Is a 1982 graduate of Cincinnati's Moeller High School, where he starred in baseball, football and
basketball...hit .361 during his 3 seasons at the University of Michigan (1983-85), where he twice earned All-America
honors...was the first baseball player ever to be named MVP of the Big Ten twice...hit .311 for the 1984 U.S. Olympic
team that won the silver medal...brother Mike played football at Notre Dame...brother Byron played basketball at
Xavier University...brother Stephen originally was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 10th round of the June 1994
free-agent draft but was traded to the Reds in August 1995...at home games hosts underprivileged children as part of
his Barry's Bunch program...in 1996 and 1998 was a finalist for the Branch Rickey Award, which honors "service over
self"...in 1997 his Caring Team of Athletes, Inc., a national organization of professional athletes that raises money for
children's charities, made a $25,000 contribution to schools in Pendleton County, KY, one of the areas hardest hit by
flooding...in 1993 received the club's Roberto Clemente Award for his performances on and off the field.
Selected to his 12th All-Star team in 2004, the third most in Reds history behind Johnny Bench (14) and Pete Rose (13)...made all 85 of his defensive appearances at shortstop.
Led the club with 58 starts at shortstop...missed 74g during 3 stints on the disabled list, from 4/
14-5/5 with a strained left calf (20g), from 5/22-6/12 with a strained right calf (19g) and from 8/23 through the end
of the season a sprained ligament in his left ring finger (35g)...in his last appearance of the season, on 8/22 at Hou,
suffered the finger injury in a game that marked his
2,000th career appearance at shortstop...became only
the 14th player to appear in 2,000g at that position...hit
.222 in 9g before he went on the DL the first time on 4/
14...went 7-for-22 (.318) in 9 more games before he
returned to the DL on 5/22...came off the DL on 6/13 and
hit .289 in his last 52g of the season, including .419 in his
final 9 apps...on Opening Day played in his 2,000th career
game...on 5/6 vs StL hit his third career pinch-hit
homer, a 2-run shot off Kiko Calero in the ninth inning
that gave the Reds a 6-5 victory...was his second career
walkoff homer...went 166ab without a homer until he hit
his second one on 8/1 off SF's Jerome Williams...on 8/6
at LA left the game with irritation of the scar tissue
surrounding the mesh that was inserted during 8/24/01 hernia surgery...despite the
injury made 4 more starts but then was sidelined for 6g from 8/13-8/19...hit .325 with
RISP...had 17 2-hit games and four 3-hit games...recorded his 2 stolen bases on 6/16
vs Chi and 7/13 at Mil...tripled on 4/10 at Hou.
Career highlights: According to baseball historian Bill James, the Reds' captain is "one of the 10 most
complete players in history" and the sixth-greatest shortstop ever behind Honus Wagner, Arky Vaughan, Cal Ripken
Jr., Robin Yount and Ernie Banks and ahead of Ozzie Smith...is included in Bill Deane's children's book The Top Ten
Baseball Shortstops of All-Time...in 2004 will play his 19th season with the Reds, tying the club record shared by Dave
Concepcion and Pete Rose...will be the longest tenure with 1 team of any active Major League player...is the only
shortstop in Major League history and just the fifth player ever to accumulate at least 2,200 hits, 190 home runs and
370 stolen bases...is an 11-time All-Star (1988-91, 1993-97, 1999-2000)...his 11 All-Star Game selections are thirdmost
in franchise history behind Hall of Famer Johnny Bench (14) and all-time hits leader Pete Rose (13)...5 times has
been voted to the All-Star Game's starting lineup (1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000)...in 1995 was the National League's
Most Valuable Player...has won 9 Louisville Silver Slugger Awards (1988-92, 1995-96, 1998-99), the most by any Reds
player, and 3 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards (1994-96)...9 times has been named to The Sporting News' National
League All-Star Team (1988, 1990-95, 1996, 1999)...3 times was named to The Associated Press' Major League All-
Star Team (1990, 1992, 1995)...4 times received the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' Most Valuable Player (1990-
91, 1995-96)...once was named National League Player of the Month (June 1991)...4 times has been named NL Player
of the Week (most recently, 7/6-7/12, 1998)...9 times in the last 14 seasons was the top-rated shortstop in the
National League, according to the Elias Sports Bureau Rankings...in 1996 became the first shortstop in Major League
