The 91-71 Reds took the National League Championship Series in six games from the Pittsburgh Pirates, setting up a David versus Goliath matchup against the three-time American League champion A's.
Oakland may have had the Bash Brothers, but Cincinnati had the Nasty Boys.
As Reds fans know, the series was over before it really even began, as Cincinnati swept the A's in four games, thanks in large part to the Nasty Boys getting the assist while pitcher Jose Rijo slammed the door shut on Oakland...twice.
In the 1990 season, the Nasty Boys acted like the Cerberus of all bullpens.
Comprised of Rob Dibble, Randy Myers and Norm Charlton, the trio combined for 44 saves on the season: 31 belonged to Myers, 11 belonged to Dibble and two belonged to Charlton.
Combined, they managed 351 strikeouts.
Of course, some purists contend that some of Charlton's 117 strikeouts came when he was a starter, as he was later moved to the rotation towards the end of the season.
Regardless, the fact of the matter is that as a group, the Nasty Boys didn't just have a clever name, they had a very appropriate one.
Randy Myers went 4-6 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.119 WHIP in 86.2 innings.
Norm Charlton went 12-9 with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.302 WHIP in 154.1 innings.
Rob Dibble went went 8-3 with a 1.74 ERA and a 0.980 WHIP in 98.0 innings.
All three pitchers were in their prime. Myers and Charlton were both 27 years old, Dibble was 26. In the World Series, Charlton pitched in one game, while Dibble and Myers pitched in three games a piece.
Collectively, in a combined 8.2 innings of work, the trio had a 0.00 ERA with a 0.841 WHIP with seven strikeouts, rendering the powerful A's offense helpless.
Fast forward to the 2012 Non-Waiver Trade Deadline, and the modern day Cincinnati Reds are in the process of reinventing the Nasty Boys.
While heading into the season, the team looked to have its closer in Ryan Madson. Clearly, that dream was swept aside early on when injury sidelined Madson for the season.
That said, Aroldis Chapman has filled in the closer role admirably this season. Through 46 games this season, Chapman is 4-4 with a 1.45 ERA, 0.725 WHIP, 94 strikeouts and 21 saves.
Former setup man Logan Ondrusek has been exceptional as well. Through 46 games, he's 3-2 with a 2.95 ERA,1.387 WHIP, two saves and 26 strikeouts.
In what was an impressive move at the trade deadline, the Reds added Kansas City Royal closer, Jonathan Broxton, to fill the role as setup man for Chapman.
Broxton is 1-2 with a 2.27 ERA, 1.402 WHIP, 23 saves and 25 strikeouts on the season.
The current save total surpasses that of the Nasty Boys. Combined, this modern day trio owns a 2.22 ERA and a 1.179 WHIP.
Broxton is 28, Ondrusek is 27 and Chapman is just 24.
This modern trio shares the same swagger that made the Nasty Boys so dominating
Chapman fills the role of Charlton. Broxton fills the role of Dibble. Ondrusek fills the role of Myers. Now fans just have to wait to see if history can repeat itself.
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