Major League Baseball’s oldest franchise is also one of its most successful. The Cincinnati Reds has won five World Series titles, ten Division titles, one AA Pennant, and nine NL Pennants. The Reds however, did not qualify for the playoffs last year for the 4th year in a row.
The five-time World Series champions Cincinnati Reds are looking to drastically improve their record this year. They will have to overtake rivals the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates in a heated NL Central race as well as gain separation from their state rival the Cleveland Indians to become Ohio's team.
Grab your Cinicinatti Reds tickets and head down to the Great American Ball Park to be apart of the home field advantage.
Unforgettable Moments from Cincinnati Reds Playbook –
Placed in MLBs toughest Division - National League (NL) Central Division - and having won five World Series titles, the Cincinnati Reds is bound to make some of the greatest plays.
Ken Griffey Jr. joins the 600-Home Run Club – On June 9, 2008, Ken Griffey Jr., at Dolphin Stadium deposited a Mark Hendrickson curve ball deep over the right-field wall, marking his six hundredth career home run. With this, Griffey became only the sixth player in MLB history to join the exclusive club.
Barry Larkin joins the 30-30 Club – On September 22, 1996, another Red made MLB history. Barry Larkin became the first shortstop to join the prestigious 30-30 club (30 homers and 30 stolen bases in one season). He achieved the feat against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of a doubleheader at Cinergy Field.
Reds were the Best in 1975 – In 1975, the Reds had one of the best teams in baseball history. Ken Griffey, George Foster and Dave Concepcion were popularly called the Big Red Machine that finished its regular season 108-54. The Reds were ranked No.1 in the NL in runs and at No.3 in ERA. Once in the playoffs, the Reds swept the Pirates in three games in the NLCS. In the World Series, they faced the formidable Red Sox. Though it took the Reds all seven games to defeat the Red Sox, they eventually succeeded, winning their third World Series.
Cincinnati Reds Archrivals –
The Cincinnati Reds’ rivalries can be described both as interleague and historical. For example, the Reds vs. Indians rivalry is essentially a contest between National League and the American League. The Reds vs. Dodgers rivalry has historical significance.
Battle of Ohio – This battle is fought between the Reds and the Cleveland Indians. Both Cincinnati and Cleveland are major cities in Ohio and situated on I-71. Their rivalry record runs neck-to-neck and therefore it is hard to predict their games in advance.
Reds vs. Dodgers – In its heydays (70s & 80s), this rivalry produced some intense moments in the MLB. The reason was that both teams more often than not were competing for the NL West Division title. This rivalry however ended when the Reds were moved to the NL Central Division. Nonetheless, the two met again in the 1995 NLDS, a contest that the Reds won 3-0.
Greatest Reds of All-time –
No team wins the World Series without having exceptional players on the roster.
Pete Rose – Rose was a hometown hero. Born in Cincinnati, Rose had one of the all-time great careers of any player in the history of baseball. A 17-time All-Star, Rose was named to baseball’s All-Century team in 1999.
Johnny Bench – Bench was one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. A two-time MVP, Bench was also a 14-time All-Star. A journalist once asked Reds’ manager Sparky Anderson to compare Bench with another great catcher Thurman Munson. Anderson replied
You don't compare anyone to Johnny Bench. You don't want to embarrass anybody.
Frank Robinson – Robinson was one of the greatest players of all time and not just in Cincinnati. In his 10 seasons with the Reds, Robinson won a Rookie of the Year award in 1956, MVP in 1961, as well as making eight All-Star teams.
Cincinnati Reds Live Games –
The Cincinnati Reds hasn’t won many playoff games. Yet, the Reds have been able to win five World Series, which ties it with the Pittsburgh Pirates for seventh most World Series wins. The Reds may just repeat history again by pulling off an unexpected big one in the upcoming MLB season. And when it happens, you need to be at the Great American Ball Park, home of the Reds. So, buy Reds tickets today.
This 42,000 seat stadium is located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. The Great American Ball Park provides breathtaking views of downtown Cincinnati, Mt. Adams, the Ohio River and Northern Kentucky. Fans can also learn about the history of the Reds with mosaics of Reds Hall of Famers, three-piece mural exhibit, and even a rose garden. Fans of all ages can enjoy the Great American Ball Park by purchasing their Reds tickets here.