All-time best Reds starting lineup based on WAR

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin / Ron Vesely/GettyImages
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7. Reds greatest starting lineup of all-time: Joey Votto, 1B

Fun fact - Joey Votto has played 67 games, including 64 starts while occupying the No. 7 spot in the batting order. Much as the case is with the aforementioned Barry Larkin, there's just too many all-time greats to find a spot higher in the lineup for Votto.

Votto's career is not yet over, though with the way things are rolling in 2023, this might be the last season in which Reds fans see the former MVP wearing a wishbone "C" on his ball cap. Votto has yet to debut in 2023, and it's the final guaranteed year of his contract.

But if this is Votto's last year in a Reds uniform, what a career it's been. A former catcher, Votto won the 2010 MVP, was robbed of the award in 2017, and has been to six All-Star Games. The biggest thing lacking from Votto's resumé is a deep run in the postseason.

Currently sitting at 64.5 bWAR, Votto ranks behind Larkin, but above the Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. As was discusses earlier, his better defensive statistics give Votto the nod over Tony Perez when it comes to playing first base versus acting as the all-time lineup's designated hitter.

The way Joey Votto played the game has changed many ideas of how baseball will be played going forward. His knowledge of the strike zone and ability to "take" pitches, has become more sought after by front offices as they evaluate talent. While some within the Reds fanbase would prefer to see Votto swing away, his approach will likely lead to a spot in Cooperstown.