The Cincinnati Reds have had some power-hitting stars through the years, but who are the Top 10 sluggers in team history?
The Cincinnati Reds have had some sluggers over the years. Players like Jay Bruce, Dave Parker and even Reggie Sanders rank in the Top 20 all-time in team history. Current star Eugenio Suárez is quickly approaching the Top 10, but isn’t there yet. So who is among the Reds best when it comes to slugging percentage?
Slugging percentage measures the productivity of a hitter. The metric involves a formula, that unlike batting average, puts more value on extra-base hits such as doubles and home runs. While not an actual percentage, slugging percentage gives added value to more productive hits. A double is weighed twice as much as a single, a triple has three times the value and a home run multiples the value of a single by four.
A maximum slugging percentage is capped at 4.000, a number you’ll never see unless a player homers in every single at-bat. However, a few players have momentarily held that number. In fact, 118 major league players have hit a home run in their first at-bat. Clyde Vollmer and Ted Tappe did so while playing for the Reds. Babe Ruth holds the MLB career slugging percentage record of .660.
So, who tops the list of Reds sluggers? There’s sure to be some familiar names on the list as well as a couple surprises. The player currently occupying the top spot may be in jeopardy of losing his place among the Reds greats. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 all-time leaders in slugging percentage in Cincinnati Reds history.