Best Cincinnati Reds Ever: George Foster v. Ken Griffey Sr.

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Second Round Matchup No. 3 George Foster v. No. 6 Ken Griffey

The next second round matchup in our “Best Red Ever” tournament features two premier hitters from the Cincinnati Reds’ Big Red Machine.


George Foster’s first round win (91 percent of the vote) over Wally Post in our Best Cincinnati Reds Ever tournament — along with a detailed write-up — can be found here.

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"George Foster didn’t join the Cincinnati Reds until a midseason trade during the 1971 season — and once he did he hardly made a name for himself. But four years later he began to shows glimpses of a future All-Star when he hit .300 with 23 home runs and 78 RBIs.  Foster broke out entirely the following season as a key player for the Big Red Machine.He hit .306 with 29 home runs and a league-leading 121 RBIs making his first of five All-Star appearances and was runner-up to teammate Joe Morgan in the MVP race. Foster one-upped himself in 1977 by winning the MVP award ahead of Greg Luzinskiand future Red Dave Parker. He led the league with 52 home runs — the first Red to eclipse the half-century mark — 149 RBIs, 124 runs, .631 SLG and a 1.013 OPS — and paired it with a .320 average and 61 walks."


— ranks sixth in career home runs (244) with the Reds

— ranks ninth in career RBIs (861) with the Reds

— ranks fourth in career SLG (.514) with the Reds

— ranks seventh in career OPS (.870) for the Reds

— Most Valuable Player winner

— Five-time All-Star

— Two-time World Series champion

— Reds Hall of Fame inductee


Ken Griffey’s win in the first round (73 percent) over Dave Parker — along with a detailed write-up — can be found here.

"Ken Griffey Sr. certainly wasn’t his son, but he was still a three-time All-Star for the Cincinnati Reds from 1973-81. He was a key contributor on the back-to-back World Series champion squads in 75 and 76. His numbers during the playoffs don’t jump off the screen sporting just a .240 average, but he did knock in 11 runs, was a perfect 8 for 8 on steal attempts and struck out just eight times in 20 postseason games.Senior’s regular season numbers are more impressive. While he didn’t have the lethal power-speed combination of his son, Griffey did carry a career .303 average with the Reds with 71 home runs and 156 stolen bases. He had a .370 OBP, had 212 doubles and 63 triples. Outside of raw over-the-fence power, a reasonable case can be made for Senior being the better hitter. He also had two 10-20 seasons as well as a 34 stolen base season in 1976."


— ranks 15th in career batting average (.303) for the Reds

— ranks 18th in career OBP (.370) with the Reds

— ranks 18th in career hits (1,275) with the Reds

— ranks 22nd in career at-bats (4,206) with the Reds

— Reds Hall of Fame inductee

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