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1988 Cincinnati Reds season

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Owner(s)  Marge Schott
Manager(s)  Pete Rose
General manager(s)  Murray Cook
1988 Cincinnati Reds season
Local television  WLWT (Jay Randolph, Johnny Bench)
Local radio  WLW (Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)

The Cincinnati Reds' 1988 season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League West. Led by manager Pete Rose, the Reds had a record of 87 wins and 74 losses, finishing seven games back of the eventual world champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The 1988 season would be Pete Rose's last full season as Reds manager.



  • December 8, 1987: Dave Parker was traded by the Reds to the Oakland Athletics for Jos√© Rijo and Tim Birtsas.
  • Regular season

    During the season, Danny Jackson became the last pitcher to win at least 20 games in one season for the Reds in the 20th Century. It also marked the final season for Dave Concepción after 19 years with the club.

    Notable transactions

  • 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.
  • All-Star Game

    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

    Tom Browning pitching a perfect game on September 16, 1988, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.


    September 16, 1988, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

    Farm system

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Chattanooga, Cedar Rapids

    Awards and honors

  • Ron Oester, Hutch Award
  • References

    1988 Cincinnati Reds season Wikipedia