history, and only the second non-outfielder, to produce 30 homers and 30 steals in the same season...is 1 of only 3
National League shortstops with 30 homers in a season (Ernie Banks, Rich Aurilia)...ranks among the 135-year-old
franchise's all-time statistical leaders with 1,274 runs (2nd; Rose 1st, 1741), 377 stolen bases (2nd; Morgan 1st, 406),
426 doubles (2nd; Rose 1st, 601), 2,240 hits (3rd; Concepcion 2nd, 2326), 3,382 total bases (3rd; Bench 2nd, 3644),
2,069 games (4th; Bench 3rd, 2158), 7,591 at bats (4th; Bench 3rd, 7658), 689 extra-base hits (4th; Robinson 3rd,
692), 190 home runs (7th; EDavis 6th, 203) and 916 RBI (6th; Concepcion 5th, 950)...is 1 of only 4 players with 2,000
hits as a Red, joining Pete Rose (3,358), Dave Concepcion (2,326) and Johnny Bench (2,048)...holds the franchise
single-season record for home runs by a shortstop (33, 1996)...his 102 career homers at Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy
Field ranked third all-time (Bench 154, Foster 132)...in his career has 3 pinch-hit homers, 1 grand slam, 9 leadoff HR
(most recently on 6/6/02 vs StL off Woody Williams), 1 inside-the-park HR (5/28/96 at Fla) and 2 game-ending HR (5/
6/03 vs StL, 2-run off Kiko Calero; 9/31/90 vs Hou, 2-run off Brian Meyer)...in his 18-year career has hit .295, including
9 seasons in which he hit at least .300...no Major League shortstop has finished his career with a .300 BA (1000g)
since Luke Appling retired in 1950 at .310...in his career has not appeared at any defensive position other than
shortstop (2,000g) or second base (3g)...is one of only 14 players ever to appear in 2,000g at shortstop...has made
1,985 consecutive apps at shortstop...made all 3 career apps at second base during his rookie season in 1986 (8/15
vs SD, 8/18 vs SD, 9/2 vs Pit)...his first Major League appearance on defense was at second base, when he started at
that position on 8/15/86 vs SD...struck out 3 times in a game only 6 times in his career (most recently on 4/19/02 at
Chi)...in spring training 1997 was named the Reds' first official captain since Dave Concepcion in 1988.
Produced a career-high 37 doubles in 145g, his highest appearance total since 1999 (161g), and 131 starts...was hampered by a toe injury late in the season and had 7 hits in his last 42ab (.167), dropping BA from .252 to season-ending .245...didn't start any of the Reds' last 5g...on 9/30 had arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies and bone spurs from his right big toe (Dr. Jim Amis)...most of the season led all National League shortstops in fielding percentage but finished third after committing 3 errors in his last 6g (.979, 12e, 573tc)...from 7/5-8/27 recorded a career-high 42-game errorless streak...the club's most versatile hitter, he made starts batting first (57g), second (35g), fourth (1g, 7/16 at Mil), sixth (17g) and seventh (21g)...on 5/5 at SF batted seventh for the first time in his career...previously hit as low as sixth 11 times...until 5/5 at SF had batted first, second or third in every start since 8/26/99 at Mtl, when he hit fifth...on 7/16 at Mil made his 21st career start batting cleanup...had made his previous starts batting fourth in 1990 (2gs) and 1997 (18gs, last on 6/17/97 at Cle)...from 6/2-6/20 had a season-high 13-game hitting streak (17-54, .315, 1hr, 6rbi)...immediately followed that streak by going a season-high 0-for-20 (8g, 6/21-6/30), his longest skid since a career-high 0-for-30 in 12g from 4/22-5/2, 1998...3 of his 7 homers were leadoff HR (5/1 at LA off Nomo, 5/19 at StL off Stephenson, 6/6 vs StL off Williams)...has 9 career leadoff HR...his leadoff HR on 5/19 at StL snapped an 0-for-15 skid...on 4/19 at Chi struck out 3 times in a game for only the sixth time in his career (9/21/01 at SD, 5/8/01 at Ari, 5/28/98 at LA, 5/20/97 at Hou, 7/19/91 vs StL)...on 5/22 vs Fla became the 229th player in history to reach 7,000 at bats...on 7/5 vs Mil off Glendon Rusch hit his 390th career double, pushing him past Dave Concepcion into second place alone on the club's all-time list (Pete Rose 1st, 601)...in that same game, also off Rusch, hit his 100th career homer at Cinergy Field...on 8/20 at Ari hit Randy Johnson's first pitch of the game for his 400th career double...had 32 multi-hit games, including 25 2-hit games and seven 3-hit games...in addition to the toe injury, at different times during the season was bothered by a strained left rib cage muscle (April), tight right hamstring (May), spasms in his right upper shoulder and neck (June), tightness in his right lower calf (July) and a stiff neck (August)...early in spring training was hampered by inflammation of the scar tissue surrounding the surgically-inserted mesh in his stomach.
