Voting has begun for the Reds Hall of Fame class of 2012. You can vote up to 25 times per email address right here, or infinity times in person at GABP. Have fun counting those, HALL OF FAME!
The fans will be voting on the Modern Player ballot, consisting of eight former Reds, all who have played in Cincinnati within the last 13 years:
- Jeff Brantley
- Sean Casey
- John Franco
- Danny Graves
- Hal Morris
- Paul O’Neill
- Reggie Sanders
- Scott Sullivan
In addition to the Modern Player ballot, Reds Hall of Fame’s Veterans Committee will be selecting additional candidates for the class of 2012. Those candidates’ careers would have wrapped-up more than 13 years ago. More on all that on the Hall of Fame’s website.
We all have our opinions of who should be in the Reds Hall of Fame, right? This is where we tell you all about ours. You can let us know what you think in the comments area… but we don’t guarantee that we actually read those, let alone take them seriously. Try us anyways. What the heck, right?
While you’re at it, these were our picks for the last Reds Hall of Fame class that was voted on in 2009.
Okay, he’s what we’ve got for 2012…
Jeff Brantley, but ONLY if he’s willing to consume a heaping bowl of UDF Homemade ice cream WHILE he’s giving his speech during the induction gala AND if he can somehow work “Oh, Billy, Billy, Billy, Billy” into his speech as well.
Hal Morris: This is a no-brainer, as he was my favorite Reds player of the ’90s. I’m totally biased, but in my mind it’s kind of a joke that he’s not ALREADY in the Reds Hall of Fame and it kind of bothers me that the Reds even allow anyone to wear No. 23 (though it looks good on Alonso). In my mind, Hal had 200 hits per season for about five or six consecutive seasons as a Red (even though I’m fully aware he never had a season with more than 165, and he only had 146 the year he came oh so close to winning the batting title). Anyway, what a beautiful stroke he had, and he was an integral part of the ’90 and ’95 teams.
Sean Casey: Another no-brainer. Plus, he’s going to get in this time so why fight it. Not that he’s not deserving, right? I mean all the guy did was hit .305 over eight seasons as a Red. Three-oh-friggin-five!
If Brantley won’t eat the ice cream AND say “Billy, Billy, Billy” during his speech, I’ll take John Franco. Don’t care if he pitched twice as long for the Mets as he did for the Reds and racked up almost twice as many saves. Doesn’t matter. His numbers for the Reds were filthy and he’s deserving.
Hal Morris: Like Dave said, a total no brainer. Huge cog in the 90/95 playoff teams.
Sean Casey: The Mayor’s gotta be in. But, he loses a few points in my book for being a total spaz as a broadcaster this season…but I can chalk that up to inexperience and nervousness, which he’ll surely overcome and probably end up be pretty good. I loved Casey’s enthusiasm as a player, but some of the games he’s done this year for FoxSports have been hard to watch. I get it, Sean, you LOVE Skyline Chili. But honestly, I think maybe the reason I don’t like him in the booth is because he sounds like what I would probably sound like if I were in the booth calling a game…getting way too excited, and talking about Skyline all the time.
Paul O’Neill: I actually think Franco deserves it more, but I gotta vote for O’Neill for two reasons: a) I wanna see a bronze statue somewhere of him kicking that ball in from right field, and b) his work on Seinfeld. Which yes, he was with the Yankees then, but whatever.
Sean Casey: I might just only vote for The Mayor to save you and me all the trouble. He’s in. For sure. Write the check, cash it and let it rain!
Seriously though, there is no doubt that Sean has the stats to be a lock for the Reds Hall of Fame. On top of that, he was the heart and soul of the Reds during most of his eight seasons in Cincinnati. Then throw in all that he has done for this community through charity work and sprinkle in how he treated the fans of this great baseball city and you have a legend that needs a statue on Crosley Terrace. He was The Mayor. THE MAYOR. Mark Mallory can barely claim that.
If Sean Casey is not standing on that podium at the Duke Energy center next to Randy Myers and his camouflage sport coat, it will stand as proof that… that… um… er… that… uh… that something is really wrong with this world.
If I did have to pick two more, I’d go with Hal Morris and John Franco. Hal because that dude could flat-out HIT. John Franco just because he was a favorite of mine when I was growing up. Though his trade to the Mets help set up the Nasty Boys, I was a pretty bummed out kid when it happened. You can’t rewrite history, but you could wonder what might have been if he would have stayed in Cincy. Maybe it was for the best.
Speaking of what-ifs, if Danny Graves wouldn’t have been so mis-handled (remember his conversion to a starter?) and his career wouldn’t have flamed out so quickly, I really think he would have garnered some serious consideration. When he was on, it was fun to watch. When he was off… well, yeah… haha. He certainly will go into the Reds Tattoo Hall of Fame.