Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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CINCINNATI There is no debate, not even room for a whisper of a discussion, that Joe Morgan is the best second baseman ever to slip into a Cincinnati Reds baseball uniform. And maybe he might be the best to pull on a major league uniform.He was that good. Better than good. He was that great as the best all-around player on The Big Red Machine.Ever so quietly, though as quiet as the flashy Brandon Phillips can be Phillips is slipping into Joe Morgans domain.Morgan played seven years for the Cincinnati Reds and Phillips is in his seventh year with the Reds. And so many of their statistics are dead-on similar that it is eerie.Consider: Joe Morgan hit 152 home runs and Phillips has 150. Joe Morgan had 612 RBIs and Phillips has 605. Brandon Phillips has 221 doubles and Morgan had 220. Brandon Phillips has 1,214 hits and Morgan had 1,155.In the irony of ironies, Morgan is an executive with the Reds and sometimes dresses into his retired uniform No. 8 and roams the field. And his locker...
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