5 Reds players who had success after switching positions

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips
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5. Former Reds second baseman Pete Rose had success everywhere on the field.


The term super utility player is thrown around a lot these days. Perhaps Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose was the greatest super utility player that ever set foot on a major league field. Rose began his major league career at second base, but wound up playing all over the diamond.

There can be no conversation about versatility and position changes without mentioning Rose. During Rose's legendary career, he played six different positions. Shortstop was the only position on the field outside of pitcher and catcher that Rose never played. The 17-time All-Star appeared in over 500 games at five different positions.


Rose, though not enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame, wasn't just one of the best players to ever lace up his cleats for the Cincinnati Reds. Rose remains one of the best players to ever touch a baseball field.

Rose holds the record for the most hits in a major league career (4,256). He won the Rookie of the Year in 1963 while primarily playing second base - though he also saw time in left field. During Rose's 1973 NL MVP season, the Hit King played in the outfield. But, during the Big Red Machine's back-to-back championship run, Rose played third base with a few spot starts in the outfield.

Pete Rose, unlike the other players on this list, made an adjustment to a new position on a regular basis. They don't make players like Rose anymore, from both a talent standpoint and versatility standpoint. Charlie Hustle was one of the best to ever do it.

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