The Reds Hall of Fame announced the three most recent inductees yesterday, all former Cincinnati first basemen:
Three-time All-Star Sean Casey, Big Red Machine infielder Dan Driessen and 19th century first baseman John Reilly will be the next three players inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
Casey was selected by the fans through the Modern Player Ballot presented by Cincyfavorites.com. The Veterans Committee selected Driessen and Reilly to make up the Reds Hall of Fame Class of 2012.
The trio will be honored June 22-24 during Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, which will include on-field ceremonies at Great American Ball Park, the star-studded Hall of Fame Induction Gala and a variety of festivities at the Hall, including meet and greets with Reds Hall of Famers and alumni.
Argue about any of the three, if you wish. As far as I’m concerned, all are distinguished former Reds, and any chance we can get to honor some of the better players in club history, sign me up.
I will concede that I’m disappointed that the Reds are going to enshrine the wrong John Reilly. (Okay, maybe not.)
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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