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3. Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson was the first player to win the MVP Award in both leagues, and while he was a major force in the Baltimore Orioles push to their first World Series Title, he was actually a better player during the ten seasons he was a Cincinnati Red.

Our Top 50 All-Time Cincinnati Reds are now up

Again, did we ever say this would be fast?

We here at have completed our next all-time top 50, this time that of the Cincinnati Reds.

As for all of our top 50 players in baseball we look at the following:

  1. 1. Sabremetric tallies while with that team, mostly WAR.
  1. 2. Traditional metrics and how they finished in their respective league overall.
  1. 3. Playoff accomplishment.
  1. 4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

Saying all of that, as.

The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in our news. They are:

  1. 1. Pete Rose
  1. 2. Johnny Bench
  1. 3. Frank Robinson
  1. 4. Joe Morgan
  1. 5. Barry Larkin

This is a solid top five with four Hall of Famers and one who should be.

So which team is up next?

We go back to the ice and look at the top 50 Dallas Stars of all time.

Look for that in a couple of months.

As always, we here at thank you for your support.

RIP: Frank Robinson

It is a tragic day in the world of Major League Baseball as Hall of Fame legend Frank Robinson passed away today at the age of 83.

Robinson would debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 1956 where he was named the National League Rookie of the Year and was the league leader in Runs Scored.  Robinson could do it all, hit for average, power and was good with his glove.  In his ten seasons with the Reds, Robinson would lead the NL in Slugging three times, was a six time All Star and was the 1961 National League MVP.

He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles where in his first season there (1966) he would blast a career high 49 Home Runs and would sweep the Slash Line and win the American League MVP making him the first player to win the MVP in both the NL and AL. He would also take the Orioles to their first World Series win since the relocation from St. Louis.  Robinson would again take the Orioles to a World Series win in 1970.  He would finish his playing career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels and Cleveland Indians.  He would finish with 2,943 Hits and 586 Home Runs.

In 1975, while he was still playing for the Indians, he would become the first African-American Manager.  Robinson would later manage the San Francisco Giants (1981-84), Baltimore Orioles (1988-89) and Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals (2002-06).   

He would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 on his first year of eligibility.  The Indians, Reds and Orioles have all retired his #20 and all three franchises have a bronze statue erected in his honor at their respective stadiums.

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Frank Robinson.

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