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1989 Cincinnati Reds season

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The Cincinnati Reds' 1989 season consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League West for the first time since 1979. The season was defined by allegations of gambling by Pete Rose. Before the end of the season, Rose was banned from baseball by commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.

1989 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record75–87 (.463)
Divisional place5th
Other information
Owner(s)Marge Schott
General manager(s)Murray Cook
Manager(s)Pete Rose, Tommy Helms
Local televisionWLWT
(Jay Randolph, Johnny Bench, Thom Brennaman)
Local radioWLW
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)
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OffseasonEdit

  • November 5, 1988: Skeeter Barnes was signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.[1]
  • December 2, 1988: Rick Mahler signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.[2]
  • December 8, 1988: Rolando Roomes was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Cincinnati Reds for Lloyd McClendon.[3]
  • December 21, 1988: Manny Trillo signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.[4]
  • December 21, 1988: Joel Youngblood was signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.[5]
  • December 21, 1988: Ken Griffey, Sr. was released by the Cincinnati Reds.[6]
  • March 28, 1989: Randy St. Claire was released by the Cincinnati Reds.[7]
  • March 30, 1989: Kent Tekulve signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.
  • March 30, 1989: Ken Griffey, Sr. signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.[6]

Ohio CupEdit

 
A pennant from the 1989 Ohio Cup.

The first Ohio Cup, which was an annual pre-season baseball game was played in 1989. The single-game cup was played at Cooper Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and was staged just days before the start of each new Major League Baseball season.

No. Year Winner Runner-up Score Venue Date Attendance
1 1989 Indians Reds 1-0 Cooper Stadium April 2 15,978

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Francisco Giants 92 70 0.568 53–28 39–42
San Diego Padres 89 73 0.549 3 46–35 43–38
Houston Astros 86 76 0.531 6 47–35 39–41
Los Angeles Dodgers 77 83 0.481 14 44–37 33–46
Cincinnati Reds 75 87 0.463 17 38–43 37–44
Atlanta Braves 63 97 0.394 28 33–46 30–51

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1989 National League Records

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


Notable transactionsEdit

  • May 25, 1989: Manny Trillo was released by the Cincinnati Reds.[4]
  • July 18, 1989: Tim Leary was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with Mariano Duncan to the Cincinnati Reds for Kal Daniels and Lenny Harris.[8]

Notable gamesEdit

  • On August 3, 1989, at Riverfront Stadium against the Houston Astros, the Reds set or tied several team, National League, and major league records by scoring 14 runs on 16 hits in the first inning.[9][10] The bottom of the first inning lasted 38 minutes, and the first eight consecutive batters reached base.[10] The Reds won the game 18-2.[9]

Pete Rose: Permanent IneligibilityEdit

Amid reports that he had bet on baseball, Rose was questioned in February 1989 by outgoing commissioner Peter Ueberroth and his replacement, Bart Giamatti. Rose denied the allegations and Ueberroth dropped the investigation. However, after Giamatti became Commissioner, three days later, lawyer John Dowd was retained to investigate these charges against Rose. A Sports Illustrated cover story published on March 21, 1989, gave the public their first detailed report of the allegations that Rose had placed bets on baseball games.

Dowd interviewed many of Rose's associates, including alleged bookies and bet runners. He delivered a summary of his findings to the Commissioner in May, a document which became known as the Dowd Report. In it, Dowd documented Rose's alleged gambling activities in 1985 and 1986 and compiled a day-by-day account of Rose's alleged betting on baseball games in 1987. The Dowd Report documented his alleged bets on 52 Reds games in 1987, where Rose wagered a minimum of $10,000 a day. Others involved in the allegations claim that number was actually $2,000 a day.

According to the Dowd Report itself, "no evidence was discovered that Rose bet against the Reds."[11] This is in contrast to the case of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and his teammates in the Black Sox Scandal, who were accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series.

Rose continued to deny all of the accusations against him and refused to appear at a hearing with Giamatti on the matter. He filed a lawsuit alleging that the Commissioner had prejudged the case and could not provide a fair hearing. A Cincinnati judge issued a temporary restraining order to delay the hearing, but Giamatti fought to have the case moved to Federal Court. The Commissioner prevailed in that effort, after which he and Rose entered settlement negotiations.

On August 24, 1989, Rose voluntarily accepted a permanent place on baseball's ineligible list.[12] Rose accepted that there was a factual reason for the ban; in return, Major League Baseball agreed to make no formal finding with regard to the gambling allegations. According to baseball's rules, Rose could reapply for reinstatement. Rose, with a 412-373 record, was replaced as Reds manager by Tommy Helms. Rose began therapy with a psychiatrist for treatment of a gambling addiction.

RosterEdit

1989 Cincinnati Reds
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

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

Other battersEdit

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Danny Jackson 20 116 6 11 5.60 70

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchersEdit
Player G IP W L ERA SO SV

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Skeeter Barnes Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  2. ^ Rick Mahler Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ "Rolando Roomes Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Manny Trillo Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ "Joel Youngblood Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Ken Griffey Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ "Randy St. Claire Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  8. ^ Tim Leary Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ a b "Thursday, August 3, 1989 12:35, Riverfront Stadium". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  10. ^ a b "The Big Inning Reds Get Record 16 Hits, Score 14 Runs in the First". Los Angeles Times. August 4, 1989. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  11. ^ DowdReport.com - John M. Dowd
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007