This Day in History: Reds re-sign Joe Oliver

Joe Oliver, 1991 - Donruss, 1991, http://2.bp.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1967, former Red Scott Service was born in Cincinnati, OH. Service spent four years in Cincinnati as a barely serviceable reliever. He posted a 4.50 ERA (93 ERA+) in 102 innings with the team in 1993, '94, '96, and '97.

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On this day in 1980, former Red Gary Majewski was born in Houston. Majewski will live in infamy as a key piece of "the trade" in 2006, but it's hard to exaggerate just how poorly he performed as a Red. In three years with Cincinnati, he posted a 7.38 ERA (62 ERA+) in just 78 innings.

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On this day in 1996, the Red signed catcher Joe Oliver.

Also on this day in 1996, Cincinnati signed catcher Damon Berryhill.

Although neither catcher had a particularly impressive career, Oliver was probably the better of the two. He hit .247 with good power in a 13-year major league career while Berryhill hit .240 with slightly less power in a shorter big league career. What separates these two at the end of the day? Oliver had 400 more games and more power. That's about it.

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Kevin Mitchell is Batman earned the point yesterday.

Joe Oliver finished fourth among the 1992 Reds in batting average. Which three players finished ahead of him? Each player is worth a point.

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