04/30/2007

Reds to retire #13

From the Hamilton Journal:

The Cincinnati Reds will retire jersey number 13, worn from 1970-88 by shortstop Dave Concepcion, prior to the Reds-Cubs game on Saturday, July 28, at Great American Ball Park.

At its meeting last week, the board of directors of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum voted unanimously to retire the uniform number of the Venezuelan native. Each fan attending the 7:10 p.m. game will receive a commemorative replica of a painting that will be presented to Concepcion that day.

“He was the best shortstop of his era and certainly one of the greatest in the history of our storied franchise,” said Reds president and chief executive officer Bob Castellini. “Number 13 deserves to hang next to the uniform jerseys of Bench and Morgan and Perez.”

Concepcion’s 13 will be the ninth number retired by the Reds, joining Fred Hutchinson’s 1, Johnny Bench’s 5, Joe Morgan’s 8, Sparky Anderson’s 10, Ted Kluszewski’s 18, Frank Robinson’s 20, Tony Perez’ 24 and Jackie Robinson’s 42. Concepcion was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2000.

Concepcion was the best of his era….and a borderline HOFer, in my opinion…but how many uniform numbers do you retire? Where’s the dividing line?

UPDATE: The Reds have changed the date of this ceremony from July 28th to August 25th. July 28th is HOF induction weekend and there were scheduling conflicts with some of Davey’s teammates who attend the HOF induction, so it was re-scheduled.

I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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  1. An honor long overdue. What didn’t the guy do for you? This honor is entirely appropriate and tailor made, given his lack of national attention/overshadowing by Bench and Rose and Morgan. With so much history, it’s amazing more #’s haven’t been retired. Still, the list of players who could/should is pretty short. In my eyes: Larkin-yes, Jr.-Sabo-Morris-Seaver-Rijo-Foster-Browning no (although special mention in the Reds HOF is warranted). Give Dunn another solid 3 years and he’d get my vote.

  2. When I go to the ballpark, I get to look at one of the worst examples of number retirement – this guy – who played all of 605 games (most of it terrible) in the mustard and brown. Guy got his number retired for hitting one big HR in the LCS.

  3. Concepcion is a no-brainer. He was the best shortstop of his era with nearly a 20 year career – all with the Reds.

    I don’t think the dividing line is a big concern. With free agency and high player turnover in today’s games, not nearly as many players will be eligible to have their number retired.

    Plus, the Reds still have 91 numbers to use (if you include 00)!

  4. Looking at the lineup for that game I see Gwynn, Garvey, and Nettles hitting 2 thru 4. Three of my favorite players. That brings back some memories. I loved Steve Garvey, but probably mostly when he was wearing Blue, and of course being a Reds fan, I didn’t want the Dodgers to win anything.

  5. Concepcion was the premier SS of the 70’s.

    AP article

    On the subject of Garvey, I found it amusing when Mr. Clean Cut turned out to be not so clean cut.

  6. I think this is a great idea, and very appropriate. It also guarantees #11 will be retired someday, but that was likely already a foregone conclusion.

    As for the dividing line, I think it’s pretty self-evident. Concepcion is probably the bottom tier of these retired numbers. Other than Rose and Larkin, I’m not sure anyone else would get (or merit) serious consideration.

    Besides, Concepcion was arguably the best SS in either league during his prime, and he spent about 40 years with the Reds. This is a no-brainer, I’d say.

  7. I agree that Concepcion deserved to have his number retired – and that probably Barry Larkin is the only player from the 80s, 90s, through today that will eventually have his number retired.

  8. Was Concepcion so great that no Red can ever wear his number again? I guess so, but if they’ve waited this long the powers that be should have let Larkin go next.

    I’d love to see #44 get retired. He damn near killed himself trying to win the World Series in ’90, he was the best player in baseball from 1986-90, and he had enough great years elsewhere (not to mention the comeback season) to warrant consideration.

  9. It is about time.

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About Bill Lack

I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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