Cincinnati Reds: Top 5 first basemen over the last 50 years
4. Hal Morris (1990-97, 99-00)
Hal Morris was not originally drafted by the Reds. He was an eighth-round selection in 1986 by the New York Yankees. Morris was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1989 for Tim Leary and Van Snyder. That trade turned out to be pretty good for the Redlegs.
During his first season in Cincinnati, Morris played 80 games at first base and a handful of games in the outfield. He hit .340 with 7 home runs, 36 RBIs and had a .880 OPS in his first season with the Reds.
Morris had an amazing run during the 1990 NLCS. Against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Morris had 5 hits including a double and hit .417 in the series. The success in Championship Series did not translate into the World Series where Morris was 1-for-14 at the plate.
In 1991 Morris hit .318, only one point behind NL-leading Terry Pendleton for the National League hitting title.
The Reds did not re-sign Morris after the 1997 season, however, he returned to Cincinnati in 1999. During his 10 seasons in Cincinnati, Morris played in 1,049 games, hit .305 with 74 home runs and 461 RBIs.