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Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees gets Enshrined into Baseball Hall of Fame

Introduction

On Sunday, July 21st, 2019 in Cooperstown, New York, the six inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame were enshrined. These fantastic and inspirational ball players include Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, Edgar Martinez, and Harold Baines.

Both Rivera and Smith were closing pitchers, Mussina and Halladay were starting pitchers, and Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines were both designated hitters. Overall, each and every player that made it into baseball immortality this year definitely deserved the honor.

Rivera

The player serves as the long time closer for the New York Yankees during their reign on baseball from the mid 1990’s to the early 2010’s. He was the first player ever unanimously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. That is one hell of an honor as there have been plenty of other ball player that have deserved that accolade.

From the time Rivera was a young child, he dreamed of being a famous soccer player and idolized the Brazilian soccer star, Pele. Instead of living that dream he found his specialty on an MLB baseball diamond, and he ended his career with an astonishing 652 saves.

Rivera pitched 19 seasons in the big leagues, all with the historic New York Yankees, and finished his amazing career with 952 games finished which is another record of his. As a 13 time MLB the All Star helped the New York Yankees win five World Series championships and seven American League pennants.

Career Regular Season Statistics

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP BK WP BF FIP WHIP
1995 NYY
5 3 0.625 5.51 19 10 2 0 0 67 71 43 41 11 30 51 2 1 0 301 5.15 1.507
1996 NYY
8 3 0.727 2.09 61 0 14 0 5 107.2 73 25 25 1 34 130 2 0 1 425 1.88 0.994
1997 NYY
6 4 0.6 1.88 66 0 56 0 43 71.2 65 17 15 5 20 68 0 0 2 301 2.96 1.186
1998 NYY
3 0 1 1.91 54 0 49 0 36 61.1 48 13 13 3 17 36 1 0 0 246 3.48 1.06
1999 NYY
4 3 0.571 1.83 66 0 63 0 45 69 43 15 14 2 18 52 3 1 2 268 2.92 0.884
2000 NYY
7 4 0.636 2.85 66 0 61 0 36 75.2 58 26 24 4 25 58 0 0 2 311 3.28 1.097
2001 NYY
4 6 0.4 2.34 71 0 66 0 50 80.2 61 24 21 5 12 83 1 0 1 310 2.28 0.905
2002 NYY
1 4 0.2 2.74 45 0 37 0 28 46 35 16 14 3 11 41 2 1 1 187 2.88 1
2003 NYY
5 2 0.714 1.66 64 0 57 0 40 70.2 61 15 13 3 10 63 4 0 0 277 2.39 1.005
2004 NYY
4 2 0.667 1.94 74 0 69 0 53 78.2 65 17 17 3 20 66 5 0 0 316 2.82 1.081
2005 NYY
7 4 0.636 1.38 71 0 67 0 43 78.1 50 18 12 2 18 80 4 0 0 306 2.15 0.868
2006 NYY
5 5 0.5 1.8 63 0 59 0 34 75 61 16 15 3 11 55 5 0 0 293 2.84 0.96
2007 NYY
3 4 0.429 3.15 67 0 59 0 30 71.1 68 25 25 4 12 74 6 0 1 295 2.65 1.121
2008 NYY
6 5 0.545 1.4 64 0 60 0 39 70.2 41 11 11 4 6 77 2 0 1 259 2.03 0.665
2009 NYY
3 3 0.5 1.76 66 0 55 0 44 66.1 48 14 13 7 12 72 1 0 1 257 2.89 0.905
2010 NYY
3 3 0.5 1.8 61 0 55 0 33 60 39 14 12 2 11 45 5 0 0 230 2.81 0.833
2011 NYY
1 2 0.333 1.91 64 0 54 0 44 61.1 47 13 13 3 8 60 2 0 1 233 2.19 0.897
2012 NYY
1 1 0.5 2.16 9 0 9 0 5 8.1 6 2 2 0 2 8 0 0 0 32 1.9 0.96
2013 NYY
6 2 0.75 2.11 64 0 60 0 44 64 58 16 15 6 9 54 1 0 0 256 3.05 1.047

