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Thread: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

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    Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    What if you could bring back any Reds player's season and put him on this current team, who would it be? I'll make it easier, name one pitcher and one hitter.

    I'll go with Barry Larkin's 1996 season as my choice for hitter. Yeah he won the MVP in 1995 but his 1996 season was even better as he became the first 30/30 shortstop in major league history (33 HR/36 SB) and hit .298/.410/.567 - .977 OPS and won a Gold Glove. I was tempted to go with Eric Davis's 1987 season in CF or Johnny Bench's 1972 season behind the plate but I felt shortstop was the biggest need. That combination of offense/defense at SS would make the Reds the clear favorites in the NL Central this season.

    My pitcher would be Mario Soto's 1983 season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA in 273.2 innings with a 95 BB/242 K ratio and an ERA+ of 140. This addition would give the Reds a bonafide ace at the top of the rotation. I also strongly considered Jose Rijo's 1993 season and Tom Seaver's 1978 season.

    Adding two talents like Barry Larkin and Mario Soto would surely put this team in the playoffs and probably the World Series.

    Who would you pick?
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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    Frank Robinson's 1962 season would look awfully good in RF or LF.

    Cy Semour's 1905 CF season would look great as well.

    But I'd go with Larkin. Biggest difference between what could be and what is.
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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    Yeah, Larkin in a landslide.
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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    Larkin in 1995 or 1996 is the obvious choice if you're going straight up position to position. That would take care of the shortstop problem. One may also consider Cy Seymour in 1905 or Edd Roush in 1919 for center field.

    If I were allowed to cheat a little bit, though, I'd probably take Joe Morgan in 1975 or 1976 and just move Phillips to shortstop.

    For pitching, give me Dolf Luque's 201 ERA+ in 1923 (finished second in NL in IP too).
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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone792 View Post

    If I were allowed to cheat a little bit, though, I'd probably take Joe Morgan in 1975 or 1976 and just move Phillips to shortstop.

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    I was thinking the same thing about Morgan.

    I would go with Bench in 70'. Had he played that season at GABP he would have challenged 61' HR's easy and no one but no one would be stealing off him.
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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    I would go with Bench and his 1970 or 1972 season. He could handle the pitching staff and make a huge difference in that regard too.
    Soto's 83 season. When he was on top of his game he was as good as anyone.
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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    Larkin and Bench were my immediate thoughts, but I sure would like to have a 1962 Frank Robinson in LF. Played every day while hitting .342/.421/.624, good for 8.5 WAR.
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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    This team could use a good LH starter, Noodles Hahn would help.

    I'd also take Ted Abernathy's 1967 season

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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    If you want to shore up the bullpen, how about Scott Sullivan circa 1999?
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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    If you want to shore up the bullpen, how about Scott Sullivan circa 1999?
    Thought of that too, but Abernathy was amazing that year with an ERA + of 299

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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    If you want to shore up the bullpen, how about Scott Sullivan circa 1999?
    Maybe John Franco 1988.
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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    I'll put 1977 George Foster in the mix. That would solve our need for a righty power bat in a hurry. 52 homers and a 1.013 OPS.

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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    Like Franco. Any votes for Foster?

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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    Larkin at SS or Bench at C make the most sense. Very hard to ignore 2B Joe Morgan in 1975.

    But I'd like to give a shout-out to 1977 George Foster in LF, 1963 Jim Maloney at pitcher, 1991 Jose Rijo at P, and 1954 Ted Kluzewski at 1B.

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    Re: Interesting thread on Sun Deck: What if?

    Foster was my first thought, not a huge defensive lift but he might hit a few HR's in GABP
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