Happy Reds birthday, Jose Rijo!
May 13, 1965
Jose Rijo appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2001, receiving one vote, but was then disqualified from the ballot for the next seven years. Why? Because he came back to baseball! After sitting out for five years due to injuries, Rijo returned to the Reds in 2001 and 2002, though he was a shadow of his former self. He was an underrated pitcher during his career, only named to one All-Star roster and receiving Cy Young support in two seasons. His WAR in 1993 was 9.2, much higher than winner Greg Maddux (5.8), but he came in fifth in voting behind the Mad Dog, Bill Swift, Tom Glavine, and John Burkett. Part of the reason was obviously his low win total; Rijo had 14 victories, while the four pitchers ahead of him each won at least 20 games.