From Lance’s blog:
My Reds 25-year anniversary All-Star team
We kicked this around last night on Sports Talk.
These players fit the time frame between 1985-2009. They were judged on their overall body of work as a member of the Reds in this span…not a single season.
C: Joe Oliver. Rock solid behind the plate….a leader…double digit HR’s six times…best year ’93 14 HR’s 75 RBI.
Runner-up: Eddie Taubansee…best season ’99 .311-21-87…..defensive skills lacking
1B: Sean Casey. Only candidate I named my son after. Hit .305 as a Red….20+ HR’s three times, 80+ RBI five times.
Runner-up: Hal Morris. Hit .305 as a Red….best year ’96 .313-16-80
2B: Brandon Phillips: Just three and half seasons…but wow….a Gold Glove and a 30/30 season.
Runner-up: Ron Oester. Close call. He was dependable and solid….hustle never questioned….not afraid to speak his mind or get in a guys face.
SS: Barry Larkin. 12 time All-Star, 30/30, MVP
Runner-up: Anyone really close? no.
3B: Chris Sabo. Rookie of Year, starter for ’90 World Series team, hit 21, 25, 26 HR’s, and drove in 71,82,88
Runner-up: Aaron Boone
LF: Adam Dunn: No a Big Donkey fan, but hard to dispute his production…40+ HR’s five straight years…100+ RBI four straight years.
Runner-up: Billy Hatcher. Acquired in April of ’90….won the LF job and stole 30 bases. Played just three years, but came up big in the playoffs and World Series. Postseason impact gives him edge over Greg Vaugh’s 45-118 and leadership in 1999.
CF: Eric Davis. Dynamic and dominant..two time All-Star, three time Gold Glover..203 HR….270 SB’s
Runner-up: Ken Griffey Jr…a shame he was hit by so many injuries
RF: Dave Parker. The Cobra should have won the MVP in ’85 when he went .312-34-125, but finished 2nd to Willie McGee. Followed in ’86 with 31-116 and ’87 with 27-97….four years with the Reds produced 432 RBI’s.
SP: Tom Browning. Record of 123-88, including a 20-9 and 18-5 season…a perfect game and seven double digit win seasons.
Runner-up: Jose Rijo….97-61 record..World Series MVP
Closer: John Franco. Solid, consistent and a nasty screwball….148 saves in 6 years…three time All-Star…had years of 29,32,32, 39 saves
Runner-up: Danny Graves..franchise leader in saves with 182 in 9 years….30+ saves four times, two time All-Star.
Manager: Lou Piniella. A World Series title will get you this spot
Runner-up: Jack McKeon…engineered the run of 1999
Lance took input on this, I picked Taubensee over Oliver based on offense; Rijo over Browning because when Rijo was healthy he was dominant; Graves over Franco (all time saves leader, etc); and I took Pete as manager. He was here longer, his winning percentage was the same as Pinella’s (with much less talent and only .004 less than McKeon) and he should get more credit for the ’90 WS win, as he helped get that team in place (ala Dave Bristol/Sparky Anderson).