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Cancer claims former Reds right-hander Pedro Borbon

Jun 4, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

Pedro Borbon AP

Pedro Borbon, a member of the Big Red Machine and one of the top relievers of his generation, passed away Monday after fighting cancer. He was 65.

Borbon spent 12 years in the majors, 10 of them with the Reds from 1970-79. He was an elite reliever from 1972-77, throwing at least 120 innings each of the six years. He had his best season in 1973, finishing with 11 wins, 14 saves and a 2.16 ERA in 80 appearances.

Overall, Borbon went 69-39 with a 3.52 ERA in 593 career appearances, all but four of them coming out of the pen. He pitched for two World Series champions with the Reds and had a 2.42 ERA in 26 career postseason innings.

Borbon was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2010.

“The entire organization is very sad to hear of the loss of another member of our baseball family,” Reds owner Bob Castellini said. “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.”

  1. contraryguy - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    These days, Pedro wouldn’t even get the chance to show off that rubber arm of his (at least not past 80-90 innings worth). A great Red. RIP.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    A very good pitcher. Sorry to lose him. He went too soon.

    • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      I see they caught that son of a bitch who opened fire at Eaton Center. Kudos to the TPD and/or the Mounties.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:49 PM

        The Toronto Police Department knew very quickly who they were after. He knew they were after him and he turned himself in at about 2:30 AM. The SOB was on house arrest for a previous charge and was not supposed to be outside.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    I remember him well, pitching against the Mets at Shea. A terrific pitcher, not the one you wanted to see coming out of the pen.

  4. cranbery - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    R.I.P………………..and thanks for the memories of the “Big Red Machine”!

  5. mckludge - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    I guess it will be a while before Manny Mota can pinch hit for him again…

    • 78mu - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Surely there are people that don’t know which end of a bat to hold that know PB from that movie.

      And quit calling me Shirley.

  6. pisano - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Tough competitor with a great arm, God rest his soul.

  7. raysfan1 - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Grew up a Reds fan, and from the opposite perspective of OG, he was exactly who we wanted to see coming out of the pen. RIP, Pedro, you will be missed.

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