CINCINNATI — Reactions from former teammates, current Cincinnati Reds, and even area politicians poured in Monday following the death of legendary second baseman Joe Morgan.
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REACTIONS FROM AROUND BASEBALL
“SIMPLY THE BEST,” former Big Red Machine teammate, and fellow Hall-of-Famer Johnny Bench tweeted.
@MLB @baseballhall SIMPLY THE BEST pic.twitter.com/KoR9J7oFnp— Johnny Bench (@JohnnyBench_5) October 12, 2020
Ex-Red shortstop Barry Larkin also posted on Twitter saying he’ll miss his “Uncle Joe.”
RIP uncle Joe...my HOF idol, my franchise four brother, my mentor, my friend.....u will be missed #Reds pic.twitter.com/UPAvoerCd1— Barry Larkin (@BarryLarkin) October 12, 2020
“Fran and I, along with our children, extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Joe Morgan -- the greatest second baseman of all time, a great base runner and hitter, and a gracious and genuinely nice person,” DeWine said in a statement.
“He had a unique ability to explain what was happening on the field to the average fan. He was a master at explaining the “why” of baseball. In both business and charity, even after his playing days were over, he continued to be involved in the Cincinnati-area community.”
Fran and I, along with our children, extend our deepest sympathy to the family of @Reds Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, the greatest second baseman of all time, a great base runner and hitter, and a gracious and genuinely nice person.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) October 12, 2020
Current Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart also took to Twitter, also calling Morgan the greatest second baseman of all time and thanked him for his contributions in the Reds' clubhouse.
Extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Joe. He was such a wonderful man to be around and brought such a joy to our clubhouse. I’ll forever cherish our conversations! RIP to the greatest 2nd baseman of all time. Praying for the Morgan’s and all of the @Reds organization. 🙏🏻— Tucker Barnhart (@Tucker_Barnhart) October 12, 2020
One of the coolest memories of my baseball career happened at Spring Training in ‘18. I asked him to sign a bat for me. He had a “Joe” model and unprompted he signed it “from one gold glover to another.” He always made you smile and his wealth of knowledge was incredible. RIP! 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/PIhgsYvg5Y— Tucker Barnhart (@Tucker_Barnhart) October 12, 2020
Reds pitcher Amir Garrett also thanked Morgan for help through his career.
Love you joe. You meant a lot to me. You’ve done so much for me throughout my career. RIP Joe https://t.co/vgpJRDChcL— CountOnAG (@Amir_Garrett) October 12, 2020
Our news partners at WCPO-TV talked to Ken Griffey Sr. who called Morgan “a super teammate.”
Ken Griffey Sr. discussing Joe Morgan:— Mike Dyer (@MikeDyer) October 12, 2020
"He was a super teammate. He understood the game. He made sure all the young players were taken of. And like a big brother to most of us - me, George (Foster) and Davey (Concepcion) and (Cesar) Geronimo." @WCPO
This story will be updated with more notable reactions.
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