2014 Reds HOF ballot

This is a press release from the Reds:

CINCINNATI (July 31, 2013) — The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum has announced that five former Reds players will appear on the Modern Player Ballot presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett for induction into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2014.

The Modern Player Candidates are:
• Jeff Brantley, P (1994 – 1997)
• John Franco, P (1984 – 1989)
• Danny Graves, P (1997 – 2005)
• Ken Griffey, Jr., OF (2000 – 2008)
• Reggie Sanders, OF (1991 – 1998)

To be eligible for consideration, players have to meet the following requirements:
• Appeared in at least three seasons with the Reds
• Played within the last 13 seasons in a Major League game
• Be in at least their third year since last appearing in a Major League game

The five players were nominated by the Hall of Fame’s Election Governance Committee.

Fans may cast ballots August 1-31 online at http://www.RedsMuseum.org or at ballot boxes located at:
• Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Over 20 locations at Great American Ball Park
• Reds Hall of Fame Grille at Kings Island
• Local establishments (see redsmuseum.org for full list)

The Modern Player inductee will be selected by votes from fans, media and alumni and will be honored as part of the Reds Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.

The Modern Player ballot is presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett, the official accounting firm of the Reds Hall of Fame Induction Ballot

“We are pleased to have the fans continue to play a significant role in determining the next Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer,” said Rick Walls, Reds Hall of Fame Executive Director. “We look forward to honoring one of these five worthy candidates next year with Induction at the ballpark and at the prestigious Induction Gala.”

Complete voting rules and procedures may be found at http://www.RedsMuseum.org.

The Reds Hall of Fame Veterans Committee will consider eligible candidates from before 2001 as part of the Veterans Ballot. Together, the Modern Player Ballot and Veterans Ballot results will comprise the 2014 Induction Class to be announced later this year.


If this is not a landslide for Griff, then something is wrong…. Don’t get me wrong, I loved all of these players, and still cry at the thought of John Franco in a Mets uniform….. But Griff, even with his injuries was a special player to watch….

But not in a Reds’ uniform. It is, after all, a ballot for the Reds’ Hall of Fame, not that of the Mariners. I would put Franco far ahead, .And give serious consideration to Brantley’s impact for his four years over that of Griffey in his mediocre eight or so.

I couldn’t agree more. Loved going to see him at the ballpark!

There are two players; one a MLB player, the other was a NFL player, that I will always remember as being decent and outstanding players. Both followed the rules and both were the greatest that I have ever seen play their individual sport. Ken Griffey Jr. and Bo Jackson. Both having career shortening or ending injuries. Griffey had one of the sweetest swings I have ever seen in MLB. I continue to be sad that he got hurt in his second season with Cincinnati; he would have set the records on their collectable ears. Bo would have done the same in football.

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