Mariano Rivera Newsbeat
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Nice to see Rivera finally get some recognition.
Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano posted his best season since 2006, one year after notching a 5.34 ERA, and was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year on Monday, becoming the first player to win the award twice.
In the American League, Mariano Rivera completed the turnaround from a torn ACL in 2012 to save 44 games, a new record for a closer in his final season. The 43-year-old right-hander went 6-2 with a 2.11 ERA, 54 strikeouts and nine walks.
The Comeback Player of the Year Awards are presented annually to one player in each league who has re-emerged on the field during the season. The 30 club beat reporters from MLB.com selected the winners from an original list of 30 candidates (one per MLB club). The winners were revealed Monday night on ESPN2…
Both pitchers also won the Players Choice Award for Comeback Player in their respective leagues.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Speaking of depth, what in the name of Uncle O’Grimacey is Papi eating??
There were points during the summer when some thought Mariano Rivera might rethink his decision to retire at the end of the season.
But that never was in the cards, one of the lessons from a new, behind-the-scenes documentary about his final year in pinstripes, “Being: Mariano Rivera,” which premieres Sunday on Fox.
The most revealing sequence in the film features Rivera joining the Red Sox’s David Ortiz and others for lunch in mid-September during the Yankees’ final trip to Boston… the scene is bluntly candid about the toll the season took on him, a point he makes several times during the 90-minute program.
(During a late-season trip to Baltimore, he looks back on the tiring farewell tour and the demands for his attention and declares, “I am not a robot.”)
“It’s two grizzled warriors before their final battle, trading notes,” Michael Bloom, Fox’s senior vice president for original programming, said Tuesday of Rivera’s lunch with Ortiz. “It reminds me of some of those scenes in ‘Gladiator,’ frankly . . . It’s honest.”
At times, the film lapses into hagiography, an occupational hazard when it comes to chronicling Rivera’s final year in baseball. But if nothing else, the filmmakers’ access to him and his family during key moments makes it well worth watching.
In addition to the lunch scene, we see Rivera on an in-season fishing trip with friends and family, including Andy Pettitte, who catches a big fish but misses a big moment in his son’s life back home near Houston.
There also is footage of the talk Rivera gave to the American League team before the All-Star Game at Citi Field, and of a private meeting with Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford on Old-Timers’ Day…
Said Bloom: “I think it’s a pretty deep film at times.”
Friday, September 27, 2013
This is the last time Mariano Rivera will wear pinstripes, until some Old Timer’s Day in the near future when he’ll probably look exactly the same, and the fastball will still be cutting, and you’ll wonder if he couldn’t have done this for a few more years if he wanted to. But it’s over, and even if a season-long victory lap was secretly as much about saying “we want you to stay” as “we’re thankful we got to see you play,” the man’s done. As Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte approached the mound to remove Rivera from the game, cameras caught the first words exchanged. Jeter to Rivera: “Time to go.”
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.)
. . .
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, September 21, 2013
Beginning with Sunday’s game against the Giants, the Yankees will wear “Mariano Rivera Final Season” patches on the left sleeves of their jerseys and on their caps. They will also wear the patches during their three-game series with the Rays that will run Tuesday through Thursday.
The patch features a photo of Rivera jogging out of the bullpen, showing the No. 42 on his back. It also has his name and the years he’s been in the big leagues (1995-2013) embroidered on it.
Isn’t this a bit much after that other uniform stunt earlier this year when all the Yankees wore jerseys with Rivera’s number?
Monday, September 09, 2013
Mariano Rivera blew a save, giving him seven on the season.
- He did, however, win today’s game, which gives him five wins on the season.
– The five wins are more than Phil Hughes has this year (four).
— Phil Hughes was, until a couple of days ago, the Yankees’ fifth starter.
—- The Yankees won on a walk-off wild pitch.
—– It’s the first time they’ve done that since 1977 (via @espnstatsinfo).
—— It’s the first time that the Yankees have done so against the Red Sox since at least 1916.
——- Today was the first game this month at Yankee Stadium (the Yankees have been home the whole month) that a team did not score at least four runs in an inning.
Posted: September 09, 2013 at 04:29 AM | 11 comment(s)
Sunday, July 21, 2013
(eating oldehippy’s head) Keep your eyes open; I wanna horrify you into a coma.
Bob Costas, on this morning’s Mike and Mike program, said that Marvin Miller “went to his grave spewing nonsense about steroids in baseball.” I know you admire Miller—do you disagree with this characterization of Miller’s (and by extension the union’s) stance on steroids in baseball?...
Marvin was a friend, and Bob Costas is a friend, and I didn’t hear the comments, so I’m not going to get in the middle of that. From my perspective, a great many people shared in the process of mishandling the steroid issue.
Hi Bill, What characteristics of a ballpark—altitude, dimensions, local climate, etc.—influence park factors the most? Intuitively I’d think the dimensions of the outfield fence, but I tend to miss the obvious in these matters. Thanks!
Hey Bill, What did you think about Leyland’s decision to bring Mariano Rivera into the All-Star game in the 8th inning? It has been called an “Epic Blunder” by some but I think that’s far too light. Depriving Mariano the chance to save his final All-Star game I believe was unconscionable. Even if Nathan gives it up in the 8th inning and Mariano doesn’t get a chance for the save, at least he finishes his final All-Star Game. As it turned out, he could’ve finished it and had a save. I think Leyland should be drummed out of baseball for the Mariano decision and what he did to the Rockies, but now I’m getting emotional.
Yes, it is a shame that no one ever celebrates Mariano Rivera’s career.
Hi Bill. Have you ever done a study on the effectiveness of bringing in pinch runners late in close games to replace good hitting slow players? Do you know if it is generally worth it or not?
Generally speaking, it is NOT worth it. It’s like most other strategies—the bunt, the intentional walk, calling in the infield, bringing in a left-hander to face a left-hander. All strategies like that are used much more often than they logically should be, because of the “action bias” in decision making.
Without running the numbers. . .I would be surprised if any pinch runner can increase the chance of scoring a run by more than 3%; that is, if a runner has a 30% chance of scoring anyway, using a fast runner won’t make it 33%. It might make it 32%. But let’s say you can gain 3% of a run by doing that—and, of course, gaining 3% of a run cannot be more than gaining a 1.5% chance of a win.
But a good hitter creates maybe .18 runs per at bat, whereas an average hitter is more like .12. If that spot in the batting order comes around again, you’ve lot 6% of a run, and potentially much more than that. So. . .if you’re going to pinch run, you’ve got to be pretty certain that the big hitter’s spot isn’t going to come around again in the 10th inning or something.
In the first round of the playoffs, 2004, Game 3, Anaheim at Boston, David Ortiz singled with two out in the bottom of the 8th. Tim McCarver, broadcasting the game, said that Terry Francona would pinch run for David. My wife, watching the game on TV with me, was screaming at the TV “NO NO NO. DON’T PINCH RUN FOR HIM. DON’T DO IT. WE NEED HIS BAT IN THE LINEUP.” Terry didn’t do it, and McCarver openly second-guessed him for not doing it.
But in the 11th inning, David dropped a bomb on them, and we won the game 8-6. Up until that point, the issue you raise had been a discussion item with us, as Terry would pinch run for David sometimes. But after that happened, he never would. You pinch run. . .it’s a 1-in-40 shot that it makes any difference. If you get into extra innings, then and now, you want David Ortiz’ bat in the lineup.
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?
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