1996 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1996 season consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League Central.

1996 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
  • National League Central (since 1994)
Location
Results
Record81–81 (.500)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)Marge Schott
General manager(s)Jim Bowden
Manager(s)Ray Knight
Local televisionWSTR
SportsChannel Cincinnati
(Marty Brennaman, George Grande, Chris Welsh)
Local radioWLW
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)
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Offseason

  • December 7, 1995: Chris Sabo was signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.[1]
  • January 2, 1996: Eric Davis was signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.[2]
  • January 9, 1996: Mike Kelly was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later and Chad Fox. The Cincinnati Reds sent Ray King (June 11, 1996) to the Atlanta Braves to complete the trade.[3]
  • January 20, 1996: Vince Coleman signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.[4]
  • February 26, 1996: Joe Oliver was signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.[5]
  • February 26, 1996: Damon Berryhill was released by the Cincinnati Reds.[6]

Regular season

  • Opening Day (April 1) – Seven pitches into the first game of the season, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, home plate umpire John McSherry collapses on the field and dies of a massive heart attack.[7] The game between the Reds and Montreal Expos is postponed, along with the rest of the games scheduled for that day. Reds owner Marge Schott later comes under fire for wanting the game in Cincinnati to continue despite the tragedy (and against the wishes of the players on both teams), saying that she felt "cheated" when it was canceled.

Opening Day lineup

April 1 (game postponed)

Source: [8]

April 2

Source: [9]

Note: the two lineups have multiple differences, as the Expos had scheduled right-hander Pedro Martínez to start on April 1; he was replaced by left-hander Jeff Fassero for the April 2 game.

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 88 74 0.543 48–33 40–41
Houston Astros 82 80 0.506 6 48–33 34–47
Cincinnati Reds 81 81 0.500 7 46–35 35–46
Chicago Cubs 76 86 0.469 12 43–38 33–48
Pittsburgh Pirates 73 89 0.451 15 36–44 37–45

Record vs. opponents

1996 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 7–5 7–5 5–7 6–7 6–6 5–7 10–3 7–6 9–4 9–3 9–4 7–5 9–4
Chicago 5–7 5–8 5–7 6–6 5–8 8–5 6–6 7–5 7–6 4–9 6–6 7–5 5–8
Cincinnati 5–7 8–5 7–6 3–9 7–6 4–8 3–9 6–6 10–2 5–8 9–3 9–4 5–8
Colorado 7–5 7–5 6–7 5–8 8–5 6–7 3–9 7–5 6–6 7–5 8–5 5–8 8–4
Florida 7–6 6–6 9–3 8–5 7–5 6–7 5–8 7–6 6–7 5–7 3–9 5–7 6–6
Houston 6–6 8–5 6–7 5–8 5–7 6–6 4–9 8–4 10–2 8–5 6–6 8–4 2–11
Los Angeles 7–5 5–8 8–4 7–6 7–6 6–6 9–3 8–4 7–6 6–6 5–8 7–6 8–4
Montreal 3–10 6–6 9–3 9–3 8–5 9–4 3–9 7–6 6–7 7–5 4–8 9–4 8–4
New York 6–7 5–7 6–6 5–7 6–7 4–8 4–8 6–7 7–6 8–5 3–10 6–6 5–7
Philadelphia 4-9 6–7 2–10 6–6 7–6 2–10 6–7 7–6 6–7 7–5 4–8 6–6 4–8
Pittsburgh 3–9 9–4 8–5 5–7 7–5 5–8 6–6 5–7 5–8 5–7 4–9 8–4 3–10
San Diego 4–9 6–6 3–9 5–8 9–3 6–6 8–5 8–4 10–3 8–4 9–4 11–2 4–8
San Francisco 5–7 5–7 4–9 8–5 7–5 4–8 6–7 4–9 6–6 6–6 4–8 2–11 7–6
St. Louis 4–9 8–5 8–5 4–8 6–6 11-2 4–8 4–8 7–5 8–4 10–3 8–4 6–7

Game log

1996 Game Log: 81–81 (Home: 46–35; Away: 35–46)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Reds team member

Detailed records

National League
Opponent W L WP RS RA
NL East
Atlanta Braves 5 7 0.417 45 59
Florida Marlins 3 9 0.250 54 62
Montreal Expos 3 9 0.250 48 77
New York Mets 6 6 0.500 56 72
Philadelphia Phillies 10 2 0.833 57 27
Total 27 33 0.450 260 297
NL Central
Chicago Cubs 8 5 0.615 63 55
Cincinnati Reds
Houston Astros 7 6 0.538 78 73
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 8 0.385 65 63
St. Louis Cardinals 5 8 0.385 49 50
Total 25 27 0.481 255 241
NL West
Colorado Rockies 7 6 0.538 92 81
Los Angeles Dodgers 4 8 0.333 48 53
San Diego Padres 9 3 0.750 48 38
San Francisco Giants 9 4 0.692 75 63
Total 29 21 0.580 263 235
Season Total 81 81 0.500 778 773
Month Games Won Lost Win % RS RA
April 25 9 16 0.360 125 163
May 22 10 12 0.455 94 108
June 28 17 11 0.607 128 112
July 28 16 12 0.571 129 110
August 32 15 17 0.469 176 179
September 27 14 13 0.519 126 101
Total 162 81 81 0.500 778 773
Games Won Lost Win % RS RA
Home 81 46 35 0.568 413 363
Away 81 35 46 0.432 365 410
Total 162 81 81 0.500 778 773

Notable transactions

  • April 2, 1996: Scott Service was signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.[10]
  • May 27, 1996: Lee Smith was traded by the California Angels to the Cincinnati Reds for Chuck McElroy.[11]
  • June 18, 1996: Vince Coleman was released by the Cincinnati Reds.[4]
  • July 30, 1996: Kevin Mitchell was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Cincinnati Reds for Roberto Mejía and Brad Tweedie (minors).[12]
  • July 30, 1996: Eric Anthony was purchased by the Colorado Rockies from the Cincinnati Reds.[13]

Draft Picks

  • June 4, 1996: Buddy Carlyle was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 1996 amateur draft. Player signed June 21, 1996.[14]

Roster

1996 Cincinnati Reds
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Xavier Hernandez 3 0 0 0 13.50 3

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Dave Miley
AA Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League Mark Berry
A Winston-Salem Warthogs Carolina League Phillip Wellman
A Charleston Alley Cats South Atlantic League Tommy Thompson and Donnie Scott
Rookie Princeton Reds Appalachian League Mark Wagner
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Matt Martin

[15]

References

  1. ^ "Chris Sabo Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  2. ^ "Eric Davis Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "Mike Kelly Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Vince Coleman Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ "Joe Oliver Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "Damon Berryhill Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  7. ^ www.baseball-almanac.com Obituary of John McSherry
  8. ^ Hobson, Geoff (April 1, 1996). "Sabo's back, and he hopes it holds up, too". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 26. Retrieved April 30, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Cincinnati Reds 4, Montreal Expos 1". Retrosheet. April 2, 1996. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  10. ^ Scott Service Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  11. ^ Lee Smith Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  12. ^ Kevin Mitchell Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  13. ^ "Eric Anthony Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  14. ^ "Buddy Carlyle Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  15. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
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