TDIRH: Cincy acquires Cesar Cedeno

Bob Levey

On this day in Reds history, Cincinnati traded for Cesar Cedeno and traded away Pokey Reese.

On this day in 1960, former Red Art Nehf died in Phoenix, AZ at age 68. Nehf, a left-handed starting pitcher, pitched fifteen seasons in the majors, all with National League teams. The lefty spent four and a half years (1915-1919) with the Boston Braves to start his career before the New York Giants acquired him in a trade in 1919. After parts of eight seasons, the Giants sold him to the Reds. He played for Cincinnati during most of 1926 and 1927. The Reds sold him to the Chicago Cubs in September of 1927. Nehf pitched for the Cubs through 1929, at which time he retired from major league baseball. While in Cincinnati, Nehf pitched only 62.1 innings and compiled a record of three wins and six losses with a 5.05 ERA (76 ERA+). 1926 and '27 were outliers as he posted a 3.20 ERA (105 ERA+) for his career with 184 wins and 120 losses (.605 winning percentage).

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On this day in 1961, the Reds' board of directors elected Bill DeWitt as president of the club and Stanley Kess as the chairman of the board.

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On this day in 1969, former Red Joe Randa was born in Milwaukee, WI. The third baseman played 92 games for the 2005 Reds, slashing .289/.356/.491 (119 wRC+) in that span. Randa is best remembered for his performance on his lone opening day in Cincinnati. In the bottom of the ninth with the Reds trailing the Mets, 6-4, Adam Dunn launched a two-run shot off of New York's Braden Looper to tie the game. Randa then smacked a solo blast to decide the game for the Reds, 7-6.

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On this day in 1981, the Reds traded corner infielder Ray Knight to the Houston Astros for centerfielder Cesar Cedeno. The centerfielder had a stretch as one of the best players in the game during his time in Houston. He was ninth in fWAR (47) among position players from 1972 through 1980 with above-average fielding, good baserunning, and a triple slash of .293/.362/.467 (135 wRC+) in that span. In 1981, the wheels came off the wagon, and Cedeno's performance slipped. On September ninth in Atlanta, Cedeno fought with a fan who had called the centerfielder a "killer". (In 1973, Cedeno's girlfriend died from an accidental discharge of his handgun in a motel room. - Full story) Cedeno's performance in Cincinnati was mediocre. The Reds traded him to St. Louis toward the end of the 1985 season.

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On this day in 2001, the Reds traded shortstop Pokey Reese and lefty reliever Dennys Reyes to the Colorado Rockies for right-handed starter Luke Hudson and lefty reliever Gabe White. The Reds had tried to sign Reese to a four-year, $21 million deal in June of 2001, but the two sides could not come to an agreement. I bet Reese wishes he had signed that deal now as Baseball-Reference lists his career earnings as "only" $11.94 million.

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On this day in 2009, the Reds signed righty Chad Reineke.

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MBP and Buckeye Brawler each earned a point last time.

1) Who was on base for Adam Dunn's game-tying home run on Opening Day 2005?

2) This question is tough, but what the hell: Who were the eight position players with more fWAR than Cesar Cedeno from 1972 though 1980? The answers do NOT have to be in order.

Hints: Three were American Leaguers (all three were with more than one team during the span). Five were National Leaguers (two were with the same team during the span; three changed teams).

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