All-time best Reds starting lineup based on WAR

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9. All-time best Reds starting lineup: Heinie Groh, 3B

Third base was a tough one. When you think of Cincinnati Reds third basemen of year's past, names like Chris Sabo, Scott Rolen, and Todd Frazier come to mind. But you'll have to harken all the way back to the early-1900s in order to find the best third baseman in club history.

A man by the name of Heinie Groh, who actually spent time with the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates as well, is the all-time leader in bWAR (40.7) among third basemen in Reds history.

Groh played second base and shortstop early in career, but eventually made the move to the hot corner, seeing the majority of his playing time there from 1915-1921 with the Reds. In 1917, Groh led the league in hits (182), doubles (39), and on-base percentage (.385).

While not as highly-sought after during his era, Groh's career-OBP was .373. He actually was the throwback version of Joey Votto, leading the league in walks (81) back in 1916. Of course that's a joke, though Groh does rank 12th all-time in team history with 513 career walks.

Heinie Groh isn't a household name among most Reds fans, but that may reveal more about the history of the position itself. The names of other third baseman through the years include the likes of Bobby Adams and Hick Carpenter. Not exactly an All-Star lineup.

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