Joe Morgan Was The Fuel To Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine”
Every team needs and offensive player that can disrupt what the opposition’s game plan is. Typically this player in the most talented and well-rounded player on the team – and usually the best athlete as well.
For the Reds of the 1970’s, that player was Joe Morgan.
Morgan had the ability to put the ball into play and get on base with a solid consistency. Morgan has a career on-base percentage of .392, and has nine seasons on his resume that eclipsed the .400 mark; 4 of which led the league.
On the base paths, Morgan was a disruptive force. Stealing bases, breaking up double plays, and keeping the pitcher and catcher out of rhythm was his specialty. He stole 689 bases in his career and scored 1,650 runs.
Coincidentally, it was during the Reds’ best seasons in the mid-70’s in which Morgan had his most productive base stealing and run scoring seasons of his career…