Doc, all those Big Red Machines that you and I cut our teeth on weren't quite the Bash Bros. bunch that posterity makes them out to be. In an apples to oranges type of way, you understand.
From '72-'76, those Reds hit between 124 and 141 homers in each season. Of course, in the 12 team NL those numbers were generally in the top three. They scored (in the '72-'75 seasons) 707, 741, 776, 840, and 857 runs. Notice the steadily increasing run production. Now get this, their team OBP (including pitchers) went .330, .332, .343, .353, & .357. Notice the correlation? Hard to miss, isn't it. They ranked #1 in the league in team OBP in each season, excepting '73.
In '15, the M's had exactly ONE fulltime player (Cruz/.369) who had an OBP that was equal/better than the Reds' TEAM OBP in either '75 or '76. And the Reds were batting a few of those Jack Billinghams, Gary Nolans and Pat Darcys.
Just to remind you, the M's team '15 OBP was .311. Of the Reds' top 11 positional players in '75 only BU catcher Bill Plummer (.291) was below that. Then next two lowest guys were GG SS Dave Concepcion at .326 and GG CF'er Cesar Geronimo at .327. I suppose we can forgive them for being relative slackers at getting on base, given their GG's and all. Guys like Morgan (.466), Rose (.406) and Griffey (.391) were seemingly on base all the time.
Tony Perez was considered a semi-masher but he actually hit fewer homeruns in '75 than Cano did last year. Had a .356 OBP, however. Heck, he might lead off for us.
Won't it be cool if Ketel Marte takes a walk in his first PA of the season and sprints to 1B, ala Charlie Hustle? The squeal of glee will be coming from me.