Great Baseball Players Newsbeat
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Some Rivera fundamentals:
Let the record show that this man racked up 31 postseason saves in which he got more than three outs. Only 32 other closers in the wild-card era even saved one postseason game like that. The closers for all the other AL teams in that time have saved 21 games like that combined.
But Rivera’s managers also knew better than to save him just for save situations when it came time to take the October stage. So in total, he made 58 postseason appearances of more than one inning—and allowed an earned run in exactly six of them. His ERA in those games: 0.53.
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OK, one more postseason nugget before we move on. This man faced the best hitters on the best teams in baseball in 98 postseason games—and held them to this microscopic slash line: .174/.212/.227. Now here’s what that means, essentially: In the most important games of his life, he turned the best hitters on earth into Houston Jimenez—only not that good. (Jimenez’s career slash line: .185/.221/.234.)
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For those of us who care about numbers, this is a big, big week—because Rivera still has a shot to become the only pitcher in the live-ball era with a WHIP below 1.00—even if it’s only microscopically below 1.00. He heads into the final days of his career with 998 hits allowed and 286 walks. Which totals up to 1,284 baserunners (via hits and walks) in 1,282 1/3 innings. So, if he just has two or three more perfect innings in him, he can still wind up with fewer baserunners (via hits and walks) than innings.
Much more in TFA.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Mariano Rivera owns another record. The Yankees closer now has the most 30-save seasons in baseball history with 15 after recording the save in Friday’s 2-0 win over the Twins. Rivera passed Trevor Hoffman to set the new mark.
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Rivera, baseball’s all-times save leader with 638, recorded his first 30-save campaign in 1997, his first full season as the team’s closer. He reeled off five straight 30-save seasons until he recorded only 28 in 2002. He started the stretch again in 2003, when he had 40, and then went nine years before he recorded only five last season after he tore his ACL early in the season and appeared in only nine games.
SPECIAL BONUS LINK: Map of Mariano Rivera’s Farewell Tour.
Has anyone led the league in the signature stat for their position in their retirement year? At age 43?
Sunday, June 23, 2013
O’Neill wasn’t quite able to hit a home run during the game, but he did launch a ball off the top of the wall for a long single in the first inning. Cone called that inning a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” as he entered the game to relieve Wells with O’Neill on second base and Williams at the plate.
That was just one of the enjoyable moments of the five-inning Old-Timers Day game, in which the Bombers beat the Clippers, 2-1. In the third inning, Dent hit a hard double past the third-base bag, Flaherty hit a double over Steve Balboni’s head in center field and Henderson hit a two-run single.
Pat Kelly nearly drove in a run in the same inning, but first-timer Greene made an over-the-shoulder catch on the warning track in left field, and then celebrated his grab by chest-bumping a member of the Rays playing catch in the outfield.
El Duque pitched two innings in his first Old-Timers Day appearance, and he even played an inning at shortstop, to the delight of the fans.
Could have use these guys in the “second game”.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Lots of milestones:
Pettitte allowed three hits over 7 1/3 innings to earn his 250th career victory, leading the Yankees to a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners. The 47th pitcher in major league history to reach that milestone, he will turn 41 on June 15. But what happened just as the game ended meant even more to him. His first-born son, Josh Pettitte, a right-hand pitcher for Deer Park (Texas) High School, was drafted by the Yankees in the 37th round in the Major League Baseball draft.
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What’s also tied in is his association with Marino Rivera. The Yankees closer worked the ninth and saved a Pettitte victory for the 71st time, the most of any pitching combination since the save rule was established. “I have the same joy he has, knowing that I’ve been there for every one of them,” said Rivera, who earned his 630th save to add to his major league record. “I’ve been able to contribute a little bit to his success.”
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