CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose were announced as the Franchise Four during the opening ceremony of the All-Star Game Tuesday at Great American Ball Park, honored with a roaring crowd.
The Franchise Four campaign on MLB.com allowed fans to vote for the most impactful players who best represent the lineage of each Major League franchise and several other significant categories in the sport's history.
Bench, Larkin, Morgan and Rose were amongst the names of eight that were up for the title of Cincinnati's Franchise Four. Other players that were on the ballot included Dave Concepcion, Eric Davis, Tony Perez and Frank Robinson.
According to MLB.com, The eight players were selected based on the recommendations of a blue-ribbon panel, in consultation with the 30 Clubs. The panel was asked to identify "the most impactful players who best represent the history of each franchise" for the ballot.
The panelists were MLB's Official Historian John Thorn and representatives from MLB's official statistician, the Elias Sports Bureau; MLB.com; MLB Network; and the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).
MLB officials reported that more than 25 million votes were cast by fans around the world across 33 categories including, the 30 Major League franchises, as well as the Greatest Living Players; the Greatest Negro Leagues Players; and the Greatest Pioneers, covering players whose careers began in 1915 or earlier.