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HOF Profiles: Jose Rijo

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Jose Rijo - Starting Pitcher

 

New York Yankees 1984

Oakland Athletics 1985-1987

Cincinnati Reds 1988-1995, 2001-2002

 

Awards

1990 World Series MVP

 

All-Star Selections: 1 (1994)

 

League Leader

1991: W/L Pct., WHIP

1993: Strikeouts, K/9

 

Career Ranks

K/9: 34th

K/BB: 90th

 

Best Performance

September 25, 1993 - Cincinnati at Colorado

Pitched a complete game, one hitter in Mile High Stadium with a Charlie Hayes single in the 2nd being the only hit.

 

Hall of Fame Stats

 

Black Ink: Pitching - 9 (250) (Average HOFer ≈ 40)

Gray Ink: Pitching - 93 (228) (Average HOFer ≈ 185)

HOF Standards: Pitching - 20.0 (289) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)

HOF Monitor: Pitching - 28.0 (446) (Likely HOFer > 100)

 

Similar Pitchers in HOF: None

Top 10 Similar Pitchers: Sid Fernandez, Bruce Kison, Gary Peters, Ray Culp, Bob Veale, Bob Ojeda, Mike Scott, Don Wilson, Sonny Siebert, Joe Horlen

 

Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)

 

1984: 1/0.8

1985: 4/2.3

1986: 5/2.2

1987: 0/0.0

1988: 15/6.3

1989: 9/3.8

1990: 17/6.4

1991: 17/6.9

1992: 19/7.6

1993: 26/11.5

1994: 11/6.1

1995: 4/1.8

2001: 2/0.3

2002: 2/1.1

 

Career Win Shares: 132

Career WARP3: 57.1

 

My Stupid Opinion

 

This is Rijo's second different appearance on the HOF ballot as he was also on the 2001 ballot (received just one vote) but he made a comeback with the Reds later that year. Very good pitcher in the early 90's including a Cy Young caliber year in 1993 but the 257 innings he pitched that season probably did in him as his elbow was never the same. Ended up having four different Tommy John surgeries so he belongs in the infirmary wing of the HOF.

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