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The Final Four is set!
Can you go into how you came up with this field of 64?
Sure. We applied different criteria and came up with a pool of around 80-90 candidates. We are looking for the greatest Cincinnati Reds player of all-time, so to qualify a player had to play at least one game in a Reds uniform. We started by awarding automatic bids to players who have had their jersey number retired by the team, then moved on to Reds players who have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Mind you, there are Hall of Famers who spent small portions of their careers playing in Cincinnati, so we had to apply some level of subjectivity in determining which of these players made significant contributions to the Reds.
Our top four seeds are in Cooperstown, but being in the Hall did not guarantee you a high seed. Chick Hafey and Harry Heilman are both in the Hall, but are both seeded 16th. They contributed to the Reds, but were mostly in the Hall due to what they accomplished while wearing other uniforms.
And being a Hall of Famer who spent most of his career elsewhere didn't necessarily kill that player's chances for a favorable seed. Tom Seaver was mainly a Met, but still earned a five seed, based mostly on how he pitched as a Red.
We obviously also looked at players already in the Reds' Hall of Fame, but not every inducted player made our field. We had to consider how long it took them to get inducted, how much sentimentality played a role in their election and how, overall, their performance compared to other players not in the team Hall of Fame. There are players, Dave Parker is a glaring example, who are eligible for the Reds Hall of Fame but are not yet in, whose performances as a Red stood out more than some players who are in the team's Hall.
We took a lot of things into consideration. Among them, with some applicable examples: Exceptional individual accomplishments (Johny Vander Meer), where a player placed on team statistical leaderboards (Adam Dunn), cultural and social significance (Dummy Hoy and Chuck Harmon), sustained periods of being very good, but maybe not great (Dan Driessen merited very strong consideration but ultimately did not make it), notable postseason performances (Clay Carroll, and though he didn't make the field, Billy Hatcher was among our pool of candidates), players who had extraordinary single-season performances that weren't in Cincinnati for very long (Greg Vaughn). Things like individual awards, how a player affected team success, and milestone events like no-hitters were also considered.
From our list of candidates, we started seeding, using a "S Curve." We tried to avoid having players who actually played against each other from squaring off against each other until as late as possible, but while that was a consideration, it wasn't a something we spent that much time on.
Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, and Barry Larkin were your number one seeds. How did you arrive at that conclusion?
Each were no-brainers, and each were automatic qualifiers since each were both Hall of Famers and have had their number retired by the Reds. But these four were unique because in addition to those being in Cooperstown and having numbers displayed at Great American Ballpark, each won World Series titles while in Cincinnati. To the committee, achieving that trifecta, if you will, was deserving of a top seed.
You have Pete Rose, who many will consider the prohibitive favorite to win, seeded second. Explain.
While we are judging these players solely on their days as active players, what they did after they were finished playing does affect how, and how much, their playing careers are celebrated and commemorated. This factored into the seeding of Joe Nuxhall and the selection of Gordy Coleman. And ultimately, it knocked Pete down to a two.
Can you tell us who the last four in and first four out were?
The last four in were Rob Dibble, Greg Vaughn, Will White, and Homer Bailey. The first four out were Jerry Lynch, John Reilly, Ron Gant, and Johny Cueto. Dan Driessen and Jim O'Toole were also very tough omissions.
Elaborate on why the last four in made it and why the final four didn't.
Dibble got in on the basis of where he is on the team's all-time saves list, and the fact that among other Cincinnati relievers of his era that were being considered, he was the most memorable and accomplished the most. We ended up comparing him to Francisco Cordero, who has many more saves and determined that Dibble's contributions to the team's history were slightly more notable.
Vaughn came down to a comparison to two other players of the same era who spent brief amounts of time in Cincinnati, but were very good while they were Reds: Ron Gant and Kevin Mitchell. Ultimately we went with Vaughn because of his contributions to arguably the biggest overachieving Reds team ever and the fact that while he was clearly the MVP of that team, Gant was not the most valuable Red in 1995 (league MVP Barry Larkin was) and that Mitchell's time in Cincinnati, despite some amazing numbers, was largely forgettable. Also, he is alleged to have once be-headed a cat.
Will White made the field because in comparing him to other player from the franchise's early years, his accomplishments stood out. John Reilly simply didn't feature as prominently as Will White did on some of the team's all-time lists.
Homer Bailey was directly compared to Johnny Cueto. This might have been the most contentious pick. Cueto has the better numbers, but Bailey's no-hitter and his postseason performance gave him the nod.
It seems like players were held up against other players of their era. Why? And was there an effort to balance the field?
Yes. It is a lot easier to compare say, Homer Bailey to Johnny Cueto or Frank McCormick to Lonnie Frey because baseball is a game of contrasting eras. And we wanted to strike a balance, giving each era of Reds baseball fair representation.
Neither George or Harry Wright made the field of 64. Why?
No one denies their contributions to the franchise, since you know, Harry helped start the franchise. But we viewed their contributions on the field as secondary to their off-field and symbolic roles.
How were the regions named?
We decided that the best and easiest way to name the regions was to use the last names of the four men who have managed the Reds to world championships.
What was the composition of the selection committee?
One person: me. I sat at my grandmother's dining room table one night and did this. It took five hours. I did not take this lightly.
Who is asking you these questions?
So you are asking questions to yourself?
You are brilliant.