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Stadium: Great American Ball Park
Manager: David Bell
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The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds are one of two teams in Ohio, the other being the Cleveland Guardians. Cincinnati competes in the National League Central division. The Reds have called Great American Ballpark home since 2003. The team wears red, white, and black on their uniforms. They have won five World Series titles over the course of their history, with the most recent one coming in 1990.
Cincinnati Reds History
Cincinnati baseball was developed in 1869. The franchise is considered one of the longest-running organizations in modern professional sports history. They were originally called the Cincinnati Red Stockings.
It was not until 1876 that the National League was developed and baseball began to develop a sense of structure. The Red Stockings were assigned to the National League along with other teams such as Boston and New York. However, the Reds were banned from the National League a few seasons later because they refused to stop selling alcohol at games, and they also rented out their stadium on Sundays, which was against league rules. The Red Stockings would play in the American Association baseball league for the next eight seasons before returning to the NL in 1889. 1889 was also the season when Cincinnati dropped the “stockings” part of their nickname and officially became the Cincinnati Reds.
The Reds have gone on to win five World Series championships and nine National League Pennants over the course of their franchise history.
2022 Key Stats
The Reds made a bid for a Wild Card spot in 2021 but ended up falling short. Nonetheless, the team has a bright future ahead of them. Young infielder Jonathan India is fresh off of a National League Rookie of the Year award, while outfielder Jesse Winker broke out and made his first all-star team last year. They also have a strong pitching staff led by Luis Castillo, Sonny, Gray, and Tyler Mahle. This is a team that can hit, and their starting pitching should be good enough to keep them in contention. The biggest questions revolve around their bullpen.
Cincinnati struggled to find consistency within their relief corps last year. They tried multiple different pitchers in late inning situations and only a few panned out. Tejay Antone is a bright arm with a blazing fastball, and Lucas Sims showed flashes of strong potential last season. But adding another arm or two would help strengthen the Reds bullpen and push them from near contender to expected contender.
Championships Won by the Reds
The Reds have really spread out their World Series titles. They won the World Series in 1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, and 1990.
Their 1919 win was not only their first-ever World Series championship, but it also would be remembered as one of the most historic World Series of all time. However, the reasoning behind the importance of the World Series had little to do with Cincinnati. Instead, eight players on the Chicago White Sox reportedly bet on the series and agreed to lose in return for money. Those players, including the great “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, were all banned from baseball for life.
The Reds then did not win another World Series until 1940. Cincinnati narrowly edged out the Detroit Tigers in seven games to earn the championship that season.
The 1970’s Reds featured one of the greatest batting lineups of all time, including Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, and Johnny Bench.
The 1975 World Series was decided in seven games. However, most remember this World Series for one of the most memorable home runs in baseball history. In the bottom of the 12th of Game 6, Carlton Fisk stepped up for Boston and smashed a 1-0 pitch down the left-field line. As the ball was hooking, Fisk waved his arms in hopes for the ball to stay fair. Sure enough, the ball clanked off the foul pole for a walk-off home run. But Cincinnati would rebound and take Game 7 to win the series.
In 1976, the Reds would earn their second World Series title in a row after sweeping the New York Yankees.
The Reds’ most recent championship came in 1990 when they swept the San Francisco Giants.
Important Team Events
The creation of the Red Stockings created a domino effect in baseball, and more teams began to be created in the late 1880s. They are one of the pioneer teams of the game.
In the 1970’s Cincinnati Reds were called the “Big Red Machine” as they featured an impressive lineup. Although the historic team was only able to win two championships, the World Series victories came in back-to-back seasons.
The Best Reds Players
Joe Morgan may be the best second baseman to ever play the game. Morgan finished his Reds career with a superb .303/.388/.554 line to go along with over 150 home runs and over 160 stolen bases.
Frank Robinson spent 1956-1965 as a member of the Reds. The slugger hit over .300 with the team while clubbing 324 home runs. He established himself as one of the most feared power hitters during his time in Cincinnati.
Johnny Bench was a longtime Red who wore the uniform from 1967-1983. Bench is widely regarded as one of the best catchers of all time. He hit just under 400 home runs with the Reds, finishing with 389. He also slugged over .470. Bench was a solid defensive catcher who could consistently throw opposing base stealers out as well.
Sparky Anderson is arguably the greatest head coach in Reds’ history. Anderson coached the team during their best decade of baseball in the 1970s, as he led the Reds to five postseason appearances, four NL Titles, and two World Series championships. Anderson left Cincinnati with a .596 winning percentage.
Pat Moran managed the team from 1919-1923. He finished with a .564 winning percentage with a World Series Title.
Bill McKechnie led Cincinnati to a .539 winning percentage, two NL Titles, and one World Series victory from 1938-1946.
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