This week’s respondents are Jason Linden, Bill Lack, Chris Garber, and Chad Dotson. Our Weekly Reds Obsession: What is your favorite Opening Day memory? Jason Linden: Last year was the first time I actually got to go to Opening Day and it was pretty great. The Reds lost, of course, and that was pretty predictive […]

Everyone knows it. Me, Chad, The Nation, everybody. The Reds need to obtain a veteran starting pitcher who can reliably show up on the mound every fifth day, give them (dare I say?) 180 innings of work and anchor the pitching staff. Given that the Reds are a small market team, getting one through free […]

Final R H E San Diego Padres (50-63) 3 7 1 Cincinnati Reds (47-67) 8 11 0 W: Wojciechowski (3-1) L: Wood (1-1) FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score The Good –Asher Wojciechowski pitched five very strong — and scoreless — innings before he ran out of gas. He allowed two homers and three runs in […]

Some time ago, we named the top ten catchers in Reds history. It’s time now for the second installment in our “Top Ten” series. Today, we’re going to look at the ten greatest first baseman in the long and illustrious history of the Cincinnati Reds. 1. Joey Votto. 2007-present. This is going to be the […]

Before the 1961 season started, Reds General Manager Bill DeWitt made a trade and acquired a third baseman by the name of Gene Freese. He acquired Freese from the Chicago White Sox for Cal McLish and Juan Pizzaro. This one was a steal. DeWitt’s trade was a big part in the Reds success that year. […]

[This post was written by John Ring, who is the Nation’s correspondent from Afghanistan, where he is serving the entire nation.] It’s all quiet —- some would say too quiet -— on the Reds front. No news on Arroyo. Choo is gone. No trades. Nothing. So while we collectively ponder the state of the current […]

2013 is looking good so far. Despite injuries to their #1 starter, starting leftfielder and cleanup hitter and catcher, the Reds are thick in the race for the Division as Memorial Day awaits. Their MVP is a Boy Named Choo, Votto is hitting like Votto and Bruce looks like he is in the beginning of […]

Game two of the Reds-Twins series this afternoon. Many of you around the country will likely be unable to watch due to MLB’s archaic blackout policies. If you are able to watch on FSN Ohio, however, you may want to tune in early: The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum has an exciting weekend […]

I cannot get rid of the hurt from losing.  But after the last out of every loss, I must accept that there will be a tomorrow.  In fact, it’s more than there will be a tomorrow.  It’s that I want there to be a tomorrow.  That’s the big difference.   I want tomorrow to come. George […]

The Reds Hall of Fame announced the three most recent inductees yesterday, all former Cincinnati first basemen: Three-time All-Star Sean Casey, Big Red Machine infielder Dan Driessen and 19th century first baseman John Reilly will be the next three players inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. Casey was selected by the fans through […]

I don’t know whether you know it, but baseball’s appeal is decimal points. No other sport relies as totally on continuity, statistics, orderliness of these. Baseball fans pay more attention to numbers than CPAs.” – Sportswriter Jim Murray This game is wrapped in the numbers, batting stats, pitching stats, attendance numbers, payroll numbers, stadium costs, […]

December 19, 1985: The Reds acquire starting pitcher Bill Gullickson and catcher Sal Butera for starting pitchers Jay Tibbs, John Stuper, middle reliever Andy McGaffigan, and catcher Dann Bilardello.

The Montreal Expos made Gullickson the overall number two pick in the 1977 amateur draft. Gullickson was recalled for good by the Expos in May of 1980 and entered the Expos rotation in the middle of a pennant race. He went 10-5 as a rookie with a 3.00 ERA (119 ERA+) in 24 games, of which 19 were starts. His season highlight came when he set a rookie record with 18 strikeouts on September 10 vs. the Chicago Cubs. Gullickson finished second in the rookie of the year voting and the player with the most similar age 21 season was former Reds phenom Wayne Simpson, who was 14-3 with a 3.02 ERA in 1970.

Despite striking out the 18 Cubs in that one game, Gullickson became known as a control pitcher and not a strikeout pitcher. Gullickson was regularly among the best control pitchers in the league, allowing 2.2 walks per nine innings for his career. He had also averaged 222 innings pitched per year from 1982-85, the four years before joining the Reds, having won in double figures those four consecutive seasons. The Reds were adding Gullickson to a revamped rotation that would include Mario Soto, Tom Browning, and John Denny, with Denny having only been acquired about a week earlier.

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