1971 Cincinnati Reds
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The 1971 Cincinnati Reds were the only Reds team of the 1970's that finished under .500. Many of the teams in the 1970's won over 90 games, and in 1970, even before Joe Morgan came to the team, the 1970 Reds won 102 games.
The 1971 Reds, in spite of having a losing record, did score more runs than they gave up. However, Riverfront Stadium was a bit of a pitcher's park in 1971 and many of the players had off-seasons to add to the hitting disadvantage. Veteran Pete Rose had by far the highest batting average on the team, but was not among the league leaders. Lee May's 39 home runs placed him third in the league, but he was traded in the off-season in the big Joe Morgan trade that involved eight players.