Cincinnati Reds: Top 5 second basemen over the last 50 years
4. Bret Boone (1994-1998)
The Boone family is well known throughout baseball. Bret’s grandfather Ray, his father Bob and his brother Aaron have all played in the Major Leagues. Bret Boone didn’t start his career in Cincinnati, but rather Seattle. However, after just 109 games in the Pacific Northwest, Boone was traded to the Cincinnati Reds.
Aside from 2 starts at third base during the 1994 season, Boone was a fixture at second base for 5 years in Cincinnati. Boone had a shaky start defensively to his career with the Reds, having 12 errors during his first season. However, over the following 3 seasons, Boone committed only 12 errors combined. He earned a Gold Glove for his stellar defense during the 1998 season.
Boone also became an All-Star for the first time in 1998, a distinction he’d garner twice more during his Major League career. He would also earn three more Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers once he left Cincinnati following the 1998 season.
Boone played 5 of his 14 seasons with the Redlegs. He slashed .260/.316/.412 while with the Reds. He also crushed 70 homers and knocked in 346 RBIs.