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Hall of Fame: Mariano Rivera

MARIANO RIVERA  Closer

Born: November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama

Hall of Fame induction: 2019

Team: New York Yankees, 1995-2013

Hall of Fame plaque:

“Set standard for relief pitchers with unprecedented consistency and efficiency as pillar of Yankees dynasty of the 1990s and 2000s. Devastating cut fastball frustrated batters, generating broken bats at a prolific rate. Saved record 652 games and compiled 2.21 career ERA, lowest for any pitched with at least 1,000 innings in live-ball era. Thirteen-time All-Star recorded 40 or more saves in nine seasons. Native of Panama pitched on five World Series winners, setting postseason records with 42 saves and a 0.70 ERA in 96 appearances. Named World Series MVP in 1999 and ALCS MVP in 2003.”

MLB debut: May 23, 1995, for the New York Yankees

Last MLB appearance: Sept. 26, 2013 for the New York Yankees

Career: 

Saves: 652

Won–Loss record: 82–60

ERA: 2.21

Highlights:

MLB record 652 career saves

World Series champion (5): 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009)

World Series MVP 1999

ALCS MVP 2003

AL Rolaids Relief Man Award (5): 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009

AL Comeback Player of the Year 2013

MLB saves leader: 1999, 2001, 2004

All-Star (13): 1997, 1999–2002, 2004–2006, 2008–2011, 2013

Yankees No. 42 retired

Only unanimous selection to Hall of Fame

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