Valuable Redlegs

I’m still pumped about Joey Votto‘s victory over the evil Albert Pujols (who is not really evil, but it sounds good, doesn’t it?) in the 2010 NL MVP vote. Of course, Votto was not the first Cincinnati player to win the award. The Reds Hall of Fame site has a good article recapping past winners from the Queen City – Ernie Lombardi, Bucky Walters, Frank McCormick, Frank Robinson, Johnny Bench (x2), Pete Rose, Joe Morgan (x2), George Foster, and Barry Larkin.

There was also a former Red in the spotlight this week with Josh Hamilton winning the AL MVP award. That got me to thinking – how many former Reds were MVP winners? Unless I’m missing someone, you have to go all the way back to Frank Robinson in 1966, who won with the Orioles (after taking home the prize with the Reds earlier in his career). Before that you have to go back to Jim Konstanty and his 1950 win with the Phillies.

There are also a number of guys who won an MVP before their time in Cincinnati: Ken Griffey Jr., Terry Pendleton, Kevin Mitchell, Dave Parker, and Don Newcombe among them. And who could forget Rollie Fingers, who was almost a Red, but wouldn’t sign because of the “no facial hair” rule at the time.


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Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on November 24, 2010, in baseball and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You can pump all you want, but here is a pin for that ballon. Any Cincy fan without his head you know where would trade Votto for Puljols in a heartbeat.

  2. There is only a 3-year age difference between the two, and Albert has obviously had a more productive career so far. Based on past performance, yes Albert has the obvious edge. But the future is predictable…either one could go down with a career-threatening injury at any time. They are both pretty even judging by 2010 numbers, and Votto has a great reputation in the Cincinnati area.

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