1990 Cincinnati Reds season

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1990 Cincinnati Reds
1990 NL West Champions
1990 NL Champions
1990 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
  • National League West (since 1969)
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Marge Schott
General manager(s) Bob Quinn
Manager(s) Lou Piniella
Local television WLWT
(Johnny Bench, Tom Hume, Steve Lamar, Gordy Coleman)
Local radio WLW
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)
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The Cincinnati Reds' 1990 season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the 91-71 Reds winning the National League West by five games over the second-place Dodgers, as well as the National League Championship Series in six games over the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the World Series in a four-game sweep over the overwhelming favorite Oakland Athletics, who had won the World Series the previous year. It was their fifth World Championship for the Reds, and their first since winning two consecutive titles in 1975 and '76.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Eric Davis in 1990

Led by new manager Lou Piniella, the Reds achieved the rare feat of being in first place everyday of the season ("wire-to-wire").[3] Starting pitcher Jack Armstrong was a catalyst for the team's fast start, as he won 8 of his first 9 games and was 11-3 through the All Star break. Because of his strong first half, Armstrong was selected as the starting pitcher for the All Star Game.

1990 Major League Baseball All-Star Game[edit]

Cincinnati was well represented at the 1990 All-Star Game in Chicago. In addition to Armstrong at pitcher, Chris Sabo, Barry Larkin, Rob Dibble, and Randy Myers were reserves.

The Nasty Boys[edit]

Another new face in the Reds locker room was Randy Myers. He was acquired from the New York Mets for closer John Franco, and became part of the Nasty Boys, along with Rob Dibble and Norm Charlton. Charlton, Dibble, and Myers combined for 44 saves (Myers with 31, Dibble with 11, and Charlton with 2). Myers would become one of the league's elite closers while being selected as an All-Star in 1990. Myers would win his second World Championship as the Reds swept the Oakland Athletics.

"The Nasty Boys — The Reds' three flame-throwing relievers, Randy Myers, Rob Dibble and Norm Charlton, emerged as arguably the deepest and most talented late-inning pitchers in postseason history." — John Erardi and John Fay, The Cincinnati Enquirer [4]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
Cincinnati Reds 91 71 -- .562
Los Angeles Dodgers 86 76 5.0 .531
San Francisco Giants 85 77 6.0 .525
Houston Astros 75 87 16.0 .463
San Diego Padres 75 87 16.0 .463
Atlanta Braves 65 97 26.0 .401

Notable transactions[edit]

  • June 4, 1990: 1990 Major League Baseball Draft
  • June 9, 1990: Ron Robinson was traded by the Cincinnati Reds with Bob Sebra to the Milwaukee Brewers for Billy Bates and Glenn Braggs.[7]
  • June 18, 1990: Rolando Roomes was selected off waivers by the Montreal Expos from the Cincinnati Reds.[8]
  • August 24, 1990: Ken Griffey, Sr. was released by the Reds.[9]
  • August 30, 1990: Bill Doran was traded by the Houston Astros to the Cincinnati Reds for players to be named later.[10]
  • September 7, 1990: Butch Henry was sent by the Cincinnati Reds to the Houston Astros to complete an earlier deal made on August 30, 1990.[11] Catcher Terry McGriff was also sent by the Cincinnati Reds to complete the deal.[12]

Roster[edit]

1990 Cincinnati Reds
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Opening Day starters[edit]

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Oliver, JoeJoe Oliver 121 364 84 .231 8 52
1B Benzinger, ToddTodd Benzinger 118 376 95 .253 5 46
2B Duncan, MarianoMariano Duncan 125 435 133 .306 10 55
3B Sabo, ChrisChris Sabo 148 567 153 .270 25 71
SS Larkin, BarryBarry Larkin 158 614 185 .301 7 67
LF Hatcher, BillyBilly Hatcher 139 504 139 .276 5 25
CF Davis, EricEric Davis 127 453 118 .260 24 86
RF O'Neill, PaulPaul O'Neill 145 503 136 .270 16 78

Other batters[edit]

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
Morris, HalHal Morris 107 309 105 .340 7 36
Braggs, GlennGlenn Braggs 72 201 60 .299 6 28
Winningham, HermHerm Winningham 84 160 41 .256 3 17
Quiñones, LuisLuis Quiñones 83 145 35 .241 2 17
Griffey, Sr., KenKen Griffey, Sr. 46 63 13 .206 1 8
Roomes, RolandoRolando Roomes 30 61 13 .213 2 7
Doran, BillBill Doran 17 59 22 .373 1 5
Treviño, AlexAlex Treviño 7 7 3 .429 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Browning, TomTom Browning 35 227.2 15 9 3.80 99
Rijo, JoséJosé Rijo 29 197 14 8 2.70 152
Armstrong, JackJack Armstrong 29 166 12 9 3.42 110
Jackson, DannyDanny Jackson 22 117.1 6 6 3.61 76
Robinson, RonRon Robinson 6 31.1 2 2 4.88 14

