You may think that any ‘Baseball Hotties exhibit’ exists only in my mind, but no, there is a real exhibit, and it’s in the Louisville Slugger Museum, which means it’s within easy traveling distance of many Reds fans. (To be fair, there is a much more extensive Baseball Hotties exhibit which I curate in my strange little head.)
So, this may seem like it’s extremely silly, but hey, I’m guessing the seasonal exhibits at the Louisville Slugger’s aren’t always home runs. On the other hand, it’s not clear that this ‘exhibit’ has anything to it other than some large photographs of hot baseball players. On the other, other hand, a life-sized cutout of Joey Votto standing in a cornfield under a banner that says ‘Field of Dreamboats’ is probably worth seeing, at least from my perspective.
There’s actually also a ‘formal’ Hottie Hall of Fame, which currently holds seven members, including King Kelly, a former Cincinnati Red. Though Kelly is probably better known for his later years with the White Stockings or the Beaneaters, Kelly started his career in Cincinnati in 1879, and played for the Reds for two seasons.
The exhibit also plans on adding three more members for an ‘inaugural class’ of ten players – these three are up for voting now. Current and former Reds on the ballot include Barry Larkin, Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Johnny Bench, Josh Hamilton, and Ken Griffey Jr. Right now, both Votto and Phillips are in the top three. But through some bizarre internet shenanigans (I’m sure), A.J. Pierzynski is leading with over twice the votes of Votto. That just cannot stand.
P.S. You can vote unlimited times, and I just started in a write-in campaign for Ryan Hanigan.