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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bloodlines, mariano rivera, yankees

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   1. ??'s Biggest Fan! Posted: May 28, 2014 at 02:56 PM (#4714789)
Iona's home field is at Vanny Park? Gotta check that out.
   2. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: May 28, 2014 at 03:49 PM (#4714821)
Mariano III, Rise of the Machines?
   3. Morty Causa Posted: May 28, 2014 at 03:53 PM (#4714826)
Oh, oh, it's The Universal Baseball Assoc. Redux.
   4. Jim Wisinski Posted: May 28, 2014 at 05:35 PM (#4714897)
I hope the Red Sox draft him just to troll everybody.
   5. Leroy Kincaid Posted: May 29, 2014 at 06:49 AM (#4715146)
Mariano's a grandpa?
   6. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: May 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM (#4715213)
Let's not fit the kid for a Yankee uniform just yet. His stats are pretty underwhelming: 2-6 with a 5.40 ERA. (it doesn't help that the Gaels were terrible, 13-31 on the season.)

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