If you want to win, you gotta score runs. The Cincinnati Reds have had a long history of players who’ve racked up plenty of RBIs. Who are the Top 10?
A few stats have become much more popular in today’s game. We hear terms like exit velocity, WAR and OPS+ tossed around about as much as we used to hear batting average and home runs. However, RBIs are still a very useful statistic for measuring the value of a baseball player. Who leads the Cincinnati Reds in all-time runs batted in?
Some of the greatest sluggers in the history of the game have passed through Cincinnati. Edd Roush, Jay Bruce and Adam Dunn racked up the RBIs when they played for the Reds. A few lesser known players like John Reilly, Frank McCormick and Jake Beckley were also among the Top 30 players in team history in RBIs.
An RBI is a statistic that credits a batter for allowing another player to score. A solo home run also counts as an RBI despite not scoring another player because the batter’s big fly allowed him to score on his own. There’s a few odd ways in which a player can add an RBI to his stat line, such as being walked or hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. A sacrifice fly also enables a player to record an RBI.
The most RBIs recorded in a single season belongs to George Foster, who knocked in 149 runs in 1979. Johnny Bench fell on behind during the 1970 season and Ted Kluszewski hit 141 in 1954. Bench, in fact, has three of the Top 10 seasons in team history. But, who has the most RBIs in the 150-year history of the Cincinnati Reds? Let’s find out.