1994 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds were leading the National League Central division by a half game before a strike ended the 1994 Major League Baseball season.

1994 Cincinnati Reds
1st place in NL Central
Major League affiliations
Record66–48 (.579)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Marge Schott
General manager(s)Jim Bowden
Manager(s)Davey Johnson
Local televisionWLWT
SportsChannel Cincinnati
(George Grande, Chris Welsh)
Local radioWLW
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)
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  • November 2, 1993: Dan Wilson and Bobby Ayala were traded by the Reds to the Seattle Mariners for Bret Boone and Erik Hanson.[1]
  • November 4, 1993: Jerome Walton was signed as a free agent by the Reds.[2]
  • November 23, 1993: Steve Lake was signed as a free agent by the Reds.[3]
  • November 24, 1993: Casey Candaele was signed as a free agent by the Reds.[4]
  • March 8, 1994: Tony Fernández was signed as a free agent by the Reds.[5]

Regular season

For the first time, the Opening Day game was moved to Sunday night as part of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Up to that point, traditionally Opening Day was held on a Monday, with the Reds customarily hosting the first game of the afternoon. The move was met with some controversy, as many fans and traditionalists, including Reds owner Marge Schott, were not happy about the Sunday night game, especially since it was also Easter Sunday.[6][7] Many tickets for the Sunday night game went unsold, and the team elected to wait until Monday afternoon's game for the traditional Opening Day pageantry and festivities. A sparse crowd of only 32,803 braved frigid weather Sunday night April 3 to watch the Reds lose 6–4 to the St. Louis Cardinals.[8][9]

For Game 2 on Monday April 4, dubbed by most in attendance the "traditional" opening day, a sold out, standing room only crowd of 55,093 arrived at Riverfront Stadium, shrugging off the previous night's game. The pomp and ceremony, including the traditional Findlay Market parade was held under sunny skies. Kevin Mitchell hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to win the game 5–4.[10][11]

By Friday, August 12, the Reds had compiled a 66-48 record through 114 games (although they had actually played 115 games, since their April 6 game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Riverfront Stadium ended tied 8–8 after the top of the 6th inning due to poor weather[12]). They were leading the NL Central Division by just half a game over the Houston Astros. Prior to the strike, they had scored 609 runs (5.30 per game) and had allowed 490 runs (4.26 per game).[13]

Game log

1994 Regular Season Game Log (66-48-1) (Home: 37-22-1; Road: 29-26)
April (15-7-1) (Home: 10-2-1; Road: 5-5)
1April 3Cardinals
2April 4Cardinals
3April 6Cardinals
4April 8Phillies
5April 9Phillies
6April 10Phillies
7April 11@ Expos9-4 (11 inn.)Carrasco (3-0)Heredia (0-1)12,5265-1-1Boxscore
8April 12@ Expos7-1Pugh (1-0)Boucher (0-1)12,4666-1-1Boxscore
9April 13@ Expos2-3Wetteland (1-1)McElroy (0-1)14,0726-2-1Boxscore
10April 15@ Phillies
11April 16@ Phillies
12April 17@ Phillies
13April 19Pirates
14April 20Pirates
15April 22Marlins
16April 23Marlins
17April 24Marlins
18April 25Cubs
19April 26Cubs
20April 27@ Pirates
21April 28@ Pirates
22April 29@ Marlins
23April 30@ Marlins
May (14-15) (Home: 7-5; Road: 7-10)
24May 1@ Marlins
25May 2@ Cubs
26May 3@ Cubs
27May 4@ Cubs
28May 5Astros
29May 6Astros
30May 7Astros
31May 8Astros
32May 9@ Padres
33May 10@ Padres
34May 11@ Padres
35May 13@ Giants
36May 14@ Giants
37May 15@ Giants
38May 17Braves
39May 18Braves
40May 19Braves
41May 20Dodgers
42May 21Dodgers
43May 22Dodgers
44May 23@ Rockies
45May 24@ Rockies
46May 25@ Rockies
47May 26@ Rockies
48May 27@ Mets
49May 28@ Mets
50May 29@ Mets
51May 30Expos7-3Rijo (3-3)Hill (8-3)27,87528-22-1Boxscore
52May 31Expos5-4 (13 inn.)Schourek (3-0)Shaw (2-2)25,04629-22-1Boxscore
June (15-11) (Home: 10-4; Road: 5-7)
53June 1Expos9-10Scott (3-2)Carrasco (3-2)Martínez (1)23,65329-23-1Boxscore
54June 3Mets
55June 4Mets
56June 5Mets
57June 7@ Cardinals
58June 8@ Cardinals
59June 9Rockies
60June 10Rockies
61June 11Rockies
62June 12Rockies
63June 13@ Dodgers
64June 14@ Dodgers
65June 15@ Dodgers
66June 17@ Braves
67June 18@ Braves
68June 19@ Braves
69June 21Giants
70June 22Giants
71June 23Giants
72June 24Padres
73June 25Padres
74June 26Padres
75June 27@ Astros
76June 28@ Astros
77June 29@ Astros
78June 30@ Pirates
July (17-10) (Home: 8-6; Road: 9-4)
79July 1@ Pirates
80July 2@ Pirates
81July 3@ Pirates
82July 4@ Marlins
83July 5@ Marlins
84July 6@ Marlins
85July 7Pirates
86July 8Pirates
87July 9Pirates
88July 10Pirates
All-Star Break: NL def. AL at Three Rivers Stadium, 87 (10)
89July 14Cubs
90July 15Cubs
91July 16Cubs
92July 17Cubs
93July 18Marlins
94July 19Marlins
95July 20Marlins
96July 22@ Cubs
97July 23@ Cubs
98July 24@ Cubs
99July 25Astros
100July 26Astros
101July 27Astros
102July 28@ Padres
103July 29@ Padres
104July 30@ Padres
105July 31@ Padres
August (5-5) (Home: 2-5; Road: 3-0)
106August 1@ Giants
107August 2@ Giants
108August 3@ Giants
109August 5Braves
110August 6Braves
111August 7Braves
112August 8Braves
113August 9Dodgers
114August 10Dodgers
115August 11Dodgers
Reds win Reds loss All-Star Game Game postponed

