Part of this years gamble is a gamble that Ken Griffey Jr. will produce at the bat better then last year and in the field (hopefully not the middle of it) Coming off his worst OPS since the 80's if Griffey makes it to the plate 300 times this year he'll be the 26th man in Reds history to log that many plate appearances at that age.

The gamble is a big one, especially since he has a long injury history as a Red, he plays a demanding position (or insists on it) and his on base percentage took a hit of mammoth proportions last year.

Here's the list of players in Reds history who topped 300 PA's at age 37 or older. The far right column lists the Runs they created over the average at their position. The good news is a player at age 37 has a greater chance of staying within sight of their peers. The bad news is it gets worse after that and that should include Griffey and any other oldster that compiles too many at bats.

The bottom list is just the men who played outfield.

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CINCINNATI REDS
SEASON
AGE >= 37

AGE                           YEAR     AGE      AVG      OBA      SLG     RC/G     RCAP    
1    Pete Rose                1985       44     .264     .395     .319     4.99       -1   
T2   Barry Larkin             2004       40     .289     .352     .419     4.85        7   
T2   Dummy Hoy                1902       40     .290     .389     .380     6.31        1   
T2   Jake Daubert             1924       40     .281     .331     .368     3.97      -19   
T5   Bid McPhee               1899       39     .279     .360     .370     5.82        8   
T5   Dave Concepcion          1987       39     .319     .377     .384     5.09        2   
T5   Sparky Adams             1934       39     .252     .307     .317     3.71       -3   
T5   Jake Daubert             1923       39     .292     .349     .398     4.75      -14   
T9   Bid McPhee               1898       38     .249     .341     .346     5.12        1   
T9   Edd Roush                1931       38     .271     .308     .338     3.65      -17   
T9   Kiki Cuyler              1937       38     .271     .333     .320     3.67       -9   
T9   Dave Concepcion          1986       38     .260     .314     .344     3.51        0   
T9   Sparky Adams             1933       38     .262     .320     .310     3.58       -9   
T9   Barry Larkin             2002       38     .245     .305     .367     3.66      -10   
T9   Jake Daubert             1922       38     .336     .395     .492     6.66       24   
T16  Bid McPhee               1897       37     .301     .386     .408     6.59        8   
T16  Pete Rose                1978       37     .302     .362     .421     5.70       18   
T16  Kiki Cuyler              1936       37     .326     .380     .453     6.95       28   
T16  Dave Concepcion          1985       37     .252     .314     .330     3.10       -9   
T16  Tommy Leach              1915       37     .224     .338     .275     3.29       -3   
T16  George Crowe             1958       37     .275     .348     .400     5.03      -10   
T16  Tommy Corcoran           1906       37     .207     .242     .249     2.15      -30   
T16  Jake Daubert             1921       37     .306     .341     .399     4.65       -9   
T16  Gee Walker               1945       37     .253     .289     .320     3.22      -22   
T16  Tom Daly                 1903       37     .293     .332     .407     5.34        6  


AGE                           YEAR     AGE      AVG      OBA      SLG     RC/G     RCAP    
1    Dummy Hoy                1902       40     .290     .389     .380     6.31        1   
T2   Edd Roush                1931       38     .271     .308     .338     3.65      -17   
T2   Kiki Cuyler              1937       38     .271     .333     .320     3.67       -9   
T4   Kiki Cuyler              1936       37     .326     .380     .453     6.95       28   
T4   Tommy Leach              1915       37     .224     .338     .275     3.29       -3   
T4   Gee Walker               1945       37     .253     .289     .320     3.22      -22