Mariano Rivera is the best closer,in baseball history! He is a Panamanianright-handedbaseballpitcher who has spent his entire 17-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the New York Yankees. Nicknamed "Mo",Rivera has served as a relief pitcher for most of his career, and since 1997, he has been the Yankees' closer. A 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, Rivera ranks first in MLB history in games finished (858) and second in saves (581). His achievements include winning the American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man Award five times, the 1999World Series MVP Award, and the 2003AL Championship Series MVP Award.
Rivera was signed by the Yankees organization in 1990 as an amateur free agent in Panama, and he debuted in the Major Leagues in 1995 as a starting pitcher. Upon converting to a relief pitcher, he found success, first as a setup man in 1996, and then as the Yankees' closer after assuming the role in 1997. In the years following, he established himself as one of the league's top relievers, leading the Major Leagues in saves in 1999, 2001, and 2004. His presence in the late innings of games to record the final outs has played an instrumental role in the Yankees' success, particularly the team's late-1990s dynasty. His pitching repertoire consists primarily of one pitch"a sharp-breaking, mid-90s mile per hour (mph) cut fastball that has been called an all-time great pitch.
Rivera is regarded as the greatest closer in baseball history.In contrast to the volatility and effusiveness that typifies the closer role, Rivera is noted for his consistency and calm, placid demeanor. He is recognized as an exceptional postseason performer,and he holds Major League postseason records for saves and earned run average (ERA), among other records.Baseball writers anticipate Rivera will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame upon retirement.Rivera intends to work in philanthropy after his baseball career.
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