Cincinnati Reds: Top 10 all-time leaders in slugging percentage

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PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 17: A detailed view of a broken bat during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds on June 17, 2014 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

10. Lee May, First baseman (1965-1971)

Nicknamed “The Big Bopper”, Lee May terrorized opposing pitchers for 18 major league seasons. May donned the uniforms of the Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. May was a three-time All-Star, twice (1969 and 1971) during his time with the Redlegs.

May made his major league debut on September 1, 1965 as a pinch hitter. May notched his first major league home run on September 26, 1966 against the New York Mets. The game-winning homer was the first of the 147 long balls that May would hit while calling the Queen City home.

May gained a starting role on the team during the 1967 season, seeing 68 starts at first base and several more in the outfield. May made a name for himself during the 1968 season when he hit 22 homers and knocked in 80 runs. The following year saw May clobber 38 home runs, record 110 RBIs and earn a .529 slugging percentage that would lead the team that year.

The 1971 season was another banner year for Lee May who saw his slugging percentage reach a career-best .532. May made his second All-Star appearance that season and was in the NL MVP conversation, finishing 12th behind eventual winner Joe Torre.

The following season, after viewing future Hall of Famer Tony Perez in the same light as May, the Reds decided to trade their first baseman to the Houston Astros for a package that included another future Hall of Famer, Joe Morgan. The rest is history. May finished his Reds career with a slugging percentage of .490.

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