Today, the Reds announced the 10 former players appearing on the Modern Player Ballot for induction into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2010. Voting will begin on August 1, 2009 and will run through September 2. Make sure you get your vote in for your favorite former Red. Here’s a OMGreds rundown of the candidates and our thoughts on who’s in and who’s out. Make sure to let us know what you think!
Bret Boone [Stats]
Didn’t get gold gloves he deserved. First season as a Red was nice (.320 in 381 at-bats) and his last as a Red was solid (.266, 24, 95) but he his .233 in ’96 and .223 in ’97. And ’98 was the only year he was even close to driving in 100 runs (highest RBI total otherwise – as a Red – was 69). It’s fun to remember the year he his .331 with 37 homers and 141 RBIs, but he did that with another team. Not in.
Jeff Brantley [Stats]
BARELY meets the minimum requirement of three years as a Red, and although they were three nice years (he led the league in saves with 44 in 1996), he doesn’t get in this year.
Norm Charlton [Stats]
This one’s tricky. His contribution in 1990 is undeniable, and he really had four very solid seasons as a Red. Would take the ball anytime, do whatever you asked him to do. I love the guy … he’s not in my top 3 but gets in when Graves gets in.
John Franco [Stats]
Yes, I know he was a Met more than twice as long as he was a Red. Doesn’t matter. He was DOMINANT during his six seasons here. What other Reds’ closer has been a three-time All-Star and finished 12th in NL MVP voting in six seasons! In 82 innings in 1988, he had a 1.57 ERA and a 1.012 WHIP. Gross. And even though you could argue that Kevin Mitchell’s big years as a Red were about as impressive (sorry for apples to oranges), Franco was a Red quite a bit longer. He gets in.
Danny Graves [Stats]
Yikes. This is honestly a tough call. Definitely had best years as a Red. And aside from one of the worst experiments ever – turning him into a starter (he was 4-15 with a 5.33 ERA in 2003) – he was a very solid closer for parts of seven seasons. He did have 182 saves as a Red (34 more than John Franco) … and did you know he never saved a game for any other big-league team? He’s not one of my three but should get in later.
Kevin Mitchell [Stats]
Didn’t play three whole seasons as a Red, which I thought was a minimum requirement. He raked during his brief time as a Red, without a doubt, but I don’t know that anyone who only had 238 hits in a Reds uniform gets in right now with so many strong candidates. Not in.
Hal Morris [Stats]
No brainer. I wept in ’91 when he was like a hit away from winning the batting title. The guy was just a damn good hitter. I looked at his stats and I couldn’t believe he never had more than 165 hits in a season, but it’s because he never got a ton of at-bats. But look at his batting average as a Red: .340 in 309 at-bats as a rookie, .318 in 478 at-bats in ’91, .317 in 379 at-bats in ’93, .335 in 436 at-bats in ’94, .313 in 528 at-bats in ’96. And his best years were definitely as a Red.Hal is in.
Paul O’Neill [Stats]
Another guy whose numbers as a Red are a little iffy with regard to Hall of Fame consideration. Got a few stolen bases but never a 20/20 season as a Red. Never hit better than .276 (1989) as a Red. And his career batting average was .288, which just goes to show how much better he was as a Yankee. Didn’t even hit 100 home runs as a Red (he had 96). I know many fans here still love him but not with this class, maybe down the road.
Chris Sabo [Stats]
Numbers weren’t unbelievable but he’s got to be in the Reds’ Hall based on three great seasons he had (out of six overall). .271, 11 HR, 40 doubles, 46 stolen bases and only 52 strikeouts as Rookie of the Year in 1988. What a season. .270, 25, 71 with 25 SBs and 95 runs in 1990 and .301, 26, 88 in 1991 (with a .505 slugging percentage). Oh, and he hit .563 (9-for-16) with two homers in the 1990 World Series, overshadowed only by Billy Hatcher’s crazy 9-for-12 effort. In later?
Scott Sullivan [Stats]
Rubber arm. One of the best middle relievers in the game in 1997 and 1999-2001. 3.24 ERA in 97 1/3 innings in ’97. 3.01 in 113 2/3 in 1999 (his best year). 3.47 in 106 1/3 innings in 2000. And 3.31 in 103 1/3 in 2001. I’m a big fan, but we’ve already got three locks for this year, so maybe later.