Re: 10 Most Lopsided Trades in the Reds' Favor
Yeah, the Foster Duffy deal and the Morgan mega deal might be there among the all-time deals in MLB history too.
Giving up a little needed MI (and I believe there was another warm body) for a young corner OF who turned out to have monstrous power was amazing. It really put the finishing touches on the BRM allowing Rose to move to third base. Don't know whether it was dumb luck or sheer brilliance, but knowing Bob Howsam, I'd lean heavily toward the latter.
3B Pete Rose
RF Ken Griffey
2B Joe Morgan
1B Tony Perez
CA Johnny Bench
RF George Foster
SS Davey Concepcion
CF Cesar Geronimo
That may have been as perfectly balanced a lineup as there has been in my lifetime - especially before free agancy really took off.
Speed at the top, power throughout and decent solid OBP as well. Not to mention that all four of their core defenders up the middle Bench, Morgan, Concepcion and Geronimo won four gold gloves 1974-77.
I get kind of disgusted sometimes by the gulf in baseball between the haves and havenots. I think about how fortunate I was though to have been able to enjoy the 1975 & 76 season and it takes some of the sting away.
When you go back an look at the difference between the statistics then and now its a little mind-blowing - even the oft-forgotten pitching - Staff ERAs sub 3.50 both years, six starters winning 10 games or better both seasons, shutdown relievers from top to bottom - Mercy!
Last edited by corkedbat; 01-15-2011 at 03:08 AM.