Top Ten Cincinnati Reds Players

The Top Ten
1 Pete Rose, IF/OF

Best Reds player all time. Too bad he makes poor decisions from time to time.

So what if he gambled, you can't argue with his numbers.

Pete Rose is Cincinnati. To keep him out of the HOF is absolutely crazy.

2 Johnny Bench, C

No player ever owned his position like Bench. His 1976 World Series was legendary. Also a great ambassador for the team.

Johnny is my idol. because in a softball catcher. I love the reds. I also love catching. Everyone I know is wishing the best of luck to the reds.

What a great ball player! He has been my HERO since I saw him at spring training when I was 12 years old!

3 Barry Larkin, SS

Maybe not the "Greatest SS of All Time" but I wouldn't have a worry in the world with #11 playing SS, with it all on the line!

4 Joe Morgan, 2B
5 Frank Robinson, OF

I was wrong, you're right. I looked at the stats, and his ten years with the Reds clearly included better years than his six years with the Orioles. He made a Triple Crown (for whatever that's worth) in his first year with the Orioles at age 30, but he had three consecutive great years in his mid-20s. I guess I'm guilty of being nostalgic about my own childhood years when Frank was part of a dominant Orioles team.

Not true. Robbie actually had a slightly better career with the Reds. Look at the stats.

6 Ken Griffey Jr. George Kenneth Griffey Jr. nicknamed "Junior" and "The Kid", is an American former professional baseball outfielder who played 22 years in Major League Baseball.

Arguably greatest player ever, but had his share of injuries with the Reds, that is why he is not higher on the list

7 Tony Perez 1B

Probably one of the best "team" players of all time. Great at keeping the newer players on a more even keel.

Heart of the big red machine. 1967 thru 1977 eleven straight years of 90+ rbi's. Unheard of in the 60's and 70's. Not Mays, Aaron, McCovey, Killebrew, Mantle, Robinson, or Jackson accomplished this.

Heart of the big red machine. 90+ rbi's from 1967 thru 1977 no other player of his era did this, not Mays, Aaron, McCovey, Killebrew, Mantle, Robinson, or Jackson. eleven straight years of 90+ rbi's unheard of in the 60's and 70's.

8 Joey Votto, 1B

Already one of the best pure hitters in Reds history, and he's still cementing his legacy. He should already be in the top 10.

One of the greatest guarantees to take first base with each plate appearance. No. 11 all -time in OBP. And one of the greatest all around hitters in Reds history

If Votto is still wearing a Reds uniform in 2021, he will be near the top of this list.

9 George Foster

One of the greatest Reds of all time and the man with home run power that led the Reds to the 1976 world championship season and in that World Series he hit .429 and he and Johnny Bench killed those New York Yankees.
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10 Tom Browning
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11 Dave Concepción

Best jumping, play making short stop ever!

12 Eric Davis

Could do it all. Nobody played at such a high level of defense while smoking homers and grabbing bases. His reckless abandon shortened his amazing career

13 Jim Maloney

Jim was a terrific pitcher in the 1960s WITH 2 20-game win seasons (1963 25-7 and 1965 20-9), 2 no-hitters, and a place in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, but sadly injuries prevented him from pitching beginning in 1970 much, the year that The Big Red Machine began a great decade.
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Gene Alley, Pittsburgh shortstop to me that Maloney was as good as anybody in the 60s. Koufax, Gibson or any others. He batted against all of them so I take his word on it. If healthy and pitching in the 70s Maloney would be in the Hall of Fame

14 Ted Kluzuszki
15 Vada Pinson
16 Ernie Lombardi
17 Sean Casey
18 Brandon Phillips
19 Edd Roush
20 Bronson Arroyo
21 Paul Derringer

One of the Reds greatest pitchers ever. In 1935, he won 22 games for a team that won only 68 games. 6 times he played in the ALL-Star Game. Also in 1935 he was the winning pitcher in MLB's first ever night game beating the Phillies 2-1. He was the Reds' good luck charm and playing very well during the 1930s paid off when in 1939, his Reds made it to the World Series. One year later, he was 20-12 with 115 strikeouts as the Reds return to the World Series, and in that event he won 2 games including Game 7 that clinched the Reds' first world championship since 1919. Derringer, a Reds Hall of Famer.
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22 Edwin Encarnación
23 Cesar Geronimo

What an arm! He could catch a ball anywhere in the outfield & throw batter out at any base. Wow!

24 Joe Nuxhall
25 Shin Soo Choo

What? One solid season with the Reds and then grabs the big $$$ in free agency.

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