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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5. Reds outfielder Frank Robinson (No. 20)

There are plenty of people who will argue that Frank Robinson was the best player in Cincinnati Reds history. If you're talking about Robinson's entire career, then that conversation definitely deserves consideration.

The fact is, however, Robinson spent only 10 of his 21 major league season in Cincinnati. In one of the worst trades in major leauge history, Robinson was traded to the Baltimore Orioles following his 1965 All-Star season.

One might think that Robinson took umbrage with the decision of Reds owner Bill DeWitt. Robinson turned his 1966 season with Baltimore into an MVP campaign while also winning the Triple Crown. The Orioles also took home the World Series trophy that season, in no small part to the contributions of Robinson.

Robinson's 10 years in the Queen City saw him racked up 324 of his 586 home runs. Robinson went to six All-Star Games in a Reds uniform and also won NL Rookie of the Year and was the National League MVP in 1961.

Frank Robinson is oftentimes cited as a Top 20 player of all-time in the sport. Robinson was a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 1982 and had his No. 20 retired by the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Guardians, and Baltimore Orioles.