Fewer people have scored a run on Mariano Rivera in the postseason than have walked on the moon.
That’s a fact. And what a fact it is.
And now, even fewer men have done something the cutter ball closer has achieved. He’s once again in a group of his own as the first unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Sure there were some bumps along the road to get to the 100% decision. BBWAA member Bill Ballou wrote that he would not be selecting Mariano due to the overrating of the closer position. However, Dan Le Batard’s 2014 thinking stands out
Now the Hall of Fame has it’s first and what a miraculous thing it is!
Mariano Rivera is the most dominant closer to ever take the mound, and he has the numbers to prove it. Rivera holds the MLB record for games finished and saves, giving true meaning to his trademark warm-up song, “Enter Sandman” by Metallica.
There’s a lot I can say about Mariano, but here’s the most career defining stat I could find.
Mariano was handed a lead in 914 regular season games. In those games the Yankees went 868-46, a .950 winning percentage. In the postseason, the Yankees gave Mariano a lead 68 times, going 64-4 in that stretch, good enough for a .941 win percentage.
Nothing is that constant in baseball.
Nothing, except Mariano Rivera.
Mariano will enter the hall with the rest of the Class of 2019. His time at the podium will be shared with Baltimore Orioles and fellow New York Yankee Mike Mussina, the late Phillies and Blue Jays Ace Roy Halladay, and Designated Hitter Edgar Martinez from the Seattle Mariners!
See you in Cooperstown, boys! And once again, congratulations, Mariano!