Top Reds defenders honored Friday

Top Reds defenders honored pregame

CINCINNATI -- When it comes to the top defensive players of the past 50 years, the Reds dominate the top.

Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., former catcher Johnny Bench and former second baseman Joe Morgan make up one-third of the All-Time Rawlings Gold Glove team, making the Reds the most represented of any team in the nine-player field.

"Out of all nine guys, we have three," Bench said. "That's just incredible. I couldn't believe it."

Griffey, Bench and Morgan were honored and presented with trophies during a pregame ceremony on Friday before the Reds' game with the Mets.

In addition, the fist 20,000 fans to Friday's game received a piece of frame commemorative artwork recognizing the Reds' trio for the award.

"Junior was selected to the All-Century team when he was really young," said Ken Griffey Sr. "And now, looking at the crowd in which he was selected for this, I'm very proud of him. This is a big deal."

Nearly one million fans voted for the team, which also features pitcher Greg Maddux, first baseman Wes Parker, shortstop Ozzie Smith, third baseman Brooks Robinson and outfielders Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente.

The players have exactly 100 Gold Glove Awards between them. Bench and Griffey each have 10 Gold Gloves, while Morgan has five.

Brandon Harris is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.