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Fan favorite Sabo baffled by popularity

7/17/2010 - MLB Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI -- Chris Sabo is still befuddled by his popularity.

The goggle-wearing third baseman with the close-cropped hair was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame on Saturday, along with reliever Pedro Borbon and 19th century pitcher Tony Mullane.

Sabo quickly became a fan favorite in 1988, when he made the All-Star game and was NL Rookie of the Year. He was a key player on the 1990 team that won the World Series. Sabo was voted into the Hall of Fame by Reds fans.

Sabo says he hasn't figured out why the fans took him to heart so readily. He notes that he played the same way in high school and at the University of Michigan, but didn't get the same sort of reaction from fans.

Borbon was a reliever on the Big Red Machine club that won World Series titles in 1975-76. He also was a replacement player before the 1995 season, when he was 48 years old.