1987 Cincinnati Reds season

5 03 2011

The Reds young roster brought home a 2nd place finish for the third year in a row under manager Pete Rose, winning 84 games. They led the division for most of the first half of the year, and held a tie for first place as late as August 20th. But a down stretch at the end of August and the beginning of September doomed the team’s playoff hopes. They finished behind the San Francisco Giants – the third different team they’d finished second to since Rose took over. They again had excellent hitting depth a quality bullpen, but the starters actually had a losing record.  Eric Davis was voted in as an All-Star starter, and closer John Franco and catcher Bo Diaz also represented the team in the All-Star game.

Diaz was solid behind the plate, hitting .270 and driving in 82 runs.  Aside from Davis, four other players hit 20+ homers.  Veteran Dave Parker hit 26 with 97 RBI in his last season with the team, Kal Daniels hit 26 and stole as many bases, and Nick Esasky smashed 22 dingers.  Another 2nd-year player, Barry Larkin had a promising year at short, stealing 21 bases and scoring 64 runs.  Buddy Bell was again solid, hitting .274 and driving in 70 runs.

Davis’s second straight stand-out season was the story for the Reds.  Already one of two players with 25 homers and 80 steals in the same season, in 1987 he became the first player in history to hit 30 home runs and steal 50 bases in the same season.  He is still the only player to hit 35+ and steal 50+.  He was the NL player of the month in both April and May, matching a major league record by hitting 3 grand slams in one month (May).  He won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award, one of 5 players to do so that year (Dawson, O. Smith, Mattingly, Puckett).

Team MVP: Eric Davis (.293/37/100, 50 SB, 120 R, SS, GG)

Best Pitcher: John Franco (8-5/2.52/61, 32 SV)

Award Winners:

Franco, Rolaids Relief

Davis, Silver Slugger & Gold Glove


Davis (starter)


Bo Diaz




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