Mariano Rivera Yankees autograph 1998 WS ball

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Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a relief pitcher for Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. He has the 4th most regular season career saves in Major League history, is the American League career leader, and has won 4 World Series titles with the Yankees. He is the all-time Major League postseason leader in saves and ERA. Nicknamed "Mo" (and less frequently, "Sandman" and "The Hammer of God"), Rivera is frequently referred to as the greatest postseason relief pitcher of all time, and is often considered to be the greatest closer in baseball history

Early career

In 1990, 20 year old shortstop Mariano Rivera volunteered to pitch for his Oeste team in Panama. A scout for the New York Yankees, Herb Raybourn, happened to be at the game. Although Rivera

To be more successful, however, Rivera felt he needed more movement on his pitches. This led him to experiment with arm movement, which eventually led to surgery to fix nerve damage in his elbow. The surgery was actually well-timed. Possibly because of the surgery, Rivera was not selected in the 1992 expansion draft for the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies. Rivera continued to develop as a pitcher, and successfully rehabilitated in 1993. In 1994, he moved to AA and then AAA, striking out 89 batters while issuing only 20 walks at minor league stops along the way.

His rookie year in the Major Leagues was 1995 as a starting pitcher, a year in which he posted a 5-3 record with a 5.51 ERA. He found mixed success in the majors and consequently, split time between the Yankees and Triple A. Now 25 years old and 3 years removed from surgery, the Yankees considered trading Rivera to the Detroit Tigers for David Wells. However, a surprise improvement prompted a change of heart. In one minor league start, Rivera suddenly began throwing 95-96 MPH. Rivera's improvement, as well as his success in the 1995 American League Division Series convinced Yankees' management to keep him and move him into the bullpen.

Set-up man

In 1996, he served primarily as a set-up man for the closer John Wetteland. During that season, the Yankees had a 70-3 record when leading after the 6th inning. Rivera typically would pitch the 7th and 8th innings, before Wetteland pitched in the 9th. Their effectiveness essentially shortened baseball games to 6 innings. Rivera played an important role that year in the Yankees winning their first World Series since 1978. Setting a Yankee record for strikeouts by a reliever in a season (130), he came in third for the Cy Young Award voting, behind twenty-game winners Pat Hentgen and teammate Andy Pettitte, respectively. This remains a unique show of respect for a set-up man; only two other middle relievers (Keith Foulke and Francisco Rodriguez) have ever received so much as a single third-place vote.

Conversion to closer

When Wetteland left the team following that season, Rivera became the Yankees' closer. It would not be a seamless transition, as he blew 3 of his first 6 save opportunities, but he rebounded to have a strong year, finishing with a 1.88 ERA and 43 saves. The 1997 season would not end well,...

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