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5 Cincinnati Reds records that may never be broken

Reds great Pete Rose's 4,192nd hit at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Reds great Pete Rose's 4,192nd hit at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. / The Enquirer/Michael E. Keating,
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The Cincinnati Reds are one of the most storied franchises in all of baseball. The oldest professional team in all of sports have seen some of the greatest players in the game call the Queen City home over the last 152 seasons.

But which records are unlikely to ever be broken? While the game itself has changed, and that will surely dictate how and when certain records may fall, some are sure to withstand the test of time as well. Let's take a look at five records that will likely never be broken.

1. Pete Rose has 3,358 career hits with the Reds.

Whether he's recognized in Cooperstown or not is irrelevant. Pete Rose is The Hit King and everyone in the city of Cincinnati knows it. Rose, who may never be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame will always hold a special place in the hearts of most Reds fans, and it's highly unlikely that Rose's 3,358 hits while playing in Cincinnati will ever be eclipsed.

Behind Rose on that list is Hall of Famer Barry Larkin with 2,340 hits and Joey Votto is the only active Reds player even within earshot. Votto ranks sixth on that list with 2,027 hits. Even if Votto plays the next three seasons of his career with the Redlegs and matches his career mark of 181 hits that he set in 2016, the six-time All-Star would still fall 788 hits short of Rose.

It was just mentioned that Votto's career-best was 181 hits in a season. Rose surpassed that number in 15 of his 24 major league seasons. Rose led the league in hits seven times and eclipsed 200 hits in a season on 10 different occasions. Last season, Trea Turner led the league in hits with just 195.

With the emphasis in today's game on power over contact, it's hard to see any Reds player ever besting Pete Rose's 3,358 career hits while playing in a Cincinnati uniform. Rest easy, Pete. No one is breaking that record.

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