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Mariano Rivera sets all-time saves record

Posted on: September 19, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 5:12 pm

By Matt Snyder

The man widely considered the best closer in the history of baseball now has the all-time save record all to himself.

Monday afternoon, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera nailed down his 43rd save of the season in a 6-4 win. It was the 602nd save in his illustrious career, which meant that he passed Trevor Hoffman's 601 and is now the record-holder for the most saves in major-league history.

Rivera's ninth Monday was just a run-of-the-mill save, considering the bar he's set. He induced a routine ground out, routine fly out and a looking strikeout in 13 pitches -- barely breaking a sweat in the process. Considering he never showboats even in the least, Rivera did appear a bit embarrassed to be basking individually in the spotlight as his teammates forced him back to the mound to soak in the cheers of the crowd. He was smiling and waving, even kind of shrugging his shoulders like he didn't know what to do (see the above picture).

Hoffman and Rivera have virtually lapped the rest of the field. After Hoffman's 601, Lee Smith is third with 478 saves. Then you have John Franco with 424, Billy Wagner with 422 and Dennis Eckersley with 390. Only 21 pitchers in history even have half as many saves as Rivera. Sure, it helps that the save is a modern innovation -- and the one-inning save is an even more modern movement -- but that doesn't make the run any less impressive.

Rivera's resume is simply staggering. Rivera is 41 years old and still on top of his game. This season marked the eighth time he recorded at least 40 saves. He's a 12-time All-Star, five-time World Series champion and has allowed less than a baserunner per inning throughout his career (0.999 WHIP). Let's not forget the work he's done in the postseason, where he's recorded 42 saves with a 0.71 ERA and 0.77 WHIP.

Still, when asked if he was the greatest closer of all-time after his feat, he said: "I would never say that."

Rivera is already headed to Cooperstown the first season he's eligible to make the Hall of Fame, so the record-breaking 602nd career save was simply gravy for perhaps the greatest reliever in baseball history -- even if he won't say it.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:41 pm

Mariano Rivera sets all-time saves record

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Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 2:07 pm

Mariano Rivera sets all-time saves record

I have Nothing against Trevor Hoffman. I think He and Mariano are First Ballot Hall of Famers... But Trevor Hoffman is Not Mariano Rivera. The Seperation is there in the regular season between them in terms of numbers, but the REAL seperation is their Numbers in Crucial Save Situations and Post season. The Argument that Rivera has had more chances than Trevor is accurate, but with that comes more opportunity to fail. and in 94 Post season games, Rivera has not been good, he has been RIDICULOUS. 42 saves in 94 post season appearances with that 0.77 erain WS play is ungodly. Rivera has blown i believe 5 post season saves.. but the fact you are so shocked when it happens only speaks to his dominance. Hoffman has blown ALOT of big game saves in Regular and most notably in WS (Scott Brosius' ball is in its 700th orbit around the earth i think). I watched Hoffman give up 3 consecutive HRs against the Dodgers, i watched him the year following being swept out of playoffs with the Padres (scott brosius hr included), walk into Yankee stadium with a 2 run lead to save game and give up back to back HRs to Hideki Matsui and Kenny Lofton to lose game. I Like Trevor Hoffman, ALOT.. but it bothers me when people simply throw numbers up and try to equate Hoffman to Rivera... its a Falicy.

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 4:35 am

Mariano Rivera sets all-time saves record

If you switch Hoffman to the Yankees and Rivera to the Padres. Hoffman has 650+ saves. Not taking anything away from Rivera, but dont dismiss what a great reliever Hoffman was, and Im not even a Padre fan

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 2:15 am

Mariano Rivera sets all-time saves record

By far the best reliever the game has ever seen! His poise and professionalism is superior than most. He is always a classy and hardworking player who never lets the moment get to him. I hate the Yankees but could never hate Rivera. Congrats on the all-time save record!

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 1:16 am

Mariano Rivera sets all-time saves record

Congratulations to him! I'm glad he got this milestone this year before it was over. Here's hoping he'll grind out 1-2 more years under the Yankees!

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:39 pm

Mariano Rivera sets all-time saves record

Congrats to Mariano on his big accomplishment.  Not sure this will be broken for a while, or ever.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:21 pm

Mariano Rivera sets all-time saves record

Two of th classiest  and loyal players in baseball have reached milestones in their long tenured Yankee careers, first Jeter's 3000th hit and now it's Mo's turn to shine.  602 brilliant saves with a pitch that everyone knows is coming and still can't hit.  Congratulations Mo, you deserve all the praise you're getting and you're not done yet.

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:08 pm

Mariano Rivera sets all-time saves record

Yankee stadium doesn't have a roof, actually. Just sayin'

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