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Is there any doubt that Pete Rose is the best player in Reds' history? The man is the all-time hit king (4256) and also leads all players in games played (3562), plate appearances (15890) and at-bats (14053).
Pete's the epitome of a hometown hero. He grew up in Western Hills, played high school ball in Cincinnati, was drafted by the Reds and had one of the all-time great careers of any player in the history of baseball.
Rose played the game the right way and gave baseball everything he had. Charlie Hustle, as he was called, played so hard he destroyed Ray Fosse's career—via a collision at the plate—during an All-Star game.
Naturally when discussing Pete Rose someone brings up the fact that he bet on baseball and tried to cover it up. While it's an unfortunate truth, it by no means dilutes what Rose did as a player.
In his 24 seasons, Rose was a 17-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner, MVP and two-time World Series champion. Rose was also named to baseball's All-Century Team in 1999 when Mastercard insisted that he be allowed to attend or they'd pull their funding.
With any luck, Rose will be put in the Hall one day, after all, what's a hall of fame if you don't have the Hit King in it?
As one of the most iconic players in the history of the game, there's no doubt that Rose is the best player in Cincinnati Reds' history.
Stat line as a Red: 19 years, .307/.379/.409, 152 HR, 1036 RBI, 1741 runs, 146 SB, 3358 hits