Just 3 clubs have actually retired more consistent numbers than the Cincinnati Reds.

The New York City Yankees, obviously, are far ahead of the pack. They’ve pulled 22 jerseys out of flow, followed by the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants with 14 each. And after that come the Reds with 13.

It’s simple to comprehend the very first 3, provided their histories of quality. No groups have actually won more World Series than the Yanks (27) and Cards (11). The Giants are close behind with 8 titles.

The Reds, on the other hand, haven’t been almost as effective. They’ve won just 5 world champions, with simply 3 of them can be found in the previous 80 years.

However the group has actually had a long and vibrant history. The Reds have actually remained in constant operation because 1882, that makes 2021 their 140th season. Thirty-three Hall of Famers have actually taken the field in Cincinnati uniforms throughout that period — a number of for prolonged stays — consequently providing a good mix of choices for retirement events.

The Reds have actually done a reputable task of honoring the apparent prospects, as you’ll see in this, the 24th installation in my club-by-club rundown of retired numbers. A number of the group’s options may appear a bit weird, however many are strong.

Is anyone in line for a 14th event in Cincinnati? A couple of competitors enter your mind, one an outright cinch. Yet there’s a catch: He’ll need to retire initially.

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Reds’ numbers currently retired

It’s a long list, so let’s dive right in. Here are the 13 Reds whose uniforms have actually been retired. The very first 10 remain in mathematical order, followed by 3 who have actually been honored for activities off the field.

No. 1 Fred Hutchinson pitched 10 seasons for the Tigers. However he is finest kept in mind for his 6 years as Cincinnati’s supervisor (1959-1964), a period that brought an unanticipated National League pennant in 1961. Hutchinson passed away from cancer in November 1964 at the age of 45. His number was retired the list below year, the very first to be so honored by the Reds.

No. 5 Johnny Bench (1967-1983) won every award readily available, or so it appears. Bench was called the league’s Novice of the Year in 1968, its A Lot Of Belongings Gamer in 1970 and 1972, its Gold Glove catcher 10 times, and an All-Star in 14 seasons. He led the league in homers two times and RBIs on 3 celebrations, and he’s the franchise’s all-time leader in both classifications (389 HR, 1,376 RBI). Lots of professionals rank him as the best catcher ever.

The Reds anticipated huge things when they acquired No. 8 Joe Morgan in a trade with Houston, however the rapid 2nd baseman overdelivered. He led the league in on-base portion 4 times throughout his 8 seasons with Cincinnati (1972-1979). He was called the NL’s MVP in 1975 and 1976, and he likewise got 5 Gold Gloves while with the Reds. 

No. 10 Sparky Anderson stays the most effective supervisor in Reds history, collecting 863 success, 4 NL pennants, and 2 World Series titles over 9 seasons (1970-1978). Anderson will permanently be connected to the never-ceasing teams called the Big Red Device. Those clubs accumulated 108 wins in 1975 and 102 in 1976, taking both world titles.

No. 11 Barry Larkin was born and raised in Cincinnati, then invested his whole Hall of Popularity profession with his home town club (1986-2004). The shortstop took house the MVP prize in 1995 and gotten approved for 12 All-Star teams. Just 2 Reds — the males called in the next 2 paragraphs — played more video games for the franchise than Larkin’s 2,180.

No. 13 Dave Concepcion (1970-1988) was an underestimated member of the Big Red Device, mainly valued for his ability in the field. It’s true that he won 5 Gold Gloves at shortstop, however Concepcion likewise ranks 2nd in club history in video games (2,488), 3rd in hits (2,326), 6th in taken bases (321), and seventh in runs scored (993).

No. 14 Pete Rose requires no intro. He played very first and 3rd base and the outfield for the Reds for 19 years (1963-1978, 1984-1986), topping the National League in hits 6 times along the method. Rose is baseball’s all-time hit leader with 4,256, more than three-quarters of which was available in a Cincinnati uniform (3,358). No one has actually played more video games (2,722) or scored more runs (1,741) for the Reds. Rose stays disallowed from the Hall of Popularity, obviously, due to the fact that of his history of betting.

The resumé of No. 18 Ted Kluszewski (1947-1957) appears thin compared to a lot of the honorees on this list. The very first baseman is 6th on the franchise’s all-time standings for crowning achievement (251) and ninth for runs batted in (886). Kluszewski led the league in both classifications (49 HR, 141 RBI) in 1954.

No. 20 Frank Robinson boasts the greatest slugging average in Reds history (.554). The outfielder likewise ranks 2nd to Bench in crowning achievement (324) and 6th in runs scored (1,043) and runs batted in (1,009). Robinson most likely would have topped all of those classifications if he had actually invested the bulk of his 21-year profession in Cincinnati, rather of simply the very first ten years (1956-1965). He was the NL’s MVP in 1961 and ended up amongst the leading 10 votegetters 5 other times.

