1978 Cincinnati Reds season


1978 Cincinnati Reds season

MLB yearly infobox alt‎
name = Cincinnati Reds
season = 1978
misc =

current league = National League
y1 = 1890
division = Western Division
y2 = 1969
Uniform
ballpark = Riverfront Stadium
y4 = 1970
city = Cincinnati, Ohio
y5 = 1882
owners = Francis Dale
general managers = Bob Howsam, Dick Wagner
managers =Sparky Anderson
television = WLWT
(Ken Coleman, Bill Brown)
radio = WLW
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)|
The Cincinnati Reds' 1978 season consisted of the Reds finishing in second place in the National League West with a record of 92-69, just 2½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds were managed by Sparky Anderson and played their home games at Riverfront Stadium. Following the season, Anderson was relpaced as manager by John McNamara, and Pete Rose left to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies for the 1979 season.

Offseason

*October 31, 1977: Woodie Fryman and Bill Caudill were traded by the Reds to the Chicago Cubs for Bill Bonham. [ [http://www.baseball-reference.com/f/frymawo01.shtml Woodie Fryman page at Baseball Reference] ]
*October 31, 1977: Joe Henderson was purchased from the Reds by the Toronto Blue Jays. [ [http://www.baseball-reference.com/h/hendejo01.shtml Joe Henderson page at Baseball Reference] ]
*February 25, 1978: Dave Revering and cash were traded by the Reds to the Oakland Athletics for Doug Bair. [ [http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/reverda01.shtml Dave Revering page at Baseball Reference] ]

Regular season

* Pete Rose set the National League Record with a 44 game hitting streak.

eason standings

Transactions

*June 6, 1978: 1978 Major League Baseball Draft
**Skeeter Barnes was drafted by the Reds in the 16th round. Player signed June 8, 1978. [ [http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/barnesk01.shtml Skeeter Barnes page at Baseball Reference] ]
**Otis Nixon was drafted by the Reds in the 21st round, but did not sign. [ [http://www.baseball-reference.com/n/nixonot01.shtml Otis Nixon page at Baseball Reference] ]

Pete Rose Hitting Streak

On May 5, 1978, Rose became the 13th and youngest player in Major League history to collect his 3,000th career hit, with a single off Expos pitcher Steve Rogers. On June 14 in Cincinnati, Rose singled in the first inning off Cubs pitcher Dave Roberts; Rose would proceed to get a hit in every game he played until August 1, making a run at Joe DiMaggio’s record 56-game hitting streak, which had stood virtually unchallenged for 37 years. The streak started quietly, but by the time it had reached 30 games, the media took notice and a pool of reporters accompanied Rose and the Reds to every game. On July 19 against the Phillies, Rose was hitless going into the ninth with his team trailing. He ended up walking and the streak appeared over. But the Reds managed to bat through their entire lineup, giving Rose another chance. Facing Ron Reed, Rose laid down a perfect bunt single to extend the streak to 32 games.

He would eventually tie Willie Keeler's single season National League record at 44 games; but on August 1, the streak came to an end as Gene Garber of the Braves struck out Rose in the ninth inning. The competitive Rose was sour after the game, blasting Garber and the Braves for treating the situation "like it was the ninth inning of the 7th game of the World Series" and adding that "Phil Niekro would have given me a fastball to hit." [ [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCI/is_2_63/ai_112167128 Former reliever Gene Garber recalls 19-year career and his role in baseball history - Where Are They Now? - Atlanta Braves pitcher | Baseball Digest | Find Articles at BNET.com ] ]

Batting

tarters by position

"Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In"

Other pitchers

Relief pitchers

References

* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CIN/1978.shtml 1978 Cincinnati Reds season at Baseball Reference]


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