Thursday, February 2, 2012

This Day in Reds History: Reds Trade for A Slugger

Vaughn's time in Cincy was short and sweet

Februrary 2nd, 1999 - On the heels of a 77-85 season and 4th-place finish in the division, the Reds unload OF Reggie Sanders, UTL Daiman Jackson, and minor league SP Josh Harris to San Diego in exchange for OF Greg Vaughn and 1B Mark Sweeney.

The acquisition of Vaughn proved to be a catalyst in propelling the team to a 96-67 record in '99 -- just shy of a postseason berth after losing a one-game playoff to the Mets for the NL Wild Card.

The 4-time All-Star provided the club with the clean-up hitter and clubhouse leader they so desperately needed at the time of his arrival. Vaughn clubbed his way to 45 homers (3rd in NL), a team-high 118 RBIs, 104 runs scored and a .347 OBP on his way to a 4th-place finish in the league MVP voting.

His stay in the Queen City would be short-lived, however as he signed as a free agent with the upstart Tampa Bay Rays during the following offseason. The former Miami Hurricane would play in the majors for four more years after his stop in Cincinnati before retiring at the conclusion of the 2003 season.

To this day, Vaughn still holds the distinction of being one of only five players in Reds history to hit 45 or more longballs in a single season (the others are Johnny Bench (45/1970), Adam Dunn (46/2004), Ted Kluzweski (1945 & '55/49 & 47), and George Foster (52/1972).

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