1992 Cincinnati Reds season

1 12 2011

After a disappointing 1991, the Reds traded away a number of players from the 1990 World Series team in the offseason.  Jack Armstrong and Scott Scudder were traded to Cleveland for Greg Swindell, Eric Davis was traded to LA for Tim Belcher, and Randy Myers was sent to the Padres for Bip Roberts.

The 1992 Reds fared much better.  At the end of July, through 100 games, the Reds were 18 games over .500 and led the defending NL champion Braves by half of a game.  Unfortunately, a poor August led to a .500 record the rest of the way, and a surge by the Braves put the pennant out of reach.  The club did finish 90-72, 2nd place in the NL West.

The Reds had 2 All-Star representatives – Bip Roberts and closer Norm Charlton.  Roberts hit .323 with 44 steals, and he tied a National League record with 10 consecutive hits.  I remember listening to Marty and Joe call those couple of games; I hid my Walkman radio in bed with me and snuck in some headphones so my parents thought I’d really gone to sleep.  Those were the days…

The Reds scored about 30 fewer runs than the year before – but they again scored the 4th most in the National League.  Pitching was better across the league in 1992, so that’s the reasoning there.  Barry Larkin had another stellar year, batting .304, while rookie Reggie Sanders hit .270 with 12 HR and 16 SB in 385 at bats.  Hal Morris, Chris Sabo and Paul O’Neill produced, but had sub-par seasons compared with their previous history.

Pitching was again a strength, particularly the bullpen.  Though Charlton made the All-Star team, he and Rob Dibble shared the closer role – saving 26 and 25 games, respectively.  Jose Rijo was dominant again at the top of the rotation, winning 15 games with a 2.56 ERA, while newcomer Swindell went 12-8 with a 2.70 ERA (he clearly got unlucky in not getting some decisions).  Belcher also won 15 games.

Team MVP: Bip Roberts (.323/4/45, 92 R, 44 SB)

Best Pitcher: Jose Rijo (15-10/2.56/171)

Award Winners:

Barry Larkin, Silver Slugger



Norm Charlton




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