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, […]

Since it’s the off-season and we can’t spend every day writing about why Raisel Iglesias needs to be a starter next season, I thought it would be an appropriate time to embark upon a project that I’ve been wanting to explore for years. That is, I thought it would be fun to look at the […]

[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 […]

I love the Cincinnati Reds. I shouldn’t actually have to say that, since I’ve been writing about the Reds — and demonstrating my obsession with this infernal team — nearly every single day here at Redleg Nation for the last nine seasons. But make no mistake: I love the Cincinnati Reds National League Baseball Club, […]

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 […]

December 11, 1985: The Reds acquire former Cy Young Award winner John Denny and relief pitcher Jeff Gray for formed Reds closer Tom Hume and outfielder Gary Redus.

1985 was Pete Rose’s first full season as Reds manager and the Reds placed second in the National League Western Division race with an 89-72 record, 5 1/2 games behind the Dodgers. The Reds pitching staff finished fourth from the bottom in the league with a 3.71 ERA, while the Dodgers led the National League with a 2.96 ERA so the Reds decided to get some more pitching.

Returning from the 1985 Reds staff was rookie 20-game winner Tom Browning (20-9, 3.55 ERA) and ace Mario Soto (12-15, 3.58 ERA, 214 K’s). The only other Reds starter with more than 15 starts in 1984 was Jay Tibbs (10-16, 3.92 ERA) who would be dealt in a few days to the Montreal Expos in a deal that netted the Reds Bill Gullickson (14-12, 3.52 ERA for the Expos).

The Reds needed another starter and Denny had won the National League Cy Young Award for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983 when he was 19-6 with a 2.37 ERA, his finest major league season (runner-up was the Reds’ Soto who was 17-13, 2.70). The Reds had hoped that a rotation of Soto, Denny, Browning, and Gullickson would give them one of the best rotations in the league.
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December 7, 1983: The Reds signed their first “major” free agent of the free agency period when they signed Dave Parker to to a three-year contract.

While with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Parker was one of baseball’s biggest superstars of the late 1970’s. Parker won the MVP for the Pirates in 1978 when he hit .334 with 20 homers, 32 doubles, 12 triples, and a 117 rbi. He led the league with a .585 SLP, a .979 OPS, and a 166 OPS+. Parker had finished third in MVP voting in both 1975 and 1977 while receiving MVP votes for five consecutive years from 1975-79. As a right fielder, Parker was known for his powerful arm and won three consecutive Gold Gloves from 1977-79.

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August 17, 1984: Pete Rose, newly reacquired and named “manager-player” of the Cincinnati Reds, makes a triumphant return to his hometown. Playing first base and batting second, Rose singles in his first at bat in his return as a Red, scoring Gary Redus from second base to tie the game at 1-1. After the ball […]

Two last inning home runs by Wayne Krenchicki and Brad Gulden, in the bottoms of the ninth and 14th innings, respectively, save the Reds from a near loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-4, on May 30, 1984. After spotting the Pirates a 3-0 lead, the Reds had rallied for two runs in the bottom of […]

July 23, 1985: Jeff Russell is sent by the Cincinnati Reds to the Texas Rangers to complete an earlier deal made on July 19, 1985. The Cincinnati Reds sent a player to be named later and Duane Walker to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later and Buddy Bell. The Cincinnati Reds sent Jeff Russell (July 23, 1985) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.

1982 was one of the worst years in Reds’ history with the team losing 101 games. The team replaced John McNamara as manager during the 1982 season and replaced him with Russ Nixon, and the team improved to 74 games in the win column for 1983. Not satisfied with the results, Nixon was fired and the Reds hired Vern Rapp, who didn’t make it through the season. The Reds traded for Pete Rose, who was named player-manager, and the Reds finished with 70 wins. Under Rose’s direction, the team spiked and jumped to win totals of 89, 86, 84, and 87, finished second over the next four seasons before scandal brought down the team’s manager and the team.

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