|1988 Cincinnati Reds|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Murray Cook|
|Local television||WLWT |
(Jay Randolph, Johnny Bench)
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)
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The Cincinnati Reds' 1988 season marked the last of four consecutive winning seasons for the Reds, all of which resulted in second place finishes in the National League West. Led by manager Pete Rose, the Reds finished with the best record of these four seasons at 87 wins and 74 losses, but finished seven games back of the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The 1988 season would be Pete Rose's last full season as Reds manager.
- November 6, 1987: Danny Jackson was acquired from the Kansas City Royals along with Angel Salazar for Ted Power and Kurt Stillwell.
- December 8, 1987: Dave Parker was traded by the Reds to the Oakland Athletics for José Rijo and Tim Birtsas.
Danny Jackson became the last pitcher to win at least 20 games in one season for the Reds in the 20th Century. The 1988 season also marked the final season for the gifted Shortstop, Dave Concepción, an integral member of the Big Red Machine of the 1970s in which he played the last of 19 years with the club.
Suspension of Pete Rose
The stage was set in a dramatic end of a home game on April 30 against the New York Mets, in which the score was tied 5–5 leading into the ninth inning. The game had been contentious throughout, with two hit batsman and a bench-clearing brawl in the seventh inning that resulted in the ejections of both Tom Browning and Darryl Strawberry. With the Mets batting with two outs in the top of the ninth, Mookie Wilson hit a ground ball to shortstop Barry Larkin, whose throw to first base was wide and pulled first baseman Nick Esasky's foot from the bag. First-base umpire Dave Pallone, who'd long been seen as unfair by the Reds, hesitated before making a delayed safe call. Esasky, waiting for the call, failed to make a throw to the plate on Howard Johnson's attempt to score from second base. Johnson's bold baserunning proved to be the difference and stood as the game-winning run for the Mets. A furious Pete Rose rushed from the dugout, vehemently arguing the call. Rose later claimed that Pallone hit him in the cheek with his finger, prompting Rose to shove Pallone twice with his shoulder and forearm knocking him backward. Rose was then ejected and had to be restrained by his own coaches. At the same time, fans in the stadium began showering the field with debris, at which time Pallone left the field with the players retreating to the dugouts.
After a nearly 15-minute suspension of play, the game was resumed with the remaining three umpires. National League president A. Bartlett Giamatti suspended Rose for thirty days, which was the longest suspension ever levied for an on-field incident involving a manager. Rose was also fined. In addition, Reds radio announcers Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall were criticized for inciting the fan response with what were characterized by "inflammatory and completely irresponsible remarks". At the time, especially given Brennaman's and Nuxhall's iconic status in Cincinnati, it was common for spectators at ballparks to listen to their teams' radio broadcasts using portable radios.
|Los Angeles Dodgers||94||67||0.584||—||45–36||49–31|
|San Diego Padres||83||78||0.516||11||47–34||36–44|
|San Francisco Giants||83||79||0.512||11½||45–36||38–43|
Record vs. opponents
1988 National League Records
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- March 29, 1988: Guy Hoffman was released by the Reds.
- May 14, 1988: Skeeter Barnes was signed as a free agent by the Reds.
- June 1, 1988: Paul Byrd was drafted by the Reds in the 13th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign.
- June 20, 1988: Mario Soto was released by the Reds.
- July 11, 1988: Max Venable was signed as a free agent by the Reds.
- July 13, 1988: Tracy Jones and Pat Pacillo were traded by the Reds to the Montreal Expos for Jeff Reed, Herm Winningham, and Randy St. Claire.
- August 2, 1988: Ken Griffey, Sr. was signed as a free agent by the Reds.
|1988 Cincinnati Reds|
The 1988 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 59th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 12, 1988, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, the home of the Cincinnati Reds of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 2-1.
The Perfect Game
September 16, 1988, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
|W: Tom Browning (16-5) L: Tim Belcher (10-5)|
|Attendance: 16,591, Time: 1:51|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||AB||R||H||RBI||Cincinnati Reds||AB||R||H||RBI|
|Griffin, ss||3||0||0||0||Larkin, ss||3||1||1||0|
|Hatcher, 1b||3||0||0||0||Sabo, 3b||3||0||1||0|
|Gibson, lf||3||0||0||0||Daniels, lf||3||0||0||0|
|Gonzalez, lf||0||0||0||0||Davis, cf||2||0||0||0|
|Marshall, rf||3||0||0||0||O'Neill, rf||3||0||0||0|
|Shelby, cf||3||0||0||0||Esasky, 1b||3||0||0||0|
|Hamilton, 3b||3||0||0||0||Reed, c||3||0||0||0|
|Dempsey, c||3||0||0||0||Oester, 2b||3||0||1||0|
|Sax, 2b||3||0||0||0||Browning, p||3||0||0||0|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO||Cincinnati Reds||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO|
|Belcher, L (10-5)||8.0||3||1||0||1||7||Browning, W (16-5)||9.0||0||0||0||0||7|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|Ken Griffey Sr.||25||50||14||.280||2||4|
|Randy St. Claire||10||1||0||0||2.63||8|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Chattanooga, Cedar Rapids
Awards and honors
- Dave Parker page at Baseball Reference
- Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.98, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
- Hoard, Greg (May 1, 1988). "Mets frustrate Reds (Part 1)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 13. Retrieved September 28, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Hoard, Greg (May 1, 1988). "Mets frustrate Reds (Part 2)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 15. Retrieved September 28, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Hoard, Greg; Erardi, John (May 1, 1988). "Stadium uproar (Part 1)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 1. Retrieved September 28, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Hoard, Greg; Erardi, John (May 1, 1988). "Stadium uproar (Part 2)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 9. Retrieved September 28, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Chass, Murray (May 3, 1988). "Pete Rose Is Suspended 30 Days". The New York Times. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
- Guy Hoffman page at Baseball Reference
- Skeeter Barnes page at Baseball Reference
- Paul Byrd page at Baseball Reference
- Mario Soto page at Baseball Reference
- Max Venable page at Baseball Reference
- Tracy Jones page at Baseball Reference
- Ken Griffey page at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
- "Hutch Award". Baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.