Appeared in just 45 games, including 42 starts, because of a torn
right groin muscle and a "sports hernia," a weakness in the abdominal
musculature of his right groin...twice was on the disabled list
(5/17-6/14, 6/29-rest of the season)...didn't play after 6/28...an
MRI on 6/29 showed the groin muscle was partially torn off the
bone...an MRI on 7/18 showed no improvement...on 8/24 had surgery to
repair the sports hernia (Dr. JoAnn Lohr, Dr. Timothy Kremchek)...
missed most of the spring exhibition schedule with the injuries,
appearing in only nine games.
On 5/3 vs Los Angeles, left the game with a tight right groin and
the next day was examined by surgeon Dr. JoAnn Lohr...was cleared to
play and returned to action on 5/6, then appeared in nine more games
before he went on the DL.
Prior to his stint on the disabled list went hitless in his last
17 AB (5/12-5/16), his longest drought since a career-high 0-for-30
in 12 games from 4/22-5/6, 1998, and had three hits in his last 35 AB
to drop BA from .354 to .274.
Reached base safely in 26 of his first 29 games, but did not
reach base in any of his last four games prior to going on the DL.
Returned to action on 6/15 vs Colorado, and that night snapped
the season-high 0-for-17 skid with a single off Ron Villone.
Appeared in 12 more games (.205, 1 HR, 3 RBIs) before he returned
to the DL for the second time.
Started the Reds' first 11 games of the season before he was
sidelined with a strained left wrist suffered while diving for a
ground ball on 4/13 at Mets...missed two games with that injury
(4/14 & 4/15 at Mets) but then played regularly until he was sidlined
by the tight right groin on 5/3.
On 4/20 vs Mets hit his first career grand slam (off Al Leiter)
in his 6,735th at bat...among active players had the most AB without
a slam...Seattle's Mark McLemore became the active slamless leader
(4,910 AB)...hit his other homer on 6/26 at St. Louis, when he teamed
with Alex Ochoa to become the first set of Reds players to lead off a
game with consecutive homers since Thomas Howard and Hal Morris did
it on 9/9/96 vs Los Angeles...that homer off Andy Benes was his last
hit of the season and 2,048th hit of his career, tying him with
Johnny Bench for third on the club's all-time list.
On 6/28 vs Cubs, aggravated the groin injury while fielding a
ground ball on the outfield grass...the next day went on the DL and
didn't play again the rest of the season.
From 4/24-5/1, had a season-high six-game hitting streak...had
nine multi-hit games, including five two-hit games, two three-hit
games and two four-hit games (4/25 at San Francisco, 6/19 vs
Milwaukee)....had four infield hits.
Committed nine errors in his first 20 games, but did not commit
an error in his last 24 games, his longest errorless streak of the
season...from 4/25-4/27 committed errors in three consecutive games
for just the fourth time in his career.
Was one of seven players who made eight appearances on the club's
60-day disabled list (LHP Justin Atchley, RHP Seth Etherton, RHP
Scott Williamson, RHP Pete Harnisch, C Kelly Stinnett, RHP John
Riedling twice)...on 10/11 was reinstated from the 60-day DL.
