After every game, Brendanukkah and Gray give us a fine recap of the action (unless it sucks so much that they avoid the terror). Each recap usually contains a Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game, as we pay tribute to the "Star of the Game" that Nuxie used to interview after every Reds' game when we were kids. Brendanukkah has gone through and tallied the most honored members of the Reds team so far this year. Now is your chance to vote for who you think has been the Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the First Half. We'll have the entire list after the jump, but first, some notes:
- 31 different players have received at least an honorable mention for the award during a game this year. That means that just 5 players have played for the Reds this year and not received recognition: Enerio Del Rosario, Chris Dickerson, Juan Francisco, Mike Lincoln, and Matt Maloney. To be fair, Maloney likely would have received at least honorary mention last Sunday, but we dropped the ball and didn't post a recap. Still, it's impressive the number of contributions we've seen from the entire roster this year.
- It's likely not surprising that Joey Votto is tied for the most JNMHSotG awards with 7, but what might be surprising is who he is tied with: Jay Bruce. Next closest is Drew Stubbs with 5 awards.
- The most decorated pitcher is Bronson Arroyo, who has 4 awards plus 3 honorable mentions. Mike Leake is second on the pitcher list with 3 awards and 4 honorable mentions.
- Maybe the most disappointing players on the list are Brandon Phillips and Jonny Gomes, both of whom have only won the award twice, the same numbers as Paul Janish. Gomes does have 6 honorable mentions, while BP has just 4.
So, who do you think deserves to be the JNMHS of the first half? We have the complete list of honorees after the jump, but the poll below contains the top 7 ranked for you to vote on. Again, Brendanukkah gets all of the credit for putting this list together. It was a tedious process, I'm sure, so be sure to give Brendan a rec on the back next time you see him.
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