Ranking every Reds player who's had his jersey retired

Cincinnati Reds retiring Pete Rose's No. 14
Cincinnati Reds retiring Pete Rose's No. 14 / Joe Robbins/GettyImages
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1. Reds catcher Johnny Bench (No. 5)

We've arrived at No. 1, and it is, of course, No. 5. Johnny Bench is the probably the most likable of almost any player who's donned a Cincinnati Reds jersey. The greatest catcher of all-time just so happened to spend his entire career in the city of Cincinnati.

Bench was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989 with 96.42-percent of the vote. Bench's career began after being taken in Round 2 of the 1965 MLB Draft. He debuted just two years later at 19 years old.

Bench went to the All-Star Game, won a Gold Glove, and was named Rookie of the Year in 1968. He also placed 16th in the NL MVP voting that season. That was just the beginning for Johnny Bench, as he went on to win a record 10 Gold Gloves for a catcher. Bench also went to 14 All-Star Games and won two NL MVPs.

Bench led the league in home runs on two different occasions and was the RBI champion three times. Bench helped lead the Cincinnati Reds to the 1975 and 1976 World Championship and is the team leader in home runs with 389 round trippers to his credit.

Johnny Bench's No. 5 jersey was retired in 1986. While other catchers have come along since the great Johnny Bench retired, it's highly unlikely that any catcher will ever surpass what he did. During his game at Riverfront Stadium in 1983, Bench smacked a game-tying homer over the left field wall on Johnny Bench Night.

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