Overcame a series of injuries to hit .300 for the ninth time in his career...missed 59 starts with injuries that included a torn sheath that surrounds the tendon on the middle finger of his left hand (21g, 4/22-5/15), a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee (5g, 8/5-8/9) and a dislocated left middle finger (33g, 8/28-end of season)....the Reds went 36-23 in his missed starts...the tendon and knee injuries required surgeries...the left middle finger injuries were not related...on 9/8, after it was determined that the dislocated left middle finger would sideline him for 10-14 more days, he had arthroscopic surgery to repair the damaged cartilage in his left knee (Dr. Timothy Kremcheck)...could have played the last week of the season, if necessary, but did not...on 7/26 vs Hou left the game with a dislocated right pinky finger but did not miss a game...was on the disabled list only for the hand injury (4/22-5/15)...appeared in his last game of the season on 8/27 at Fla, when he dislocated the left middle finger.
After 6/21 his BA did not drop below .300 the rest of the season...reached base in 93 of his 102 games.
Led the club with 93 starts batting second and 100 starts at SS...in six games from 6/26-7/1 batted leadoff for the only time all season (.261) and for the first times since 7/3/96...twice hit in the third spot (6/1 vs Montreal, 6/13 at San Francisco), his first times in that spot since 9/14/98 vs Milwaukee.
Had 34 multi-hitgames, including a four-hit game (7/2 at Arizona) and a career-high five-hit game 6/24 vs San Diego)...had 14 infield hits.
Committed just one error in his last 56 games (7/20 at Houston) and finished the season with 28 consecutive errorless games, his longest streak of the season...from 4/10-4/12, for only the third time committed an error in a career-high three straight games (10/1-10/4, 1987 & 4/29-5/1, 1998).
Began the season by hitting .355 (2 HR, 13 RBIs, 5 SB) in his first 17 games before he went on the DL with the tendon injury to his left middle finger...suffered the injury while diving for a ground ball on 4/21 vs Los Angeles and had surgery that night (Dr. Ken Hannington)...earlier in that game recorded the 350th stolen base of his career...was off to his best start since 1995, when he won the MVP Award...prior to the injury had hit safely in 15 of the Reds' first 17 games, including a season-high 10-game hitting streak
from 4/5-4/15 (.375)...on 5/23 at Los Angeles left the game with soreness in that hand and missed a start the next day.
On 6/11 at Cle made his only start of the season and his third career start at DH (8/29 & 8/31, 1997 at Minnesota).
On 6/14 at San Francisco, homered off John Johnstone to snap a season-high 0-for-12 skid.
On 6/16 at San Diego, singled off Brian Meadows for his 1,935th career hit, moving him past Hall of Famer Tony Perez into fourth place on the club's all-time list.
On 6/21 vs Colorado, scored the 1,092nd run of his career, moving
him past Hall of Famer Johnny Bench into second place on the club's all-time list.
On 6/24 vs San Diego had a career-high five hits and his 10th career multi-homer game while tying his career high with four runs scored.
Beginning 6/25 finished the first half of the season without an RBI in 15 games, his longest drought of the season.
On 7/8 at Cleveland, tied his career high with four walks (7x).
On 8/21 vs Philadelphia, recorded his 2,000th career hit (off Randy Wolf)...the Reds' captain is the only shortstop in Major League history and just the seventh player ever to accumulate at least 2,000 hits, 170 home runs and 350 stolen bases.
Is an 11-time All-Star (1988-91, 1993-97, 1999-200)...his 11 All-Star Game selections are third-most in franchise history behind Hall of Famer Johnny Bench (14) and all-time hits leader Pete Rose (13)...five times has been voted to the All-Star Game's
starting lineup (1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000).
Ranks among the 132-year-old franchise's all-time leaders with 1,134 runs (2nd, Rose 1st, 1741), 359 stolen bases (2nd, Morgan 1st, 406), 2008 hits (4th, Bench 3rd, 2048), 361 doubles (4th, Bench 3rd, 381), 1,809 games (5th, Perez 4th, 1948), 6,687 at bats (5th, Perez 4th, 6846), 610 extra-base hits (6th, Pinson 5th, 624), 3,046 total
bases (6th, Robinson 5th, 3063), 179 home runs (8th, Pinson 7th, 186) and 834 RBI (8th, Foster 7th, 861)...is only the fourth player with 2,000 hits as a Red, joining Pete Rose (3,358), Dave Concepcion (2,326) and Johnny Bench (2,048)...holds the franchise single-season record for home runs by a shortstop (33, 1996).
