So long, Todd Frazier. You’re sensational, but you’re gone. If you’ve been even barely conscious over the last couple of weeks, you’ve noticed that the Reds are working the phones, day by day, trying to trade pretty much every asset they have. We can discuss ad infinitum — and I’m sure we will — the […]
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 […]
It’s an off-day, so here’s an open thread to discuss whatever you’d like. I want to begin with a quick project, first. I have two brothers who currently live in China. Earlier this afternoon, one of them emailed me and said they were sitting up (it was 2 AM at the time, over there) and […]
November 11, 1981: Reds pitcher Tom Seaver comes the closest of any Reds pitcher to win a Cy Young Award, but loses the vote tallying to Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Fernando Valenzuela by a vote total of 70-67.
Seaver (14-2, 2.54 ERA, 1.118 WHIP) and Valenzuela (13-7, 2.48, eight shut outs, league leading 180 K’s) tied with eight first place votes apiece, with Steve Carlton (13-4, 2.42, ERA) getting five first place votes, and Nolan Ryan (11-5, 1.69 ERA) receiving three. This was the year of the “split-season” as a player’s strike interrupted play halfway through the playing year. The teams did not play the full 162 game schedule (the Reds played 108), thus explaining the lower win totals for the year.
Valenzuela had a remarkable rookie year, hurling shutouts in four of his first five games and in five of his first seven games. He allowed just one run in the other two games, both complete game victories, starting the season 7-0 with an 0.29 ERA, with five shut outs and 61 strikeouts in 63 innings. From May 14 through the end of the season, Valenzuela was 6-7 with a 3.55 ERA, but the terrific start hid the slow finish and the public “Fernandomania” was at a fever pitch for most of the season.
Fernandomania overshadowed a very steady, impressive pitching performance by Seaver. Seaver was 14-2 and was difficult to hit, posting his lowest hits/nine inning ratio of his career (6.5 hits allowed/nine innings). However, he also struck out the fewest hitters per nine innings (4.7/nine innings) of his career, an unusual statistic in lieu of his legendary power pitching of his earlier days.
April 5, 1996: Eduardo Perez is traded by the California Angels to the Cincinnati Reds for Will Pennyfeather. November 10, 1997: Dmitri Young traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Cincinnati Reds for Jeff Brantley. February 5, 1998: Roberto Petagine is traded by the New York Mets to the Cincinnati Reds for Yuri Sanchez […]
February 16, 1953: Joe Adcock is traded as part of a 4-team trade by the Cincinnati Reds to the Milwaukee Braves. The Milwaukee Braves sent cash to the Cincinnati Reds. The Milwaukee Braves sent Earl Torgeson to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Brooklyn Dodgers sent Jim Pendleton to the Milwaukee Braves. The Brooklyn Dodgers sent Rocky Bridges to the Cincinnati Reds. The Philadelphia Phillies sent cash to the Milwaukee Braves. The Philadelphia Phillies sent Russ Meyer to the Brooklyn Dodgers.
OUCH OUCH OUCH OUCH
Here’s part two of the 1st week of July series. It just seems that so many interesting things happen to the Reds during this time. Once again, research taken from “Day by Day in Reds History” by Floyd Conner and John Snyder and “Redleg Journal” by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder.
July 3…1967…a brawl erupts between the Cardinals as Bob Gibson brushes back Tony Perez with a pitch. Perez flied out and said something to Gibson on the way back to the dugout. Both benches emptied, and just as peace was restored, Reds’ reliever Bob Lee (6-3, 230 lbs) came flying into action and vicious fights broke out all over the field. Lee’s nicknames were “Moose” and “Horse.” St. Louis policemen armed with billy clubs had to stop the onfield battle. More than a dozen Reds players had to be treated for cuts and bruises.