October 2, 1982: The Reds lose their 100th game, 4-2 to the Astros in Houston, breaking the club record of 99 set in 1934. The season ended the next day with another loss.
The Reds suffered from bad trades and poor judgement in evaluating talent. The new outfield of Eddie Milner, Cesar Cedeno, and Paul Householder performed far below expectations, and the Reds scored fewer runs than any other team in baseball. The pitching, with the exception of Mario Soto, was nearly as bad. But perhaps the worst single move of the year was putting Johnny Bench at 3B, replacing Ray Knight, who had been traded for Cedeno. Bench, who no longer wanted to catch every day, turned in a fielding average of .917, and his offense was affected. Bench should have been at first, but the Reds continued to start Danny Driessen.
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