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Mariano Rivera to be given the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award before Game 2

Oct 24, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

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The official news: Mariano Rivera will be given the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award during the pregame of tonight’s game. The award recognizes “contributions of historical significance in Major League Baseball.”  And Rivera certainly has those.

The question: according to the release, the last time this was given out was in 2011 to Ken Griffey Jr. Kinda surprised there was no one else around last year they could have honored.  Makes me wonder if this is baseball’s version of a gold watch to notable players more than anything, as we didn’t have that level of a retirement happen last season.

Not that it matters. I just wonder about such things.

  1. scapistron - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Larry isn’t cool enough.

  2. oztotten008 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Chipper Jones?

  3. lyon810 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Last year we had Chipper, but he by no means changed the game in the same way Griffey or Rivera did.

    • thinkfirstthenspeak - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Griffey changed the game!?

  4. Innocent Bystander - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I like awards that don’t need to be given out regularly. Otherwise you start forcing it on undeserving people…like my company’s Employee of the Month. It went downhill quickly. Anyway, did you see the list of awardees? Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Sosa…how many of them does Bud still want his award associated with?'s_Historic_Achievement_Award

    • Liam - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      My workplace gave the Employee of the Month award to an inanimate carbon rod last month.

      • Old Gator - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        All this talk of rote awards kinda reminds me of the retirement party in About Schmidt. Look, this is Mariano Rivera. I nauseate at mindless retirement awards as easily as the next effete intellectual snob, but for this guy, you could give him an award every time he stops at a Burger King drive-through and it would still not be adequate to what he’s done – or to the person that he is.

      • 18thstreet - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        Nice. Also would have accepted a joke about the Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence.

  5. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Interesting award. There seems to be no basis for who gets the award, when, or why. Sometimes it’s a life time achievement thing, sometimes it’s a you had a good year thing, and sometimes it’s a political thing. It was even given to an entire team for who the hell knows what one year.

    Here is the list of past winners according to Wikipedia.

    • Old Gator - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Sometimes it’s a “can’t believe you won’t be walking in from the bullpen when all the chips are on the table anymore” kind of thing.

  6. sdelmonte - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Enough already. It’s not like other all time greats haven’t retired. Never mind that honoring a Yankee in Fenway seems a bit tone-deaf.

    • dan1111 - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Really? You have a problem with this? Most Red Sox fans I know have a great appreciation for Rivera. He is an all-time great player, a great person, and was a great adversary for the Sox, as well. He will be missed–except when the Yankees are in town and the ninth inning rolls around!

      • sdelmonte - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        If this were a Mets World Series (which sadly it won’t be for a while), I would have a problem with it, yes. It would be our time to shine, and he’s had the whole season for goodbyes.

  7. rickdobrydney - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    They love Mariano at Fenway , in case you are unaware —–

    • 18thstreet - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      As the best fans in baseball, we recognize excellence when we see it.

      I kid, I kid.

  8. moogro - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Those Commissioner awards to McGwire and Sosa look awesome now.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Next year it’s going to Jose Canseco.

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