You may have seen this on BBTN, or if you are like me you saw it linked from another blog because you don't watch BBTN even though it used to be the greatest show on television before they decided to mail it in and market to the lowest common denominator. Anyway, they are doing one of their schticks where they let you the fan vote on the greatest player in an organization and then they'll talk about it on TV. So, it's sort of like you'll be on TV, just like Eric Estrada.
You can vote right here. Your choices are:
Johnny Bench (1967-1983):
Cannon-armed catcher made the All-Star team 13 years in a row.
Dave Concepcion (1970-1988):
Slick defensive shortstop made nine All-Star teams. Hit .357 in the 1976 World Series.
Paul Derringer (1933-1942):
Went 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 1940 World Series win.
Ted Kluszewski (1947-1957):
"Big Klu" mashed 40+ HRs three years in a row. Made four straight All-Star teams.
Barry Larkin (1986-2004):
Made 12 All-Star teams, and won the 1995 MVP award with a .319 BA and 51 steals.
Joe Morgan (1972-1979):
Back-to-back MVP seasons featured .320+ BAs, 114+ BBs, 60+ steals, and 100+ runs.
Tony Perez (1964-1976, 1984-1986):
1652 RBI ranks 25th all-time.
Frank Robinson (1956-1965):
Made six All-Star teams. 586 HRs rank seventh all-time.
Pete Rose (1963-1978, 1984-1986):
Still the all-time leader in hits, games played, and times on base.
Bucky Walters (1938-1948):
Won 20 or more games three times in a row, including 27 in his 1930 MVP season.
How sad is it that the Reds haven't had a pitcher worthy of the discussion in the last 60 years? I think it's a good list, but the kid in me wishes Eric Davis was on there. Anybody else you feel like may have been deserving of consideration? Who is the first person they left off the list? Who would you vote for if this actually meant something? Does anybody still watch BBTN regularly?