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10/06/2009 4:30 PM ET
Fans vote Chris Sabo into Reds Hall of Fame
Veterans committee selects Pedro Borbon and Tony Mullane for 2010 class
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CINCINNATI - Third baseman Chris Sabo and pitchers Pedro Borbon and the late Tony Mullane will be the next three players inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.

Sabo was selected by the fans through the Modern Player Ballot sponsored by Cincyfavorites.com. The Veterans Committee selected Borbon and Mullane to make up the Reds Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

The trio will be honored next summer during on-field ceremonies at Great American Ball Park and at the Hall's star-studded Induction Gala, bringing the Hall's membership ranks to 72 players, three managers and three executives.

"Fan voting has played an important role in the election of Reds Hall of Famers dating back to the first Hall of Fame class in 1958," said Hall of Fame executive director Rick Walls. "I'd like to thank Cincyfavorites.com, the thousands of Reds fans who cast their votes, as well as the Hall's Veterans Committee for its time and energy in this involved selection process."

Sabo was the top vote-getter from more than 19,000 ballots cast online, at the ballpark, at Montgomery Inn restaurants and at participating Skyline locations. Paul O'Neill finished second and John Franco was third.

Pedro Borbon and Tony Mullane were selected by the Reds Hall of Fame's Veterans Committee, a committee comprised of members of the media, Hall of Famers, historians, fans and Hall of Fame executives.

Chris Sabo

Chris Sabo
One of the most accomplished third basemen in club history, Chris Sabo and his trademark goggles burst on the Cincinnati baseball scene in 1988. An All-Star in his first season, Sabo led the Reds in doubles and stolen bases en route to becoming one of only seven players in Reds history to win the Rookie of the Year Award. Sabo anchored third base for the Reds for the next five seasons, including All-Star campaigns in 1990 and 1991. During the Reds' 1990 World Championship season, he led the club in home runs, doubles and runs scored. In the National League Championship Series against Pittsburgh, his two-run home run in Game 4 proved to be the gamewinner. In the World Series his .563 batting average was the second highest on the club and included a two-home run, three-RBI performance in the Reds' 8-3 victory in Game 3. A fine defensive player, Sabo twice led NL third basemen in fielding percentage and finished second in the league once. For his career, he ranks in the club's top 25 in home runs and doubles and in the club's top 50 in games played, at bats, hits, RBI, runs scored, stolen bases, walks, slugging percentage and total bases. Sabo will join Bill Werber (Class of 1961) and Heinie Groh (Class of 1963) as the only third basemen inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame. Sabo was born January 19, 1962.

Pedro Borbon

Pedro Borbon
Durability and effectiveness were the hallmarks of Pedro 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 five in games pitched each season from 1972-1977. And from 1970-1978, Borbon appeared in more games than any pitcher in the National League. In Reds history, no pitcher appeared in more games than Borbon's 531. Used in a wide variety of game situations, he had only one losing record in his Reds career, and his 76 saves rank seventh on the club's all-time list. A member of both the 1975 and 1976 World Championship teams as well as National League pennant winners in 1970 and 1972 and the 1973 National League Western Division Champions, Borbon pitched in 20 postseason games during his Reds career, posting an ERA of 2.42, including a 1.26 ERA in League Championship Series play. Borbon will become the third relief pitcher inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame, joining Clay Carroll (Class of 1980) and Wayne Granger (Class of 1982). Borborn was born December 2, 1946.

Tony Mullane

Tony Mullane
A native of County Cork, Ireland, Tony Mullane was the ace of the Reds' pitching staff from 1886-1892, winning more than 30 games in a season twice and more than 20 games five times. His 163 career wins in a Reds uniform stood as the club's all-time record until it was broken by Eppa Rixey in 1930 and now ranks second on the club's all-time list. Playing in an era in which pitchers regularly completed their starts, Mullane excelled in this area, recording a club-record 264 complete games in 285 career starts. Only three pitchers in Reds history have pitched more innings than Mullane's 2,599, and only 10 Reds pitchers have struck out more batters than Mullane's 993. His 250 strikeouts in 1886 stood as the club record until it was broken by Jim Maloney almost eight decades later and still ranks as the third-highest single-season total in Reds history. A natural right-handed thrower, an injury resulted in Mullane developing the ability to pitch with both hands, and while he did so infrequently, he is one of the few known ambidextrous pitchers in Major League history. Blessed with dashing good looks, he was nicknamed "The Apollo of the Box," and his popularity with female fans contributed to the development of Ladies Days at the ballpark. Mullane will be the seventh member of the Reds Hall of Fame who played all or part of his career in the 19th century. Mullane was born January 20, 1859 and died April 25, 1944.

About the Reds Hall of Fame:
Established in 1958, The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 75 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction to the Reds Hall of Fame. The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Cincinnati Reds. On the web: www.reds.com/HOF.

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