By the way, this trio is not allowed to be nominated. (Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE)

Reds Fans: You Make the Nominations

Down to the final pair of games. Doesn’t seem like the regular season should end, does it? It will on Wednesday, so you know what that means? Well, two things. One is the playoffs are just around the corner. Thankfully, the Reds have a reservation this year.

Which, by the way, has yet to be determined where the Reds will begin their playoff drive despite last night’s loss.

So the second thing is, well, hopefully become a new tradition here on Blog Red Machine. I say that because I would like to get our reader’s and Reds fans opinions. There no fancy, schmancy names for these other than the year-end Reds awards. Here is where you become involved…and it won’t take a lot of time either. (DOUBLE BONUS!)

We have three “awards”. They will be similar to the MVP, the Cy Young and, the top rookie or “breakout” performer of the season. Top player, pitcher, and “new guy” or “the guy that had a great season we never saw coming”. You can pull double duty if you wish. Here’s how I’d like this to go…

There are three ways to make your noinations:
1. Within the comments section of this post, nominate your top player, pitcher and rookie/breakout performer. Please note which player is for which award.
2. If you would prefer, leave this information within a comment on BRM’s Facebook page. There are two places you can do so: leave a comment for this particular article OR click on the “Message” button to leave us you take on these.
3. The third way to nominate is via Twitter. Simply tweet us with your nominations using a separate tweet for each award. If you wish (and if you have the characters remaining), use that same tweet as your suggestion the name for that award, but please specify. Best part, no hashtags.

As you now know, you can also help create the names of these awards using the very same process. My only request is that you use a separate comment either on here or our FB page in order to name these awards. The exception has already been specified regarding Twitter.

From now until the start time of the Reds first playoff game will be the nomination process. The top 3 for each category will be taken and the voting process will begin right here on Blog Red Machine. Polls will be inserted within a post in order to determine the winner for each category.

(No other disclaimer needed as no real prize will be delivered.)

So…to recap.
1. Nominate your #1 choice for Reds top player, top pitcher and top rookie/breakout season by leaving a comment here or going to BRM’s Facebook page and leaving a message there. Or simply tweet us your choices. The top three nominees for each category will be involved in final vote. Deadline for nominees is the first pitch of the Reds first playoff game.
2. Utilize the same process to create names for these awards.
3. Enjoy the playoffs!!!

(Okay, the last one isn’t one of the original “rules”, but I hope you get the picture.)

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  • JD Rentz

    Top everyday player / contributor (Johnny Bench Award): Ryan Ludwick
    Top pitcher (Joe Nuxhall Award): Aroldis Chapman (Johnny Cueto close second)
    Top Rookie / surprise (Pete Rose Award): Todd Frazier (easy choice – versatility and contributed beyond expectations)

    • Steve O’Red

      Like these…

    • Steve O’Red

      Upon further review, can’t use Bench. Already has an award named after him for top college catcher. I know it’s different but gotta watch the whole copyright deal.

  • Reds_Truth

    The Blue Collar Award: Ryan Hannigan – Lowest catcher era and throws out 49% of base stealers… TOPS in the league!
    Top Pitcher: Our Bullpen! They protected all those quality starts.
    Performance we didn’t see coming: Ryan Ludwick… after a horrible 2010 and an abysmal 2011 and APRIL/MARCH/MAY where he batted .205/.291/.299 , he then found the swing his from 2008 rebounded to put up .302/.370/.584 over June/July/August/Sept/Oct, not to shabby.

    • Steve O’Red

      Blue Collar is intriguing. Might have to go with another category in light of this.

  • beeker

    Gotta agree with the top player being Hanigan. He is solid at the plate, and he makes any pitcher he is paired with better when he is behind it.

    I’m going with Cueto for the pitcher. He was so dominant for most of the year. (I hope he, Latos and Bailey are all vying for the title of “staff ace” next year.)

    Frasier is the top candidate for Rookie of the Year in the entire league, so of course he is tops for the Reds.

    • Steve O’Red

      I have read in a couple of different places where Reds fans are anxious for the playoffs to start so the rest of the world can see what a great catcher Hanigan truly is. I believe we should start a movement where if you look up “unheralded” on, one of the definitions says “Ryan Hanigan” and displays his pic.