Cincinnati Reds All Time Starting Lineup

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The Cincinnati Reds can trace their roots back to 1882 as the Cincinnati Red Stockings. Over the years they have been known as the Cincinnati Red Stocking (1882-1889), Cincinnati Reds (1890-1953), Cincinnati Redlegs (1954-1959), as we know them today the Cincinnati Reds (1960-Present). The organization has appeared in a total of 15 playoffs, won 10 pennants, and 5 world championships. They have retired 10 numbers. Manager Fred Hutchinson (1), Willard Hershberger (5), Johnny Bench (5), Joe Morgan (8), manager Sparky Anderson (10), Barry Larkin (11), Dave Concepcion (13), Ted Kluszewski (18), Frank Robinson (20), and Tony Perez (24).

Below is a lineup of the best single seasons by position. Each player is only eligible for one season so we picked their best season.

 

Catcher

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Johnny Bench, 1972

Key Stats: 8.6 WAR, .270/.379/.541, 87 R, 145 H, 40 HR (1st NL), 125 RBI (1st NL), 100 BB, 23 IBB (1st NL), .920 OPS, 12 SF (1st NL), 2.4 dWAR, 56% CS

Awards: NL All-Star, Gold Glove, NL MVP

 

First Base

Ted Kluszewski, 1954

Key Stats: 7.9 WAR, .326/.407/.642, 104 R, 187 H, 49 HR (1st NL), 141 RBI (1st NL), 1.049 OPS

Awards: NL All-Star, 2nd in MVP

 

Second Base

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Joe Morgan, 1975

Key Stats: 10.9 WAR, .327/.466 (1st NL)/.508, 107 R, 163 H, 27 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 94 RBI, 67 SB, 132 BB (1st NL), .974 OPS, 2.0 dWAR

Awards: NL All-Star, Gold Glove, NL MVP

 

Third Base

Tony Perez, 1970

Key Stats: 7.2 WAR, .317/.401/.589, 107 R, 186 H, 28 2B, 6 3B, 40 HR, 129 RBI, .990 OPS

Awards: NL All-Star, 3rd in MVP

 

Shortstop

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Barry Larkin, 1996

Key Stats: 7.2 WAR, .298/.410/.567, 117 R, 154 H, 32 2B, 33 HR, 89 RBI, 36 SB, 96 BB, .977 OPS

Awards: NL All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger

 

Left Field

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George Foster, 1977

Key Stats: 8.4 WAR, .320/.382/.631, 124 R (1st NL), 197 H, 31 2B, 52 HR (1st NL), 149 RBI (1st NL), 1.013 (1st NL), 388 TB, dWAR 1.1

Awards: NL All-Star, NL MVP

 

Center Field

Eric Davis, 1987

Key Stats: 7.9 WAR, .293/.399/.593, 120 R, 139 H, 37 HR, 100 RBI, 50 SB, .991 OPS, 10 outfield assists

Awards: NL All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, 9th in MVP

 

Right Field

Frank Robinson, 1962

Key Stats: 8.7 WAR, .342/.421 (1st NL)/.624 (1st NL), 134 R (1st NL), 208 H, 51 2B (1st NL), 39 HR, 136 RBI, 18 SB, 1.045 OPS (1st NL), 11 HBP (1st NL), 16 IBB (1st NL)

Awards: NL All-Star, 4th in MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Ewell Blackwell, 1947

Key Stats: 9.5 WAR (1st NL), 22 Wins (1st NL), 2.47 ERA, 2.65 FIP (1st NL), 23 CG (1st NL), 6 SHO, 273 IP, 193 K (1st NL), 6.4 K/9 (1st NL)

Awards: NL All-Star, 2nd in MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

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Dolf Luque, 1923

Key Stats: 10.6 WAR (1st NL), 27 Wins (1st NL), 1.93 ERA (1st NL), 2.94 FIP (1st NL), 28 CG, 6 SHO (1st NL), 322 IP, 151 K

 

Starting Pitcher

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Jose Rijo, 1993

Key Stats: 9.3 WAR (1st NL), 14 Wins, 2.48 ERA, 2.93 FIP, 36 GS (1st NL), 257 1/3 IP, 227 K (1st NL), 1.088 WHIP, 7.9 K/9 (1st NL)

Awards: 5th in CY Young

 

Starting Pitcher

Noodles Hahn, 1902

Key Stats: 8.9 WAR, 23 Wins, 1.77 ERA, 2.46 FIP, 35 CG, 6 SHO, 321 IP, 142 K, 1.059 WHIP

 

Starting Pitcher

Bucky Walters, 1939

Key Stats: 8.2 WAR (1st NL), 27 Wins (1st NL), 2.29 ERA (1st NL), 3.81 FIP, 36 GS (1st NL), 31 CG (1st NL), 2 SHO, 319 IP, 137 K (1st NL), 1.125 WHIP (1st NL)

Awards: NL All-Star, NL MVP

 

Closer

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Aroldis Chapman, 2012

Key Stats: 3.6 WAR, 38 SV, 1.51 ERA, 1.55 FIP, 68 G, 71 2/3, 122 K, 0.809 WHIP, 4.4 H/9, 15.3 K/9, 5.30 K/BB

Awards: NL All-Star, 8th in CY Young

 

 

 

 

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