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Mariano Rivera ties Trevor Hoffman for all-time saves record

Sep 17, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera doesn’t need the all-time saves record to tell us that he’s the greatest relief pitcher of all-time, but he’ll soon be sitting on top of the mountain.

Rivera earned his 601st save this afternoon in a 7-6 win over the Blue Jays, tying him with Trevor Hoffman for the all-time saves record. The 41-year-old right-hander retired the side in order, throwing just 15 pitches and striking out one. In other words, not much different than what we’ve seen over the past 16 years.

The Yankees actually trailed early on after Bartolo Colon gave up six runs over four innings, but they fought back thanks to a three-run homer by Alex Rodriguez in the top of the sixth and a go-ahead two-run blast by Curtis Granderson in the seventh. Granderson went 3-for-3 with three runs scored on the afternoon. He now has 40 home runs on the season, trailing only Jose Bautista, and ranks first in the American League with 113 RBI and 131 runs scored.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Gotta Go To Mo

  2. pisano - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    God bless him, we’ll never see another one like him.

    • southofheaven81 - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      F***in’ a. He’s one of the only ballplayers playing today where I can someday see myself saying to my grandkids, “Man, you should have been around for THAT guy…”

      • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 5:16 PM


      • jetersusedjersey - Sep 17, 2011 at 6:07 PM

        I hear that! I told my son the other day “Look it’s Mo!!!, watch hinm kid he is the greatest ever!”.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Heartiest congratulations to a great pitcher and a great person.

    Razzies to CBB on that BS strike 3 call on Rasmus. Rivera is great enough that he does not need a pitch in the opposite batters box being called a strike.

  4. aronmantoo - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    A great accomplishment but the most over rated stat in sports. I come into a game with a 4-0 lead i give up three runs i get a save and i have an ers of 27.00. I do this 10 times i have 10 saves and an era of 27,00

    • itsmekirill - Sep 17, 2011 at 5:12 PM

      This number of saves isn’t so much about the number of saves, as the consistent greatness of Rivera. Not a lot of closers stick around long enough to have a shot at this kind of number, never mind actually getting the saves.

    • cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 5:15 PM

      Are you implying that’s what Mo does? I don’t think so, but you can never tell with some people. Anyways, that’s a pretty over the top argument when the guy we’re talking about has a 2.05 ERA over 57 (now 60) innings pitched. He’s lights out.

      Surely you’ve seen how the Blue Jays have faired without that kind of relief pitching, haven’t you? Their ‘closers’ have managed to barely close 50% of save opportunities compared to the Yankees ~80%. That’s about a 9 or 10 games differential, which would put the Jays in contention right now.

      We’re having a far different conversation if The Jays had Mo and the Yankees had . . . well, whatever the hell that is over their in the Beaver Herder’s bullpen masquerading as ‘closers’.

      The stat is as legit as any other in baseball.

    • iamthedoublestandard - Sep 17, 2011 at 5:17 PM

      Where did u get the idea that if Mo came into a 4-0 game with no one on base that he could get a save if he gave up 3 runs? That just proves how clueless you are.

      • presidentmiraflores - Sep 17, 2011 at 5:48 PM

        If I may, I’ll pile on and mention that you would never get near 60 saves, much less 600, with a double-digit ERA in save opportunities, which a 4-0 score would not represent.

      • iamthedoublestandard - Sep 17, 2011 at 6:45 PM

        aronmontoo above is an ignoramus. He wasn’t clear but in either situation he’s wrong. If Mo came into the game bases empty in the 9th with a 4-0 lead there would be no save. If he gave up 3 runs in the same situation and closed out the game, there’s still no save.

        If he came in 4-0 with bases loaded and gave up 3 runs before recording the final out then it would be a save BUT it wouldn’t hurt his ERA none because those runners aren’t his. Just duh man

    • rexryanisablowhard - Sep 17, 2011 at 6:39 PM

      First off, learn the definition of a save. Secondly, Mo has given up 3 or more ER somewhere on the order of 10 timesover the last 15 seasons as the closer, none of which resulted in a save. As the closer, he posted an ERA of 2.02 and WHIP of 0.968 with strikeout ratio of 8.1/9 IP, converting saves at 90% success rate. Not to mention his postseason performances.

  5. dailyrev - Sep 17, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    I’d say it’s a more legit stat than many others in baseball. Know why? Because every save = 1 W for the player’s team. Every. Single. Won.

    Rivera could have his HOF case built on his postseason performance alone. As Toronto announcer Buck Martinez pointed out, that’s when you’re facing the best teams with the best lineups. 40-odd saves in those situations for Rivera. And the one notable time he “failed” was when he broke 4 or 5 bats in the process of “failing” (Arizona).

  6. cur68 - Sep 17, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    “he broke 4 or 5 bats in the process of “failing” ”
    See? Dang Sith Lord is what he is. Dammit! Why am I still clapping!!???

  7. micker716 - Sep 17, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    “Hells Bells” is still better than “Enter Sandman”

    • iamthedoublestandard - Sep 17, 2011 at 9:12 PM

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I’ll go with the band that’s still killing it TODAY.

  8. obpedmypants - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    One thing that gets lost in this new wave of thinking closers are over-rated is how truly spectacular Mo is. Since 1974, only Roger Clemens has more WPA than Mo. How about Adjusted ERA+? Mo is the all -time leader and 51 points above second-place Pedro. To contextualize that, the gap between Rivera and second place is the same as the gap between second place and 577th place.

  9. mgflolox - Sep 18, 2011 at 3:37 AM

    I’m by no means a Yankee fan, but I think Mariano Rivera is to this generation is what Joe DiMaggio was to the Greatest Generation. A player who consistently performed at a level of excellence with an uncanny blend of grace and class. I hope he pitches until he’s 50.

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