Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Mariano Rivera Newsbeat

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A SON OF THE GAME: Mariano Rivera III tries to make a name for himself in baseball

Wait, Mariano Rivera retired? Why didn’t they announce it or anything?

The father is here to cheer on his 20-year-old son — a redshirt sophomore for the Gaels. Listed on the Iona roster as Mariano Rivera, the son’s legal name is actually Mariano Rivera III (although most everybody, including dad, refers to him as “Jr.”). Beyond the name and the fact that they both pitch, there are other similarities between the two. There are also many differences, one of which is that the son is a starter — at least while he is in college. “He’s too good to be a reliever at this level,” says Iona head coach Pat Carey.

That’s an assessment the scouts seem to agree with. After Rivera records the third out, the men put down their radar guns and dutifully record the pitch in their notebooks. They offer no expression, but can’t help but to have been impressed by what they’ve seen so far. This is a good lineup that Rivera has set aside in the first, all via strikeout. Seton Hall’s high-powered offense entered the contest averaging 7.8 runs per game. That offense has helped propel them to a 16-4 record and the No. 19 spot in ESPN’s unofficial power rankings going into today’s game. Iona, which plays in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, seldom plays a team of this caliber. It is a rare chance for the scouts to see what Rivera can do against a lineup with some punch.

As he makes his way back to the dugout, he avoids eye contact with the scouts, but he is fully aware of their presence.

“Twenty something scouts,” he says. “Most scouts ever in my life. Obviously, it’s in the back of my mind.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bloodlines, mariano rivera, yankees

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
BFFB
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogFull Count » Red Sox sign Koji Uehara to 2-year contract
(29 - 1:20pm, Oct 31)
Last: J. Sosa

NewsblogStatcast: Gordon stops 90 feet from tying Game 7
(3 - 1:15pm, Oct 31)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogJoe Maddon is to become Cubs manager, sources say
(127 - 1:15pm, Oct 31)
Last: bunyon

NewsblogNewest Hall of Fame Candidates Announced
(66 - 1:14pm, Oct 31)
Last: jdennis

NewsblogSend Alex Gordon! | FiveThirtyEight
(99 - 1:13pm, Oct 31)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

NewsblogOT: Politics, October 2014: Sunshine, Baseball, and Etch A Sketch: How Politicians Use Analogies
(4851 - 1:13pm, Oct 31)
Last: Merton Muffley

NewsblogAngell: The Best
(27 - 1:10pm, Oct 31)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2014
(18 - 1:10pm, Oct 31)
Last: Der-K and the statistical werewolves.

NewsblogDeadline: World Series Ratings: Game 7 Scores Home Run For Fox
(22 - 1:09pm, Oct 31)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - October 2014
(645 - 12:53pm, Oct 31)
Last: rr

NewsblogNY Times: In Rare Film, White Sox Before They Were Black Sox
(4 - 12:52pm, Oct 31)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

NewsblogThe Players' Tribune: Jeter: The Clean Up
(6 - 12:47pm, Oct 31)
Last: donlock

NewsblogBoston.com: Youk Retires
(12 - 12:27pm, Oct 31)
Last: Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat

NewsblogNo, Alex Gordon wouldn't have scored an inside the park home run
(153 - 12:15pm, Oct 31)
Last: AROM, Instagram Gangsta

NewsblogMLB -- It's time to back off on manager bashing - ESPN
(9 - 12:05pm, Oct 31)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

Page rendered in 1.1161 seconds
47 querie(s) executed