Here at Redleg Nation, we’re very happy that the Reds are going to honor former shortstop Davey Concepcion by retiring his number 13 tonight.

Wasn’t Concepcion a fun player to watch? He was always one of my favorite Reds as a kid, and he remains one of my all-time favorites. It would be nice to have a shortstop of his caliber on today’s team.

As Reds fans, until the last couple of years, we’ve been really spoiled by the shortstop position. For three decades, the Reds had two shortstops — Concepcion and Barry Larkin, whose number needs to be retired next — who were widely considered elite players at that demanding position. Not many other organizations can claim that, at any position.

So congratulations to Davey Concepcion. He’s earned all the recognition he’s going to receive tonight. I look forward to watching the ceremony.

4 Responses

  1. The Mad Hatter

    Wish I could be there. Davey has been and will be one of my favorite Reds

  2. Chris

    Alex Gonzales is likely to be the first regular Reds shortstop not to make an all-star game (as a Red), since something like WWII.

    Let’s see:
    Felipe Lopez 2005-06 (AS ’05)
    Barry Larkin 1986-2004 (12 games)
    Dave Concepcion 1970-85 (9 games)
    Woody Woodard 1969 (NO AS GAMES)
    Leo Cardenas 1962-68 (AS 64-66, ’68)
    Eddie Kasko 1959-61 (AS ’61)
    Roy McMillan 1952-60 (AS ’56-57)
    Red Stallcup 1948-51 (NO AS GAMES)
    Eddie Miller 1943-47 (AS 43-44, 47)

    Shortstop has really been an incredible position for the Reds. Larkin and Concepcion were HOF-caliber players. Cardenas and McMillan were decent hitters for their eras, and Eddie Miller…well, I can’t figure out how a guy who “hits” .224 .271 .293 finishes 10th in MVP voting, even during WWII.

  3. Y-City Jim

    Especially during WWII since he is facing low caliber pitching.

  4. Y-City Jim

    The Reds fortunes in the 1973 playoffs might have been much different if Davey hadn’t broke his ankle in midseason.