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    Reds All Time Best Defense

    Forget the offense. What players that have played for the Reds over the years would make up your best Reds defensive team of all time. Took some liberties with the Outfielders positions as all three were centerfielders.

    Here is mine:

    1B- Frank McCormick
    2B- Brandon Phillips
    SS- Dave Cooncepcion
    3B- Buddy Bell
    OF- Cesar Geronimo
    OF- Eric Davis
    OF- Vada Pinson
    C- Johnny Bench
    P- Don Gullett (A pure athlete)

    2nd Team

    1B- Joey Votto
    2B- Pokey Reese
    SS- Barry Larkin
    3B- Scott Rolen
    OF- Frank Robinson
    OF- Gus Bell
    OF- Edd Roush
    C- Johnny Edwards
    P- Bronson Arroyo

    1st Base is a tough position in Reds defensive History, while 2nd and shortstop have had a plethora of players with great defensive prowess in guys like Brett Boone, Tommy Helms, Joe Morgan, and Ronnie Oester (who may have turned the DP better than any of them) at 2nd, and Roy McMillan and Leo Cardenas at short. Have always heard that Billy Werber was a fantastic 3rd baseman and you can't forget that Pete Rose won two gold gloves in the outfield in '69 and '70. At pitcher, I have always heard that Bucky Walters was a great athlete and fielder.
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    Re: Reds All Time Best Defense

    Hal Chase, of course, had scruples issues, but he developed quite a reputation as the slickest first baseman of his time. He was with the Reds for three years ('16-'18).

    I wasn't aware that Johnny Edwards was that exceptional a defender. Maybe so.

    Bid McPhee has to get some consideration for doing what he did without a glove.

    Personally, I'd take Rolen over Buddy Bell. Rolen has the most dependable arm I've ever seen.

    Good post.

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    I might put Joe Morgan ahead of Phillips. Pokey Reese for sure.

    Also maybe Dan Driessen over Votto at first.
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    Roush almost certainly has to be first team somewhere in the outfield? He could run and had the best arm of his era...
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    Mike Cameron could be in the OF, at least on the 2nd team. And I'd put Reese above BP.
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    Driessen was an excellent defensive 1B.

    I have no idea if McCormick was good defensively or not- serious question- is there any way to judge historical defense (especially going back to Frank's era) other than errors committed and reputation?

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    Great thread idea.
    It's tough to rank players that I never got to see play and it would take a lot of research to give guys such as Frank McCormick, Edd Roush and Roy McMillan their due. Even with regard to guys I watched play, basing my rankings on what I saw and remember, as compared to a sabermetric analysis, has its own shortcomings.
    1B-Joey Votto. Dan Driessen was a fine fielder, but I don't know that he was any better with the glove than Votto and Votto is such a fundamentally sound player I will go with him.
    2B-Pokey Reese. I wasn't crazy about his attitude but he could pick it. I will take him over Brandon Phillips and Joe Morgan, Gold Glovers in their own right.
    SS-Barry Larkin. This is a tough one. I loved Davey Concepcion, but Larkin was another fundamentally sound player who rarely made a mistake anywhere.
    3B-Scott Rolen, narrowly over Buddy Bell.
    OF-Eric Davis. Spectacular.
    OF-Vada Pinson.
    OF-Cesar Geronimo. Boy, would this be an outfield where flyballs would go to die. I wouldn't include either Frank Robinson or Pete Rose on even the second all defense team, as neither one had that good of an arm.
    C-Johnny Bench. Easiest decision to make. Johnny Edwards was very good.
    P-Don Gullett, for the reason Randy stated, but I agree that Bucky Walters almost certainly was terrific.

    Now if we did a "No defense" team we could name Dante Bichette, Alex Johnson......
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    Re: Reds All Time Best Defense

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY View Post
    Forget the offense. What players that have played for the Reds over the years would make up your best Reds defensive team of all time. Took some liberties with the Outfielders positions as all three were centerfielders.

    Here is mine:

    1B- Frank McCormick
    2B- Brandon Phillips
    SS- Dave Cooncepcion
    3B- Buddy Bell
    OF- Cesar Geronimo
    OF- Eric Davis
    OF- Vada Pinson
    C- Johnny Bench
    P- Don Gullett (A pure athlete)

    2nd Team

    1B- Joey Votto
    2B- Pokey Reese
    SS- Barry Larkin
    3B- Scott Rolen
    OF- Frank Robinson
    OF- Gus Bell
    OF- Edd Roush
    C- Johnny Edwards
    P- Bronson Arroyo

    1st Base is a tough position in Reds defensive History, while 2nd and shortstop have had a plethora of players with great defensive prowess in guys like Brett Boone, Tommy Helms, Joe Morgan, and Ronnie Oester (who may have turned the DP better than any of them) at 2nd, and Roy McMillan and Leo Cardenas at short. Have always heard that Billy Werber was a fantastic 3rd baseman and you can't forget that Pete Rose won two gold gloves in the outfield in '69 and '70. At pitcher, I have always heard that Bucky Walters was a great athlete and fielder.
    I pretty much agree. Hard to beat Bench, Phillips, Concepcion and Davis up the middle.

