Question: Who is your favorite Reds player since 2010?
Ashley Davis: It’s always been Jay Bruce, since that late September night in 2010. Not only is he responsible for the greatest Reds moment in my lifetime, he hit three home runs in another game I attended. I’ve seen some of his best moments as a Red, and I’m grateful for that. Who’s my favorite current Reds player? That would be a tie between Michael Lorenzen and Joey Votto. Lorenzen is so fun to watch on the mound and at the plate. He also motivates me in my own life. Just go watch his insane off-season workouts on Instagram. Votto, well, what is there to say about the greatest Reds player I’ve ever seen? I love watching his approach at the plate during every at-bat, and he’s got a hilarious personality too. There’s a common thread between these players I’ve chosen as my favorites: all three of them not only are great baseball players, but also have great personalities off the field. I find baseball much more enjoyable when the players can show fans that off the field, they’re like anyone else.
Jeff Gangloff: This is the easiest question of the week I’ve answered so far this year. It’s without a doubt Joey Votto. I grew up watching some pretty poor Reds teams and players and Joey Votto was the first MVP type player I had the pleasure to watch. He is simply the best Reds player of my lifetime. I love Votto’s analytical approach to pretty much everything. You could ask him what his favorite color is and he would give you a well thought out answer. His off the field personality also adds to his likeability. From trolling opposing teams fans to his legendary “Mountie” interview – Joey Votto is truly one of a kind.
Wes Jenkins: I’ll answer this question twice because I have a fun fact answer and a real answer. First, did you know Arthur Rhodes All-Star season was in 2010? Yep, the 40-year-old reliever was my favorite player that year because he was not only was he nails out of the pen but also he had some of the most swagger I’ve ever seen from a ballplayer. Single-earring and goatee all day. But my real answer: Joey Votto. How do you not love Votto? He keeps the game entertaining and for the past few years, he is the only player I will actively count the innings until his next at-bat. Eugenio Suarez has encroached on that mantle nowadays, but Votto is still the favorite.
Bill Lack: My favorite player would be Jay Bruce. His first year in the organization was the first year of RedlegNation and I got the chance to see him play in Sarasota in the Gulf Coast Rookie League and the next year I did a short interview with him in the dugout in Dayton for RN, one of my first ones. Our family was vacationing in Sarasota and got to watch him, and were at the game when he got the call to go to AA (he got pulled from the game and was coaching first and I asked him if he was going up, he nodded). Was also at GABP on the Friday of that first incredible week he had with the Reds. And who will forget the home run he hit to clinch the division in 2010? Jay never became the great player many of us envisioned and hoped he’d become, when he came up, but he had a very good career with the Reds and is still a very productive player today and a future Reds HOFer, IMO.
Jason Linden: Joey Votto. No question. But it’s not just about his play. He’s clearly an introvert and clearly cerebral about what he does. That’s a very rare combo on baseball and one I enjoy. As he’s aged and gotten more comfortable, we’ve been lucky enough to see more of his personality and sense of humor. I’ve yet to see anything from Votto I dislike. In addition to being the best hitter in Reds history, he also seems to be extremely likable. At least from my perspective.