter took the title with 60% of the vote.  Go figure, another Homer no-hitter is a nominee this year.

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That’s all for this week.  Check back Monday for another round of categories and nominees.   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!

- Jamie

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THE BURT AWARDS – WEEK THREE: VOTE FOR #THEBURTS!

Welcome to Week Three 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 polls, don’t forget to vote for Week One and Week Two nominees.

Congratulations to Week Two winner – Kathi!  She participated in the #TheBurts discussion and was randomly chosen to win a cool prize from BOR HQ.

Would you like to be Week Three’s winner?  Simply participate in the discussion by leaving a comment on the 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 this week is Best Fielder.  Brandon Phillips is the perennial favorite in this category, but don’t forget about Jay Bruce, who once again had a tremendous year in right field.  Bronson Arroyo, Zack Cozart and Ryan Hanigan are also very worthy of this Burt Award.  “Dat Dude” won it last year with a remarkable 73% of the final vote.

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Next is “Great Red Hope for 2014.”  This one is very much open for interpretation.  There are several random nominees for this category; some are coming off injury, some are blue-chip prospects that might help the club next season, and one nominee remains nameless/faceless.  It’s up to you to decide which carries the most “hope” into 2014.   Last year, Todd Frazier took home the Burt with 42% of the vote.

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Our next category of Week Three is “Best In-Game Feature at Great American Ball Park.”  The Reds production/scoreboard team is second-to-none and always provides top-flight entertainment during Reds home games.  But which is your favorite?  Last year it was Free Pizza with 28% of the vote.

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Next this week is “Best Mascot.”  You already know the usual suspects.  Last year, Mr. Redlegs became a 2-time champion in this category after winning 35% of the vote.  Will he make it three-in-a-row?

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Our final category of Week Three could turn out to be the most hotly contested – “Best Facial Hair.”  It’s no surprise that Corky and Sam headline this one, but don’t forget about JJ’s grizzly bear(d) and Cueto‘s artistic whisker carvings.  Oh and are you looking for a late sleeper?  Look no further than Logan Ondrusek who began rocking a western-style moustache/chin patch in ’13.  This one is going to be close.

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And that’s all for Week Three.  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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THE BURT AWARDS – WEEK TWO: VOTE FOR #THEBURTS!

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.

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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).

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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.

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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 2013?  Last year, it was Todd Frazier (80%).

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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%).

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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?

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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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POLLS HAVE OPENED FOR THE 2013 BURT AWARDS!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Reds fans of all ages! ………….

It’s time to vote for the third 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 a memorable season for the 2013 Reds.

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 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.

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!

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Our first category is 2013 Reds Most Valuable Player.  We limited the nominees to position players since we’ll also have a 2013 Reds Most Valuable Pitcher category.  Last year, Brandon Phillips took home the “Burt” with 32% 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, Drew Stubbs won this category with 54% 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, Todd Frazier won with 45% of the vote.

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

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The final category for Day One voting is Best GABP Promotional Giveaway.  There were lots to choose from in 2013, so cast your vote wisely.  Last year the Reds Stein won by just 4 votes; it’s a nominee again this year.

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#THEBURTS 2012: AND THE WINNERS ARE….

The polls have closed and the results are in.  Here are the winners of the 2012 Burt Awards, as voted by you – the readers of Better Off Red

2012 Most Valuable Player – Brandon Phillips (32%)

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Best Baserunner – Drew Stubbs (54%)

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Best Newbie – Todd Frazier (45%)

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Best Announcer – Marty Brennaman (46%)

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Best GABP Promotional Giveaway Item – Reds Stein (19%, winner by just 4 votes)

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Most Valuable Pitcher – Johnny Cueto (51%)

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Best Hair – Bronson Arroyo (38%)

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Player You Most Enjoy Watching – Brandon Phillips (52%)

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Super Sub – Todd Frazier (80%)

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Best In-Game Feature at Great American Ball Park – Strikeouts for Slices and Scoops (28%)

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Best Fielder – Brandon Phillips (73%)

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Best Swing – Joey Votto (53%)

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Player You’d Most Like to Hang Out With – Todd Frazier (26%)

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Grittiest – Ryan Hanigan (46%)

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Player Who Best Wears His Uniform – Mike Leake (27%)

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Best Nickname – “The ToddFather” Todd Frazier (37%)

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Off-The-Field MVP – Brandon Phillips (42%)

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Great Red Hope for 2013 – Todd Frazier (42%)

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Best Special Event of 2012 – “Shave Marty” (34%)

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Performance of the Year – Homer Bailey’s No-Hitter on 9/28 at Pittsburgh (60%)

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Favorite Game of 2012 – Homer Bailey’s No-Hitter on 9/28 at Pittsburgh (34%)

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Best Twitter Account – @DatDudeBP (37%)

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Best Mascot – Mr. Redlegs (35%)

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Player You Best Not Mess With – Mat Latos (35%)

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Favorite Food at GABP – Hot Dog (20 %)

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BONUS QUESTION: Which Bobblehead Would You Like To See In 2013? – Sam LeCure with Super-Size Moustache (30%)

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Well, there you have it.  That does it for the 2012 Burt Awards!   Thank you so much for voting!  We’ll do it again next year!

