The Modern Player Ballot for induction into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame is out and it includes some of the best players who've ever graced the field at Great American Ball Park.
For those unfamiliar with the process, in order to be eligible for the Modern Player Ballot, a player must have spent at least three seasons in Cincinnati and have been away from the game longer than five years but less than 15.
Bronson Arroyo, Aaron Harang, Scott Rolen, Aaron Boone, and Francisco Cordero are on the ballot this year. All five have had an impact on the Reds franchise, but this vote should really come down to just two individuals.
Bronson Arroyo holds a slight edge over Aaron Harang in Reds Hall of Fame voting.
Let's be honest, while Francisco Cordero, Scott Rolen, and Aaron Boone all had their moments while playing in the Queen City, this vote comes down to the pitching duo of Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo. After so many failed attempts to find a 1-2 punch atop the starting rotation, Harang and Arroyo brought legitimacy back to Cincinnati during the mid-2000s.
If you're a numbers person, a slight edge goes to Arroyo. Over his career, Arroyo spent nine of his 16 big league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. The high-kicking right-hander owned a 108-100 record with an ERA of 4.18 and bWAR of 19.1. Harang went 75-80 in Cincinnati with a 4.54 ERA and a bWAR of 18.2.
More than anything, however, it could the contrast in styles that will likely see Arroyo hold a slight edge over Harang. Arroyo, who was traded from Boston after the Red Sox won the World Series in 2005, brought a fun-loving spirit to the field every day. That high leg-kick and laid-back attitude quickly made Arroyo a fan-favorite.
Harang was more of a blue collar-type of pitcher. The 6-foot-7 right-hander was an imposing presence on the mound and used a six-pitch mix to dominate opposing batters. If Bronson Arroyo was "Joe Cool", then Aaron Harang was "Steady Eddie".
From 2006-2010, these two right-handers were 1A and 1B in the Cincinnati Reds starting rotation. The Reds Hall of Fame voting is comprised of the fanbase, Hall of Fame alumni, and select media.
Adam Dunn was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2018 and longtime radio play-by-play announcer Marty Brenneman was inducted last year. Bronson Arroyo probably gets in over Aaron Harang, but the vote is likely to be very close.