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Who is The Greatest Reds Player Ever?

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Forum Description: Discuss the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals
Printed Date: Nov 30 2023 at 6:57am

Topic: Who is The Greatest Reds Player Ever?
Posted By: randy
Subject: Who is The Greatest Reds Player Ever?
Date Posted: Sep 06 2011 at 4:51pm released a top 100 Reds of all time list today. Have a look and tell me what you think? -

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Posted By: Bocephus
Date Posted: Sep 06 2011 at 7:52pm

Rose was the best player in my opinion but thats just my opinion and Bench tied for 2nd best ? Dont see that either.

Posted By: middletownscouter
Date Posted: Sep 07 2011 at 11:03am
I would have put Pete in the #1 slot as well, but I'm okay with most of the list there.

Bench tied for #2 I agree with, behind Yogi Berra he's the best catcher in the modern era to play the game. The numbers support it too. In 17 years, all with the Redlegs, he has some impressive honors to his name:
  • 1968 NL Rookie of the Year
  • 14× All-Star selection (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983)
  • 10× Gold Glove Award winner (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977)
  • 2× NL MVP (1970, 1972)
  • 1975 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
  • 2× World Series champion (1975, 1976)
  • 1976 World Series MVP
  • 1976 Babe Ruth Award
  • 1981 Hutch Award
  • Hit at least 40 HR's in two seasons and at least 30 HR's in two more.
  • 1986 Cincinnati Reds HOF inductee (and his Jersey #5 was retired)
  • 1989 Major League Baseball HOF inductee (first ballot, appearing on over 96% of ballots)
  • In 1997 was named by Baseball Writers Association of America to the Major League Baseball All-Time Team, beating out Yogi Berra by more than double
  • In 1999 was named Major League Baseball All-Century Team, ranking #7 amongst voters. Yogi Berra was the other catcher to make the list with about 50% of the votes of Bench.
  • In 2006 was one of 5 nominees for the MLB's DHL Hometown Hero award for the Reds, which was set up to choose for each francise's history the most outstanding player. Pete Rose won the award.

Posted By: VietVet
Date Posted: Sep 07 2011 at 3:45pm
When reviewing this list, hard to identify with the older players earlier than the Nuxhall/Burgess/Temple/Klu Crosley Field era of the 50's for me. Never saw any of them play before that timeframe. Too many good players listed in too many positions to have one player that really excels. Darn near anyone on the Big Red Machine teams would qualify. Good players in all positions. Guess I would pick Rose. I look at it as "if I had to choose one player that has the overall skills to win with talent, enthusiasm, hustle, timely hits, a "winner" year in and year out, a "blood" player giving it his all, all the time, he would be the one I would choose. You could place him in any position (except pitcher/catcher) and know you would be getting the maximum effort on every play. Gus Bell, Wally Post, Bench, Pinson, Griffey, Frank Robinson, all great players in their era. Adam Dunn.....not so impressive. Struck out too much in key situations. Sean Casey....nice guy....not in the upper echelon with this group IMO.

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