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.

Mariano Rivera

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.

Mike Mussina

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.

Edgar Martinez

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

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

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7 Responses

  1. Matt Esberger

    So are you saying that Fingers, Sutter, Eckersley, Gossage, Hoffman, Wilhelm, & Smith shouldn’t have receive votes for the HOF either? Should AL Starting Pitchers from 73- present (Ryan, Palmer, Blyleven,Hunter) not receive votes because they didn’t have to bat? Bonds & Clemens might have been in by now even with the roid controversy if both had been more likeable with the press.

    I still find it amazing how guys like DiMaggio, Williams, Aaron, Mays did not get 100.00 % of votes.

    • Matt Esberger

      Sorry Wayne I had originally interpret your comment as a slam toward relievers and not the writers my bad. I might differ in opinion that I have no issue with Rivera getting in unanimously because he was with all due respects to Fingers & Gossage the greatest reliever in baseball history. I do share your sentiment that it is asinine that guys like Griffey, Bench, Mays did not receive 100% of votes. I can understand someone like Biggio or Rice but no excuse for the all time greats.

  2. Scott C

    Sorry to be picky but why do you have Roy Halladay at the top of the list and then at the bottom of the list at 0.9%?

    • Ken

      Should be the other Roy, right? Oswalt.

      • Scott C

        I think you are right. It should be Oswalt


    It’s interesting…if you look at Edgar Martinez’s stats and compare them with Votto’s, you could make a case that Votto is already a HOF’er! Or at the very least, he will be with two more Vottoesque years.

  4. Ken

    I’ve only seen one no-hitter in person, and that was the Halladay game. A bittersweet experience but in truth mostly sweet to see that done, esp. in the playoffs. Halladay was a boss and certainly deserves the HOF.