Fandom 250: Will the Cincinnati Reds make the cut this year?

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 1: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds signs autographs for fans before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 1, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 1: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds signs autographs for fans before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 1, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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Good morning Cincinnati Reds fans, tomorrow FanSided will release Fandom 250, a ranking of the top 250 fanbases in all of sports, entertainment, celebrities, and more. Will Reds Country make the cut this year?

Every year FanSided releases its Fandom 250, a list of the top 250 fandoms from sports, entertainment, brands, celebrities, and more. Last year, the Cincinnati Reds fans were left off the list. Will Reds Country make the cut this year?

In 2017, the Cincinnati Reds were nowhere to be found on Fandom 250. That shouldn’t come as a giant surprise, as the Reds had just finished their second consecutive season of 94 losses and their fourth straight season losing 90-plus games.

The Reds attendance has seen a steady decline since the 2013 season in which Cincinnati was bounced from the postseason after a 6-2 loss in the Wild Card Game to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Of the Top 12 stars on that 2013 team, only 2 are left on the Reds as we head into the 2018 offseason. Chances are, most fans wish it was only one.

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  • That’s right, Homer Bailey and Joey Votto are the only players from the 2013 season left on the Cincinnati Reds roster. Gone are Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Mike Leake, Shin-Soo Choo, Brandon Phillips, and Aroldis Chapman. Now, while so many faces in the Reds organization have changed in the last 5 years, several of Cincinnati’s new crop should give fans hope for the future.

    Last season saw Eugenio Suárez sign a 7-year/ $66-million contract and make his first All-Star Game. Hometown hero, Scooter Gennett, was in a race for the NL batting title until the final week and is looking to sign an extension this offseason. Also, promising top prospect Nick Senzel is poised to make the leap to the big leagues this year.

    The Reds have a Top 10 farm system, so reinforcements are coming. Also, let’s not forget that Cincinnati is home to the G.O.A.T. Joey Votto will return to the Reds dugout in 2019 and with the Reds promising to improve their starting pitching, the future looking bright for the Cincinnati Reds.

    I know you’re not going to want to hear this Reds Country, but the Chicago Cubs fans were selected as the best fans in baseball last year according to Fandom 250. I know, I know, I don’t like it either. To make matters worse, St. Louis Cardinal fans ranked in the Top 5 of MLB and No. 72 overall.

    Now, it’s understandable given the state of the franchise lately, that Reds fans would be a bit jaded after so many consecutive losing seasons. But, c’mon Reds Country! Baseball was born in Cincinnati. We’re the home of the nation’s first professional baseball team. We’ve had players like Rose, and Bench, and Larkin, and Nuxhall, and Kluszewski, and Morgan. We are Reds Country.

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    So while it’s a long shot that Reds fans will make Fandom 250’s Ultimate Fan List this season, we sure as heck can make some noise in 2019. Here’s to the future of Reds Country! Let’s get the pitching and show the world why the best fans in baseball cheer for the Cincinnati Reds. Go Reds!