It’s now time for the Reds career batting average leaders by each letter of the alphabet.

We’ll use 1500 plate appearances as a threshold with the following exceptions:

1) There is no X player
2) For letters Q, U, V, and Z, we’ll lower the threshold to 800 plate appearances due to the fewer numbers of players whose last names begin with said letters.

We’re looking primarily for the “modern” record, but if you get the all-time record, we’ll count that, too.

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41 Responses

  1. JasonL

    I get first crack this time…

    Casey
    Rose
    Larkin
    Griffey (Sr)
    Votto
    Pinson
    Morris or Morgan

    That’s it off the top of my head. Time for a meeting.

  2. brublejr

    Adams
    Irwin
    Kluszewski
    D. Young
    Roush
    Foster
    Taubensee

  3. brublejr

    I’ll guess Curt Walker, Paul O’neil, and Jon Nunnally also…

  4. brublejr

    E. Encarnacion?

    If not O’neil then Oester?

  5. Steve Price

    A
    B
    C
    D
    E
    F George Foster .286
    G Ken Griffey, Sr., .303
    H
    I (Charlie Irwin at .265 is all-time record holder) No modern day player
    J
    K Ted Kluszewski .302
    L
    M Hal Morris is modern leader with .305 (Dusty Miller’s .308 is all-time best)
    N
    O
    P Vada Pinson .297
    Q (Luis Quinones .236 in 896 PA)
    R Edd Roush .331
    S
    T
    U
    V Farmer Vaughn .284 (Vaughn is pre-1900; Joey Votto has .310 with less than 1200 plate appearances)
    W Curt Walker .303
    X NO X
    Y Dmitri Young .304
    Z Billy Zitzman .269 in 1115 PA

    Sean Casey is 2nd with .305
    Pete Rose is 2nd with .307
    Barry Larkin is 2nd with .295
    Joe Morgan is 4th with .288
    Bobby Adams is 2nd with .272
    Eddie Taubensee is 2nd with .286
    Paul O’Neill is 2nd with .259
    Jon Nunnally didn’t qualify

  6. Steve Price

    E is Edwin Encarnacion with .262

    O is Ron Oester with .265

  7. Steve Price

    Ernie Lombardi is the L with .311

    Kal Daniels did not qualify…

    Updated board:

    A
    B
    C
    D
    E Edwin Encarnacion .262
    F George Foster .286
    G Ken Griffey, Sr., .303
    H
    I (Charlie Irwin at .265 is all-time record holder) No modern day player
    J
    K Ted Kluszewski .302
    L Ernie Lombardi .311
    M Hal Morris is modern leader with .305 (Dusty Miller’s .308 is all-time best)
    N
    O Ron Oester .265
    P Vada Pinson .297
    Q (Luis Quinones .236 in 896 PA)
    R Edd Roush .331
    S
    T
    U
    V Farmer Vaughn .284 (Vaughn is pre-1900; Joey Votto has .310 with less than 1200 plate appearances)
    W Curt Walker .303
    X NO X
    Y Dmitri Young .304
    Z Billy Zitzman .269 in 1115 PA

  8. pinson343

    S – Cy Seymour
    H – Bubbles Hargrave

  9. brublejr

    Jimenez? Don’t know if he qualifies…

  10. pinson343

    D – Pat Duncan
    B – Rube Bressler
    B – Jake Beckley, if you count his 19th century years

  11. brublejr

    @pinson343: I’m glad you are here to pick up the real old timers, I don’t know enough of them

  12. brublejr

    I am stunned that Casey is not #1. I can’t think of another one…

  13. pinson343

    N – Greasy Neale
    T – Johnny Temple

  14. pinson343

    brublejr: I am stunned that Casey is not #1.I can’t think of another one…

    I can’t either.

  15. Dan

    Bobby Tolan?

    Dan Driessen?

    (obscure) Joe Nolan? (I bet he didn’t have enough plate appearances.)

    I do like Bubbles Hargrave as a guess! Great name… and wasn’t he a good-hitting catcher?

  16. Dan

    Leo Cardenas was a Red, wasn’t he? Was he any good?

  17. pinson343

    Dan: Leo Cardenas was a Red, wasn’t he?Was he any good?

    Leo Cardenas was a very good SS, but his highest mark in a regular season was in the .290s.

  18. Steve Price

    A
    B Jake Beckley, .325
    C
    D Pat Duncan, .307
    E Edwin Encarnacion .262
    F George Foster .286
    G Ken Griffey, Sr., .303
    H Bubbles Hargrave, .314
    I (Charlie Irwin at .265 is all-time record holder) No modern day player
    J Deron Johnson, .265 (who’s the all-time leader?)
    K Ted Kluszewski .302
    L Ernie Lombardi .311
    M Hal Morris is modern leader with .305 (Dusty Miller’s .308 is all-time best)
    N Greasy Neale, .260
    O Ron Oester .265
    P Vada Pinson .297
    Q (Luis Quinones .236 in 896 PA)
    R Edd Roush .331
    S Cy Seymour, .332
    T Johnny Temple, .291
    U
    V Farmer Vaughn .284 (Vaughn is pre-1900; Joey Votto has .310 with less than 1200 plate appearances)
    W Curt Walker .303
    X NO X
    Y Dmitri Young .304
    Z Billy Zitzman .269 in 1115 PA