Jamie

THE BURT AWARDS – DAY FIVE: VOTE FOR #THEBURTS!

For the final time, I’ve got a new batch of ballots for the 2012 Burt Awards!

If you’re just joining us, you can catch up HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE….and feel free to vote as many times and as often as you’d like.

Remember, just because this is the last day of ballots doesn’t mean it’s the last day of voting.  We’ll accept your votes all the way through November 11.  Results will be posted right here on Better Off Red, beginning November 12 (the same day you can purchase Redsfest tickets).

So let’s jump right into the final day of categories/nominees, shall we?

Our first category of Day Five is a new one to The Burts – “Favorite Game of 2012.”  There had to be a Reds game this year that you enjoyed the most.  Which was it?  And if the choices don’t fancy your taste, click “other” and be sure to write in your vote in the comments section of this post.

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The next category is also a new one to The Burts this year – “Best Twitter Account.”  Many of our Reds players have a Twitter account and are active with their Tweets.  The nominees also include a few Tweeters who are closely associated with the club.  Choose wisely, friends.

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Category three is “Best Mascot.”  The nominees include our 4 regulars, as well as a new one for 2012 – The Cup.  Last year, Mr. Redlegs was the winner in this category with 46% of the vote.  Will he repeat?

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Next is “Player You Best Not Mess With.”  When push comes to shove, there’s that one guy on the Reds team you just absolutely want to avoid at all cost.  He’s the guy you do not want to tangle with if there were an on-field brawl.  In your opinion, who is “that” guy?  Last year, you chose Jonny Gomes with 57% of the vote.

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The fifth category is another new one to The Burts:  “Favorite Food at GABP.”  Whenever you go to Great American Ball Park, there’s that one delicious item that you can’t watch the game without.  What is it at GABP that makes your belly growl and your tongue slap your eyeballs?  And if the menu we listed doesn’t suit ya, click “other” and write in your vote in the comments section of this post.

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We’re not done yet!  We have a Bonus Category! Of the nominees listed, which would you like to see made into a bobblehead in 2013?  And please note, this is just for our amusement and doesn’t necessarily mean the “winner” will get a bobble next year.

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Well that does it folks.  All of the nominees for the 2012 Burt Awards have now been announced.  Remember, you can vote as many times as you want until midnight November 11.  The more votes, the better.

And once you’re finished voting, feel free to discuss all things “Burt Awards” in the comments section of this post or on Twitter using the hashtag #TheBurts.

Thanks!

Expect good news

Jamie

THE BURT AWARDS – DAY FOUR: VOTE FOR #THEBURTS

It’s Day Four of The Burts and we have five more categories for your voting pleasure!

If you’ve missed the last few days of ballots, you can catch up HERE, HERE and HERE….and feel free to vote as many times and as often as you’d like.  (We run old Chicago-style elections here on Better Off Red).

Without further ado, let’s get started…

The first category of Day Four of the Burts is “Off-the-Field MVP.”  The Reds roster is filled with lots of guys who demonstrate class and benevolence on and off the field, whether it be with charity, appearances or simple accessibilty.  Who’s your choice for 2012 off-the-field MVP?  Last year, it was Brandon Phillips with 38% of the vote.

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Next is “Great Red Hope for 2013.”  This one is very much open to interpretation.  There are several random nominees for this category; some coming off a less-than-ideal season or injury, some are blue-chip prospects that might be able to help the club next season, etc.  It’s up to you to decide, of the nominees, who carries the most “hope” into 2013.  Last year, Zack Cozart won the Burt with 39% of the vote.

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Our third category is “Best Special Event of 2012.”  It was a busy year for our Reds staff, especially the Entertainment and Productions and Promotional Events departments.  Several really cool Reds events took place in 2012.  Which was your favorite?  Last year Redsfest took home the award with 48% of the vote.

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Next is “Performance of the Year.”  Several of our Redlegs had some truly memorable individual performances, but the following nominees had games that really stood out among the rest.  Which one was the best?  This category is new to 2012.

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The final category of Day Four is a fun one: “Best Nickname.”  “The Cuban Missile” Aroldis Chapman is the reigning champ as he took 33% of the vote in 2011.  He’s once again on the ballot this year.

