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Mariano Rivera
Mariano Rivera in a gray baseball uniform and navy blue cap stands on a dirt mound. He is striding forward to the right as he clutches a baseball behind his head. His uniform reads "New York" in navy blue letters across the chest. His face is contorted in concentration.
Rivera pitching for the Yankees in 2007
Relief pitcher
Born: November 29, 1969 (1969-11-29) (age 50)
Panama City, Panama
Batted: Right Threw: Right
debut
May 23, 1995, for the New York Yankees
Last appearance
September 26, 2013, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 82–60
Earned run average 2.21
Strikeouts 1,173
Saves 652
WHIP 1.00
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 13× All-Star (1997, 1999–2002, 2004–2006, 2008–2011, 2013)
  • World Series champion (1996, 1998–2000, 2009)
  • World Series MVP (1999)
  • ALCS MVP (2003)
  • 5× AL Rolaids Relief Man Award (1999, 2001, 2004–2005, 2009)
  • 3× Delivery Man of the Year (2005–2006, 2009)
  • AL Comeback Player of the Year (2013)
  • 3× MLB saves leader (1999, 2001, 2004)
  • MLB record 652 career saves
  • New York Yankees No. 42 retired
  • Monument Park honoree
Incoming Member of the National
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Induction 2019
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Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a baseball player. He has played with the New York Yankees for many seasons. He is a “closer”, a type of pitcher who pitches in the ninth inning. Rivera is thought to be one of the best relief pitchers ever, and will probably be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rivera throws a very fast “cutter” pitches that are good at striking out batters. Rivera has more saves in the World Series than any other pitcher. He also has more saves all-time then anybody, a record he set in 2011. Mariano Rivera wears #42, and is the only player in Major League baseball to do so. Rivera was born in Panama and played his first baseball there.

Awards Won

  • Rolaids Relief Man of the Year, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009
  • DHL Delivery Man of the Year, 2005, 2006, 2009
  • 2004 American League Championship Series MVP
  • World Series Champion, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009


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