Career Playoff Statistics

Year Tm Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GF SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP WPA
1995 NYY
ALDS
L SEA 1 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 5.1 3 0 0 0 1 8 0 0 0 20 0.75 0.56
1996 NYY
ALDS
W TEX 0 0   0 2 0 0 0 4.2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 15 0.214 0.53
1996 NYY
ALCS
W BAL 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 4 6 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 19 1.75 0.47
1996 NYY
WS
W ATL 0 0   1.59 4 1 0 0 5.2 4 1 1 0 3 4 0 0 0 23 1.235 0.28
1997 NYY
ALDS
L CLE 0 0   4.5 2 1 0 1 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 8 1 -0.08
1998 NYY
ALDS
W TEX 0 0   0 3 3 0 2 3.1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 12 0.6 0.22
1998 NYY
ALCS
W CLE 0 0   0 4 3 0 1 5.2 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 17 0.176 0.63
1998 NYY
WS
W SDP 0 0   0 3 3 0 3 4.1 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 18 1.154 0.34
1999 NYY
ALDS
W TEX 0 0   0 2 2 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 9 0.333 0.26
1999 NYY
ALCS
W BOS 1 0 1 0 3 3 0 2 4.2 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 17 1.071 0.65
1999 NYY
WS
W ATL 1 0 1 0 3 3 0 2 4.2 3 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 17 0.857 0.5
2000 NYY
ALDS
W OAK 0 0   0 3 3 0 3 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 18 0.4 0.54
2000 NYY
ALCS
W SEA 0 0   1.93 3 3 0 1 4.2 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 18 0.857 0.22
2000 NYY
WS
W NYM 0 0   3 4 3 0 2 6 4 2 2 1 1 7 1 0 0 24 0.833 0.7
2001 NYY
ALDS
W OAK 0 0   0 3 3 0 2 5 4 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 19 0.8 0.45
2001 NYY
ALCS
W SEA 1 0 1 1.93 4 4 0 2 4.2 2 1 1 0 1 3 0 0 2 17 0.643 0.55
2001 NYY
WS
L ARI 1 1 0.5 1.42 4 3 0 1 6.1 6 2 1 0 1 7 1 0 0 28 1.105 0.12
2002 NYY
ALDS
L ANA 0 0   0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0.04
2003 NYY
ALDS
W MIN 0 0   0 2 2 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 12 0 0.28
2003 NYY
ALCS
W BOS 1 0 1 1.13 4 4 0 2 8 5 1 1 0 0 6 0 0 0 29 0.625 0.95
2003 NYY
WS
L FLA 0 0   0 2 2 0 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 14 0.5 0.2
2004 NYY
ALDS
W MIN 1 0 1 0 4 3 0 0 5.2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 19 0.353 0.42
2004 NYY
ALCS
L BOS 0 0   1.29 5 3 0 2 7 6 1 1 0 2 6 0 0 0 28 1.143 0.46
2005 NYY
ALDS
L LAA 0 0   3 2 2 0 2 3 1 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 11 0.667 0.33
2006 NYY
ALDS
L DET 0 0   0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0.02
2007 NYY
ALDS
L CLE 0 0   0 3 2 0 0 4.2 2 0 0 0 1 6 1 0 0 19 0.643 0.35
                                                   
2009 NYY
ALDS
W MIN 0 0   0 3 2 0 1 3.2 4 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 16 1.364 0.05
2009 NYY
ALCS
W LAA 0 0   1.29 5 3 0 2 7 3 1 1 0 2 4 0 0 0 27 0.714 0.87
2009 NYY
WS
W PHI 0 0   0 4 4 0 2 5.1 3 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 20 0.938 0.26
2010 NYY
ALDS
W MIN 0 0   0 3 3 0 2 3.1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 0.6 0.26
2010 NYY
ALCS
L TEX 0 0   0 3 3 0 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 0.667 0.22
2011 NYY
ALDS
L DET 0 0   0 2 2 0 0 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0.05

Media Statements

"I think I choose that because sometimes you write words and it doesn't sound right," explained Rivera. "But when you come from the heart, it comes right. My intention was always to speak from the heart."

"You're special for me," said he, who abandoned his native homeland of Panama in 1990 while unable to speak a lick of English. "Thank you for your help. Latin American fans, thank you. Thank you for loving me. I'm so humbled and blessed to receive this incredible honor. God bless you all."

"To the fans, you guys always pushed me to be the best," he exclaimed. "When I was at Yankee Stadium pitching, it felt like I was pitching with 55,000 people throwing one pitch after another. Without your support, I cannot do it. You guys came to see me succeed."

Sources:

“Mariano, always 'the last,' closes HOF ceremony”, espn.com, July 22, 2019.

“Mariano Rivera”, baseball-reference.com, July 22, 2019.


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