May 13, 1965 |
San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
|April 5, 1984, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 2002, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Earned run average||3.24|
|Career highlights and awards|
José Antonio Rijo Abreu (born May 13, 1965) is a Dominican former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who spent the majority of his career with the Cincinnati Reds (1988–1995 and 2001–2002).
- Playing career 1
- Life after retirement 2
- See also 3
- References 4
- External links 5
Plagued by injuries during his career, he left the major leagues at age 30 before returning six years later for one and a half seasons. Rijo is perhaps best known for his performance in the 1990 World Series, when he recorded two victories in a four-game sweep over the defending champion Oakland A's, including a two-hitter in the final Game Four. Rijo's performance earned him the World Series MVP Award as the Reds won their first championship in fourteen years.
When Rijo broke into the majors with the phenom along the lines of the crosstown Mets' 1984 rookie sensation Dwight Gooden. When this did not happen, Rijo was sent to the Oakland A's as part of a trade package for Rickey Henderson.
While with the
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
- Washington Nationals official site
- 1969 BBWAA Hall of Fame Balloting
- "1990 World Series - CIN vs. OAK".
- "Jose Rijo Stats, News, Photos".
- "Jose Rijo Minor League Statistics & History".
- "Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw and other young pitchers".
- "Jose Rijo 1986 Pitching Gamelogs".
- "Athletics Timeline".
- "Dave Parker Statistics and History".
- "Baseball: Rijo Faces "Tommy John" surgery".
- Steve DiMeglio (April 23, 2002). "Rijo's love for baseball brought him all the way back".
- The Baseball Page. "Jose Rijo Facts". Retrieved August 5, 2009.
- "Reds' Rijo earns Tony Conigliaro Award".
- Chris Haft (September 13, 2002). "Rijo to start in Cinergy Field finale".
- Jose Arangure, Jr. (February 26, 2009). "Nats to fire special assistant Rijo".
- Bill Ladson (February 25, 2009). "Rijo's tenure with Nats may be over".
- "Ex star pitcher surrenders in case of journalist's murder". Dominican Today. December 13, 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
- Bill Brubaker (April 11, 1991). "'"Jose Rijo Reaches 'School of the Big Time.
- "Jose Rijo".
- Hall of Fame voting, 2001
- Hall of Fame voting, 2008
- List of Major League Baseball strikeout champions
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins
In 2012, reporters in the Dominican Republic stated that Rijo was under investigation for suspicion of money laundering for drug traffickers. No concrete evidence was ever found and the case was dropped.
Rijo became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. 75% of the vote was necessary for induction, and 5% was necessary to stay on the ballot. He received 0.2% of the vote, and dropped off of the BBWAA ballot. He again became eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2008 since he played in 2001 after a six-year hiatus. He received zero votes and fell off the ballot.
Rijo had a supporting role in the 2008 baseball film Sugar.
Rijo was once married to Juan Marichal's daughter.
In December 2011, German Miranda, who heads the Dominican Republic's Anti-Money Laundering unit, said Rijo had been subpeonaed in relation to his business dealings with Matías "Daniel" Avelino Castro and any information he might have about the abduction and murder of journalist José Silvestre, a.k.a. "Gajo", of Caña TV. Rijo was questioned by police after twice avoiding them. According to Miranda, an arrest warrant for Rijo had already been issued.
 Rijo used to work as a special assistant to general manager
Life after retirement
In 2002, his final season, Rijo received the Tony Conigliaro Award. He made a handful of starts that year, including a win in his first start since 1995, and the last game at Riverfront Stadium. Rijo was on the 2003 Reds roster, but he suffered an elbow injury causing him to miss the entire season, and retired soon thereafter.
Rijo pitched a one-hitter against the Colorado Rockies in 1993. The year after his All-Star season (1995), Rijo was sidelined with a serious elbow injury. Despite several comeback attempts, his elbow troubles kept him out of baseball for five full years. Rijo made an unexpected comeback to the game in 2001, returning to Cincinnati as a reliever. In doing so, Rijo became the first major league player to appear in a game after having received a Baseball Hall of Fame vote since Minnie Miñoso (who received six Hall of Fame votes in 1969) appeared for the Chicago White Sox in 1976 and 1980. In 2008, Rijo was again on the Hall of Fame ballot; he received no votes.
Rijo was 3–0 in the 1990 postseason, including two World Series wins against Oakland, the team that had traded him away three years before. After winning Game One by a 7–0 score, he shut down the A's on two hits in Game Four (both in the first inning), ending the Series with a 0.59 earned run average and 15 strikeouts in 15 1⁄3 innings. It was the only postseason experience of his entire career.
Rijo's age eventually caught up to his talent. He was a member of the National League All-Star Team in 1994. Rijo also led the league in 1993 and 1994 in games started. He led the NL in 1993 in strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings, and in 1991 he led the NL in winning percentage.
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