On 11.27.1991 the Cincinnati Reds traded standout outfielder Eric Davis and rookie pitcher Kip Gross to the Los Angeles Dodgers for mound star Tim Belcher and reliver John Wetteland
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Eric Davis was on the 'to acquire lists' of Dodgers general manager Fred Claire and manager Tommy Lasorada after the Dodgers ended the 1991 season with a 93-69 record, one game behind Atlanta. The Reds, who finished at 74-88 in 5th place 20 games out of first in the then two division National League, were looking to bolster a injury bogged pitching staff.
So Eric Davis after eight outstanding years in Cincinnati was traded away. In 1986 his first season as the Reds starting centerfielder Eric Davis batted .278 with 15 doubles, 3 triples and 27 homers and stole 80 bases, 2nd in the NL to Vince Coleman of the Cardinals. The next season, 1987, the fleet-footed ballhawk batted .293 with a career-high 37 homers and compiled his first 100 RBI season. And, that's how it went for Eric Davis, one of the most popular players in Cincinnati Reds baseball history. However, He was injured in Game 4 of the 1990 World Series and suffered a lacerated kidney which caused an always felling fatigue, which caused him to miss all of August of the year of this trade. Eric Davis played 10 more seasons in the majors but his numbers never came close to his first 10 seasons in Cincinnati.
Kip Gross worked as a reliever and spot starter during his rookie season for the Reds in 1991. He appeared in 29 games, had a 6-4 record, with a 3.47 earned run average, and completed 1-of-9 starts. In his first year after this trade Kip Gross was moved into the bullpen and in 16 games posted a 1-1 record with a 4.18 ERA. His last major league appearance was for the Houston Astros in year 2000.
Tim Belcher won at least 10 games for the Dodgers in three of his last 4 years in LA, 12-6, 2.91 ERA in 1988... 15-12 with a 2.82 ERA in 1989 and a 10-9 with a 2.62 ERA in 1991. Well-regarded for a fastball during his early major league career, Tim Belcher used a drop-and-drive pitching motion like his boyhood hero Tom Seaver used. In his first year for the Reds, Tim Belcher added a slider to his pitching arsenal and posted a 15-14 record with a 3.91 ERA which helped the Reds moved up to 90-72 for the season, in 2nd place behind Atlanta.
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John Wetteland went on to become of of the best relievers in this era. He collected 330 career saves in 618 games, walked just 252 and struck out 804 batters in 765 innings. John Wetteland pitched in the majors from 1989 thru 2000 and retired early due to arm problems.
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|Tim Belcher |
|Birthdate: ||10/19/1961 |
|Height / Weight: ||6' 3" / 220 lbs. |
|Place of Birth: ||Mount Gilead, OH, USA |
|Bats / Throws: ||R / R |
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