Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Reds all-decade team for the 1990's


Since we're currently nestled in between that terrible period between last season and next, and since there isn't much else to write about that is Reds-related I've decided to put together a list of the best Reds players from the 1990's. I have compiled a full, 25-man roster in which I feel to be the best collection of Cincinnati players to wear the red and white during the years of 1990-1999. The criteria I used to make these selections were simple: A player was chosen for their amount of productivity with the team in addition to their length of service to the organization. Beside each player's name I've listed their years spent with the team, as well as their notable statistics/achievements they accumulated DURING those years as members of the Reds.

The 1990's brought us several great players, teams and moments during the era. We had the 1990 wire-to-wire season that brought the Redlegs the franchise's fifth World Series Championship, we had a great playoff run in 1995 before falling to eventual W.S. Champion Atlanta, we had the Nasty Boys, we had the '99 team that won 96 games but fell just short of making the postseason, and we had the privilege of watching a hometown hero and one of the greatest shortstop's to ever lace 'em up.

Without further adieu, here is the unveiling of that glorious roster:

Redlegs Review Reds All-Decade Team ('90-'99)
C Eddie Taubensee ('94-'00) .289 BA, 71 HR's, 306 RBI's, 322 runs scored
1B Hal Morris ('90-'97, '99-'00) .306 BA, 72 HR's, 455 RBI's, 3rd in Rookie of the Year voting in '90
2B Bret Boone ('94-'98) All-Star, Gold-Glover, .277 BA, 143 HR's, 535 RBI's, 467 RS, led all NL second basemen in fielding percentage ('95-'97)
SS Barry Larkin ('86-'04) NL MVP ('95), 8X All-Star, .303 BA, 137 HR's, 639 RBI's, 266 SB's, 7X Silver-Slugger, 3X Gold-Glover, Roberto Clemente Award in '93, earned moniker "The Captain", National Baseball HOF inductee (Class of 2012)
3B Chris Sabo ('88-'93, '96) 2X All-Star, .271 BA, 87 HR's, 300 RBI's, 132 doubles, led all NL third basemen in fielding percentage in '90 (.966)
LF Kevin Mitchell ('94-'94, '96) .332 BA, 55 HR's, 50 2B's, 131 RS, 167 RBI's, .631 SLG, 1.045 OPS
CF Reggie Sanders ('91-'98) All-Star, .271 BA, 125 HR's, 431 RBI's, 158 SB's, 4th in Rookie of the Year voting in '92
RF Paul O'Neill ('85-'92) All-Star, .257 BA, 58 HR's, 235 RBI's, 189 RS, hit .471 in 1990 NLCS, nicknamed "The Warrior"

BENCH
Dmitri Young ('98-'01) .307 BA, 28 HR's, 139 RBI's, 78 doubles, nicknamed "Da Meat Hook"
Sean Casey ('98-'05) All-Star, .311 BA, 32 HR's, 151 RBI's, nicknamed "The Mayor"
Eric Davis ('84-'91, '96) .264 BA, 61 HR's, 202 RBI's, 58 SB's, aka "Eric the Red", 1996 NL Comeback Player of the Year, Roberto Clemente Award in '97
Willie Greene ('92-'98) .250 BA, 63 HR's, 224 RBI's, 190 runs scored

Honorable mentions go to: Bip Roberts, Greg Vaughn, Joe Oliver, Deion Sanders, and Pokey Reese.

STARTING ROTATION
SP Jose Rijo ('88-'95, '01-'02) All-Star, 72-43 record, 2.74 ERA, 1,111 IP, led NL in strikeouts in '93 (227), 4th in Cy Young Award voting in '91, 1990 World Series MVP
SP Tom Browning ('84-'94) All-Star, 45-36 record, 4.26 ERA, 699 2/3 IP, 1st in NL in games started in '90 (35), nicknamed "Mr. Perfect"
SP Pete Shourek ('94-'97) 34-22 record, 4.27 ERA, 432 2/3 IP, 2nd in Cy Young Award voting in '95
SP Pete Harnish ('98-'01) 30-17 record, 3.40 ERA, 407 1/3 IP, 4 CG, 3 SHO
SP John Smiley ('93-'97) All-Star, 48-48 record, 4.16 ERA, 775 1/3 IP, 561 strikeouts

BULLPEN
RHP Scott Sullivan ('95-'03) 15-12 record, 3.84 ERA, 215 appearances, 324 2/3 IP
RHP Brett Tomko ('97-'99) 29-26 record, 4.35 ERA, 508 2/3 IP, 389 K's
RHP Scott Williamson ('99-'03) All-Star, 12-8 record, 2.41 ERA, 19 saves, 62 appearances, '99 NL Rookie of the Year
RHP Danny Graves ('97-'05) 10-8 record, 3.39 ERA, 35 saves, 147 appearances, earned moniker "Baby-faced Assassin"
LHP Norm Charlton ('88-'92, '00) All-Star, 19-16 record, 2.85 ERA, 29 saves, 339 IP, aka "The Sheriff"
LHP Gabe White ('97-'00, '02-'04) 8-9 record, 4.22 ERA, 131 appearances, 200 2/3 IP
SU Jeff Brantley ('94-'97) 11-11 record, 2.64 ERA, 88 saves, 185 appearances, aka "The Cowboy"
CL Rob Dibble ('88-93) 2X All-Star, 15-17 record, 3.14 ERA, 86 saves, 243 appearances, 292 1/3 IP, nicknamed "Nasty Boy"

Honorable mentions go to: Randy Myers, Jack Armstrong, Dave Burba, and Steve Parris.

Thoughts???

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