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1996 Cincinnati Reds
Major league affiliations
1996 information
Owner(s) Marge Schott
General manager(s) Jim Bowden
Manager(s) Ray Knight
Local television WSTR
SportsChannel Cincinnati
(Marty Brennaman, George Grande, Chris Welsh)
Local radio WLW
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)

The Cincinnati Reds' 1996 season consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League Central.



  • December 7, 1995: Chris Sabo was signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds. [1]
  • January 2, 1996: Eric Davis was signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds. [2]
  • January 9, 1996: Mike Kelly was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later and Chad Fox. The Cincinnati Reds sent Ray King (June 11, 1996) to the Atlanta Braves to complete the trade. [3]
  • January 20, 1996: Vince Coleman signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds. [4]
  • February 26, 1996: Joe Oliver was signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds. [5]
  • February 26, 1996: Damon Berryhill was released by the Cincinnati Reds. [6]

Regular season

  • April 1 - Seven pitches into the first game of the season, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, home plate umpire John McSherry collapses on the field and dies of a massive heart attack. The game between the Cincinnati Reds and Montréal Expos is postponed, along with the rest of the games scheduled for that day. Reds owner Marge Schott later comes under fire for wanting the game in Cincinnati to continue despite the tragedy (and against the wishes of the players on both teams), saying that she felt "cheated" when it was canceled.

Season standings

Central Division W L GB Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 88 74 .543    --
Houston Astros 82 80 .506   6.0
Cincinnati Reds 81 81 .500   7.0
Chicago Cubs 76 86 .469 12.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 73 89 .451 15.0

Notable transactions

  • April 2, 1996: Scott Service was signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds. [7]
  • May 27, 1996: Lee Smith was traded by the California Angels to the Cincinnati Reds for Chuck McElroy. [8]
  • June 18, 1996: Vince Coleman was released by the Cincinnati Reds. [4]
  • July 30, 1996: Kevin Mitchell was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Cincinnati Reds for Roberto Mejia and Brad Tweedie (minors). [9]
  • July 30, 1996: Eric Anthony was purchased by the Colorado Rockies from the Cincinnati Reds. [10]

Draft Picks

  • June 4, 1996: Buddy Carlyle was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 1996 amateur draft. Player signed June 21, 1996. [11]


1996 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Dave Miley
AA Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League Mark Berry
A Winston-Salem Warthogs Carolina League Phillip Wellman
A Charleston Alley Cats South Atlantic League Tommy Thompson and Donnie Scott
Rookie Princeton Reds Appalachian League Mark Wagner
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Matt Martin



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  4. ^ a b Vince Coleman Statistics -
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  7. ^ Scott Service Statistics -
  8. ^ Lee Smith Statistics -
  9. ^ Kevin Mitchell Statistics -
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  12. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007


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