Greatest Reds of all Time: #10


I have decided to start a weekly column ranking the ten greatest Reds of all time. Today I start with number 10.

10. George Foster

Foster was a key member of the Big Red Machine that won the world series in 1975 and 1976. In 1971, the Cincinnati Reds acquired Foster from the San Francisco Giants for Frank Duffy and Vern Geishert, according to Baseball America. Foster, feared because of his bat as well as his sideburns, anchored the Reds left field throughout the 70′s.

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
1975 26 CIN NL 134 511 463 71 139 24 4 23 78 2 1 40 73 .300
1976 27 CIN NL 144 627 562 86 172 21 9 29 121 17 3 52 89 .306
1977 28 CIN NL 158 689 615 124 197 31 2 52 149 6 4 61 107 .320
1978 29 CIN NL 158 687 604 97 170 26 7 40 120 4 4 70 138 .281
1979 30 CIN NL 121 505 440 68 133 18 3 30 98 0 2 59 105 .302
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
CIN (11 yrs) 1253 5010 4454 680 1276 207 37 244 861 46 24 470 882 .286
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/3/2010.
George Foster on Sports Illustrated (Photo: Sports Illustrated Archives)

George Foster on Sports Illustrated (Photo: Sports Illustrated Archives)

Foster’s career took off in 1975 after 4 up and down seasons with the Reds. That season he cracked 20 home runs and grabbed a spot in the middle of the Reds lineup. In 1976, he earned his first all-star appearance and led the National league with 121 RBIs.
The next year Foster still managed to get better as he batted .320 while leading the league with 52 home runs and 149 RBI’s. He won his first MVP award and also led the league in slugging, total bases, and OPS.
The next season in 1978, his production continued to the tune of 40 home runs and 120 RBI. Continuing to 1979, he would be an all-star in four straight seasons, and lead the the Reds to a world series victory two of those seasons.
The next three seasons after ’78 he would never hit less than 22 home runs, and he spent part of 11 seasons in a Reds uniform until the Reds traded him in 1982 to the New York Mets. He remains 6th on the Reds home run list and 9th on the all-time RBI list, but more importantly he was one of the winningest players in Reds history.

Next week the countdown continues to #9.

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