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Monday, September 19, 2011

Mariano Rivera sets all-time saves record

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tallied his record-breaking 602nd save Monday in New York’s 6-4 win at home against the Twins.

The District Attorney Posted: September 19, 2011 at 08:34 PM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 19, 2011 at 09:45 PM (#3930052)
The Babe Ruth of closers!
   2. Turfblitz Posted: September 19, 2011 at 09:54 PM (#3930061)
Poor Hoffman.
   3. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 19, 2011 at 09:59 PM (#3930067)
Poor Hoffman.
Now that Rivera has the record which is rightfully his, I can share this sentiment. Hoffman (and Wagner, perhaps even more so) are the new Tim Raines, excellent performers who suffer from being a contemporary of the best ever at the role.

Also, Rivera is the ####### man. But you all knew that.
   4. rconn23 Posted: September 19, 2011 at 10:02 PM (#3930069)
Billy Wagner is better than Hoffman.
   5. It was something about the man-spider and sodomy, Posted: September 19, 2011 at 10:08 PM (#3930073)
Praise be.
   6. UCCF Posted: September 19, 2011 at 10:11 PM (#3930075)
When he tied the record he was named the best player of the last 40 years. Now that he's broken it, I guess it makes him the best person of the last 40 years.

Suck on that, Mother Teresa.
   7. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: September 19, 2011 at 10:13 PM (#3930076)
I was worried that Rivera was going to have to wait 'til Tuesday to get the record.
   8. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM (#3930081)
Rivera was already the greatest of all time, but now he's better than that!
   9. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 19, 2011 at 10:27 PM (#3930088)
Aimee Mann. Best American female singer/songwriter? I'd vote yes.
   10. Alex meets the threshold for granular review Posted: September 19, 2011 at 10:34 PM (#3930094)
Aimee Mann. Best American female singer/songwriter? I'd vote yes.


I do love Aimee Mann. I'll also nominate Lucinda Williams.
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 19, 2011 at 10:35 PM (#3930096)
When he tied the record he was named the best player of the last 40 years. Now that he's broken it, I guess it makes him the best person of the last 40 years.

Suck on that, Mother Teresa.


Lucky for Mo that Christopher Hitchens isn't a baseball fan.
   12. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 19, 2011 at 10:40 PM (#3930102)
OK, here's a trivia question--Rivera has saves against every team in MLB except two--one is the Yankees, of course--who is the other?
   13. bunyon Posted: September 19, 2011 at 10:42 PM (#3930104)
I'd love to say the Diamondbacks but surely he has one against them.


EDIT: Yes, he had a save against them in the 2001 WS. I knew he had a win and a loss. I thought, perhaps, he had no save. But he did.
   14. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 19, 2011 at 10:43 PM (#3930106)
yes, he does (and I'm talking regular season here)

EDIT: and BTW, he did get a save in that 2001 series)
   15. Enten Posted: September 19, 2011 at 10:48 PM (#3930111)
The Pirates? I don't recall any of their interleague matchups being close enough for Rivera to earn a save.
   16. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 19, 2011 at 10:51 PM (#3930117)
[15] got it.
   17. My Grate Friend Peason's pants are rankled Posted: September 19, 2011 at 11:05 PM (#3930125)
Never saw him play.
   18. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 19, 2011 at 11:17 PM (#3930135)
I was worried that Rivera was going to have to wait 'til Tuesday to get the record.


Very good!
   19. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: September 19, 2011 at 11:47 PM (#3930182)
Agreed, #7 is gold.
   20. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: September 19, 2011 at 11:48 PM (#3930184)
Aimee Mann. Best American female singer/songwriter? I'd vote yes.

I do love Aimee Mann. I'll also nominate Lucinda Williams.


I demand Natalie Merchant be recognized.
   21. PreservedFish Posted: September 20, 2011 at 12:20 AM (#3930249)
Remember that Rivera thread from the offseason with obsequious genuflections and encomiums?
   22. bumpis hound Posted: September 20, 2011 at 12:23 AM (#3930256)
Aimee Mann. Best American female singer/songwriter? I'd vote yes.