Among active players has the most career AB without a grand slam (6,687) and ranks seventh with 359 SB.
In his 15-year career has hit .300284 (2,008-6,687)...no SS has finished his career with a .300 BA (1000g) since Luke Appling retired in 1950 at .310.
Ranked among National League leaders with 93 walks (8th), a strikeouts-to-plate appearance ratio of 12.1 (5th) and a career-high 161g (T5th)...ranked third among NL shortstops in fielding percentage (.978)...led the club in games, runs scored and walks...led the club with 60 starts batting second in the order and 99 starts batting fifth...hit .305 with RISP...along with Greg Vaughn (104r) and Sean Casey (103r) was part of the first Reds trio with 100 runs in a season since 1977 (Foster 124, Griffey 117, Morgan 113)...along with Mike Cameron (38sb) and Pokey Reese (38sb) was part of the first Reds trio with 30 steals in a season since 1988 (Sabo 46, Larkin 40, Davis 35)...had 47 multi-hit games, including eight 3-hit games and a 4-hit game on 6/6 at KC that tied his career high...after a pair of injury-plagued seasons appeared in a career-high 161g, including 160 starts...missed starts on 7/10 at Cle, 8/8 at Mil and 8/11 at Pit...appeared in the Reds' first 108g, including 107 starts, until his first full day off (8/8 at Mil)...on 9/20 at SD left the game with a sore left elbow...did not miss a game but after that exit hit .196 in his last 12g of the season, dropping BA from .302...in his first 23g through 5/2 hit .182, then in 138g beginning 5/3 hit .313 the rest of the season...had his best month in June, when he led the NL in hitting at .430 (3hr, 20rbi) while raising his overall BA from .256 to .319...hit 9hr in his first 66g through 6/21, then from 6/22-9/9 did not homer in 72 consecutive games, a career high...previous career-high homerless streak had been 59g (7/2-9/14, 1988)...followed that homerless streak by hitting 3 HR in his next 8g...from 6/14-7/23 went a season-high 17 games without an RBI...from 6/20-7/6 hit .419 during a season-high 16-game hitting streak, tied with Eddie Taubensee for the longest by a Reds player all season...followed that hitting streak with 1 hit in his last 16 AB prior to the All-Star break, including a season-high 0-for-14 skid (7/6-7/11), that dropped BA from a season-high .325 to .312...on 6/25 at Hou scored the 1,000th run of his career...on 9/3 at Phi left the game after a hard head-first slide into third base on a steal attempt but didn't miss a start...on 9/20 at SD tied his career high with 4 walks, then on 9/21 at SD struck out 3 times for only the fourth time in his career (5/20/97 at Hou, 7/17/91 vs StL, 5/28/98 at LA)...along with Sean Casey, Pete Harnisch and Eddie Taubensee was featured on the cover of TV Guide's 10/3 issue.
Overcame pre-season neck surgery to lead NL shortstops with a .309 batting average, 17hr and 72rbi...ranked second among NL shortstops with 26 stolen bases and a .979 fielding percentage, but he led the Major Leagues in stolen base percentage (26-29, .897)...with 9 additional errorless chances would have led league shortstops in fielding...led the Reds in runs, triples, walks and stolen bases...tied with Dmitri Young for the club lead with 166 hits and 47 multi-hit games, including a 4-hit game and a team-high 16 3-hit games...his 10 triples and 34 doubles were career highs...appeared in just 2 spring training games because of a sore neck and on 3/13 had surgery to repair a protruding disc (C5 vertebra)...came off the disabled list on 4/7 and hit .169 (1hr, 12rbi) in his first 25g through 5/6...beginning 5/7 hit .336 (16hr, 60rbi) in 120g the rest of the season...in September was bothered by a sore right ankle, causing him to miss 7 of the club's final 15 games and 5 of its last 7, but he still hit .420 in his last 31g of the season to raise BA from .279 to .309...in 12g from 4/22-5/6 went 2-for-44, including a career-high 0-for-30 skid (4/22-5/2), dropping his BA from .269 to .169 (1hr, 12rbi) through his first 25 games...on 5/2 at Mil singled off Chad Fox to snap the 0-for-30 skid, the longest by a Red in 1998, but then left the game with a cramp in his left neck/shoulder...missed 1 game...was the longest hitless drought by a Reds batter since Jeff Branson went a team-high 0-for-30 from 4/15-5/7, 1997...on 5/15 vs ChiN recorded the 300th stolen base of his career...on 6/23 vs KC became the first Reds player with 2 triples in a game since Willie Greene on 6/16/96 at Hou...from 7/6-7/12 won his fourth NL Player of the Week Award (.583, 3 2b, 1 3b, 3hr, 7rbi, .643 obp, 1.750 slg)...from 7/20-7/21 missed 2 games with low back strain...on 7/30 vs Hou played in his 1,500th game (2-4, 1 2b, 2-run HR)...on 8/7 vs Mil hit his 150th career HR (off Woodall) and in the sixth inning tied a modern NL record by scoring 2 runs.
