MLB Award Winners

AL Comeback Player

Mariano Rivera (44 saves, 54 K’s, 2.11 era)

Rivera saved 44 games in his final season.

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Is the Rivera Injury end of an era?

Yankee closer Mariano Rivera tore his ACL in batting practice earlier today, leaving people to wonder if it’s the last they will see of him.  Rivera  is first all time in saves and games finished with a sparkling 2.21 career ERA.   Mo was even better in the postseason with a .70 career ERA. Last season, even at the age of 41, he was as good as ever with a 1.91 ERA and 44 saves. Mariano was asked after the Yankees game tonight if he was going to ever pitch again and while holding back tears, said “I don’t know.”  There were questions  whether Rivera would retire at the end of the season with his contract up. As a person who grew up hating the Yankees, Mo was always someone you had to respect.  He won with class and was simply the best ever.  I, along with every other baseball fan, hope Mariano can come back and perform at least one more year.

Mariano’s stats

Mo gets #602

The Sandman has done it.  As the Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-4 today, Mariano Rivera picked up  career save #602 to pass Trevor Hoffman and become the all time leader in saves.  Mo did it in his typical style as he struck out Twin Chris Parmelee on a backdoor cutter to end the game.  There has been no decline in the 41-year-old Rivera, who has a 1.98 ERA this season.  Mo has a career 2.22 ERA and has a solidified his spot as the greatest closer of all time.  Perhaps the most impressive stats for Mo are his postseason numbers. His ERA in 70 postseason games is .62. His ERA in 24 World Series games is .99. Just incredible numbers for a man who has been so humble.  Whether you hate the Yankees or not, you can’t help but applaud the great career of Mariano Rivera.

First ballot Hall of Famer