Earning a trip to the National League Championship Series is what 15 clubs aim to do each year when spring training begins.
The NLCS was first introduced in 1969 and was originally only a five-game series. However, that changed in 1985 to the best-of-seven format we have today.
The NLCS is where playoff heroes are made, and the Cincinnati Reds have made it to the penultimate stop en route to a World Series Championship on multiple occasions. But when was the last time the Reds played in the NLCS?
When was the last time the Cincinnati Reds played in the NLCS?
The last time the Cincinnati Reds made it to the NLCS was in 1995. That year's squad lost in a four-game sweep at the hands of the eventual World Series Champions, the Atlanta Braves.
The 1995 Reds went 85-59 and swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series that year. Pete Schourek, Dave Burba, and David Wells all picked up a win for Cincinnati during the NLDS.
The Reds, led by Barry Larkin, Ron Gant, and Reggie Sanders, couldn't get the job done against the Braves three-headed monster of Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Greg Maddux.
The Reds lost in extra innings in Game 1 and Game 2 at home and were outscored 11-2 during Games 3 and 4 at Fulton County Stadium. Atlanta would go on to win the World Series over Cleveland in six games, winning the franchise's first World Series Championship since leaving Milwaukee.
The Cincinnati Reds have been to the National League Championship Series eight times since its inception in 1969 and have won the NLCS five times.
The San Francisco Giants also have five NLCS victories as do the New York Mets. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been to the NLCS on 15 occasions and won the pennant eight times.