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    Birthdays: 1/22

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    Jimmy Anderson (36) -The Reds signed him in January of 2003. Seven months and an 8.84 ERA later, they'd seen enough, as we all had.

    Keith Gordon (43) -An outfielder; came to the plate six times for the 1993 Reds. I have no memory of him.

    Jeff Treadway (49) -His most-similar comp is listed as Jeff Keppinger, and that's exactly what he was; pretty much the same skill set.

    Mike Caldwell (63) -Pitched briefly for the 1977 Reds, until they traded him to the Brewers for Dick O'Keefe and Garry Pyka. The next year he won 22 games for the Brewers and finished second in Cy Young voting. He went on to have a number of good years. This isn't often listed as one of the worst trades in Reds history, but it should be.

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    Chone Figgins (34) -2011 stats: Batting average- .188; OPS- 484; Salary: 9.5 million. He's still a career .280 hitter, but no one knows quite what to make of him nowadays.

    Prince Oana -A big handsome guy who loved the night life. He was marketed as a Hawaiian prince in the Pacific Coast League to get some free publicity (they may have also played up the Hawaiian angle because Oana's complexion was a bit too dark for comfort in the baseball of that era). Actually his name was "Henry" and he was the son of a bookkeeper at a pineapple plantation in Oahu. Came up briefly as a hitter with Philadelphia, then many years later as a pitcher in Detroit. Eventually he lost most of his eyesight and ended up working at a school for the blind.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 1/22

    Oh to have had Mike Caldwell in 1978. Things may been different for the next few years if he had not been traded.
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    Re: Birthdays: 1/22

    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds View Post
    Oh to have had Mike Caldwell in 1978. Things may been different for the next few years if he had not been traded.
    Oh that trade was a real dandy. He was traded to Milwaukee in the middle of 77' so that had to of been Wagners doings. Had the Reds had him in the late 70's to 1981 things could have been much different and much better.
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    Re: Birthdays: 1/22

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post

    Chone Figgins (34) -2011 stats: Batting average- .188; OPS- 484; Salary: 9.5 million. He's still a career .280 hitter, but no one knows quite what to make of him nowadays.
    He was DFA'd by the Mariners on November 20, 2012.

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    Re: Birthdays: 1/22

    Ira Thomas got the first pinch hit in World Series history, and later as a scout, he recommended that Connie Mack sign a young pitcher named Lefty Grove.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra


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