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Breaking Angles: Mariano Rivera Is The First Unanimous Selection to Cooperstown


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Breaking Angles: Mariano Rivera Is The First Unanimous Selection to Cooperstown

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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 most. “There’s never been a unanimous first-ballot guy? Seriously? If Ruth and Mays and Schmidt aren’t that, then what is?”

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!

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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