The Cincinnati Reds have a very storied tradition of sluggers throughout the franchise’s history. These 10 players top the Reds record books in homers.
The Cincinnati Reds have historically had some of the greatest hitters in baseball lace ’em up for their franchise. The Hit King himself spent a great deal of time in the Queen City. But, Cincinnati has also been home to some of the great power hitters of their generation.
The Cincinnati Reds have been in existence for 150 years. In 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became baseball’s all-professional team, with ten salaried players. The team later became a charter member of the American Association in 1882 and joined the National League in 1890.
Over those 150 years, the Cincinnati Reds have seen some great power hitters launching moon shots into the Cincinnati sky. Let’s take a look at the 10 greatest home run hitters in franchise history.
10. Eric Davis
Eric Davis was 21-years old when he made his Major League debut with the Cincinnati Reds on May 19, 1984. “Eric The Red” played 57 games during his rookie season and hit 10 home runs while only batting .224 in 174 at-bats that season.
The following season saw Davis only knock 8 roundtrippers over the wall, as Davis only made an appearance in 56 games during the 1985. However, in 1986, Davis made his presence known on the big stage. He slugged 27 homers while hitting .277 with a .901 OPS.
Davis made even more noise the following season, slashing .293/.399/.593 with 37 home runs and 100 RBIs. Davis earned his first trip to the All-Star Game, won a Gold Glove, and a Silver Slugger. Over the next three seasons in the Queen City, Davis racked up 84 homers and a .505 slugging percentage.
Davis was, of course, a vital piece to the Reds team that went wire-to-wire in 1990 and upset the Oakland Athletics in a sweep to become World Champions. Davis, unfortunately, was injured during the World Series and was not on the field during the celebration after the Game 4 victory.
Davis’ career took a downward turn after the 1990 season. He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1991 and later traded from LA to Detroit in 1993. Davis had a successful return to Cincinnati in 1996, hitting 26 home runs that season with the Reds. Davis saw his last Major League action in San Francisco in 2001.
Eric Davis finished his Reds’ career with 203 home runs during a career that spanned 9 seasons. For his entire MLB career, Davis hammered 282 homers and 932 RBIs. Eric Davis was a fan favorite in Cincinnati and one of the best sluggers the franchise has ever seen.