Last week, you voted for the Round of 32 matchups in RNR Madness, our 68-team tournament to name the most valuable player in Reds history. We discussed the winners of that round and previewed the Sweet Sixteen on our most recent podcast. (Go listen to it here!)

As you know, your votes are going to determine the winner of this incredibly important competition. Every week until we crown a champion, you will have the opportunity to vote for who wins each matchup. The polls will open each Sunday at 8:00 pm, and will remain open for precisely three days. Remember that you are voting for “Most Valuable Red.” The definition of “valuable” is open to interpretation and completely up to you. Feel free to leave comments about any particular aspect of the voting, or any individual matchup, and we may discuss it on the podcast.

Here’s the updated bracket:

Today, we are opening up the polls for the Sweet Sixteen. We will begin in the Crosley Region. For research purposes: Johnny Bench | Jim Maloney | Edd Roush | Vada Pinson

Sweet Sixteen -- Crosley Region 1/5

  • 1 Johnny Bench (99%, 289 Votes)
  • 5 Jim Maloney (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 293

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Sweet Sixteen -- Crosley Region 2/3

  • 2 Vada Pinson (70%, 196 Votes)
  • 3 Edd Roush (30%, 85 Votes)

Total Voters: 281

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Now, the Riverfront Region:
Frank Robinson | Eric Davis | Heinie Groh | Tony Perez

Sweet Sixteen -- Riverfront Region 1/4

  • 1 Frank Robinson (74%, 216 Votes)
  • 4 Eric Davis (26%, 74 Votes)

Total Voters: 290

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Sweet Sixteen -- Riverfront Region 2/3

  • 2 Tony Perez (89%, 252 Votes)
  • 3 Heinie Groh (11%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 282

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Next up, the Great American Region:
Joe Morgan | Jose Rijo | Eppa Rixey | Joey Votto

Sweet Sixteen -- Great American Region 1/4

  • 1 Joe Morgan (92%, 264 Votes)
  • 4 Jose Rijo (8%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 288

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Sweet Sixteen -- Great American Region 2/3

  • 2 Joey Votto (92%, 267 Votes)
  • 3 Eppa Rixey (8%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 289

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Finally, the Palace of the Fans Region:
Pete Rose | Johnny Cueto | George Foster | Barry Larkin

Sweet Sixteen -- Palace of the Fans Region 1/5

  • 1 Pete Rose (78%, 224 Votes)
  • 5 Johnny Cueto (22%, 65 Votes)

Total Voters: 289

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Sweet Sixteen -- Palace of the Fans Region 2/3

  • 2 Barry Larkin (87%, 254 Votes)
  • 3 George Foster (13%, 37 Votes)

Total Voters: 291

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Winners will be discussed on the next episode of the podcast, and we’ll have Elite Eight voting next week.

7 Responses

  1. jreis

    man tough matchups. I give ED the nod over Robinson just for the first inning ws homer off Dave Stewart alone1

    • gusnwally

      Re: Jreis, In my best John McEnroe voice ” you cannot be serious”

  2. Michael Smith

    I looked at Eric Davis stats from the link. How was he a negative 9.x defensive player???

    • SultanofSwaff

      How the heck did Andre Dawson take home the MVP in 1987 with 4 WAR???? Short answer, by winning the HR title.

      Gwynn put up 8.6 WAR and finished 8th, Davis put up 7.9 and finished 9th. Everyone above them did no better than 6.4 WAR. WOW.

  3. SultanofSwaff

    Pinson and Roush were very close in WAR, but Pinson gets the nod.

    Remarkable how Tony Perez was basically a replacement level player after he left Cincinnati. Looks like the Reds traded him at the right time.

    • Colorado Red

      Remember when he came back to Cincinnati.
      Signs all over the park.
      A standing ovation, and boo-ing John, when the caught a foul out.
      Tony was the heart and soul of the BRM.
      Mr Clutch.

  4. redsfan06

    Sure hated to vote against one of my favorite players, Jim Maloney. Johnny Bench is a tough draw.