Recently we discussed the many ways in which Joey Votto is in fact perfect. I adopted him when he was an anxious rookie, then he earned his way into my tee shirt drawer (so to speak) by being awesome. I am a girl who’s hard to get except when I’m flinging myself at people (fictional characters, […]

All offseason, we’re all going to be talking about the same thing. How can the Reds get from where they are to where they want to be. I mean, we feel okay about he offense, but they have a primary infielder who was below replacement level and an outfielder who continually falls well short of […]

This week’s respondents are Nick Carrington, Chad Dotson, Chris Garber, Bill Lack and Steve Mancuso. Our Daily Reds Obsession: What is your best Reds memory ever? Nick: Probably Jay Bruce’s Clinchmas home run. I watch it every year. It had been so long since the Reds had reached the postseason. My father would talk about the […]

Michigan resident and Redleg Nation member, Tim Brandstetter drove to Lima yesterday for the Reds caravan event and filed this report:  My wife and I made the drive from that state up north, Detroit to be exact, to the caravan stop in Lima, Ohio. We got to the Lima Mall around 30 minutes before the […]

A report from Redleg Nation member Scott Laney about the Columbus event.  The Columbus stop on the 2013 Reds Caravan was like an injection of mid-July in January. We arrived at Nationwide Arena around 8:45 am for the 10 am start to the Caravan and there was already a line of approximately 100 people waiting in […]

A report from Columbus from Redleg Nation member Kyle Farmer. The Reds Caravan Northern Tour rolled into the Arena District in downtown Columbus for a stop this morning. The doors were scheduled to open at 9 AM for the event and my family arrived a few minutes early to find several hundred hearty Reds fans […]

Redleg Nation member Wayne Moore provides the first of several reports we are expecting from this morning’s caravan event in the heart of darkness, Columbus, OH (trust me, I’m a Michigan fan). If you want to warm your heart, be sure to read to the very end… The 2013 Reds Winter Caravan stop in Columbus, […]

From a Dayton Dragons press release: DAYTON, OH —The Dayton Dragons announced their 2012 coaching staff today, as assigned by the Cincinnati Reds. Manager Delino DeShields, who guided the Dragons to a franchise-record 83 victories in 2011, will return for his second season in Dayton. Hitting coach Alex Pelaez, who helped the offense to a […]

From today’s DDN, some interesting tidbits about Cincinnati’s low-A affiliate, the Dayton Dragons: A feistier approach is only one way in which DeShields should stand apart from Todd Benzinger, who was not asked back by the Cincinnati Reds after two seasons. Unlike Benzinger, DeShields sees managing in Dayton as a means to an end. He […]

October 19, 1964: Reds Manager Fred Hutchinson resigns his post citing his poor health. His last public appearance had been on his 45th birthday, August 12, of that season where he was presented a 500# birthday cake and gifts. By that time, Hutchinson had lost 25 pounds suffering from cancer. He died on November 12 […]

August 3: A few short stories from a day of offensive explosions…

1989: The Reds erupt to score 14 runs on 16 hits in the first inning in defeating the Houston Astros, 18-2, at Riverfront Stadium. The 14 runs in one inning tied a team record set in 1893. The team set a major league record by having seven players get two hits and six players scored twice in the inning. Seven players had three hits in the game which tied another major league record.

The first seven Reds of the game reached base off Astro starter Jack Clancy before the Astros called on Bob Forsch with the bases loaded and no one out. A three-run homer by Ken Griffey was the big blast of the inning off Clancy. Ron Oester greeted Forsch with a double before Forsch retired pitcher Tom Browning on a groundball for the first out of the inning. The Reds then batted around again with every Red getting either a single or a double off Forsch before two flyballs finally ended the inning with the Reds leading 14-0. The bases were loaded as the final two outs were recorded. Rolando Roomes and Jeff Reed both homered in the seventh to add some insurance runs as Browning went the distance at pitcher to earn the victory. Roomes, Reed, and Todd Benzinger all had four hits in the game and Griffey had four rbi. Luis Quinones, Eric Davis, Griffey, and Oester all had three hits contributing to record of seven players with three or more hits in the game.

1994: Kevin Mitchell had possibly his best game as a Red as he goes 5-5 with a home run, two doubles, and five rbi as the Reds blitz Dusty Baker’s Giants, 17-4, at Candlestick Park.

Jacob Brumfield and Bret Boone opened the game for the Reds with back-to-back home runs off Giants starter, Bud Black. Barry Larkin reached on an error and Mitchell followed a two-run homer to give the Reds a quick, 4-0, lead before any outs were recorded. Later in the game, Mitchell had a run-scoring double in the second inning, a double in the fourth, a single in the fifth, and a two-run single in the sixth. Mitchell’s performance raised his batting average to .328 and his OPS to 1.116 on the year. Brian Hunter and Jeff Branson also homered in the game. Boone had four hits, and Hunter and Tony Fernandez each had three hits. John Roper was the winning pitcher for the Reds.

Mitchell was simply outstanding in 1994. Due to the player-strike shortened season, the Reds only played 114 games with Mitchell playing 95 of them. In those 95 games, Kevin Mitchell batted .326 with 30 homers, 77 rbi, a .429 OBP, .681 SLP, an OPS of 1.110, and an OPS+ of 185. The .681 slugging percentage set a Reds single season record, breaking Ted Kluszewski’s .642 in 1954. In Mitchell’s first season with the Reds (1993), Mitchell batted .341 (.986 OPS) with 19 home runs in 93 games.

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