Princeton Reds

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In 1991, the Princeton Patriots of the Appalachian League became affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds and became known as the Princeton Reds. The team went 24-40 for skipper Sam Mejias in their inaugural season and featured future big leaguers Pokey Reese and Kevin Jarvis. Mejias returned the following year, the club improved to 34-31. Third baseman Dan Frye led the league in homers, RBIs, runs, and hits en route to being named the circuit's MVP. In 1993, Tommy Dunbar replaced Mejias, and the club's record dropped below .500 again.

John Stearns took over as Princeton's manager in 1994, and the Reds won their first and only pennant. Brad Kelley became the team's new skipper in 1995, and Darron Ingram won the league home run crown, but the team finished just under .500 for the season. Mark Wagner took the helm of the club the next year, but the Reds dropped to 28-40. After the 1996 season, the team became a Tampa Bay Devil Rays affiliate known as the Princeton Devil Rays.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1991 24-40 8th Sam Mejias
1992 34-31 4th Sam Mejias
1993 26-42 9th Tommy Dunbar
1994 43-26 1st John Stearns League Champs
1995 31-32 5th Brad Kelley
1996 28-40 7th Mark Wagner