On This Day In Baseball History: May 25, 2011

Mariano Rivera

 

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera makes his 1,000 career appearance making him the first player in history to appear in 1,000 games for one team. Rivera will become baseball’s all-time saves leader compiling 652. He took over the closer role for the Yanks in 1997. Rivera led the AL in saves three time (1999, 2001, & 2004) never finishing with fewer than 28 in a full season. He had a sub 2.00 ERA 11 times, doing it four years in a row on two separate occasions (2003-2006 & 2008-2011). He made 13 All-Star teams, finished in the top five in CY Young voting five times finishing as high as second in 2005. His career ERA of 2.21 ranks 9th all-time since 1900. Simply put, Rivera is the best closer to ever play the game.

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