Re: Cincinnati Reds All-Time Nine: The Best Single Season Performances in Reds Histor
It's ridiculous to not have Rose at 3rd Base. All he did at 3rd Base in 1976 was lead the league in hits (215), runs (130), doubles (42), and hit .323/.404/.450/.854 (his .854 OPS was 5th in the NL that season). His 299 Total Bases were 2nd in the National League that season, one ahead of Foster, but 89 less than the total that Foster had in 1977, as you say, probably the single greatest season ever statistically by and Cincinnati Red.
Or, you can take his 1969 Outfield season where he spent 56 games in CF and 101 games in RF while winning a Gold Glove. He also was 1st in Runs Created, 1st in Batting Average (.348), 1st in Runs Scored (120), 1st in Times-on-Base (311), 2nd in Triples (11), 2nd in Singles, had a .428 OBP, 321 Total Bases, 218 Hits, 7th in OPS (.940), and he knocked in 16 Homeruns.
Though Foster's 1977 season still has to be there. Foster is the only Cincinnati RED to lead the league in RBI's 3 consecutive seasons.
Amazingly, Rose's best season, 1969, and Foster's best season, 1977, were both seasons where the REDS did not make the playoffs. Which once again proves that it's not hitting that wins Championships, but Pitching and Defense.
The acquisition of Rolen was dumb, dumb, dumb.