On Tuesday night the Hall of Fame welcomed four new players to the museum. Mariano Rivera became the first player in history to get voted for by every voter. The greatest reliever of all time was joined by fellow pitchers Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina, as well as designated hitter Edgar Martinez. Three of the four spent their entire careers in the American League. But that doesn’t mean that they didn’t play the Cincinnati Reds thanks to interleague play.
The Cincinnati Reds and the New York Yankees didn’t match up too frequently in interleague play. But when Mariano Rivera got a chance to pitch against the Reds, he did what Mariano Rivera does: dominate. The right-handed closer threw in four games against the Reds and picked up three saves. In 4.1 innings pitched he didn’t allow a run, gave up four hits and a walk, and he struck out six of the eighteen batters he faced.
Much like Rivera, Mike Mussina didn’t face the Cincinnati Reds much in interleague. While he was outstanding over the course of his career, the Reds beat up on him in his two games against Cincinnati. He pitched 13.1 innings with a 6.75 ERA – thanks to five home runs against him in that span. The Reds hit .321/.356/.661 against him over the course of 60 plate appearances.
In a weird twist of fate, Edgar Martinez only had three plate appearances against the Cincinnati Reds despite playing in three games against them. He went 1-3 with a single.
Roy Halladay was the only player of the four who played in the National League during his career. That came at the end of his career – the final four seasons, to be exact. In the regular season he made eight starts against Cincinnati, going 4-1. He posted a 2.85 ERA in 60.0 innings pitched with 12 walks and 56 strikeouts. But that’s not what anyone reading this article likely remembers. What they do remember, and I’m sorry for bringing you pain by mentioning it, is the no-hitter that he threw in the playoffs against the Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Divisional Series against Philadelphia.
The entire Hall of Fame Ballot for 2019