1999 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1999 Cincinnati Reds season was the 130th season for the franchise in Major League Baseball. During the season the Reds became a surprising contender in the National League Central, winning 96 games and narrowly losing the division to the Houston Astros, ultimately missing the playoffs after losing a tie-breaker game to the New York Mets.[1] As of 2019, the 1999 Reds currently hold the Major League record for the most wins by a team that failed to reach the playoffs in the Wild Card era.

1999 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
Record96–67 (.589)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Marge Schott, Carl Lindner
General manager(s)Jim Bowden
Manager(s)Jack McKeon
Local televisionFox Sports Ohio
(George Grande, Chris Welsh)
Local radioWLW
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)
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  • November 5, 1998: Melvin Nieves was released by the Cincinnati Reds.[2]
  • November 10, 1998: Bret Boone was traded by the Cincinnati Reds with Mike Remlinger to the Atlanta Braves for Rob Bell, Denny Neagle, and Michael Tucker.[3]
  • November 11, 1998: Paul Konerko was traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago White Sox for Mike Cameron.[4]
  • December 21, 1998: Steve Avery was signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds.[5]
  • February 2, 1999: Mark Sweeney was traded by the San Diego Padres with Greg Vaughn to the Cincinnati Reds for Damian Jackson, Reggie Sanders, and Josh Harris (minors).[6]

Regular season

Opening Day starters

Pos Player
CFMike Cameron
SSBarry Larkin
1BSean Casey
LFGreg Vaughn
RFDmitri Young
CEddie Taubensee
3BAaron Boone
2BPokey Reese
PBrett Tomko


In the May 19 contest versus the Colorado Rockies, the Reds won by a 24−12 final, tied for the fourth-highest run-scoring output in MLB history. The Reds' Jeffrey Hammonds hit three home runs this game; following the season, Colorado acquired him via trade. Both Hammonds and Sean Casey totaled four hits. Casey was on base seven times with three walks, and hit two home runs and six RBI. The Reds totaled six home runs; Casey added two, and Brian Johnson one. Colorado's Larry Walker and Dante Bichette both had four hits. Bichette also had five RBI, and Vinny Castilla hit a three-run home run.[7]

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 9765 0.599 50–32 47–33
Cincinnati Reds 9667 0.589 45–37 51–30
Pittsburgh Pirates 7883 0.484 18½ 45–36 33–47
St. Louis Cardinals 7586 0.466 21½ 38–42 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 7487 0.460 22½ 32–48 42–39
Chicago Cubs 6795 0.414 30 34–47 33–48

Record vs. opponents

Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
Arizona 4–57–21–86–78–15–47–65–46–37–28–15–211–29–34–47–8
Atlanta 5–42–58–15–49–46–15–45–29–49–38–56–35–44–58–19–9
Chicago 2–75–25–84–56–33–92–76–62–53–62–77–66–31–77–56–9
Cincinnati 8–11–88–57–26–19–44–36–64–35–56–37–66–34–58–47-8
Colorado 7–64–55–42–75–42–68–56–36–34–55–42–74–94–94–54–8
Florida 1–84–93–61–64–52–77–25–48–43–102–113–43–64–53–411–7
Houston 4–51–69–34–96–27-26–38–57–24–56–15–78–15–45–712–3
Los Angeles 6–74–57–23–45–82–73–67–25–44–46–33–63–98–53–68–7
Milwaukee 4–52–56–66–63–64–55–82–75–42–55–48–43–54–57–68–6
Montreal 3–64–95–23–43–64–82–74–54–55–86–63–65–34–55–48–10
New York 2–73–96–35–55–410–35–44–45–28–56–67–27–27–25–212–6
Philadelphia 1-85–87–23–64–511–21–63–64–56–66–63–46–32–64–511–7
Pittsburgh 2–53–66–76–77–24–37–56–34–86–32–74–33–64–57–57–8
San Diego 2–114–53–63–69–46–31–89–35–33–52–73–66–35–72–711–4
San Francisco 3–95–47–15–49–45–44–55–85–45–42–76–25–47–56–37–8
St. Louis 4–41–85–74–85–44–37–56–36–74–52–55–45–77–23–67–8


  • June 2, 1999: Ben Broussard was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 1999 amateur draft. Player signed June 2, 1999.[8]
  • August 4, 1999: Jason Bere was released by the Cincinnati Reds.[9]


1999 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers


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
CEddie Taubensee126424132.3112187
1BSean Casey151594197.3322599
2BPokey Reese149585167.2851052
3BAaron Boone139472132.2801472
SSBarry Larkin161583171.2931275
LFGreg Vaughn153550135.24545118
CFMike Cameron146542139.2562166
RFMichael Tucker13329675.2531144

Other batters

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
OFDmitri Young127373112.3001456
OFJeffrey Hammonds12326273.2791741
3BMark Lewis8817344.254628
CBrian Johnson4511727.231518
IFChris Stynes7311327.239214
1BHal Morris8010229.284016
CJason LaRue369019.211310
1BMark Sweeney373111.35527
SSTravis Dawkins771.14300
LFKerry Robinson910.00000

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W= Wins; L = Losses; K = Strikeouts; ERA = Earned run average; WHIP = Walks + Hits Per Inning Pitched

Harnisch, Pete3333198.116101203.681.24
Tomko, Brett3326172.0571324.781.36
Villone, Ron2922142.297974.231.31
Parris, Steve2221128.2114863.501.36
Neagle, Denny2019111.295764.271.20
Avery, Steve191996.067515.161.59
Guzmán, Juan121277.163603.031.18

Other pitchers

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

Bere, Jason121043.1306.8528

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
Graves, Danny7587273.0869
Sullivan, Scott795433.0178
Williamson, Scott62127192.41107
Reyes, Dennys652223.7972
White, Gabe501204.4361
Belinda, Stan290315.2740
Greene, Rick10004.763
Ryan, B.J.10004.501
Hudek, John200127.000

Awards and honors


The 96 wins by the 1999 Cincinnati Reds were the most since the 1976 Big Red Machine who compiled 102 victories en route to their second consecutive World Series title. The Reds would not reach the 90-win plateau again until the 2010 season, when the team won the National League Central title with 91 victories.[11]

The 1999 team is regarded as one of the best teams not to make the playoffs. Since the switch to 162 game season in 1962, the Reds have the sixth-best record, only to not make the playoffs at 96-67.[12]

Notable Records

The team scored 865 runs, which still stands as the franchise record for runs scored in a season. The team also set franchise highs in most runs batted in (820), most total bases (2,549), and highest slugging percentage (.451)[11]

On May 19, 1999, the Reds set three franchise records when they collected 28 hits, 15 extra base hits, and 55 total bases in a 24–12 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Sean Casey and Jeffrey Hammonds also set individual franchise records with each scoring five runs.[13]

On September 4, 1999, the Reds set a franchise record when they clubbed nine home runs in a 22–3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.[13] Eight different Reds players homered in the game, the only time since 1901 that a team has achieved this.[14]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians International League Dave Miley
AA Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League Phillip Wellman
A Clinton LumberKings Midwest League Freddie Benavides
A Rockford Reds Midwest League Mike Rojas
Rookie GCL Reds Gulf Coast League Donnie Scott
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Russ Nixon



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