Ranking the 5 best hitting shortstops in Cincinnati Reds history

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin
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2. Best hitting shortstops in Reds history: Dave Concepcion (1970-1988)

The great, Dave Concepcion played every one of his nearly 2,500 games with the Cincinnati Reds. Concepcion showed the utmost loyalty to the city of Cincinnati, and the fans reciprocated with that same love in return.

While not the biggest name among the Great Eight, Concepcion was an integral piece of the Big Red Machine, and helped lead them to back-to-back World Series titles during his time in Cincinnati.

Concepcion was always known for his glove, but brought home two Silver Slugger Awards and was voted to the All-Star game nine times throughout the 1970s and 80s. Concepcion hit at least .280 in eight different seasons, including the 1987 season in which he hit .319 at 39 years of age.

Though Concepcion wasn't a home run hitter, he tallied over 20 doubles in 11 different seasons. Concepcion even got a Top 5 finish in the NL MVP race in 1981 due to his offensive production. Concepcion remains one of the most underrated offensive players Reds in their history.

Dave Concepcion still remains missing from the National Baseball Hall of Fame; easily one of the Reds best players to not be elected. In 2000, Concepcion was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame and seven years later, his jersey No. 13 was retired by the only ball club he ever played for.