    Aaron Boone Reds career BA of .263…not in top four
    Joe Adcock does not have enough PA, but BA of .271 doesn’t make it either.
    Gus Bell is third with .288
    Kal Daniels missed PA cut off by 102…batting average is .301…still wouldn’t win
    Eric Davis would be fourth with .271
    D’Angelo Jiminez does not qualify; did have .271 BA
    Rube Bressler is second with .311
    Bobby Tolan was third with .282
    Leo Cardenas batted .261
    Joe Nolan only had 440 PA
    Dan Driessen was fourth with .271

  19. JasonL

    Can I (politely) go all English teacher and point out the difference between “less” and “fewer”? Less is for volume, as in, there was less than a gallon of beer left in the keg. Fewer is for numbers, as in, Joey Votto has fewer than 1200 plate appearances. I know, I know, no one cares and take your grammar and go home and all that, but it’s a pet peeve, and I think it’s one of those things that’s actually kind of neat once you know the difference.

  20. brublejr

    Unser?

    A & C have completely stumped me…I really thought they were Adams and Casey, so I have run out of guesses for those two letters.

  21. preach

    Uhl?

    Ooops, didn’t see the D one filled in with my last guess.

    I’m amazed c isn’t the mayor.

  22. Steve Price

    JasonL: Can I (politely) go all English teacher and point out the difference between “less” and “fewer”? Less is for volume, as in, there was less than a gallon of beer left in the keg. Fewer is for numbers, as in, Joey Votto has fewer than 1200 plate appearances. I know, I know, no one cares and take your grammar and go home and all that, but it’s a pet peeve, and I think it’s one of those things that’s actually kind of neat once you know the difference.

    Just to check….and I’m not an English teacher…but, I looked up dictionary.com…the word “less” seems to have variable uses in fact, “fewer” is less versatile and is good with numbers, while “less” works with all….

    less  /lɛs/

    –adverb, a compar. of little with least as superl. 1. to a smaller extent, amount, or degree: less exact.
    2. most certainly not (often prec. by much or still): He could barely pay for his own lodging, much less for that of his friend.
    3. in any way different; other: He is nothing less than a thief.

    –adjective, a compar. of little with least as superl.
    4. smaller in size, amount, degree, etc.; not so large, great, or much: less money; less speed.
    5. lower in consideration, rank, or importance: no less a person than the manager.
    6. fewer: less than a dozen.

    –noun
    7. a smaller amount or quantity: Hundreds of soldiers arrived, but less of them remained.
    8. something inferior or not as important: He was tortured for less.

    –preposition 9. minus; without: a year less two days; six dollars less tax.

    —Idiom

    10. less than, by far short of being; not in the least; hardly at all: The job is less than perfect.

    few⋅er  /ˈfyuər/

    –adjective
    1. of a smaller number: fewer words and more action.

    –pronoun
    2. (used with a plural verb) a smaller number: Fewer have come than we hoped.

    Anyway, Votto actually has 1222 plate appearances which is both less and fewer than 1500….

  23. Steve Price

    No Unser, no Doran, and no Uhl

    D’s already been named in Pat Duncan

    C is a Hall of Famer

    A sounds like a Revolutionary War Hero or a furniture store

    U can be found at a movie theater…

  24. KY Chip

    C – “Wahoo Sam” Crawford (1899-1902) .312 in 1725 PAs

  25. Steve Price

    Sam Crawford is the answer…

    and we gave him up for free as a peace offering to the American League…unbelievable

  26. Steve Price

    Oh…almost missed it….the all-time J leader is the first superstar in Reds history…..

  27. KY Chip

    A – Ethan Allan (1926-1930) .295 in 1549 PAs

  28. KY Chip

    U – Bob Usher (1946-47; 1950-51) .227 in 877 PAs

  29. KY Chip

    Steve Price: Oh…almost missed it….the all-time J leader is the first superstar in Reds history…..

    Charley “Baby” Jones?

  30. Steve Price

    KY Chip finished them up…here’s the totals

    A Ethan Allen, .295
    B Jake Beckley, .325
    C Sam Crawford, .312
    D Pat Duncan, .307
    E Edwin Encarnacion .262
    F George Foster .286
    G Ken Griffey, Sr., .303
    H Bubbles Hargrave, .314
    I Charlie Irwin at .265 is all-time record holder) No modern day player
    J Deron Johnson, .265 (Charley Jones all-time leader with .301)
    K Ted Kluszewski .302
    L Ernie Lombardi .311
    M Hal Morris is modern leader with .305 (Dusty Miller’s .308 is all-time best)
    N Greasy Neale, .260
    O Ron Oester .265
    P Vada Pinson .297
    Q Luis Quinones .236 (896 PA)
    R Edd Roush .331
    S Cy Seymour, .332
    T Johnny Temple, .291
    U Bob Usher, .227 (877 PA)
    V Farmer Vaughn .284
    W Curt Walker .303
    X NO X
    Y Dmitri Young .304
    Z Billy Zitzman .269 (1115 PA)

  31. preach

    Ethan Allen is also the inventor of my all time favorite board game as well. Should have guessed that one.