08/25/2007

Number 13

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.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

Join the conversation! 4 Comments

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

  2. 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. Especially during WWII since he is facing low caliber pitching.

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

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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