Friday, January 20, 2012

Top 10 Sluggers in Reds History


In the game of baseball, there may not be a single play more exciting than witnessing a homerun. One crack of the bat can send a dull crowd into a raucious frenzy in a matter of seconds. And while modern day players aren't knocking 'em out of the yard at the pace of players from 15 years ago (thanks largely to extensive PED testing), it's still a treat to see the ole' cowhide go screaming over the fence.

With this in mind, here are 10 former Reds who knew all too well about the longball -- they comprise the list of the Top 10 Sluggers in Reds History (most career homers as a Red):

10) Vada Pinson 186
9) Barry Larkin 198
8) Eric Davis 203
7) Ken Griffey Jr. 210
6) George Foster 244
5) Ted Kluzsewki 251
4) Adam Dunn 270
3) Tony Perez 287
2) Frank Robinson 324
1) Johnny Bench 389


Not only has Bench hit more homeruns (by far) than any player in team history, he did so while playing the toughest position in baseball, making it all the more impressive, in my mind. The HOFer revolutioned the catching position, insisting that backstops could not only provide good defense and heady play, but offensive prowess as well.

As it stands today, only Mike Piazza boasts more career homeruns as a catcher (427) in MLB history than Bench.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

J B WAS THE BEST ALL AROUND CATCHER EVER TO PLAY THE GAME. POWER, COMBINED WITH A GOALY MENTALITY BEHIND THE PLATE, AND A CANNON OF AN ARM