Mariano Rivera Newsbeat
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
“Part of his legacy is the establishment of the toughest anti-doping rules in all of American pro sports.”
Though many people in his sport are still skeptical, baseball commissioner Bud Selig told ESPN.com he is “100 percent” committed to retiring in a year and that he hopes to visit all 30 parks in his final season…
“I want to talk to season-ticket holders and fans,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of people to thank.”
That idea came about, he said, in part because several clubs reached out to him after his announcement and asked to honor him, but also because [Mariano] Rivera’s farewell tour got Selig to thinking about ways to connect with people who love baseball.
“I like that,” Selig said. “I like talking to people. And ... that’s what I want to do: [speak to] season-ticket holders, people who work at ballparks. I just like to walk around and talk to people. I love that. I did that when I ran the Brewers. And I enjoyed it. I miss that.
“Many people ask me, ‘Is there anything you miss [about owning a team]?’ And that’s it. I really miss all that. I knew every vendor. And you knew what they were thinking, too, because they’ll tell you, especially if your team is losing.”
Not so long ago, Selig conceded, there was a time when he was so unpopular, he couldn’t have done anything like this.
“It would have been an ugly experience,” he said. “If I’d done it in the ‘90s, I would have needed nine security people to make sure that I made it out of there.” ...
“I’ve done this now for a long time, 22 years,” Selig said. “It will be 23 by that time. Other than [Kenesaw Mountain] Landis, nobody has ever done this job longer. I’m going to be 80 years old next July 30. And I really do want to teach ... and I want to write a book, and I want to do it while, God willing, my health is good and my mind is still reasonably active, although many would disagree with that.”
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.
. . .
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)
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