19. Jose Rijo
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: May 13, 1965 in San Cristobal, Sa D.R.
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 05, 1984
  • Final Game: September 28, 2002
  • World Series MVP - 1990
  • TSN All-Star - 1991
While Jose Rijo finished under 100 Wins for his Cincinnati Reds career his role with the Reds cannot be measure solely by that statistic. 

Rijo surprisingly was only named an All Star once, but the Dominican hurler would finish in the top five in ERA four times, was a one time National League Leader in WAR for Pitchers (1993) and would also be a one time leader in WHIP (1991) and in Strikeouts (1993).  Most notably, Rijo was named the World Series MVP when the Reds shocked the baseball world in a sweep over the heavily favored A’s going 2 and 0 in with an ERA of 0.59 in the Fall Classic.

Historically speaking, Rijo would become the first player to return to the game after receiving a Hall of Fame vote.  Elbow issues forced him out of the sport but he would return for a two year middle relief stint five years after he first ceased to play. 

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Traded from the Oakland Athletics with Tim Birtsas for Dave Parker 12/8/87.
  • Departed: Retired in 2003.
  • Games Played: 280
  • Notable Statistics: 97-61 Record
    215 Games Started
    2.83 ERA
    17 Complete Games
    1,478 Innings Pitched
    1,251 Strikeouts
    3.06 FIP
    1.187 WHIP
    38.1 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1990)
    All Star (1994)
    World Series MVP (1990)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1993)
    Lowest WHIP (1993)
    Highest K/9 (1993)
    Most Strikeouts (1993)
    Most Games Started (1993 & 1994)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1993 & 1994)
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