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Scudder, ScottScott Scudder 21 71.2 5 5 4.90 42

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Myers, RandyRandy Myers 66 4 6 31 2.08 98
Dibble, RobRob Dibble 68 8 3 11 1.74 136
Rodríguez, RosarioRosario Rodríguez 9 0 0 0 6.10 8
Brown, KeithKeith Brown 8 0 0 0 4.76 8
Gross, KipKip Gross 5 0 0 0 4.26 3
Minutelli, GinoGino Minutelli 2 0 0 0 9.00 0

National League Championship Series[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 4: Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 4 7 1
Cincinnati 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 0
W: Bob Walk (1-0)   L: Norm Charlton (0-1)   S: Ted Power (1)
HR: PITSid Bream (1)  CIN – None
Pitchers: PIT – Walk (6), Belinda (2), Patterson (1/3), Power (2/3)  CIN – Rijo (513), Charlton (223), Dibble (1)
Attendance: 52,911  Time: 2:51

Game 2[edit]

October 5: Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Cincinnati 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 2 5 0
W: Tom Browning (1-0)   L: Doug Drabek (0-1)   S: Randy Myers (1)
HR: PITJosé Lind (1)  CIN – None
Pitchers: PIT – Drabek (8)  CIN – Browning (6), Dibble (113), Myers (123)
Attendance: 54,456  Time: 2:38

Game 3[edit]

October 8: Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 6 13 1
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 8 0
W: Danny Jackson (1-0)   L: Zane Smith (0-1)   S: Randy Myers (2)
HR: PIT – None   CINBilly Hatcher (1), Mariano Duncan (1)
Pitchers: PIT – Z. Smith (5), Landrum (1), Smiley (2), Belinda (1)  CIN – Jackson (513), Dibble (123), Charlton (1), Myers (1)
Attendance: 45,611  Time: 2:51

Game 4[edit]

October 9: Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 5 10 1
Pittsburgh 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 8 0
W: José Rijo (1-0)   L: Bob Walk (1-1)   S: Rob Dibble (1)
HR: PITJay Bell (1)  CINPaul O'Neill (1), Chris Sabo (1)
Pitchers: PIT – Walk (7), Power (2)  CIN – Rijo (7), Myers (1), Dibble (1)
Attendance: 50,461  Time: 3:00

Game 5[edit]

October 10: Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 0
Pittsburgh 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 3 6 1
W: Doug Drabek (1-1)   L: Tom Browning (1-1)   S: Bob Patterson (1)
HR: PIT – None   CIN – None
Pitchers: PIT – Drabek (813), Patterson (2/3)  CIN – Browning (5), Mahler (123), Charlton (1/3), Scudder (1)
Attendance: 48,221  Time: 2:48

Game 6[edit]

October 12: Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3
Cincinnati 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 2 9 0
W: Norm Charlton (1-1)   L: Zane Smith (0-2)   S: Randy Myers (3)
HR: PIT – None   CIN – None
Pitchers: PIT – Power (213), Z. Smith (4), Belinda (2/3), Landrum (1)  CIN – Jackson (6), Charlton (1), Myers (2)
Attendance: 56,079  Time: 2:57

World series[edit]

The World Series between the Oakland Athletics and the Reds featured friends at the managerial level. Athletics manager Tony La Russa and Reds manager Lou Piniella were old friends and teammates from their Tampa American Legion Post 248 team.

Before the Series, while Peter Gammons of ESPN had predicted an Oakland sweep, Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Royko issued the stunning prediction that the heavily favored A's were "doomed", based on the Ex-Cubs Factor. When the prediction came true, it fueled new interest in that arguably spurious correlation.

Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott made a major verbal slip-up when she dedicated the 1990 World Series to "our women and men in the Far East" (Schott meant to say Middle East). In the first inning of Game 1, Reds center fielder Eric Davis hit a home run in left center that nearly hit the CBS television studio where anchor Pat O'Brien was sitting.

Also in Game 1, Billy Hatcher helped out offensively in a big way by starting his streak of 7 straight hits in the series (after a walk in the 1st). José Rijo settled in after the early lead and cruised to a surprise Cincinnati victory. The following day, the headline of the Cincinnati Post newspaper captured the city's surprise with the headline, "DAVIS STUNS GOLIATH."

