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

It’s time to vote for the fourth 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 the Reds’ 2014 season.

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 Friday, through Halloween, a new batch of categories will be unveiled for voting.  Polls will close at Midnight, November 7.  Results will be posted right here on BOR on Monday, November 10.

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!

Our first category is 2014 Reds Most Valuable Player.  We limited the nominees to position players since we’ll also have a 2014 Reds Most Outstanding Pitcher category.  Last year, Shin-Soo Choo took home the “Burt” with 35% of the vote.


This poll is for the Best Reds Baserunner.  Keep in mind, sometimes the best baserunner isn’t always the fastest.  Last year, Billy Hamilton won this category with 80% of the vote.


Next is Best Newbie. Nominees were based on “rookie” status as well as “newcomer” status to the Reds club.  Last year, Shin-Soo Choo won with 82% of the vote.


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


The final category for Week One voting is Best GABP Promotional Giveaway.  There were lots to choose from in 2014, so cast your vote wisely.  Last year the Reds Stein became a back-to-back winner; it’s a nominee again this year.


That’s it for Week One voting! Join us next Friday for a new batch of Burt Award categories and nominees!

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Each year following the conclusion of the Reds season, the Reds front office gets treated to a day of softball on the field at Great American Ball Park.

Employees from all departments are divided into four teams for a winner-take-all tournament.

For the second straight year, the annual Reds softball game was accompanied by fantastic weather.

Here are some photos…


As the Reds’ season becomes a point of reference, hyperlinked in the archives of baseball web sites all across the Information Superhighway, we here at Better Off Red are preparing to supplement the hard facts of the Redlegs’ 2014 record with something we think you might like…

It’s true that we didn’t get to pour adult beverages all over ourselves like we did in the past, but we’re still allowed to have a little bit of fun, right?; here’s how…

For the fourth straight year, Better Off Red will announce its Reds end-of-the-season awards.  We here at BOR Headquarters call ‘em The Burt Awards, or “The Burts,” for short.

The Burts – named after Better Off Red mascot Burt BobbleRed – will recognize Reds superlatives from the 2014 baseball season.  Some of the categories include “Most Valuable Player,” “Most Outstanding Pitcher,” and “Best Fielder,” but we’ll also have some unconventional awards to hand out, such as “Favorite Promotional Giveaway,” “Best Mascot” and “Favorite Ballpark Food.”

The Better Off Red staff is currently working ’round the clock in compiling nominees for all of the Burt Awards.  Once the nominees are revealed, it’ll be your job to vote for the winners.  Voting will begin next week right here on BOR.





From my pal @Bongreatness

Today is Fan Appreciation Day at Great American Ball Park. All fans entering the ballpark today will be eligible to win prizes that will be awarded throughout the game by the displaying of winning seat locations on the GABP video/ribbon boards. The Fan Appreciation Day redemption/information table will be set up on the Main Stage in the Kroger Fan Zone beginning in the 1st inning and will remain open throughout the game/postgame.

The first 20,000 fans in attendance today will also receive a 2014 Reds Team Photo.

Today we also host the 12th Annual Mascot T-Ball Game. Over 20 area mascots will compete in today’s game, which will be held on the field beginning at Noon. Many of the mascots will stick around to visit with fans throughout today’s game.

Also during pregame ceremonies today the Rosie Reds will present their annual scholarship awards to 9 local collegiate baseball programs. This is part of the Rosie Reds annual contributions to our community.

Offering up a simultaneous first pitch today will be Mrs. Mary Winnefeld (wife of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and Robert A. McDonald (Secretary of Veterans Affairs). Handling the catching duties will be Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr. (Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and Mr. Sloan D. Gibson (Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs). This group is in town for the USO Tribute Cincinnati – taking place tonight at Music Hall, featuring the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and benefiting the USO of Metropolitan Washington. Over the past 11 years, this Cincinnati community fundraiser has raised over $5 million dollars for the United Service Organization (USO) of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro), making this event the largest supporter of USO-Metro outside of Washington D.C. The money raised helps fund critical programs and services that USO-Metro provides to recovering service men and women and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D.C.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Smooth Transitions who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.

Following the conclusion of today’s game we will have the third and final Run the Bases of the 2014 season, open to all fans.




From my pal @Bongreatness….

The first 20,000 fans in attendance today will receive a 2014 Reds Team Photo.

During pregame ceremonies today a group from the Woodmen of the World will unfurl a large American flag in the outfield grass during the singing of our National Anthem.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

General Manager Signs Through 2016

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini today announced the signing of President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty to a 2-year contract extension through the 2016 season.

Jocketty’s original contract was to have expired at the end of this season.

“This franchise has had great success under Walt’s guidance, and we’re delighted he has signed a 2-year extension,” Castellini said.

Jocketty joined the organization in January 2008 as a special advisor to Castellini, and 3 months later he was named to his current position. Including his time in St. Louis, he has produced 10 playoff teams and has won 8 National League Central Division titles. His 2006 Cardinals team won the World Series.

In the last 5 seasons, the Redlegs won at least 90 games 3 times and have been in the Postseason 3 times, including National League Central Division championships here in 2010 and 2012 and last year’s Wild Card berth. In franchise history, the successful Postseason stretch of 3 appearances in 4 seasons from 2010-2013 is matched only by the teams that made 6 playoff appearances during the Big Red Machine era (1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979).

In 2010, in just his third season at the helm of the club’s baseball operations, Jocketty led the Reds to the National League Central Division title with a 91-71 record and their first appearance in the Postseason since 1995.

After that 2010 championship season, Jocketty was recognized by his peers and Sporting News as Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year. He also won that prestigious award in 2000 and 2004.



Todd Frazier went to work this afternoon at Cincinnati’s Washington Park with the Catch-a-Fire pizza truck to film an upcoming episode of MTV2’s Off The Bat.  Frazier hung out with Off The Bat host Chris Distefano and served slices of pizza to hungry lunch-goers.  The episode of Off The Bat is expected to air October 12 on MTV2.  Here are some photos from the filming…




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 13th Fireworks Friday of the 2015 season, presented by General Mills Box Tops for Education & Kroger. The 15-minute fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a “Top 40” musical soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

During pregame ceremonies today the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Toyota Dealers will present a 2014 Toyota Tundra to the Reds Community Fund. This is the fourth year that Toyota has made this donation to a deserving local group – which as previously included a local fire department, a local police department & Matthew25: Ministries. The Reds Community Fund will utilize the Tundra for various needs, including use at the new P&G MLB Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn. This presentation does not replace the opportunity for a lucky fan to win the Tundra in centerfield if a Reds player hits it or the sign on the PNC Power Stacks during this weekend’s series.





From my pal @Bongreatness

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches today will be professional golfer Marissa Steen. Marissa is originally from West Chester and during the course of this summer she won 3 times on the Symetra Tour, which earned her a spot on the LPGA Tour for the remainder of the season.

During pregame ceremonies the employees of the Reds Front Office will be on the field to salute our fans for their support during the 2014 season.  Those same employees will be stationed at the gates to Great American Ball Park at the end of the game to give thanks to the best fans in baseball.  This is the fourth consecutive season of this tradition.




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