Her work on Jim White's "Static on the Radio" is fantastic, one of my favorite tracks of the last ten years.
   23. Howie Menckel Posted: September 20, 2011 at 12:40 AM (#3930286)
Mary Chapin Carpenter says hi. So does Emmylou Harris, depending on the pct of songs you have to write yourself. Rosanne Cash seeks no nepotism.
   24. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 20, 2011 at 12:56 AM (#3930303)
Congratulations to MR. A credit to durability and being wonderful.
   25. Ephus Posted: September 20, 2011 at 01:25 AM (#3930352)
Mo is the best reliever in Yankee History (Rags #4, Sparky #3, Goose #2)

Mo is the best pitcher in Yankee History (Whitey Ford is the only competition)

Mo is the best reliever in MLB history.

Mo is the best!
   26. Wins Above Paul Westerberg Posted: September 20, 2011 at 01:31 AM (#3930367)
My favorite quote about Rivera comes from Tom Kelly, back in '96. He didn't know how right he was.

"We don't want to face him anymore. He's too good. He belongs in a higher league. He should be banned from baseball."
   27. aleskel Posted: September 20, 2011 at 01:55 AM (#3930421)
my favorite Mo quote was from a rookie left-handed hitter, after facing him for the first time:

"When I started my swing, the ball was over the plate; by the time it got to me, it was in my ribs."
   28. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 20, 2011 at 02:08 AM (#3930447)
The Pirates? I don't recall any of their interleague matchups being close enough for Rivera to earn a save.

yep--it's the Pirates--he pitched against them twice (2005 and 2007)--both times he came in with the score tied--both times the Yakns won in extra innings. So he's 2-0 against the Pirates with no saves
   29. Srul Itza Posted: September 20, 2011 at 02:52 AM (#3930525)
My favorite part of the Mo experience is all the broken bats. He busted another one tonight, I think.

You have to wonder if some guy ever left his "gamer" in the rack and took a different bat to the plate when Mo was pitching, just because he didn't want to lose it that night.
   30. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 20, 2011 at 03:05 AM (#3930539)
My favorite part of the Mo experience is all the broken bats. He busted another one tonight, I think.

I only wish someone had thought to keep a running count of them. I'll bet that since he came up with the cutter that he's averaged close to one broken bat per game. And yes, he did get one today.

You have to wonder if some guy ever left his "gamer" in the rack and took a different bat to the plate when Mo was pitching, just because he didn't want to lose it that night.

Mo struck out Barry Bonds the only time he faced him, back in 2002. I wonder if he broke one of Bonds's bats on a foul ball prior to ringing him up. That would have been one of his better personal souvenirs.
   31. AndrewJ Posted: September 20, 2011 at 03:32 AM (#3930558)
If nothing else, it's probably the only prominent baseball counting stat a Yankee is now #1 in.
   32. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: September 20, 2011 at 03:40 AM (#3930562)
The Yankees are #1 in the only counting stat that matterzzzz.
   33. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: September 20, 2011 at 03:56 AM (#3930569)
If nothing else, it's probably the only prominent baseball counting stat a Yankee is now #1 in.
Rickey, runs, stolen bases, caught stealings.

Ruth, WAR.

Reggie, strikeouts.

Jessie Orosco, games pitched.

Mo, games finished.

I understand that all of these are stretching it in various ways (e.g. you don't really think of some of those players as "Yankees"; WAR may not strictly be a "counting stat" although it is an accumulative stat; some of the stats are arguably not "prominent"), but hey.
   34. Stormy JE Posted: September 20, 2011 at 04:22 AM (#3930576)
Is it just me or has Brian Kenny single-handedly dragged MLBN into the modern era? Moments ago, he was discussing Rivera's WAR and the accomplishments of Hoyt Wilhelm with (ducks) Joe Sheehan!
   35. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 20, 2011 at 04:30 AM (#3930577)
Rick Rhoden, most career RBI for a pitcher/DH.

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