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Batter strike outs: guess the all-time Reds leaders in striking out alphabetically, by surname, for each letter from A-Z. Remember, these aren’t the pitching leaders, it’s the batters who have struck out the most, and only during their time with the Reds.

Oh…remember, for the first time a pitcher almost won a letter when we were talking about the major league leaders. Could pitchers’ be lurking underneath the murky surface this Halloween week? I’m not saying it’s so, but I am saying it could be….Good luck!!

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34 Responses

  1. JasonL

    Dunn
    Concepcion
    Bench
    Morgan
    Larkin
    O’Neill
    Foster
    Perez
    Klu
    Sabo (?)

  2. JasonL

    Also, I’ll just go out on a limb and guess Arroyo for the A. I can’t think of many A players and he, you know, can’t hit.

  3. hoosierdad

    Rose has to be the “r” with all his ABs. Then, how about Oester for “o”. And I’ll pick Kearns over Big Klu (just because seems as though Austin struck out a bunch).

  4. hoosierdad

    I’ll guess Votto for the “v”. Real stretch here, but Taubensee (sp?) over Tolan. Only “a” that comes to mind off hand is Aurelia.

  5. JasonL

    This probably isn’t the answer, but it would tickle the hell out of me if the W was Herm Winningham. Also, I totally for got about Aurelia, good call hoosierdad.

  6. DevilsAdvocate

    Gotta be Kearns over Klu – Klu had a rep for not striking out despite the power.

    Looking for that possible pitcher…how about Bucky Walters, or Van der Meer?

  7. brublejr

    Adams
    Irwin
    Johnson
    Reggie Sanders
    Usher
    D. Young
    Zitzman

  8. brublejr

    I’ll go with you guys and say Kearns over Klu

  9. brublejr

    For M I’ll go for Hal Morris over Morgan…

  10. brublejr

    I think Nuxhall has to be at least close on the N’s if he isn’t the answer…

  11. Steve Price

    Lots of good guesses here Wednesday evening…let’s catch everyone up…

    A
    B Johnny Bench 1278
    C Dave Concepcion 1186
    D Adam Dunn 1212
    E Nick Esasky 581
    F George Foster 972
    G Ken Griffey, Jr. 673
    H
    I
    J
    K Austin Kearns 412
    L Barry Larkin 817
    M
    N
    O Ron Oester 681
    P Tony Perez 1306
    Q Luis Quinones 117
    R Pete Rose 972
    S
    T Ed Taubensee 414
    U
    V Joey Votto 223
    W
    X No X
    Y
    Z

    Joe Morgan is fifth with 410
    Paul O’Neill is second with 456
    Ted Kluszewski is second with 292
    Chris Sabo is second with 408
    Bronson Arroyo is third with 109
    Joe Nuxhall is third with 181
    Bobby Tolan is second with 342
    Rich Aurilia is second with 118
    Herm Winningham if fifth with 148
    Johnny VanderMeer is second with 192
    Bucky Walters is not in the top five

  12. hoosierdad

    Now for the shotgun approach. My guess on the pitcher is it’s gotta be one of Vander Meer, Nux, or a BRM pitcher (c’mon now, how many pitchers have stuck with the Reds enough years to qualify?) like Nolan or Norman. That’s about as good as I can figure.

  13. Steve Price

    Lots of action here in the last five minutes…pitchers have not led, but three (Arroyo, Nuxhall, and VanderMeer) have all been within the top three for their letters. We can now add Nolan and Norman to the top four totals… More updates…

    Curt Walker is fourth with 157
    Hal Morris is second with 457
    Gary Nolan is second with 211
    Fred Norman is fourth with 132

    A Bobby Adams 384
    B Johnny Bench 1278
    C Dave Concepcion 1186
    D Adam Dunn 1212
    E Nick Esasky 581
    F George Foster 972
    G Ken Griffey, Jr. 673
    H
    I Charlie Irwin 17
    J Deron Johnson 386
    K Austin Kearns 412
    L Barry Larkin 817
    M
    N
    O Ron Oester 681
    P Tony Perez 1306
    Q Luis Quinones 117
    R Pete Rose 972
    S Reggie Sanders 777
    T Ed Taubensee 414
    U Bob Usher 103
    V Joey Votto 223
    W
    X No X
    Y Dmitri Young 322
    Z Billy Zitzman 79

  14. hoosierdad

    For M, how about Dennis Menke or Lee May?

