All indications are the greatest closer in Major League Baseball history will retire after the 2013 season. There’s no questioning Mariano Rivera‘s place in Cooperstown five years from now.
Rivera will likely make it official tomorrow at a press conference from the New York Yankees spring training facility in Tampa.
Rivera has the most saves in history, 608, and as staggering as that stat is, Mo, of course, “saved” the best for last.
His 42 post-season saves are another record, as is the unthinkable 0.70 earned run average in the playoffs and World Series. To put it another way, he has allowed just 11 runs in 141 post-season innings.
Rivera is in the pantheon of Yankee greats: Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, and DiMaggio; all except Ruth played their entire career in pinstripes.
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