Played in 73g, his fewest apps since his rookie season (41g, 1986)...was on the disabled list from 6/17-8/1 with a strained left calf and on 9/1 went on the 60-day DL...on 9/3 had season-ending surgery (Dr. Tim Kremchek, Dr. Jim Amis) to clean up frayed portions of his left achilles tendon and also to remove the bursa sac from his left heel, a cyst from the achilles and a bone spur from his left big toe...twice received cortisone injections in the bursa of his left heel (3/19, 5/14)...during spring training missed 14g and, prior to the surgery, missed 63 regular-season games and 71 starts because of a combination of inflammation in the bursa and achilles tendon of his left heel, a strained left calf and neck spasms (6/5-6/9)...appeared in 57 of the club's first 67g (.317, 14 2b, 3 3b, 4hr, 18rbi, 12sb), but on 6/16 at Cle suffered a strained left calf and went on the DL the next day...in his last 18g prior to the injury batted cleanup, hit .455 to raise BA from .260 to .317 (8 2b, 2 3b, 3hr, 8rbi, 14r)...his only other career apps batting fourth came on 7/31 & 8/1, 1990...came off the DL on 8/2 and from 8/2-8/8 started 7 consecutive games, reaching base safely in 14-29 plate apps during that stretch (9-24, .375, 3 2b, 2rbi, 2sb)...was scratched from the lineup on 8/9 with soreness in his left calf and missed 7 games until he pinch-hit on 8/16 and 8/17...from 8/16-8/27 made 7 consecutive apps as a PH (2-6, 1bb) until 8/29 and 8/31 at Min, when he made his first career apps as a DH (1-8, 2r)...those 2 starts were his last apps of the season...from 5/26-6/1 won his third NL Player of the Week Award (.583, 3hr, 6rbi, 9r)...from 5/25-5/27 reached base safely in 13 consecutive plate appearances, a club record and 1 shy of the NL record held by Pedro Guerrero (7/23-7/26, 1985)...on 5/9 at SD recorded his 1,500th Major League hit, a seventh-inning single off Joey Long...in spring training
was named the Reds' first official captain since Dave Concepcion in
Became the first shortstop in Major League history, and only the second non-outfielder, to record 30 homers and 30 steals in the same season...hit his 30th HR on 9/22/g1 vs StL and joined Eric Davis (1987) as the franchise's only members of the 30-30 club...established career highs in runs scored, home runs and RBI...led the club in those categories and stolen bases...ranked among NL leaders in walks (5th), on-base percentage (.410, 6th), runs (T6th), slugging percentage (.567, 7th) and steals (8th)...became the first Reds player since 1987 to score 100 runs in a season...on 5/28 at Fla hit his first career inside-the-park home run...on 8/13 vs SD hit his 21st homer, a career high and a franchise record for shortstops (previous, Leo Cardenas, 20hr, 1966)...on 8/17 vs Col hit his second career pinch-hit HR.
