Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cincinnati Reds

1B  Ted Kluszewski – Batted over .300 seven times; averaged 43 HRs a season from ’53 to ’56; drove in 100 or more runs five times.
2B  Joe Morgan – One of the best ever at 2B; two-time MVP; OPB topped .400 six straight years; stole 50+ bases five times; won five consecutive Gold Gloves.
SS  Barry Larkin – Batted over .300 nine times; three Gold Gloves; NL MVP in ’95; 379 SBs.
3B  Pete Rose – Won three batting titles; scored 100+ runs ten times; got a few hits too.
OF  Edd Roush – Batted over .320 ten times; won two NL batting titles; good glove in CF.
OF  Frank Robinson – Hit 30+ HRs seven times for Cincy; led the NL in slugging three straight seasons; scored 100+ runs six times.
OF  George Foster – NL MVP in ’77 (.320, 52, 139); batted .300 or better 4 times; 90+ RBI six straight seasons.
C  Johnny Bench – Greatest catcher in NL history; two-time MVP; six 100+ RBI seasons; 389 HRs; TEN consecutive Gold Gloves.
Bench  Vada Pinson – Topped 200 hits four times (batted .343 in ’61); five 20-20 seasons; scored 90+ runs eight times; Gold Glove winner.
Pitcher  Bucky Walters – Led the NL in wins 3 times; posted an ERA below 3.00 seven times; won 2 games in the ’40 World Series.
Pitcher  Paul Derringer – Four-time 20-game winner; led NL in winning pct. in ’39; also won 2 games for Cincy in the ’40 World Series.
Pitcher  Eppa Rixey – Won 19+ games five times as a Red (25 in ’22); tossed 280 innings or more five times.
Closer  John Franco – Averaged 34 saves a season from 1986 to 1989; Danny Graves saved more games for the Reds, but Franco’s ERA is much lower.

A Very Big Red Machine.

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