During Game 2, Reds pitcher Tom Browning's pregnant wife Debbie went into labor during the game. Debbie left her seat in the fifth inning to drive herself to the hospital. As the game went on, the Reds wanted Browning ready to pitch just in case the game went well into extra innings. Thinking that Browning was en route to a nearby hospital, the Reds had their radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman put out an All Points Bulletin on Browning, a bulletin that was picked up by Tim McCarver on CBS television, who passed it along in the ninth inning.

Game 4 was a pitchers duel between Dave Stewart and José Rijo (the Game 1 starters) that eventually culminated in the Reds sweeping the series. The A's got on the board in the first when Willie McGee doubled and Carney Lansford singled him in. The game remained 1-0 until the 8th when the Reds finally got to Stewart.

Barry Larkin singled up the middle, Herm Winningham followed with a bunt single, and Paul O'Neill reached on a throwing error by Stewart that loaded the bases. Glen Braggs's groundout and Hal Morris's sacrifice fly gave the Reds a precious 2-1 edge which was preserved by both Rijo, who at one point retired 20 straight batters. Randy Myers, one of the Nasty Boys, appeared in relief and got the final two outs.

The 1990 World Series would be the Reds 5th championship but would also be remembered as one of the biggest upsets in baseball history. This was the last World Series to be scheduled to begin play on a Tuesday, and the only since 1984. The schedule called for the seven-game series to be held Tue-Wed, Fri-Sat-Sun, Tue-Wed. Games 5, 6, and 7, however were not necessary.

Highlights[edit]

The three primary members of the bullpen; Norm Charlton, Randy Myers, and Rob Dibble (who threw a fastball in excess of 99 mph) were known as the "Nasty Boys" - and wouldn't let the A's score against them in nearly nine innings of work. Media talk of a forthcoming A's dynasty led Reds fans to call their own team the "dyNASTY."

Reds outfielder Billy Hatcher set a World Series record with seven consecutive hits. In addition, Hatcher's .750 batting average, (9 for 12), broke a mark for a four-game World Series that was previously set by Babe Ruth (.625 in 1928).

Cincinnati Reds' pitcher José Rijo became the second Dominican born player to earn World Series MVP honors. The first Dominican born to earn World Series MVP honors was Pedro Guerrero of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Matchups[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 16, 1990 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Cincinnati 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 X 7 10 0
W: José Rijo (1-0)   L: Dave Stewart (0-1)  
HR: CINEric Davis (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 17, 1990 at Riverfront Stadium, in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Oakland 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 2
Cincinnati 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 14 2
W: Rob Dibble (1-0)   L: Dennis Eckersley (0-1)  
HR: OAKJosé Canseco (1)

Game 3[edit]

October 19, 1990 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 14 1
Oakland 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 1
W: Tom Browning (1-0)   L: Mike Moore (0-1)  
HR: CINChris Sabo 2 (2)  OAKHarold Baines (1), Rickey Henderson (1)

Game 4[edit]

October 20, 1990 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California

mlb.com coverage of Game 4
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 7 1
Oakland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
W: José Rijo (2-0)   L: Dave Stewart (0-2)  S: Randy Myers (1)

Composite Box[edit]

1990 World Series (4-0): Cincinnati Reds (N.L.) over Oakland Athletics (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 4 1 9 1 3 0 0 3 0 1 22 45 4
Oakland Athletics 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 28 5
Total Attendance: 208,544   Average Attendance: 52,136
Winning Player’s Share: – $ 112,534,   Losing Player’s Share – $86,961 *Includes Playoffs and World Series

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Nashville Sounds American Association Pete Mackanin
AA Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League Jim Tracy
A Cedar Rapids Reds Midwest League Gary Denbo
A Charleston Wheelers South Atlantic League Dave Miley
Rookie GCL Reds Gulf Coast League Sam Mejias
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Gerry Groninger

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Charleston[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Randy Myers page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Tim Leary page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.366, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  4. ^ "Surprise '90 Series sweep of A's defined team effort". Reds.enquirer.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ Baseball Draft: 1st Round of the 1990 June Draft - Baseball-Reference.com
  6. ^ John Roper page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ "Ron Robinson Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Rolando Roomes Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ Ken Griffey page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ "Bill Doran Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Butch Henry Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Terry McGriff Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
Preceded by
San Francisco Giants
1989
NL West Division
Championship Season

1990
Succeeded by
Atlanta Braves
1991
Preceded by
San Francisco Giants
1989
National League Championship Season
1990
Succeeded by
Atlanta Braves
1991