On this day in 1984, the Reds defeated the New York Mets on Opening Day by a score of 8-1. Dave Concepcion and Eddie Milner both homered for Cincinnati while Mario Soto went the distance, striking out eight and walking only one. Darryl Strawberry led off the second inning with a home run to provide the Mets' lone run.
On this day in 1986, the Reds traded infielder Wayne Krenchicki to the Expos for Norm Charlton and a player to be named later (Tim Barker). Krenchicki was basically finished as a player and managed only 247 plate appearances for the Expos before returning to the minors the following season to play out the rest of his career. Charlton, of course, became an integral member of the Nasty Boys and the 1990 World Series champion Reds.
On this day in 2007, Josh Hamilton made his major league debut with the Reds. He lined out in his pinch hit appearance for Kirk Saarloos in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Reds beat the Cubs, 5-1.
On this day in 2010, former Red Mike Cuellar died in Orlando at the age of 72. Cuellar made his major league debut in 1959 with Cincinnati. He pitched four innings for the Reds that season, but allowed eight runs (seven earned) in that small amount of playing time. Cuellar didn't appear in the big leagues again until 1964 when he appeared in 32 games for St. Louis. After four years in Houston from 1965 to 1968, Baltimore acquired Cuellar before the 1969 season. He became part of a legendary Orioles rotation with Jim Palmer and Dave McNally. Cuellar won the Cy Young Award in 1969 and led the league in wins in 1970. In 1971, Cuellar, Palmer, Dave McNally, and Pat Dobson started 142 of Baltimore's 158 games and each won at least 20 games. Cuellar pitched for the Orioles until his final season in 1977, when he pitched three innings for the California Angels.
Also on this day in 2010, the Reds released pitcher Kip Wells.
On this day in 2012, the Reds signed Joey Votto to a 10-year, $225 million deal.
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