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Mariano Rivera Newsbeat

Sunday, August 18, 2019

‘Summer of Rivera’ closes with Yankee Stadium celebration

NEW YORK (AP) — Taking his familiar position on the Yankee Stadium rubber, Mariano Rivera wound up and delivered his famed cut fastball to his son, Mariano Jr.

It was high and outside, but no one seemed to mind.

The pitch came Saturday during a pregame celebration for baseball’s greatest closer and capped off the “Summer of Rivera.” It’s stretch that saw him hit an inside-the-park homer and get a save during his debut in the New York Yankees’ annual Old-Timers’ Day game and be inducted into the Hall of Fame as the first unanimous selection.

“I’m glad I did OK,” Rivera told the crowd.

And I thought the increasing number of retirement tours we’ve been getting lately have been obnoxious enough…..

 

QLE Posted: August 18, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariano rivera, yankee stadium

Monday, July 22, 2019

Six players inducted into National Baseball Hall of Fame

Six players were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, marking the 78th such class of inductees in MLB history. Following their election to the Hall in December and January, Mike Mussina, Harold Baines, Edgar Martinez, Lee Smith, and Mariano Rivera accepted the honor among an impressive gathering of their peers, while Brandy Halladay accepted the award on behalf of her late husband, Roy.

Mussina, 50, received 76.7% of the votes needed for induction in his sixth year on the ballot. Over an 18-year career split between the Orioles and Yankees, the right-hander was decorated with five All-Star designations and seven Gold Gloves, and led the league with 19 pitching wins in 1995. He capped his lengthy list of accomplishments in 2008, finishing with a career 270-153 record and a 3.68 ERA, 2,813 strikeouts, and 82.8 WAR.

During his induction speech, Mussina reminisced about his childhood memories of whiffle ball and Little League before launching into a few anecdotes from his career in Baltimore and New York.

An open thread, for discussion of any interesting elements of the Hall of Fame weekend.

 


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mariano for Felix Fermin? Deal almost happened

It was March 1996, and the Yankees’ young rookie shortstop was scuffling during Spring Training. Derek Jeter was expected to fill the position for Joe Torre’s club on Opening Day, but the 21-year-old looked overmatched at times, causing owner George Steinbrenner to grow concerned.

“He was pushing hard,” said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who was the assistant GM at the time. “Derek Jeter, this up-and-coming young rookie that we’re going to go with at shortstop, didn’t look good in in his Spring Training of ‘96, and so therefore we need to trade for an everyday shortstop. Felix Fermin could be had, and Woody Woodward was the GM of the Seattle Mariners. And the trade partner request was Fermin to the Yankees for either Mariano Rivera, Bob Wickman.

“We spent what felt like three hours trying to convince the Boss not to do it. We huddled in Joe Torre’s office in Tampa and basically banged it out, and the Boss reluctantly left and allowed us to not make the move. And then the rest was history.”

“What the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for?!? He had 30 home runs, and over 100 RBIs last year. He’s got a rocket for an arm. You don’t know what the hell you’re doin’!”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 17, 2019 at 06:17 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mariano rivera

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Why Yankees nearly traded Mariano Rivera to Tigers in 1995

Before Mariano Rivera became an integral piece of the Yankees dynasty, he was nearly traded to the Detroit Tigers for David Wells in the summer of 1995.

In an excerpt from Bill Pennington’s book, “Chump to Champs,” then-Yankees GM Gene Michael was “leaning” toward trading the 25-year-old right-hander, who recently struggled when called up to the majors, but stalled.

Rivera had just been sent back down to the minors and was on the disabled list. The Tigers wanted to make sure the injury was not serious before going forward with a deal, either, but in Rivera’s first start back something happened that may have changed the course of Yankees history.

Rivera threw five perfect innings before a rainstorm ended his day, but the right-hander’s velocity jumped from around 91 mph to 95-96 mph.

A question for all of you:

What, if anything, changes if Rivera ends up a Tiger?

 

QLE Posted: May 07, 2019 at 04:24 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mariano rivera, tigers, trade talk, what if

 

 

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