06/04/2012 5:08 PM EST
Reds mourn death of Pedro Borbon
The Cincinnati Reds offer condolences to the family and friends of Reds Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Borbon, who died earlier today at age 65.
Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said, "The entire organization is very sad to hear of the loss of another member of our baseball family. Pedro was an important contributor to the success of the Big Red Machine, and he always will be remembered for his colorful personality and his contributions to that wonderful time period in our history."
Reds Hall of Fame and Museum Executive Director Rick Walls added, "On behalf of the Reds Hall of Fame's board of directors and the Reds Hall of Famer fraternity, we are saddened by the news of Pedro's passing and join Reds fans everywhere in keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers. We should remember Pedro's contributions to the Reds' legacy and rejoice in the fact that we were able to honor him and his family in 2010 with induction into the Reds Hall of Fame."
Durability and effectiveness were the hallmarks of Borbon's 10-season career with the Reds.
An essential member of the Big Red Machine's stellar bullpen corps, Borbon ranked in the National League's Top 5 in games pitched each season from 1972-1977.
From 1970-1978, Borbon appeared in more games than any pitcher in the National League. He is the Reds' all-time leader in appearances with 531, while his 76 saves rank eighth on the club's all-time list.
Borbon was a member of the Reds' 1975 and 1976 World Championship teams, their National League pennant-winners in 1970 and 1972 and the 1973 National League Western Division championship club. He pitched in 20 post-season games during his Reds career, posting an ERA of 2.55 and including a 1.26 ERA in League Championship Series play.
In 2010, Borbon became the third relief pitcher inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame, joining Clay Carroll (Class of 1980) and Wayne Granger (Class of 1982).
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