Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Reds announce 2014 Hall of Fame class


In what has been a busy Tuesday for the Reds, the team has revealed its 2014 Hall of Fame class. The announcement was made on the Reds Hot Stove League radio program, hosted live by Thom and Marty Brennaman at the Holy Grail Banks.

The Reds also confirmed the Hall of Fame inductees on their official Twitter account within minutes of the announcement made live on the air.

Ken Griffey Jr., Dave Parker, and Ron Oester will join the late Jake Beckley as the four members gaining induction into the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum come 2014.

Griffey earned the vote over John Franco, Danny Graves, Jeff Brantley, and Reggie Sanders, while Parker, Oester, and Beckley were voted in by the Veterans Committee.

Junior's nine years with the Reds were far from what he or the franchise had hoped for, but he still managed to hit .270 with 201 home runs and 602 RBI during an injury-plagued stint with his hometown team.

Parker spent four seasons in a Reds uniform after making a name for himself with the Pirates. His crowning moment as a Red came in 1985 when he finished second in Most Valuable Player voting.

Oester spent his whole career with the Reds, which totaled 13 seasons, where he posted a .265 average. He returned in 1993 and then again in 1997-2001 as a member of the coaching staff.

Each will formally be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of a ceremonial weekend during a home series at Great American Ball Park in 2014.

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