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Now that you’ve voted, feel free to discuss all things “Burt Awards” in the comments section of this post or on Twitter using the hashtag #TheBurts.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow as we reveal the fifth and final day of categories and nominees!

Your vote counts!

Jamie

THE BURT AWARDS: DAY THREE – VOTE FOR #THEBURTS

Here we are, already on Day Three of The Burts!  I hope you folks have been voting because there are a lot of close calls.  Remember, you can vote as many times as you want until midnight November 11.

We have a new batch of polls today, consisting of some of our favorite categories.  The nominees are in, so cast your ballots!

Fittingly, our first category today is “Best Fielder.”  Last night, the Reds led all Major League teams with SIX finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award.  Unfortunately, all six were snubbed.  One of those players could instead win a Burt Award, which is much more prestigious anyway, right? (say yes).  The reigning Burt winner in this category is Brandon Phillips who took 89% of the vote in 2011.

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Our next category is “Best Swing.”  Last year, Joey Votto won with 59% of the vote.  Will he repeat?

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Next is “Player You’d Most Like to Hang Out With.”  The Reds, especially in 2012, had a lot of really fun guys in the clubhouse.  All had their own unique personalities, interests and senses of humor.  So, of the nominees, who would you most like to hang out with?  Brandon Phillips walked away with the Burt last year with 52% of the vote.

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Cincinnati loves its chili with cheese, its reality shows with Lacheys and its baseball players with dirt on their uniforms. All too often we saw the 2012 nominees for Grittiest Player in tough situations, albeit diving in the outfield, called to the mound to pitch out of a jam, colliding at home plate, etc.   But who is the grittiest?  Ryan Hanigan is the current title holder with 48% of the vote in 2011.

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Our final category of Day Three is “Player Who Best Wears his Uniform.”  They say ‘the uniform makes the man,’ and that can certainly ring true when it’s a Cincinnati Reds uniform.  Pants up and stirrups high?  Or baggy with some room to move?  It’s your call.  All of the nominees have their own distinct style.  But who’s is best?  Last year, Mike Leake won with 45% of the vote.

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Now that you’ve voted, feel free to discuss all things “Burt Awards” in the comments section of this post or on Twitter using the hashtag #TheBurts.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow as we reveal the Day Four categories and nominees!

Rock the vote!

Jamie

THE BURT AWARDS: DAY TWO – VOTE FOR #THEBURTS

Here’s to all of our friends on the east coast.  We’re pulling for you!

Now, on to Day Two of The Burts…

If you’re just joining us, polls opened yesterday for the first five categories of The Burt AwardsCLICK HERE to vote for the day one contenders.  (Thanks to the people carrying pitchforks and torches in my front yard, I added Ryan Hanigan as a nominee for the 2012 MVP category).

Today, we will unveil the categories and nominees for the second batch of polls.  Remember, you can vote as often as you’d like.

Without further ado…

Our first category of Day Two is “Most Valuable Pitcher.”  What a season for Bryan Price and the Reds pitching staff.  For the first time in many years, the Reds could boast being one of the best pitching teams in baseball.  Johnny Cueto took home “the Burt” in this category last year with 74% of the vote. You have to think he’s the odds-on favorite to repeat in 2012, yes/no?

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Next is the “Super Sub” category.  The Reds were lucky in 2012 to have some very talented players off the bench.  Miguel Cairo was last year’s winner in this category with 62% of the vote.  Miggy is once again on the ballot this year.

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Our third category of Day Two is “Player You Most Enjoy Watching.”  There’s no shortage of superstars on this Reds club and this should be one of the more difficult votes to cast this year.  In 2011, our main man “Dat Dude BP” aka Brandon Phillips took home the Burt with 54% of the vote. I have a feeling he’ll be a perennial nominee in this category.

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One of our favorite categories is “Best Hair.”  Do you prefer Bronson’s long-flowing style, Wilson’s colorful head/chin matching combo?  What about Mike’s first-half mane (and second-half mop)?  And who can overlook Johnny’s incredible display of dreads?  But let’s not forget last year’s winner with 29% of the vote – Sam LeCure and his always inventive thatch.

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Our final category of Day Two is “Best In-Game Feature” at Great American Ball Park.  The Reds production/scoreboard team is second-to-none and always provides top-flight entertainment during Reds home games.  But which feature is your favorite?  Last year it was the “Kiss Cam” with 23% of the vote.

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Now that you’ve voted, feel free to discuss all things “Burt Awards” in the comments section of this post or on Twitter using the hashtag #TheBurts.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow as we reveal the Day Three categories and nominees!

Vote, vote, vote!

Jamie

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