  15. Steve Price

    Please keep in mind…I didn’t say a pitcher was a leader…but pitchers were definitely potential leaders as we’ve already seen where five pitchers have now been named within the top four (there’s more listed in the top five for each letter).

    Open letters: H M N W

  16. Steve Price

    Hoosierdad has found another…

    Lee May, the Big Bopper, is the M with 597.

    Denis Menke is not in the top five.

  17. hoosierdad

    I’m all guessed out. Just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work. It sure is fun to try your hand at these. Have you thought about most saves or most wins? No matter, just keep them coming.

  18. Steve Price

    We’ve done most wins; have not done most saves.

    I appreciate the suggestions!!

  19. brublejr

    I don’t know if he played long enough, but Todd Walker? He struck out a ton…

  20. brublejr

    hoosierdad: I’m all guessed out.Just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work.It sure is fun to try your hand at these.Have you thought about most saves or most wins?No matter, just keep them coming.

    I like the idea of saves to get back to thinking pitchers…

  21. Steve Price

    Greasy Neale is the N with 272

    todd Walker is not in the top five

    Open letters: H and W

  22. Steve Price

    Oh, Bug Holliday is third with 211

  23. Steve Price

    A couple of hints for H and W…

    Both were outfielders…both played since World War II.

    One was one of the better Reds players during one of their worst periods in history…and he received MVP votes as a Red.

    The other’s best days came as the first star player for the Milwaukee Brewers…he did lead the NL in runs scored as a Red.

  24. Steve Price

    Paul Householder is not in the top five.

    Both remaining letters were all-stars….the W while with the Reds and the H with the Milwaukee Brewers.

    The H led the NL in runs scored in the 1960’s. The W was with the Reds in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, was a Reds all-star and received MVP votes…

  25. preach

    “Paul Householder is not in the top five.”….of anything.

    How about Wyrostack (spelling)?

  26. Steve Price

    Johnny Wyrostek is the W with 225.

    The H was a Reds leadoff hitter who scored 126 runs one year for the Reds.

    He joined the Reds late in 1962 and missed the 1961 World Series and was traded away before the Reds had their 1970 Big Red Machine.

    He was on the Boston Red Sox…who traded him away before making the 1975 World Series.

    He joined the Oakland A’s…after they went to the 1972-73-74 World Series teams…he did get to bat once against the Red Sox in the 1975 American league playoffs.

    Of all the rotten luck….but, he was a star for the Seattle Pilots and Milwaukee Brewers

  27. hoosierdad

    Is it Hardy or Harper? First name Tommy or Johnny? Had a bunch of stolen bases and led the league in like 1967 or 1968? That’s about the time I started paying attention to MLB.

  28. preach

    Not Tommy Harper. I didnt think he was a strikeout guy. He definately played with Boston before their WS. Could it be? Man, I’m feeling old if it is.

  29. Steve Price

    Yes, it’s Tommy Harper…he struck out 127 times with the Reds the year he led the NL with 126 runs scored. His Reds total was 397 strikeouts.

    Pitchers in the top five by letter:

    A: Bronson Arroyo is third
    H: Aaron Harang is fifth
    J: Joey Jay is third
    J: Si Johnson is fifth
    N: Gary Nolan is second
    N: Joe Nuxhall is third
    N: Fred Norman is fourth
    O: Jim O’toole is fourth
    Q: Mel Queen is second
    Q Jack Quinn is third
    R: Eppa Rixey is fifth
    V: Johnny VanderMeer is second
    Y: Earl Yingling is fourth
    Z Pat Zachry is third

    The entire list:

    A Bobby Adams 384
    B Johnny Bench 1278
    C Dave Concepcion 1186
    D Adam Dunn 1212
    E Nick Esasky 581
    F George Foster 972
    G Ken Griffey, Jr. 673
    H Tommy Harper 397
    I Charlie Irwin 17
    J Deron Johnson 386
    K Austin Kearns 412
    L Barry Larkin 817
    M Lee May 597
    N Greasy Neale 272
    O Ron Oester 681
    P Tony Perez 1306
    Q Luis Quinones 117
    R Pete Rose 972
    S Reggie Sanders 777
    T Ed Taubensee 414
    U Bob Usher 103
    V Joey Votto 223
    W Johnny Wyrostek 225
    X No X
    Y Dmitri Young 322
    Z Billy Zitzman 79