This Day in Reds History: Tough day for Tuffy Rhodes

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On this day in Reds history, Cincinnati released a home run king.

On this day in 1951, Reds Hall of Famer Fred Hutchinson stated that the ballplayers should have the ability to influence the selection of the next baseball commissioner after the announcement of the resignation of Happy Chandler. Hutchinson was the Tigers' player representative at the time.

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On this day in 1974, the Reds bought first baseman/corner outfielder Terry Crowley from the Rangers. Sparky Anderson used Crowley as a pinch hitter during the 1974 and '75 seasons. During that time, Crowley slashed .250/.307/.372 (89 OPS+) in just over 200 plate appearances.

Also on this day in 1974, former Red Jason LaRue was born in Houston, TX.

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On this day in 1977, former Red David Ross was born in Bainbridge, GA.

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On this day in 1997, the Reds acquired lefty reliever Joey Eischen from the Padres for a player to be named later. Cincinnati sent minor league first baseman Ray Brown to San Diego later in the day to complete the trade.

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On this day in 1998, the Reds lost Midre Cummings to Boston when the Red Sox selected the outfielder off of waivers.

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On this day in 1999, former Red Paul Wilson partially tore a ligament in his pitching elbow while warming up for a game. The oft-injured Wilson, who was then with the Mets, would undergo Tommy John surgery on March 30th and miss the 1999 season.

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On this day in 2006, the Reds released outfielder Tuffy Rhodes. The Cincinnati native had not appeared in the major leagues since the 1995 season with the Red Sox. However, he had a string of successful seasons in Japan with the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes. In 2001, Rhodes tied Sadaharu Oh's Japanese record for most home runs in a single season with 55 big flies. His performance earned him the Pacific League MVP award. After the Reds cut him, Rhodes returned to Japan for three seasons with the Orix Buffaloes from 2007 through 2009 before retiring.

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On this day in 2008, the Reds traded reliever Brad Salmon to the Royals for a player to be named later. Kansas City sent pitching prospect Henry Arias to Cincinnati in June to complete the trade.

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Kevin Mitchell is Batman earned two points last time.

1) Four Reds catchers have an isolated power figure greater than .175 (min. 1000 plate appearances). Johnny Bench is one and Jason LaRue is another. Name the other two. A point will be awarded for each player.

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