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 […]

I was happy to see Steve recently reference Norm Charlton’s contributions as a starter during Cincinnati’s 1990 World Championship season. Twenty-seven years later, most Reds fans remember Charlton as a Nasty Boy, a hard-throwing setup man (and occasional Mike Scioscia bulldozer) who set the stage commendably for his fellow Nasties Rob Dibble and Randy Myers. […]

He was the pitching coach for the Nasty Boys. For Mario Soto and Jose Rijo. For Tom Browning and Danny Jackson. And he even coached The All-American Boy. Stan Williams has fond memories of Cincinnati as both a player and a coach for several major league teams. His major league career spanned14 seasons with six […]

Imagine it is Spring Training 1988. The Reds, a decade removed from their Big Red Machine heyday, now have a third-year shortstop by the name of Barry Larkin and are managed by former machine hero Pete Rose. With a rotation anchored by Tom Browning and newly acquired Danny Jackson, the Reds were on the upturn […]

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 […]

Thank God for Tony Cingrani. The lefthanded rookie hurler kept the Redlegs from getting swept out of Washington, DC with a true gem this past Sunday. Six innings of work, no runs, 11 strikeouts and a win. And this didn’t come against the Marlins or Cubs, either. Reds and lefthanded pitchers who are successful don’t […]

No Cincinnati Reds pitcher has ever won a Cy Young Award. The Award was initiated in 1956 and was only awarded to one player per year through 1966 (when it was expanded to the current format of one award per league).

Just like we memorialized the MVP bridesmaids yesterday, today we’ll take a look at the Reds CY Young bridesmaids. To start, let’s take the “STATS, Inc, All-Time Baseball Sourcebook” and find out which Reds would have won if the Cy Young had been given in the years that it wasn’t actually awarded (according to the statistical “experts”). Since no Reds pitcher has won the Cy Young, and since the Reds are typically remembered as The Big Red Machine for our 1970’s incredible offense, many may not realize that the Reds spent many years as a pitching/defense first organization:

1882, Will White, American Association, 40-12, 1.54 ERA, 122 K’s
1883, Will White, American Association, 43-31, 2.09 ERA, 141 K’s
1884, Jim McCormick, Union Association, 21-3, 1.54 ERA, 161 K’s
1923, Dolf Luque, National League, 27-8, 1.93 ERA, 151 K’s
1925, Eppa Rixey, National League, 21-11, 2.88 ERA, 69 K’s
1939, Bucky Walters, National League, 27-11, 2.29 ERA, 137 K’s
1940, Bucky Walters, National League, 22-10, 2.48 ERA, 115 K’s
1944, Bucky Walters, National League, 23-8, 2.40 ERA, 77 K’s
1947, Ewell Blackwell, National League, 22-8, 2.47 ERA, 193 K’s

We should probably review the “winners” here….
Continue reading

November 21, 1870: The Cincinnati Red Stockings were no more. On this date, the Cincinnati Base Ball Club announced it would only use amateur players for the 1871 season. From “Redleg Journal” by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder:

Continue reading

November 6, 1869: The Cincinnati Red Stockings win their 57th and final “official” game of the 1869 season, 17-8, over the Mutuals of New York. Hall of Fame shortstop George Wright had six hits, including two home runs, and scored six runs to lead the Cincinnati squad to their 57th consecutive win.

The Mutuals did tie the score at 7-7 in the fifth inning, but the Red Stockings scored ten of the final eleven runs to seal the game.

The Red Stockings team batting average was .505 with a slugging percentage of .830. They outscored their opposition 2396-574. George Wright was the leading hitter, batting .633 with 49 home runs. Catcher Doug Allison batted .504, and second baseman Charlie Sweasy and rightfielder Cal McVey both batted .502. Sweasy was second on the team with 30 home runs. Asa Brainard was the club’s pitcher.

November 6, 1933: Reds president Sidney Weil resigns and Larry MacPhail take over for the team. From the book “Redleg Journal” by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder:

Sidney Weil resigns as president of the Reds because of financial difficulties and is replaced by Larry MacPhail. The Central Trust Company held Weil’s stock as collateral for loans, and when Weil was on the verge of bankruptcy, the banking concern took over the ball club. MacPhail was hired by the Central Trust, but the company had no interest in owning the ball club and directed MacPhail to run the Reds day-to-day operations and to find a local buyer for the team.

Bringing on MacPhail was a stroke of genius. The future Hall of Fame executive entered the baseball world at age 40 and had been working for Branch Rickey, the Hall of Fame St. Louis Cardinals executive. In his first off season with the Reds, MacPhail made seven trades and went about starting to build the Reds farm system. The Reds still finished last in 1934, but began moving up despite a last place misstep in 1937. By 1938 they were contenders and by 1939 they were in the World Series, winning the World Championship in 1940. MacPhail had left by 1936 with Warren Giles overseeing the fruits of MacPhail’s design.

MacPhail was an innovator. Under MacPhail, the Reds became the first team to offer season tickets to it’s fans and the first team to fly by plane on a roadtrip (it was from Cincinnati to Chicago). He built a six-team deep farm system that first offseason, painted Crosley Field, initiated the first night games in major league history (with United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt “hitting” the switch from the White House), and started the Reds radio network (another new baseball idea) with Hall of Fame Red Barber behind the microphone. He also recruited local businessman Powel Crosley to buy the team and Crosley owned the team until his death in 1961.

MacPhail’s time with the Reds came to an end in 1936. According to “The Ballclubs” by Donald Dewey and Nicolas Acocella:

For all his business foresight and association with Crosley, MacPhail was not quite a darling of the organization’s board of directors. He insisted on running the Reds by reinvesting profits in further promotions and renovations–denying dividends to stockholders while he himself sat on a hefty base salary and an attendance bonus. Whenever this strategy was challenged, MacPhail went into a temper tantrum, daring the board to do without him. In September, 1936, one such scene ended with the general manager punching out Crosley. It took only a few days for the club to announce that MacPhail had “resigned,” and was being replaced…

MacPhail later was president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and GM, President, and owner of the New York Yankees. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1978. His son, Lee MacPhail, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1998.

November 6, 1987: The Reds trade pitcher Ted Power and shortstop Kurt Stillwell to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Danny Jackson and shortstop Angel Salazar. This was a major trade in Reds history as much for determining that Barry Larkin was the team’s shortstop of the future in addition to the acquisition of Jackson.

Stillwell had been the Reds #1 draft choice in 1983, the second pick overall. The Reds drafted Larkin in the 1984 first round (the fourth overall pick overall) and both made the majors in 1986, Larkin at age 22 and Stillwell at age 21. Stillwell played only ten games in the minors in 1986 and was with the Reds for most of the season. Larkin came up in August and played 2b in his first major league game with Stillwell at shortstop. By 1987, Larkin was getting more and more time at shortstop with Stillwell beginning to play other infield positions as Larkin began to showcase his all-star skills.

Continue reading

October 17, 1976: Tony Perez singled home Ken Griffey with the winning run as the Cincinnati Reds won the second game of the 1976 World Series, 4-3, in Cincinnati. The World Series win gave the Reds victories in the first two games of the Series. The Reds scored first in the game when they scored […]

October 12, 1975: The Cincinnati Reds scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit and defeat the Boston Red Sox, 3-2. The win enabled the Reds to tie the 1975 World Series at one game apiece. The Red Sox scored first when Carlton Fisk singled home Carl Yastrzemski […]