November 17, 1992: The Reds trade Norm Charlton to the Mariners for Kevin Mitchell. On the same day, the Reds lost Freddie Benavides and Mo Sanford to the Rockies, and Trevor Hoffman to the Marlins in the expansion draft.

One of the most powerful hitters in Reds history, Mitchell had a slugging percentage of .620, and an OPS of 1046 in just over 860 PAs in a Reds uniform. He would hold several club career slugging records, but most club records are based on a minimum of 1,500 or 2000 plate appearances. Unfortunately, repeated absences because of injuries kept the enigmatic Mitchell out of the lineup far too often. A liability on defense, he covered a lot of ground, but unfortunately the overweight outfielder did it while standing still. Hoffman was a loss, as he developed into one of the top relief pitchers in the game.

All “Reds trivia” posts come from Greg Rhodes and John Snyder’s fabulous book, “Redleg Journal” (see link for purchasing) and are used with Greg’s permission.

Thanks again to Greg Rhodes for permission to use his material.

Comment: The book explains Kevin Mitchell’s tenure with the Reds as well as it can be done. The bigger story here is the loss of Hoffman through a very bad decision by the Reds front office.