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MLB Spring Training
SAR2002022603 - 26 FEBRUARY 2002 - SARASOTA, FLORIDA, USA: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jose Rijo fires to the plate in the first inning of an intersquad scrimmage during spring training workouts at Ed Smith stadium in Sarasota, Fla., on Feb. 25, 2002. Rijo started the game but only pitched one half of an inning. rlw/fp/Frank Polich UPI
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José Antonio Rijo Abreu (born May 13, 1965 in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball best known for his years with the Cincinnati Reds (1988-1995 and 2001-2002).

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 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 fifteen years.

When Rijo broke into the majors with the New York Yankees in 1984, he was 18 years old and the youngest player in either league. The previous year, he'd had a 15-5 record in the Florida League with a 1.68 ERA. But he did not have a good rookie season, and some observers commented that Yankee owner George Steinbrenner had orchestrated the call-up, hoping to create a 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.

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