Opening Day starter Scott Feldman was booed 10 minutes after the game started on Monday at Great American Ballpark. For those of you in attendance that day, I understand your frustration. When Cincinnati manager Bryan Price named Feldman as the starter on that sacred day, I instantly sank into a depression. Nothing personal against Feldman, […]

Like baseball itself, Spring Training has changed and evolved over the years. Logistically, it sure has for Cincinnati. The Reds left Florida for Arizona in 2010, a move that probably still irks some in the Nation. Apparently, it came down to Sarasota and Goodyear and Reds Owner Bob Castellini didn’t want to pull the trigger. […]

First, the truth. When Nation editor Steve Mancuso asked for a quick 100-word prediction of the 2016 Cincinnati Reds, I almost wrote: “I hope these Reds aren’t as bad as the team in 1982.” The train wreck in 1982 resulted in a record of 61-101. The Engineer of that debacle was General Manager Dick Wagner. […]

Opening Day. Opening Day is one game, at one place and at the Sanctuary City of Baseball on the banks of the Ohio River. To Reds fans and the City of Cincinnati, Opening Day is close to sacred. This is nothing new to readers of this web site or to Reds fans in general. 29 […]

Former Reds pitcher and Christian radio host Frank Pastore, 55, died Monday, from injuries sustained in a November motorcycle accident — an accident that Pastore anticipated on-air just three hours before his death. According to thechristianpost.com, Pastore was on his way to his southern California home after the November 19 broadcast of “The Frank Pastore Show,” his […]

Baseball-reference.com has published a listing of all pitchers who have started post-season games under the age of 24.29 years. The Yankees’ Phil Hughes is scheduled to start tonight and he’s 24.29 years of age. For those who fear young starters in such “high pressure games, the research shows there have been 156 pitchers make post […]

September 28, 1894: Reds pitcher Tom Parrott plays his only game at second base for the Reds and hits for the cycle in a Reds 9-8 loss to the New York Giants. Parrott played four major league seasons, three mainly as a pitcher for the Reds and one mainly as an outfielder for the St. Louis Browns. He finishes his career with a career 39-48 record with a 5.33 ERA (96 ERA+) while batting .301 with a .768 OPS (96 OPS+).

September 28, 1939: Paul Derringer does the heavy lifting as he pitches a complete game and delivers a sacrifice fly to drive in the game deciding run as the Reds clinch their first pennant since 1919. The Reds beat the second place St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3, in the game.

Derringer improved his record to 25-7 with the win. He allowed 14 hits and the Reds committed three errors in the game, but he struck out sluggers Joe Medwick and Johnny Mize to end the game. Cardinals starter Max Lanier only lasted 2/3 of an inning, allowing 1 hit, two walks, and two runs before replacing by eventual losing pitcher, Curt Davis (22-16) who pitched six 1/3 innings of relief for the Cardinals.

Harry Craft’s eighth inning home run added insurance for the Reds.

September 28, 1957: Johnny Klippstein fires a one-hitter, walking one and striking out five, in defeating Warren Spahn and the Milwaukee Braves, 4-0. The only hit allowed by Klippstein is a two-out single to Bob “Hurricane” Hazle in the eighth inning.

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May 31–The 1981 season may have been one of the most disappointing seasons in Reds history. Not because of their play on the field; to the contrary, the Reds had baseball’s best record, 66-42, but were left out of the playoffs due to the “split-season” format necessitated by the player strike. The Reds finished second in both the first half and second half and were left out of the post-season championship run.

With free agency still being somewhat new, and the Reds not wanting to participate, they made several off-season moves post-1981. CF Ken Griffey Sr. was traded to the Yankees; LF George Foster was traded to the Mets; RF Dave Collins was granted free agency; 3B Ray Knight was traded to the Astros; C Joe Nolan was traded to the Orioles. SP Paul Moskau was traded to the Orioles in a separate deal, and RP Doug Bair was traded to the Cardinals. In return, we received an aging Cesar Cedeno, 3B Wayne Krenchicki, failed OF prospect Clint Hurdle, C Alex Trevino, RP Jim Kern, and two swing men, Bob Shirley and Greg Harris.
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I came across this Bill James quote while researching outfielders this week. (James rates Dusty Baker as the 54th best leftfielder of all time, right behind Hal McRae: …on June 27, 1984, Dusty Baker stole second, third, and home in the same game. The rest of the season he stole only one base. The steals […]

(This post was written by long-time friend of the Nation Michael Howes.)

Reprinted from yesterday’s comments…

HITTING

Here are some odd opening day records/stats/numbers; all of these numbers are from the last 50 years. In the last 50 years, who has:

The most opening day Reds games scoring at least 1 run? Barry Larkin; 13 opening day games with a run (that is AMAZING! Think about it, in 13 different seasons, Larkin scored at least one run for the Reds on opening day!). No player in the last 50 years has more.

In the last 50 years, who has gotten at least one hit in the most consecutive Reds opening day games? Dave Concepcion, with 14.

Most opening day triples? Pete Rose, 2 (1970 and 1976 opening days).

Most opening day homers? Frank Robinson, Tony Perez, Barry Larkin, and Adam Dunn, with 3.

And maybe the biggest surprise…

In the last 50 years, which Red would you think had the most opening day games with at least 1 RBI? Dave Concepcion (9 games)!?!?!?!?! (Second was Larkin, with 8). What about all the sluggers?

Most opening day games with a BB? Larkin, 10.

Most opening day games reaching base? Larkin, 17 (WOW!). In the last 50 years, only 6 players had more opening day games reaching base. Yaz, Henderson (duh), Bonds, Pete Rose (not all with the Reds), Murray, and Joe Morgan

Most opening day games with a SB? Larkin, 5

PITCHING

Which Reds pitcher in the last 50 years had the most:

Opening Day starts with a game score greater than 65? Mario Soto, 3.

Opening Day starts with a game score lower than 40? Tom Seaver, Jose Rijo, Tom Browning, with 3.

Opening Day wins? Soto, 4 (Reds pitching in the last 50 years, well, has sucked, so nobody is even close for opening day wins. Jim O’Toole and Danny Graves each have 2 opening day wins in the same span and no other pitcher has more than 1.)

Opening Day losses in the last 50 years? Rijo, 3 (he never pitched great on opening day; even in his opening day complete game, he was just okay).

Opening Day saves? Dibble, with two.

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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.