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    Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    He's the Reds' all time saves leader, but when you think of great Reds closers, does the name Danny Graves come to mind?
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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    Simply because he flamed out in the end, doesn't take anything away from how good he was when he was on top.
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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    The numbers say that Danny belongs in that pantheon. It'll take a while longer for the bridges he burned in Cincinnati to quit smoldering. Once that happens, history should view him more kindly. Give it another 10 years.
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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    I think you have to be more consistant over an entire career to deserve that honor.
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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    Graves in his 'prime' was a competent middle reliever who was the Reds 'closer' due to lack of anyone better. If this gets you into the Reds Hall of Fame then we must truly be bad.
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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Will M View Post
    Graves in his 'prime' was a competent middle reliever who was the Reds 'closer' due to lack of anyone better. If this gets you into the Reds Hall of Fame then we must truly be bad.
    I voted "no" but quite frankly, if Cesar Geronimo is a HoF'er, then Danny Graves probably is, too.

    The bar has been set very low.

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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    I voted yes, although the time period is certainly a factor. He was a pretty good pitcher until the disastrous attempt at turning him into a starting pitcher.

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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted View Post
    The numbers say that Danny belongs in that pantheon. It'll take a while longer for the bridges he burned in Cincinnati to quit smoldering. Once that happens, history should view him more kindly. Give it another 10 years.

    I pretty much agree. Had he handled his exit with a bit more class, he'd be a lock, IMO. Saves is a stat Cincy fans tend to value pretty high, so I'd imagine the fans would have voted him in on their ballot. Maybe not now, though.
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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    They didn't call him the "Baby Faced Assassin" when he came into a game because he lacked skill, the guy was LIGHTS OUT for a few years.

    He got messed up when he went to the rotation, then he got frustrated, none of that takes anything away from what he accomplished before that time.
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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    The bar is set low for the Reds HoF, I hate to admit that. There should be a handful of members, but thats a rant for another time.

    Graves should be however. He did his job better than anyone else as a Red, its not his fault the teams were bad.

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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    Should a former dominant closer be judged so harsh for his latter failures?

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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    5 solid years as a good closer simply doesn't put in you the Reds HOF in my book. Graves had some nice seasons, but he wasn't dominant - a 3.50 ERA and 1.30 WHIP is merely good for a reliever. You want dominant, look at Rob Dibble's first 5 years. The Reds history can be written without Danny Graves and nobody would really notice the omission.
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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Will M View Post
    Graves in his 'prime' was a competent middle reliever who was the Reds 'closer' due to lack of anyone better. If this gets you into the Reds Hall of Fame then we must truly be bad.

    That exactly what I was going to post. He was miscast as a closer. He certainly isn't deserving of the Reds HOF, IMO.

    And I'm with Rick, he was never lights out or dominant in any season, let alone over a period of seasons.
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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    Also, it wasn't like he was this really good closer who suddenly got thrust into the rotation. He was converted to a starter because he wasn't getting the job done in the bullpen. Then, when it became apparent that he wasn't getting the job done in the rotation either, he was moved back to the pen, where he could do less damage.
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    Re: Is Danny Graves a Reds hall of famer?

    Sure, he was decent on some bad teams.
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