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The Rockford Reds were a Cincinnati Reds affiliate in the Midwest League in 1999. Previously known as the Rockford Cubbies, they played their home games at Marinelli Field in Rockford, Illinois. Led by skipper Mike Rojas, they went 45-24 in the first half to capture the Central Division first half crown. They went 31-39 in the second half of the season, posting an overall record of 76-63. They outscored the opposition 700-690. The team's star player was shortstop Travis Dawkins, who hit .272/~.347/.423 with 8 homers and 38 stolen bases (in 51 tries) en route to being named to the league's All-Star team. Baseball America rated Dawkins as the #2 prospect in the MWL. The Reds rotation was anchored by Robert Avarette, who posted a 2.58 ERA (leading the league), and Dave Therneau, who won 12 games. However, the team was defeated in the first round of the postseason by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

The Reds drew just 63,705 fans, 12th out of 14 teams in the league. After the season, they moved to Dayton, Ohio and became the Dayton Dragons.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach
1908 48-74 8th Frank Shugart / James Hutten / Hunkey Hines none
1909 61-61 5th George Bubsir none
1910 72-50 2nd George Bubsir none
1999 76-63 4th Mike Rojas Lost in 1st round Derek Botelho
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