1984 Cincinnati Reds season: Wikis


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1984 Cincinnati Reds
Major league affiliations
1984 information
Owner(s) Marge Schott
General manager(s) Bob Howsam, Bill Bergesch
Manager(s) Vern Rapp, Pete Rose
Local television WLWT, Sports Time
(Ray Lane, Ken Wilson)
Local radio WLW
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)

The Cincinnati Reds' 1984 season consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League West.



Regular season

Reds pitcher Mario Soto endured two suspensions during the 1984 season for various incidents. In the first incident, on May 27 against the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field, third baseman Ron Cey hit what was originally ruled a home run down the left field line. Believing the ball had gone foul, Soto and Reds manager Vern Rapp disputed the call, and during the argument, Soto shoved third base umpire Steve Rippley, who had made the call.

After conferring, the umpires changed their decision and ruled it a foul ball, drawing a protest from the Cubs. However, for shoving Rippley, Soto was ejected, prompting him to charge the field and attack Cubs coach Don Zimmer, which triggered a ten-minute brawl. Four days later, National League president Chub Feeney suspended Mario Soto for five games. This game is also notable because Soto's opponent that day was future Hall of Fame Dennis Eckersley, who would go on to become a record-setting closer years later. "Eck", who was making his Cubs debut after being acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, took the loss that day. [1]

In the second incident, on June 16, the Reds were playing the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. Soto threw several brushback pitches at Braves slugger Claudell Washington. Washington tossed his bat in the direction of Soto, appeared to go out to retrieve it, but instead walked toward the mound. Umpire Lanny Harris attempted to restrain Washington. Harris was thrown to the ground. Soto used the distraction to punch Washington. Several of Washington's teammates attempted to hold Washington to the ground. While they were doing that, Soto fired the baseball into the crowd of players, striking Braves coach Joe Pignatano. He was suspended three games for this incident; Washington received a five-game suspension for shoving Lanny Harris.


Season standings

NL West W L GB Pct.
San Diego Padres 92 70 -- .568
Atlanta Braves 80 82 12.0 .494
Houston Astros 80 82 12.0 .494
Los Angeles Dodgers 79 83 13.0 .488
Cincinnati Reds 70 92 22.0 .432
San Francisco Giants 66 96 26.0 .407

Notable transactions


1984 Cincinnati Reds roster
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
RF Parker, DaveDave Parker 156 607 173 .285 16 94

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Cedeño, CésarCésar Cedeño 110 380 105 .276 10 47
Krenchicki, WayneWayne Krenchicki 97 181 54 .298 6 22
Pérez, TonyTony Pérez 71 137 33 .241 2 15
Rose, PetePete Rose 26 96 35 .365 0 11
Lawless, TomTom Lawless 43 80 20 .250 1 2
Knicely, AlanAlan Knicely 10 29 4 .138 0 5


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Soto, MarioMario Soto 33 237.1 18 7 3.53 185
Berenyi, BruceBruce Berenyi 13 51 3 7 6.00 53

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Smith, MikeMike Smith 8 1 0 0 5.23 7

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Wichita Aeros American Association Gene Dusan
AA Vermont Reds Eastern League Jack Lind
A Tampa Tarpons Florida State League Marc Bombard
A Cedar Rapids Reds Midwest League Jim Lett
Rookie GCL Reds Gulf Coast League Sam Mejias
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Larry Barton, Jr.





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