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 6648 0.579 37–22 29–26
Houston Astros 6649 0.574 ½ 37–22 29–27
Pittsburgh Pirates 5361 0.465 13 32–29 21–32
St. Louis Cardinals 5361 0.465 13 23–33 30–28
Chicago Cubs 4964 0.434 16½ 20–39 29–25
Division leaders W L Pct.
Montreal Expos 7440 0.649
Cincinnati Reds 6648 0.579
Los Angeles Dodgers 5856 0.509
Wild Card team W L Pct. GB
Atlanta Braves68460.597
Houston Astros66490.574212
New York Mets55580.4871212
San Francisco Giants55600.4781312
Philadelphia Phillies54610.4701412
St. Louis Cardinals53610.46515
Pittsburgh Pirates53610.46515
Colorado Rockies53640.4531612
Florida Marlins51640.4441712
Chicago Cubs49640.4341812
San Diego Padres47700.4022212

Record vs. opponents

Atlanta 4–25–58–28–43–36–04–55–46–33–96–15–15–7
Chicago 2–45–76–64–54–83–32–41–41–65–56–35–45–5
Cincinnati 5–57–54–47–54–63–64–22–44–29–38–27–22–2–1
Colorado 2–86–64–43–95–54–64–25–12–42–35–53–78–4
Florida 4–85–45–79–32–43–32–76–44–61–65–12–43–7
Houston 3–38–46–45–54–21–82–43–35–18–45–58–28–4
Los Angeles 0–63–36–36–43–38–13–96–67–53–36–45–52–4
Montreal 5–44–22–42–47–24–29–34–35–48–212–05–77–3
New York 4–54–14–21–54–63–36–63–44–64–56–66–66–3
Philadelphia 3-66–12–44–26–41–55–74–56–45–44–84–84–3
Pittsburgh 9–35–53–93–26–14–83–32–85–44–53–31–55–5
San Diego 1–63–62–85–51–55–54–60–126–68–43–35–24–2
San Francisco 1–54–52–77–34–22–85–57–56–68–45–12–52–4
St. Louis 7–55–52–2–14–87–34–84–23–73–63–45–52–44–2

Notable transactions


1994 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers
  • 33 Brian Dorsett
  •  9 Joe Oliver
  • 10 Eddie Taubensee


Outfielders Manager


Player stats

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CBrian Dorsett7621653.245526
1BHal Morris112436146.3351078
2BBret Boone108381122.3201268
SSBarry Larkin110427119.279952
3BTony Fernández104366102.279850
LFKevin Mitchell95310101.3263077
CFRoberto Kelly4717954.302321
RFReggie Sanders107400105.2631762

Other batters

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
Deion Sanders4618451.27707
Thomas Howard8317847.264524
Ed Taubensee6117752.294821
Jacob Brumfield6812238.311411
Jeff Branson5810931.284616
Lenny Harris6610031.310014
Jerome Walton466821.30919
Willie Greene16378.21603
Brian Hunter9237.304410
Joe Oliver6194.21115
Steve Pegues11103.30000

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
José Rijo26172.1963.08171
John Smiley24158.211103.86112
Erik Hanson22122.2554.11101
John Roper1692.0624.5051
Tim Pugh1047.2336.0424
Tom Browning740.2314.2022

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Pete Schourek2281.1724.0969
Kevin Jarvis617.2117.1310

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jeff Brantley5066152.4863
Chuck McElroy521252.3438
Johnny Ruffin517213.0944
Hector Carrasco455662.2441
Tim Fortugno251004.2029
Rich DeLucia80004.2215
Jerry Spradlin600010.134
Scott Service61207.365

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Marc Bombard
AA Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League Pat Kelly
A Winston-Salem Spirits Carolina League Mark Berry
A Charleston Wheelers South Atlantic League Tom Nieto
Rookie Princeton Reds Appalachian League John Stearns
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Donnie Scott

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Indianapolis, Princeton, Billings[16]


  1. Bret Boone Bret Boone page at Baseball Reference
  2. Jerome Walton page at Baseball Reference
  3. Steve Lake page at Baseball Reference
  4. Casey Candaele page at Baseball Reference
  5. Tony Fernández page at Baseball Reference
  6. Hobson, Geoff (April 3, 1994). "It's Opening Day/Night (Part 1)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 21. Retrieved March 30, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  7. Hobson, Geoff (April 3, 1994). "It's Opening Day/Night (Part 2)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 28. Retrieved March 30, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  8. Wilkinson, Howard (April 4, 1994). "Reds chilled by Card (Part 1)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 1. Retrieved March 30, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  9. Wilkinson, Howard (April 4, 1994). "Reds chilled by Card (Part 2)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 6. Retrieved March 30, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  10. Wilkinson, Howard (April 5, 1994). "Tradition hits home with fans (Part 1)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 1. Retrieved March 30, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  11. Wilkinson, Howard (April 5, 1994). "Tradition hits home with fans (Part 2)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 4. Retrieved March 30, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  12. "April 6, 1994 St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. April 6, 1994. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  13. "1994 National League Season Summary". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  14. Kevin Maas page at Baseball Reference
  15. Deion Sanders page at Baseball Reference
  16. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
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