10. Johnny Cueto
While not all with Reds, Johnny Cueto has mounted a terrific career, built on consistency. While there have been some injuries here and there, Cueto has been rock solid in the last several years. At his peak, Cueto’s stuff is nearly unhittable.
9. Joey Votto
Joey Votto is a terrific baseball player…when he wants to be. Within the past few years, Cincinnati Reds fans have, at times, questioned the effort of their lone superstar. When he plays to his potential, he’s Hall of Fame material. 2017 looks like a bright year though…
8. Ted Kluszewski
In the 1950’s, few power hitters were as feared by opposing pitchers as Ted Kluszewski. In today’s terminology, he’d be known as a “masher,” who can change the course of a game with merely one swing. Kluszewski got lost a bit amongst other terrific players of the era, which is a shame.
7. Frank Robinson
Robinson did most of his damage with the Baltimore Orioles, but he was equally as great with the Reds. Few players in baseball history have been as well-rounded as Robinson, one of the game’s early superstars and a justified Hall of Famer.
6. Tom Seaver
Seaver is most-known for his work with the Mets, but he was phenomenal with the Reds as well. Combining incredible stuff and with a tough, competitive nature, makes Seaver one of the best in baseball history.
5. Ken Griffey Jr.
“The Kid” completely revolutionized baseball and how the position would be played. A fusion of world-class athleticism and prodigious skill, Griffey took the game by storm and increased its popularity in mainstream culture. Had he a bit more longevity, Griffey would surely be one of the top-5 greatest players of all-time. As it stands though, he was a slam dunk for Cooperstown. His best years were with Seattle, but was still quite good in Cincinnati.
4. Barry Larkin
Larkin was just recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, and rightfully so, for the 1995 NL MVP. As great of a hitter as Larkin was, he was equally adept at fielding the position, especially early in his career. It’s a shame Barry didn’t play on more winning teams, as I think his stock would rise, but he did snag a World Series ring in 1990.
3. Joe Morgan
Truly, Joe Morgan is one of the best second basemen of all-time. Morgan could do it all. On offensive, he was a well-rounded hitter, even though his power numbers weren’t huge. In the field, he was phenomenal and revolutionized how the position was played.
2. Pete Rose
Despite some of the legal issues, “The Hit King” is one of the game’s absolute greats. Aside from being one of the best hitters of all-time, Rose could be a dynamo in the field, playing nearly every position. His signature “hustle” is his hallmark.
- Johnny Bench
Simply put, Johnny Bench is one of, if not, the greatest catcher of all-time. Combining a powerful bat with a howitzer of an arm, the Reds catcher was a revelation. He had a long, fruitful, and Hall of Fame career.