The Cincinnati Reds are far removed from their glory days of the 1970s. That was the time of Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, George Foster, Joe Morgan, and many others who enjoyed four World Series trips in seven seasons along with two World Championships.
Since being swept in the National League Championship Series in 1995 by the Atlanta Braves, the Reds have had only one postseason playoff appearance. That came in 2010 when the team won the NL Central Division but was swept by the Philadelphia Phillies in the divisional series. Since 2007, the team has finished in fifth place three times, and the Reds have had a losing record in 10 of the last 11 seasons.
Team Records Since 2007
The Reds had several years of mediocrity before rebounding in 2010 to post a 91-71 record and a first-place finish in the NL Central. However, in 2011, the team fell back into the pack. After a decent start to the 2011 season, the Reds struggled after May and never seriously contended for the division title.
2007: 72-90 (5th of 6th in the NL Central)
2008: 74-88 (5th of 6th in the NL Central)
2009: 78-84 (4th of 6th in the NL Central)
2010: 91-71 (1st of 6th in the NL Central)
2011: 79-83 (3rd of 6th in the NL Central)
Playoffs Since 2007
The Reds have made the playoffs only once since the 1995 season.Cincinnatilost three games to none to the Phillies in 2010 and were shut out twice in the series.
All-Stars Since 2007
The team has a young star in first baseman Joey Votto, who made the NL All-Star team in both 2010 and 2011. He was joined on the team by second baseman Brandon Phillips and third baseman Scott Rolen. Votto hit .309 in 2011 with 29 home runs and a team-high 103 RBI. Phillips also hit .300. Right fielder Jay Bruce made the All-Star team in 2011 and finished the season with 32 home runs.
OF Ken Griffey Jr. (2007)
P Edinson Volquez (2008)
P Francisco Cordero (2009)
P Arthur Rhodes (2010)
1B Joey Votto (2010, 2011)
2B Brandon Phillips (2010, 2011)
3B Scott Rolen (2010, 2011)
OF Jay Bruce (2011)
Reason to Celebrate: Barry Larkin Elected to the Hall of Fame
The Reds may not have had much reason to celebrate their recent accomplishments, but fans got to cheer the election of former shortstop Barry Larkin to the Hall of Fame. He played inCincinnatifrom 1986 to 2004, making the All-Star Game 12 times and winning three Gold Glove Awards. He was also an important member of the 1990 World Series championship team.