This Day in Reds History: Cincy bags Bichette in trade

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On this day in Reds history, Cincinnati acquired Dante Bichette.

On this day in 1927, former Red Joe Adcock was born in Coushatta, LA.

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On this day in 1962, former Red Mark Portugal was born in Los Angeles, CA.

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On this day in 1980, former Red Laynce Nix was born in Houston, TX.

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On this day in 1982, current Red Manny Parra was born in Carmichael, CA.

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On this day in 1983, the Reds signed middle infielder Tom Runnells.

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On this day in 1999, the Reds traded right-handed reliever Stan Belinda and outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds to the Rockies for corner outfielder Dante Bichette and cash considerations. Has there ever been a player who was as much of an illusion of his home park as Bichette was during his time in Colorado? In 1995, Bichette hit an eye-popping .377/.397/.755 (!) at home compared to just .300/.329/.473 on the road, all of which added up to an overall OPS+ of 130. That's a good OPS+, but we're talking about a guy who led the league in slugging average at .620. Chuck Klein was pretty similar during his heyday with the Phillies in the early '30s. Looking at it now, Klein may have benefited more from his park, though he was a better player to begin with so it's tough to say who was more an illusion.

Anyway, Bichette played less than one season with the Reds and was thoroughly mediocre as you might expect a 36 year-old to be. He hit .295 with the Reds and walked more than he usually did, though he slugged just .466. (You have to remember this was in the middle of the sillyball era -- the league slugged .432 that season.) The Reds shipped him to Boston at the end of August. His hitting didn't rebound, and he retired after playing the 2001 season with the Red Sox.

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On this day in 2001, the Reds re-signed righty Javier Martinez. He never made an appearance with the Reds, but spent two years in the organization before playing in an independent league and the Mexican League in 2003.

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On this day in 2006, the Reds signed catcher Ryan Jorgensen. He would appear in four games for the Reds in 2007, collecting both of his career home runs and all three of his major league hits in that span. Jorgensen's entire big league career lasted just ten games.

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CincyBengals4life earned the point yesterday. The 1933 Reds were the only post-deadball era, non-strike year Cincinnati team to score fewer runs than the 1946 team.

Dante Bichette led the league in home runs in 1995 with 40 circuit clouts. Two Reds cracked the top ten with totals of 29 and 28. Who were they? You need to get both players to earn the point.

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