Mariano Rivera

Birthdate 11/29/1969
Death Date
Debut Year 1995
Year of Induction 2019
Teams Yankees
Position Pitcher

The 1st unanimous selection to Cooperstown, 13-time All Star & 5-time WS champ Mariano Rivera holds the MLB record for saves & games finished.

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Mariano Rivera is the first unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Mariano Rivera is the first unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, legends all. Yet none of them were unanimous selections to Cooperstown. The first man to earn that distinction was Yankee closer Mariano Rivera. The 13-time All Star and
Rivera was at his best in the postseason

Rivera was at his best in the postseason

Mariano Rivera is the greatest regular-season closer of all time. In the postseason he was even better. The right-hander helped the Yankees advance to the playoff in 16 of his 19 big league seasons. It was in October that Mo was at his best. In 96 games spanning 141 innings, his ERA was a miniscule
Fittingly, Mariano closed out the final game at old Yankee Stadium

Fittingly, Mariano closed out the final game at old Yankee Stadium

Mariano Rivera played all of his 19 years for the New York Yankees. When his team won, Rivera could be found on the hill slamming the door. Rivera’s out pitch was his cutter. The pitch had great movement, breaking away from right-handed hitters and into lefties. Rivera had outstanding command

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