On All-Time Reds

reds-logoOne of the biggest days of the year in Cincinnati is one week away – Opening Day. Although that topic is a post in itself, the official start of the national pastime stimulates a lot of thoughts. Lester’s Legends inspired this post has he is in the early stages of posting his all-time teams for each MLB team.

As a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan, I contend Reds teams of the 1970s, especially ’75 and ’76 are among the great MLB teams; therefore, players from this era would dominate an all-time Reds team. With that in mind, here’s my 25-man team of 13 batters and 12 pitchers outside of the Big Red Machine era.

1B – Ted Kluszewski
2B – Bid McPhee
SS – Barry Larkin
3B – Chris Sabo
C – Ernie Lombardi
OF – Frank Robinson
OF – Edd Roush
OF – Eric Davis

Bench – Ron Oester (MI), Heinie Groh (3B), Cy Seymour (OF), Vada Pinson (OF), Bubbles Hargrave (C)

SP – Jim Maloney
SP – Jose Rijo
SP – Mario Soto
SP – Bucky Walters
SP – Tom Seaver
P – Paul Derringer
P – Eppa Rixey
P – Noodles Hahn
P – Bob Purkey

RP – John Franco
RP – Rob Dibble
RP – Wayne Granger

Manager – Bill McKechnie

Tidbits

  • The Reds have a strong history with middle infielders, and Brandon Phillips has the potential to be on this team.
  • Reds history is least blessed at third base
  • Baseball Reference the year-by-year lineup
  • List of Reds Mangers
  • Reds history

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8 thoughts on “On All-Time Reds

  1. Nice team Frank. Third base is a position that hasn’t been a strong point for the Cubs outside Ron Santo. Aramis Ramirez has a good shot to make it now though. I did one of these on the message boards for the Cubs three years ago on SN, so I might repost another one for them.

    • David,
      It was interesting to do with the no Big Red Machine players. The Baseball Reference link shows the starting lineups through the years, and wow … 3B was thin. I’ll have to check the Cubs.

      Thanks for visiting!

  2. I had to read it a 2nd time when I did not see Pete Rose and Tony Perez not on it. And Yes the Big Red Machine would dominate it, It is still a very good team

    • Larry,
      The dominance of the Big Red Machine is why I did it. Beieve it or not, I still considered Rose since he started in 1963.

      Since you had to read it a second time to catch my premise, I’ll accent the font on the post.

      Thanks Larry!

    • Larry,
      Great question. I would say a good chance. After all, I see that I didn’t include a DH on that team, so I could work one in on a technicality. Yet, who knows …. maybe Votto’s stats will become one of the elites. Thanks for digging into my archives.

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