Earlier this week the Cincinnati Reds released the initial list of current players (both in the Major and Minor Leagues), coaches, and broadcasters who would be attending Redsfest this year. The Reds Alumni list, however, was simply listed as To Be Announced. They have now released the initial names on that list. It was the only portion of the list that has new names on it – the Major Leaguers, Minor Leaguers, Coaches, and Broadcasters lists all are unchanged.
Here’s the list of the Reds Alumni that will be in attendance:
I guess that since he is now technically retired that he falls into the alumni category rather than the broadcasters category. It’s no surprise that he’ll be there – it feels like Marty Brennaman is always there.
A staple in The Big Red Machine rotation, Jack Billingham started 190 games, and pitched in 25 games out of the bullpen for the Reds from 1972-1977. In the 1973 season he led the league with 40 starts, seven shutouts, and 293.1 innings. And he did that while throwing 16 complete games and posting a 3.04 ERA. For his Reds career he went 87-63 with a 3.85 ERA and he threw 1270.0 innings.
A manager in parts of four seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Dave Bristol never had a losing season. He took over in the second half of 1966 and led the Reds to a 39-38 finish. Over the next three seasons he led Cincinnati to 87, 83, and 89 win seasons – but was never able to finish higher than third place in the National League West.
A four-time All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds (he made a fifth All-Star game with the Twins later in his career), Leo Cardenas spent 1960-1968 with the Reds. He played in 1157 games, hitting .261 with 182 doubles, 35 triples, and 72 home runs. Twice he led the league in intentional walks – in 1965 and 1966. In 1965 he also won a Gold Glove for his work at shortstop.
A Cincinnati Reds for the first half of his career, Darrel Chaney was with the Reds from 1969-1975. He was mostly the backup shortstop, but also saw action at second and third base in his time with Cincinnati. He played in 536 games with the Reds, hitting .207 with 34 doubles, six triples, and seven home runs.
Small-world story, Bill Doran grew up down the street from my mom (he’s a few years older) and went to Mount Healthy High School in Cincinnati before heading to Miami (OH) to play college baseball. He joined the Reds in 1990 on August 30th. He re-signed with Cincinnati as a free agent following the season. Doran only played in parts of three years with the Reds, hitting .265 with 36 doubles, four triples, and 15 home runs in 260 games.
There were some really good seasons for Tom Hume as a Cincinnati Red. He spent parts of 10 seasons with the franchise from 1977-1987, posting a 3.83 ERA in his 457 appearances that spanned 921.0 innings. In 1982 he was a National League All-Star, though that wasn’t his best season with the franchise. In 1979 he led the National League in ERA+ at 137 thanks to a 2.76 ERA in 163.0 innings that spanned 12 starts and 45 relief appearances. He also picked up 17 saves that season. The next year was nearly just as good. His ERA was 2.56 and his ERA+ was even better, coming in at 141. He led the league in games finished with 62, and he had 25 saves. All 78 of his games that year were out of the bullpen and he threw 137.0 innings.
Starting in 1988, Dave Miley spent nearly two straight decades managing for the Cincinnati Reds organization. That began in Low-A Greensboro, and he worked at various levels of the organization through 2003. He had been at Triple-A Indianapolis and then Triple-A Louisville starting in 1996 before he took over the reigns at the big league level for the Reds in 2003 when Bob Boone was let go. Miley remained with the Reds for 2003, 2004, and part of 2005 before he was let go after a 27-43 start.
Starting in 2001, Corky Miller would spent parts of four seasons with the Reds before moving onto several other organizations. In 2009 he returned to the Reds and played for them at the Major League level in 2009, 2010, and then again in 2013 in limited action. Over his parts of seven seasons with Cincinnati in the big leagues he played in 153 games with 23 doubles and nine home runs. There is no confirmation on whether Corky Miller’s mustache will be in attendance.
The 1988 Rookie of the Year, Chris Sable spent parts of seven seasons witht he Cincinnati Reds. In 1988, 1990, and 1991 he was named to the National League All-Star team. His best season came in 1991 when he hit .301/.354/.505 with 35 doubles and 26 home runs. During the 1990 World Series he was an absolute monster, hitting an absurd .563/.611/1.000 – good for an OPS of 1.611 in the sweep of the lowly Oakland Athletics.
In the blockbuster deal of the 1994 season (ok, maybe it wasn’t quite THAT big), the Reds acquired Eddie Taubensee from the Houston Astros on April 19th. The catcher would spend parts of seven seasons with the Reds before being traded to Cleveland following the 2000 season. With Cincinnati he would play in 694 games and hit .286/.343/.460 with 121 doubles, six triples, and 77 home runs. His best season came in the magical year of 1999 when he hit .311/.354/.521 with 21 home runs.
Speaking of that magical 1999 season, that’s when Scott Williamson joined the Reds and the rookie made the All-Star team in what turned out to be his best season of his career. That season he threw 93.1 innings and picked up 19 saves with a 2.41 ERA and 107 strikeouts. He pitched for the Reds in parts of five seasons before being traded to the Red Sox in mid-2003. Over his time with Cincinnati he posted a 2.93 ERA in 322.1 innings and had 54 saves.
You can see the entire list of players/coaches/broadcasters/alumni at this link here.