Was named National League MVP by the Baseball Writers Association of America...received 11 first-place votes in becoming only the ninth Reds player (11th time) to win the award...he was the club's first MVP since George Foster in 1977...among NL leaders ranked second in stolen bases, fifth in runs, sixth in hitting, ninth in on-base percentage (.394) and 10th in hits...stole 51 bases in 56 attempts (91%) to become only the fourth player in Major League history to steal at least 50 bases with a 90 pecent success ratio (Max Carey 1922, Jerry Mumphrey 1980, Tim Raines 1987)...led the club in hitting, runs, hits and steals...on 6/6 vs Pit recorded the 200th stolen base of his career...on 6/30 vs Mets recorded the 500th RBI of his career...on 8/28 vs StL hit the 100th HR of his career...from 6/28-8/9 recorded 18 consecutive stolen bases.
Won his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award after leading all National League shortstops in putouts (178)...became the first Reds player to win a Gold Glove since OF Eric Davis in 1989 and the first Reds shortstop since Dave Concepcion in 1979...was selected to play in the All-Star Game but did not appear because of a fatigued right elbow...led the club in runs scored and walks...had his best month in June, when he hit .366 during a stretch that included a team-high 19-game hitting streak from 6/4-6/26 that raised BA from .229 to .287.
Received the Roberto Clemente Award for his performances on and off the field...when voted the starting shortstop in the National League All-Star team snapped Cardinals shorstop Ozzie Smith's record streak of 10 consecutive starts...became the first shortstop in 40 years to hit at least .300 in 5 consecutive seasons...on 6/18 vs LA recorded the 1,000th hit of his career (off Jim Gott)...injured his left thumb during batting practice prior to the second game of the season...played through the pain until he went on the disabled list on 8/5...on 8/16, his thumb was placed in a cast.
In January signed a 5-year contract through the 1996 season...led Major League shortstops in hitting...for the third straight season led NL shortstops in RBI...led the club in RBI and total bases (242)...became first shortstop to lead the Reds in RBI since Leo Cardenas shared the team lead with Deron Johnson in 1966 with 81rbi...his 78rbi were the most by a Reds shortstop since Dave Concepcion had 84rbi in 1979.
With 20hr tied Leo Cardenas' 1966 club record for homers by a shortstop...led NL shortstops in RBI...tied a Major League record with 5hr in 2g, including 2hr on 6/27 vs SD and 3hr on 6/28 vs Hou...in that second game homered in his first 3 plate apps, all off Jim Deshaies, and had a career-high 6 RBI...became the first shortstop ever and the first Reds player to hit 5 homers in consecutive games...hit .368 during a 19-game hitting streak from 8/17-9/6, the third-longest streak in the NL in '91...among NL leaders ranked fifth in slugging percentage (.506), T6th in hitting and T8th in on-base percentage (.378).
Was the World Series championship team's Most Valuable player...among National League leaders ranked T4th in hits and T6th with 54 multi-hit games...put together 4 hitting streaks of at least 10 games, including an 18-game streak from 8/23-9/11 that tied for third-longest in the league...led NL shortstops in RBI...hit .564 during the team's season-opening 9-game winning streak...hit .300 during 10 post-season games, including .353 in the World Series sweep of Oak...his leadoff single in the eighth inning of World Series Game 4 ignited the Reds' 2-run, game-winning rally.
During the first half of the season ranked third in the National League with a .340 batting average, but an injury at the All-Star Game sidelined him for most of the second half...during the skills competition at the All-Star Game suffered a tear in the medial collateral ligament of his right elbow while making a relay throw...spent 7 weeks on the disabled list and didn't play again for the Reds until September, then only as a pinch-hitter.
Only once all season went more than 2g without a hit...closed the season with a 21-game hitting streak, the second-longest in the National League all season and the longest by a Reds batter since Ron Oester's 21-game streak in 1984...led all Major League hitters by striking out only 24 times in 652 plate apps...hit .476 as MLB's most valuable player during its November tour of Japan.
Batted .244 with 12 HRs and 43 RBIs in his first full season in the majors...was on the disabled list from 4/13-5/2 with a hyper-extended left knee...hit .209 during the first half of the season and .270 during the second half.
At Class AAA Denver was named the American Association's Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year...also was named to the American Association All-Star team and was voted by league managers as best defensive shortstop in the league...was named to Topps' All-Star team...on 8/13 made his Major League debut with a pinch-hit RBI...on 8/15 vs SD off Dave Dravecky recorded his first career hit...started 34 games after his promotion.