We reach the last place team in the NL West. The Reds were improved from the previous season though. The big news in 1983 was that this was the final season for long time Red and arguably the best catcher of all time, Johnny Bench.
Best Player & Pitcher: Mario Soto, he finished 2nd in Cy Young voting in '83. I think he gets overlooked as the heart of his career fell in between the Big Red Machine and the team that won the World Series in 1990, but from 1980-1984, Mario Soto was one of the best in the game. He led the league in complete games in 1983, so this may have something to do with why he fell off after '84.
All-Stars: Johnny Bench, Mario Soto
Hall-of-Famers: Johnny Bench
Rookie Card of the Year: Gary Redus...had the longest career of all the players with a rookie card on this team. He was largely a platoon outfielder through 1994 with the Reds, Phillies, White Sox, Pirates, and Rangers.
Other rookies: Dann Bilardello, Ben Hayes, Tom Lawless, Brad Lesley, Dave Van Gorder, Duane Walker
First Red card: Rich Gale, Alan Knicely, Russ Nixon, Charlie Puleo
Most interesting non-Topps card: Brad Lesley, not much of a playing career, playing for the Reds and Brewers through 1985...but checking out his wikipedia page, he apparently was a fixture on a Japanese game show and appeared in several sports movies.
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