Happy Reds birthday, Nick Esasky!
February 24, 1960
Nick Esasky is the topic of many Reds fans conversations when the topic turns to the teams of the 1980s. From 1985 to 1988, the Reds finished 2nd each year. But what if, instead of chasing Ty Cobb’s record, Pete Rose had played Esasky more at first base than himself? Could he have been the boost the team needed to win the West Division, especially in 1985 when he slugged 21 home runs in 125 games? Most of those games were at third base (split with Buddy Bell) and left field (split with Gary Redus and Cesar Cedeno). No doubt, Rose wanted the record, and Reds fans wanted the record, but wouldn’t it have been nice to have seen the team get over that hump and win the division?