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    which great player came to the reds at end?

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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    Christy Matthewson, literally at the end. One game, the last of his career, at the end of 1916.

    He lost, by the way. Complete game, gave up eight earned runs.
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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    Almost Babe Ruth and almost Rollie Fingers.

    If my brain is working.

    I guess if Leon Durham counts as great, then we can add Terry Pendleton and maybe Dante Bichette.

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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    Ken Gri... err...
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    Quote Originally Posted by writerdan33 View Post
    Christy Matthewson, literally at the end. One game, the last of his career, at the end of 1916.

    He lost, by the way. Complete game, gave up eight earned runs.
    This was exactly who I thought of when I read the thread topic.

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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    Ken Gri... err...
    Don't worry, I thought it too.

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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    Terry Pendleton is a onetime Red?

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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    There have been several, but Paul Blair comes to mind. He could still play a mean CF in 1979, but he had lost all ability to throw and hit. He and Cesar Geronimo were both brutal at the plate in 1979, clearing the path for Dave Collins to play. I was always a Blair fan.

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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    Yes, it does get tough here....I had to look up some of the stats on some of the guys, just to see if their last game was with the Reds and also just to see when their careers ended and with whom, some were very surprising....

    Most surprising is Lee Smith I think.

    1996 -- Vince Coleman (played in 6 games for Tigers in 1997)
    1996 -- Kevin Mitchell (played for Red Sox, Indians, and A's in parts of 1996, 1997, & 1998)
    1996 -- Lee Smith (played for the Expos in 1997 and only the tail end of 1996 with the Reds.)
    1997 -- Terry Pendleton (played for the Royals in 1998)
    1999 -- Juan Guzman (played for the Devil Rays in 2000 and never was the same)
    2000 -- Dante Bichette (played for the Red Sox in part of 2000 and 2001)
    and lest we forget....
    2001 and many other parts of seasons...
    Deion Sanders

    Some other names I would like to throw out there, although they still had more than one to two seasons left in them...
    Mike Morgan
    Tony Fernandez
    Benito Santiago
    Frank Viola
    Juan Samuel
    John Vander Wal

    Can Jimmy Haynes and Todd Van Poppel make the list?

    As you can tell I am a junkie with weird stats such as this...love em!!!
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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    Quote Originally Posted by writerdan33 View Post
    Christy Matthewson, literally at the end. One game, the last of his career, at the end of 1916.

    He lost, by the way. Complete game, gave up eight earned runs.
    Actually, while Matty did give up 8 earned runs in a complete game effort, he didn't lose. He was the winning pitcher, posting his only win in a Reds uniform, to go with the 372 games he won as a New York Giant.
    Matty's final game was billed as a pitching duel beween Mathewson and his great rival, Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, but neither one of those great future Hall of Fame pitchers had much left in the tank. Matty did win, though.
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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    Joe Black and Don Newcombe

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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    Jack Morris was with the Reds in the spring training of 1995, but retired before the season began.
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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    Does Jose Rijo count since after the 1990 World Series his arm pretty much gave out on him

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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    Quote Originally Posted by dman View Post
    Does Jose Rijo count since after the 1990 World Series his arm pretty much gave out on him
    But Rijo's heydays were with the Reds.

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    Re: which great player came to the reds at end?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsBaron View Post
    Actually, while Matty did give up 8 earned runs in a complete game effort, he didn't lose. He was the winning pitcher, posting his only win in a Reds uniform, to go with the 372 games he won as a New York Giant.
    Matty's final game was billed as a pitching duel beween Mathewson and his great rival, Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, but neither one of those great future Hall of Fame pitchers had much left in the tank. Matty did win, though.
    You're right. I glanced at the wrong column on Baseball Almanac.

    Eight runs and gets a win. Sounds like he could fit in today with those numbers...
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