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The Reds Fans Have Spoken! And the Winners Are...

All through last week, we had created polls concerning four separate categories for BRM’s year-end awards. Those categories were: Best Moment, Surprise Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year. The polls are closed an it’s time to announce the results.

Best Moment of 2012: Homer Bailey‘s No-Hitter

No Red had tossed a no-hitter since Tom Browning authored his perfect game back in 1988. While Bailey’s effort wasn’t “perfect”, it was doggone close. Bailey allowed only a 7th inning walk to Andrew McCutchen…who was later thrown out at third base on a steal attempt. Thank you, Ryan Hanigan for that.

(Editor’s Pick: Marty Makes Good on Bet)

Honestly, all you have to do is watch the entire video and see why.

Surprise Player of the Year: Todd Frazier

We thought Todd Frazier could play at the major league level. What we were a little unsure of were two things: if he would be a contributor in 2012 and the extent of his contribution.

After being sent to Louisville just as the team was heading to Cincinnati in preparation for Opening Day, the Reds selected Alfredo Simon (another nominee in this category) off waivers. I know the roster move was not popular with Reds fans, but Frazier would eventually get his chance…and he ran with that chance for all it was worth.

(Editor’s Pick: Frazier)

No-brianer if you think about it, but Simon had every right to be considered.

Pitcher of the Year: Johnny Cueto

Until the beginning of September, Cueto was prominently mention as a contender for the NL Cy Young. Some still feel he is.

Cueto set career highs in wins (19), games started (33), innings pitched (217), strikeouts (170), and SO/BB (3.47). Those 33 starts also tied for the NL lead. You honestly couldn’t ask for a better season from any starter.

(Editor’s Pick: Aroldis Chapman)

Conversion to team’s closer did play a role in this, but some will say he’s the best pitcher on the roster regardless of role.

Player of the Year: Ryan Hanigan

This may surprise some, but it shouldn’t be a complete surprise. Imagine the Reds catching situation had Hanigan not been on the Reds roster. We got him for at least another year, too. Maybe there’s a Gold Glove in his future.

(Editor’s Pick: Frazier)

Hard to say where the Reds would have been if Frazier had not been able to step in and provide the production he did. A couple of big pairs (of shoes) to fill in Scott Rolen‘s and Joey Votto‘s.

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