From the DDN
The parent Reds have instituted organizational awards (complete with gift certificates) for pitching and batting with all Class A players (both high and low) in one group and Class AAA and AA in another.
The first awards went to pitcher Blake Hendley of the Dragons and former Dragons outfielder Ben Himes, now at high A Sarasota.
Two other former Dragons won the AAA-AA honors, both at AAA Louisville — outfielder Chris Denorfia and pitcher Chris Booker.
Among criteria for the awards are, for pitchers, the number of fastball strikes and first-pitch strikes, and for batters, on-base percentage and walk/strikeout ratio.
Entering Saturday’s games, Hendley was 7-0 with 11 saves and a 1.84 ERA with Dayton, Himes was hitting .369, Denorfia .321 and Booker had gone 6-1 with a 2.23 ERA.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.