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Mario Soto

Class of 2001

When Soto gets on the mound, he also has the best combination of fastball and change-up in the game today. He is no bully who pushes people around but an artist who uses the baseball as deftly as if he had a paintbrush in his right hand.

- Sportswriter Murray Chass

Born in the Dominican Republic, Mario Soto debuted in the Majors with the Reds in 1977. Within a few years, he would develop into one of the best pitchers in baseball. He appeared in three All-Star games, but his pitching prowess was not as recognized as it should have been due to the poor Reds teams that took the field during his prime.

From 1980-1985, Soto struck out more batters than any other pitcher in baseball and he relied on an above average fastball and tremendous change-up to send batters back to the dugout. In 1982, Soto set a Reds single-season record by striking out 274 opposing batters (Steve Carlton led the league that year with 286), and he ranks number two all-time in Reds history with 1,449 strikeouts (only Jim Maloney has more). In 1984, Soto came within one strike of a no-hitter before giving up a home run to St. Louis' George Hendrick. That same year, he tied a Reds record by striking out four Cubs in one inning.

Soto was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2001.

Mario Melvin Soto
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 0"
Weight:
174
Born:
七月 12, 1956, Bani, Peravia, Dominican Republic
How Acquired:
Signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an amateur free agent on December 3, 1973
Debut:
七月 21, 1977 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Final Game:
六月 16, 1988 vs. Houston Astros
Inducted
into the Reds Hall of Fame 2001
Reds Career Statistics
Career Statistics for Mario Soto
G IP W L ERA K K/IP BB H WHIP GS CG SHO SV R ER
297 1730.1 100 92 3.47 1449 657 1395 1.186 224 72 13 4 732 667
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