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    Which former Reds great would you bring back to help this 2013 team?

    Just a hypothetical game to fool around with. Which former Reds great would you bring back to help this 2013 team? If you could have that player in their prime.

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    Re: Which former Reds great would you bring back to help this 2013 team?

    Johnny Bench. No Contest.
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    Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS

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    Quote Originally Posted by icehole3 View Post
    Just a hypothetical game to fool around with. Which former Reds great would you bring back to help this 2013 team? If you could have that player in their prime.
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    Re: Which former Reds great would you bring back to help this 2013 team?

    Barry Larkin to play SS and hit in the two hole
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    Re: Which former Reds great would you bring back to help this 2013 team?

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    Johnny Bench. No Contest.
    That would be my first thought. Yet Frank Robinson would be right up there too.

    Joe Morgan would probably be the best addition to the lineup, but then you have the whole "who plays 2nd base and what do you do with the other guy" thing.

    Finally, is this in their prime as a Red or in the their prime overall? Junior would actually be my pick if I could have 96/97 Griffey Jr, but those were of course his Seattle days.

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    Larkin
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    Re: Which former Reds great would you bring back to help this 2013 team?

    The difference between Larkin - Cozart is not as much as the difference between Bench - Hanigan/Mez.

    Bench all the way.

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    Sparky Anderson
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    Re: Which former Reds great would you bring back to help this 2013 team?

    Johnny Bench circa 1970 would be my choice I guess....
    But Frank Robinson 1961-62 would sure take care of the hole in left field and look good batting cleanup.....
    Barry Larkin 1995-96 would be quite an upgrade at short and as a number 2 hitter....
    I would be willing to take the defensive limitations to put Tony Perez 1969-70 at third....
    I really like Brandon but Joe Morgan at second would be good...
    Eric Davis 1986-87 would help...
    Tom Seaver 1977, Danny Jackson 1988, Jim Maloney 1963, Bucky Walters 1939...would all be nice fill ins while Cueto is hurting
    Ted Abernathy 1967, Randy Myers 1990 would help the bullpen...

    O.K.-I'll take Bench I guess
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    Re: Which former Reds great would you bring back to help this 2013 team?

    Kevin Mitchell in LF.
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    Re: Which former Reds great would you bring back to help this 2013 team?

    Quote Originally Posted by scott91575 View Post
    That would be my first thought. Yet Frank Robinson would be right up there too.

    Joe Morgan would probably be the best addition to the lineup, but then you have the whole "who plays 2nd base and what do you do with the other guy" thing.

    Finally, is this in their prime as a Red or in the their prime overall? Junior would actually be my pick if I could have 96/97 Griffey Jr, but those were of course his Seattle days.
    I took it as a Red. I just think that Bench of 70 or 72 adding a RH bat to hit 4th with Choo, Votto and Bruce from the left side and second bananas like Phillips, Frazier and Cozart is a bigger upgrade than any other player. Robinson could play LF and fill that offensive hole, but Bench is a bigger upgrade at his position. Actually, my second choice would probably be Eric Davis 1986 to 1989 version.

    Larkin would be a big upgrade, but if you look at it, Cozart is average as SS go and as great as Larkin was, he was a complementary player. Bench was a centerpiece, and the catching tandem has a lot more drawbacks than SS. The better defender has lost his bat and can't really play every day and the offensive guy hasn't really been all that offensive. Replacing them with the greatest catcher in history who hits 40+ HR and fills the clean-up spot seems like the single biggest upgrade this team could have.
    "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH

    Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS

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    Re: Which former Reds great would you bring back to help this 2013 team?

    Oh, it's probably Bench but I think Pete Rose in LF and batting leadoff would help this team in a number of ways...
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    Aroldis chapman 2012
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    Re: Which former Reds great would you bring back to help this 2013 team?

    Hands down, I'd take the 1977 version of George Foster. Those 52 HR's and 149 RBI's and that 1.013 OPS would look good right now.
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