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3. Mariano Rivera
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 29, 1969 in Panama, Pa Panama
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 23, 1995
  • Final Game: September 26, 2013
  • TSN Fireman of the Year - 1997
  • Babe Ruth Award - 1999
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 1999
  • TSN Fireman of the Year - 1999
  • World Series MVP - 1999
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 2001
  • TSN Reliever of the Year - 2001
  • ALCS MVP - 2003
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 2004
  • TSN Reliever of the Year - 2004
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 2005
  • TSN All-Star - 2005
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 2009
  • TSN Reliever of the Year - 2009
  • All-Star Game MVP - 2013
  • Comeback Player of the Year - 2013
 
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The Relief Pitcher has always struggled to enter the halls of Cooperstown, but they are some there. With Mariano Rivera there should be no doubt that the not only should he enter the Baseball Hall of Fame, but he should enter immediately. There should be no wait for the greatest closer of all time.

This isn’t just because he has the most Saves in history. There have been other players who have been able to say that (see Smith, Lee) who were far from the dominant player that he was. With a fastball you knew was coming, batters still struggled to make contact and Rivera, a career Yankee would retire with the following sick numbers:

First in All Time Saves, Games Finished and ERA +.

A BWAR of 56.1

An ERA of 2.21

A career WHIP of 1.000

And that is just the regular season. Rivera was even better in the playoffs where over the 32 series he participated in he has an 8-1 record with 42 Saves, an ERA of 0.70 and a WHIP of 0.759, a fact that can not be overlooked should a voter not want to put him in the Hall on the first ballot.

Best reliever of all time? No doubt about it.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Panama City, Panama
  • Eligible In: Tuesday, 01 January 2019
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: New York Yankees
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series MVP (1) (1999)
    ALCS MVP (1) (2003)
    Rolaids Relief Man of the Year (5) (AL) (1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 & 2009)
    Delivery Man of the Year (3) (2005, 2006 & 2009)
    13 Time All Star (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2013)
    Comeback Player of the Year (AL) (2013)
    Most Saves (3) (AL) (1999, 2001 & 2004)
    Most Games Finished (2) (AL) (2004 & 2005)
    World Series Rings (5) (New York Yankees, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2009)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes: (AL: 2004, 9th) & (AL: 2005, 9th)
    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes: (AL: 1996, 3rd), (AL: 1999, 3rd), (AL: 2004, 3rd), (AL: 2005, 2nd), (AL: 2008, 5th) & (AL: 2011, 8th)
    11 Top Five Finishes (Saves)
    13 Top Five Finishes (Games Finished)
    1   Top Five Finish (Games Pitched)
    12 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    2   Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 1.   Saves: 652
    1.   Games Finished: 952
    3.   WHIP: 1.000
    4.   Games Pitched: 1,115
    5.   Win Probabilty Added: 56.6
    76. WAR for Pitchers: 56.6
  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Yankee

Should Mariano Rivera be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 100%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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