Mo Is The All time Leader In Saves
September 19th 2011 21:16
Today, Mariano Rivera became the top closer in baseball history. His historic 602 saves came against the Minnesota Twins in a 6-4 win. He surpassed Trevor Hoffman, who has 601 saves. In the ninth, he retired shortstop, Trevor Plouffe on a ground ball, Michael Cuddyer, the right fielder for the second out, and first baseman, Chris Parmelee, who struck out for the third out. After the game, Rivera hugged catcher, Russell Martin, and met by the rest of his teammates at the mound. Rivera who will turn 42 on November 29, leads baseball with 42 postseason saves. He has a 0.71 postseason ERA, and held opponents to a .176 batting average. Today was Rivera's 43rd save of the year. He has had eight seasons of 40 or more saves; one behind Hoffman for the all time record of 40 save seasons. Rivera and Hoffman are the only two pitchers with more than four seasons of 40 saves. Rivera ranks ninth all time in games pitched (1,038), and owns eight of the Yankees' top ten single save totals. He is a 12 time all star and the MVP of the 1999 World Series. Monday was 15 years and 125 days since his first save, which came on May 17, 1996 against the California Angels.
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