    Just for Grins the worst ever.

    1B - Adam Dunn
    2B - Todd Walker
    3B - Edwin Encanacion
    SS - Jeff Keppinger
    LF - Alex Johnson
    CF - Ken Griffey JR
    RF - Richie Scheinbloom/Wily Mo Pena
    C- Javier Valentin

    I have Pena and Scheinbloom sharing time in RF since neither played here all that much. FWIW, Griffey in CF and RF would be the worst I've seen at 2 positions as would Dunn at 1B and LF (though Yonder Alonso has potential to nose him out in LF as well as EdE at 3B).

    A special mention for 3B. EdE was pretty putrid to finsih ahead of guys like Deron Johnson, Tony Perez and Dan Driessen. The Reds recent Alonso at 3B experiment shows that the Reds value tradition after all. And think, we thought Austin Kearns playing there would have been a bad idea. I'd wager that he'd have been better than all those guys (but far from good for sure). Heck, next to those guys, Pete Rose with hs knock it down and pray I can get throw to 1B style was Brooks Robinson.
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    Here's my 40 years Red fan list:

    1b Driessen not really many good defensive 1b basemen that I can remember. Votto is close to first though.

    2b Phillips He is spectacular every night. I didn't see Resse play that much during his time here but if he was better than Phillips, that was something. Morgan was great too but Phillips has him beat in range.

    SS Concepcion One of the best of all time at his position. No one has come close to him.

    3b Rolen His one year last year was great. I thought he was just a little better than Bell.

    C Bench No brainer here. The best ever not just with the Reds.

    OF Eric Davis Could climb the walls better than anyone else to grab balls headed over the fence. Had great speed with a great arm.

    OF Cesar Geronimo Multiple Gold Gloves, Great arm and great range

    OF Mike Cameron Didn't see him play a lot with the Reds but seen enough of him to know he was outstanding in the OF

    P Don Gullett. Great all around athlete that could field his position as well as anyone.
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    Worst all time - Cesar Hernandez needs to be on there in the OF. His adventures (1993?) were classic, and Gary Burbank (for you locals) had a great collection of Marty callilng Hernandez' gaffes, such as falling down, etc.

    Does Dave Parker's arm merit him a mention for the best? I suppose his range was not great at that part of his career, so maybe not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKFlounder View Post
    Worst all time - Cesar Hernandez needs to be on there in the OF. His adventures (1993?) were classic, and Gary Burbank (for you locals) had a great collection of Marty callilng Hernandez' gaffes, such as falling down, etc.

    Does Dave Parker's arm merit him a mention for the best? I suppose his range was not great at that part of his career, so maybe not.
    I thought about Parker on my first team. He was still good when he was with the Reds. Great arm but had slowed down a lot and I'm sure didn't get to as many balls as he once had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds View Post
    I thought about Parker on my first team. He was still good when he was with the Reds. Great arm but had slowed down a lot and I'm sure didn't get to as many balls as he once had.
    Parker still had the arm but not the range by the time he came to the Reds.
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    Speaking of arms in the outfield, I've not seen a better one in Cinti than Wally Post. I wouldn't have him first team--I like the trio of Davis, Pinson, Geronimo--but I'd give him strong consideration for the second team.

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    Re: Reds All Time Best Defense

    Quote Originally Posted by UKFlounder View Post
    Worst all time - Cesar Hernandez needs to be on there in the OF. His adventures (1993?) were classic, and Gary Burbank (for you locals) had a great collection of Marty callilng Hernandez' gaffes, such as falling down, etc.

    Does Dave Parker's arm merit him a mention for the best? I suppose his range was not great at that part of his career, so maybe not.
    I remember Cesar. He may have been the reason Tony Perez was fired after 44 games. Still not worse than Griffey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    I pretty much agree. Hard to beat Bench, Phillips, Concepcion and Davis up the middle.

    Just for Grins the worst ever.

    1B - Adam Dunn
    2B - Todd Walker
    3B - Edwin Encanacion
    SS - Jeff Keppinger
    LF - Alex Johnson
    CF - Ken Griffey JR
    RF - Richie Scheinbloom/Wily Mo Pena
    C- Javier Valentin

    I have Pena and Scheinbloom sharing time in RF since neither played here all that much. FWIW, Griffey in CF and RF would be the worst I've seen at 2 positions as would Dunn at 1B and LF (though Yonder Alonso has potential to nose him out in LF as well as EdE at 3B).

    A special mention for 3B. EdE was pretty putrid to finsih ahead of guys like Deron Johnson, Tony Perez and Dan Driessen. The Reds recent Alonso at 3B experiment shows that the Reds value tradition after all. And think, we thought Austin Kearns playing there would have been a bad idea. I'd wager that he'd have been better than all those guys (but far from good for sure). Heck, next to those guys, Pete Rose with hs knock it down and pray I can get throw to 1B style was Brooks Robinson.
    Wow. I forgot Kal Daniels. He was worse than everybody.
    "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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