No. 24 Tony Perez was eclipsed by colleagues Bench, Morgan, and Rose on the Big Red Device, yet he stayed a crucial cog. The very first baseman drove in more than 100 runs in 6 of his 16 seasons in Cincinnati (1964-1976, 1984-1986). He ranks 2nd to Bench in club history with 1,192 RBIs, and he’s 4th on the group’s all-time list for homers (287).

The Reds have actually retired blank jerseys in honor of 3 of their long time broadcasters. Waite Hoyt bet 7 clubs (not consisting of the Reds) throughout his Hall of Popularity pitching profession, then invested 24 years (1942-1965) as the radio voice of the Reds. Joe Nuxhall likewise pitched, initially taking the mound for the Reds as a 15-year-old in 1944, then returning for 2 stints (1952-1960, 1962-1966). He relayed the group’s video games for 38 seasons (1967-2004). Nuxhall shared the cubicle for 3 years with the 3rd honoree, Marty Brennaman (1974-2019).

Reds’ prospects for retired numbers

The Reds have actually been incredibly comprehensive in honoring their previous stars, leaving a fairly little group of prospects for future honors. Here are 7 worthwhile of factor to consider.

No. 19 Joey Votto (2007-2021) stays active, though he has actually currently reached 5th put on Cincinnati’s all-time list for wins above replacement (62.0), routing just Rose, Bench, Larkin, and Robinson. The very first baseman is 3rd in franchise history in crowning achievement (312), 5th in RBIs (1,019), and seventh in video games (1,843). He was called the NL’s A lot of Belongings Gamer in 2010.

No. 28 Vada Pinson two times led the National League in hits throughout his 11 years as center fielder for the Reds (1958-1968). He likewise paced the league 2 times each in doubles and triples. Pinson ranks 5th on the club’s all-time list for triples (96), 6th for doubles (342), and 8th for hits (1,881).

No. 30 Ken Griffey Jr. sealed his Hall of Popularity qualifications throughout his very first 11 years in Seattle. The center fielder’s subsequent nine-year run in Cincinnati (2000-2008) was not almost as effective, though it did consist of 3 seasons with a minimum of 30 homers and a comparable variety of All-Star looks. Griffey’s slugging average of .514 ranks 4th in club history. 

No. 44 Eric Davis brought an uncommon mix of power and speed to the Reds (1984-1991, 1996). The center fielder gotten approved for the 20-20 club — a minimum of 20 homers and 20 taken bases — 6 times throughout his 9 years in Cincinnati. He reached his peak in 1987 with 37 homers and 50 takes. Davis ranks in the leading 10 amongst all Reds for both homers (203) and takes (270).

It’s an unusual truth that no pitcher has ever had his number retired in Cincinnati, a symptom of the franchise’s hitter-friendly history. It’s hard to recognize a particularly worthwhile prospect, however why not No. 46 Jim Maloney (1960-1970)? Maloney was hailed as one of baseball’s fantastic young pitchers in the early 1960s, going 23-7 in 1963 and 20-9 in 1965. He stays the club’s all-time leader in strikeouts with 1,592, and he’s 2nd in nothings with 30.

Ernie Lombardi completed his 10-year stint in Cincinnati (1932-1941) with a general batting average of .311, putting him 4 points ahead of Pete Rose in the franchise standings. The catcher was called MVP in 1938, when he led the National League with a .342 batting average. He topped .300 7 times with the Reds and made 5 Dream team. Simply one making complex element: Lombardi regularly changed numbers, using Nos. 2, 4, 7, 17, 27, and 35.

No one alive saw Quote McPhee play. The 2nd baseman invested his whole 18-year profession with the Reds (1882-1899) prior to characters were attached to uniforms. However his credibility was strong enough to warrant induction to the Hall of Popularity in 2000. McPhee still ranks seventh in WAR (52.5) amongst all Reds, and his 2,258 hits put him 4th on the group’s list.

The outlook

The apparent option initially.

No one will use No. 19 after Votto retires, whenever that may be. Completion is nearing — his 38th birthday can be found in September — however Votto stays a strong part of Cincinnati’s beginning lineup. He still bats 3rd or 4th in the order most nights.

McPhee would appear to have whatever choosing him — strong numbers, a Hall of Popularity plaque, a strong accessory to Cincinnati — however the chances are highly versus him. He retired 120 years back and hasn’t been honored. Why would the Reds choose him now?

Comparable factors to consider work versus Lombardi. He was a strong gamer, however memories of his quality have actually faded. He is not likely to be picked.

The other 4 prospects are of more current vintage. All of them, nevertheless, have actually been eclipsed in one method or another — Maloney by the club’s fantastic striking custom; Pinson by Robinson, his super star colleague; Davis by the Big Red Device that preceded him by a years; and Griffey by the impressive record that he collected in Seattle.

All would stand choices. However do I anticipate any of them to be honored by the Reds? Not anytime quickly.

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