1994 Cincinnati Reds season

1994 Cincinnati Reds
1st place in NL Central
Major League affiliations
  • National League Central (since 1994)
Other information
Owner(s) Marge Schott
General manager(s) Jim Bowden
Manager(s) Davey Johnson
Local television WLWT
SportsChannel Cincinnati
(George Grande, Chris Welsh)
Local radio WLW
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)
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The Cincinnati Reds were leading the National League Central division by a half game before a strike ended the 1994 Major League Baseball season.


Regular season

For the first time, the Opening Day game was moved to Sunday night as part of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Up to that point, traditionally Opening Day was held on a Monday, with the Reds customarily hosting the first game of the afternoon. The move was met with some controversy, as many fans and traditionalists, including Reds owner Marge Schott, were not happy about the Sunday night game, especially since it was also Easter Sunday.[6][7] Many tickets for the Sunday night game went unsold, and the team elected to wait until Monday afternoon's game for the traditional Opening Day pageantry and festivities. A sparse crowd of only 32,803 braved frigid weather Sunday night April 3 to watch the Reds lose 6–4 to the St. Louis Cardinals.[8][9]

For Game 2 on Monday April 4, dubbed by most in attendance the "traditional" opening day, a sold out, standing room only crowd of 55,093 arrived at Riverfront Stadium, shrugging off the previous night's game. The pomp and ceremony, including the traditional Findlay Market parade was held under sunny skies. Kevin Mitchell hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to win the game 5–4.[10][11]

By Friday, August 12, the Reds had compiled a 66-48 record through 114 games (although they had actually played 115 games, since their April 6 game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Riverfront Stadium ended after the top of the 6th inning due to poor weather[12]). They were leading the NL Central Division by just half a game over the Houston Astros. Prior to the Strike, they had scored 609 runs (5.30 per game) and had allowed 490 runs (4.26 per game).[13]

Game Log

1994 Regular Season Game Log (66-48-1) (Home: 37-22-1; Road: 29-26)
Reds win Reds loss All-Star Game Game postponed

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 6648 0.579 37–22 29–26
Houston Astros 6649 0.574 ½ 37–22 29–27
Pittsburgh Pirates 5361 0.465 13 32–29 21–32
St. Louis Cardinals 5361 0.465 13 23–33 30–28
Chicago Cubs 4964 0.434 16½ 20–39 29–25
Division leaders W L Pct.
Montreal Expos 7440 0.649
Cincinnati Reds 6648 0.579
Los Angeles Dodgers 5856 0.509
Wild card team W L Pct. GB
Atlanta Braves68460.597
Houston Astros66490.574212
New York Mets55580.4871212
San Francisco Giants55600.4781312
Philadelphia Phillies54610.4701412
St. Louis Cardinals53610.46515
Pittsburgh Pirates53610.46515
Colorado Rockies53640.4531612
Florida Marlins51640.4441712
Chicago Cubs49640.4341812
San Diego Padres47700.4022212

Record vs. opponents

1994 National League Records

Atlanta 4–25–58–28–43–36–04–55–46–33–96–15–15–7
Chicago 2–45–76–64–54–83–32–41–41–65–56–35–45–5
Cincinnati 5–57–54–47–54–63–64–22–44–29–38–27–22–2–1
Colorado 2–86–64–43–95–54–64–25–12–42–35–53–78–4
Florida 4–85–45–79–32–43–32–76–44–61–65–12–43–7
Houston 3–38–46–45–54–21–82–43–35–18–45–58–28–4
Los Angeles 0–63–36–36–43–38–13–96–67–53–36–45–52–4
Montreal 5–44–22–42–47–24–29–34–35–48–212–05–77–3
New York 4–54–14–21–54–63–36–63–44–64–56–66–66–3
Philadelphia 3-66–12–44–26–41–55–74–56–45–44–84–84–3
Pittsburgh 9–35–53–93–26–14–83–32–85–44–53–31–55–5
San Diego 1–63–62–85–51–55–54–60–126–68–43–35–24–2
San Francisco 1–54–52–77–34–22–85–57–56–68–45–12–52–4
St. Louis 7–55–52–2–14–87–34–84–23–73–63–45–52–44–2

Notable transactions


1994 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CBrian Dorsett7621653.245526
1BHal Morris112436146.3351078
2BBret Boone108381122.3201268
SSBarry Larkin110427119.279952
3BTony Fernández104366102.279850
LFKevin Mitchell95310101.3263077
CFRoberto Kelly4717954.302321
RFReggie Sanders107400105.2631762

Other batters

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
John Roper1692624.5051

Other 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 Marc Bombard
AA Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League Pat Kelly
A Winston-Salem Spirits Carolina League Mark Berry
A Charleston Wheelers South Atlantic League Tom Nieto
Rookie Princeton Reds Appalachian League John Stearns
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Donnie Scott

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Indianapolis, Princeton, Billings[16]


  1. Bret Boone Bret Boone page at Baseball Reference
  2. Jerome Walton page at Baseball Reference
  3. Steve Lake page at Baseball Reference
  4. Casey Candaele page at Baseball Reference
  5. Tony Fernández page at Baseball Reference
  6. Hobson, Geoff (April 3, 1994). "It's Opening Day/Night (Part 1)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 21. Retrieved March 30, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  7. Hobson, Geoff (April 3, 1994). "It's Opening Day/Night (Part 2)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 28. Retrieved March 30, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  8. Wilkinson, Howard (April 4, 1994). "Reds chilled by Card (Part 1)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 1. Retrieved March 30, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  9. Wilkinson, Howard (April 4, 1994). "Reds chilled by Card (Part 2)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 6. Retrieved March 30, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  10. Wilkinson, Howard (April 5, 1994). "Tradition hits home with fans (Part 1)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 1. Retrieved March 30, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  11. Wilkinson, Howard (April 5, 1994). "Tradition hits home with fans (Part 2)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 4. Retrieved March 30, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  12. "April 6, 1994 St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. April 6, 1994. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  13. "1994 National League Season Summary". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  14. Kevin Maas page at Baseball Reference
  15. Deion Sanders page at Baseball Reference
  16. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
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