Major League Baseball has seen many great closing pitchers over the years such as Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, John Smoltz, Francisco Rodriguez, John Franco, John Wettland,Trevor Hoffman and of course Mariano Rivera who played major roles in the teams that they played for. None of them though were dominant than Rivera who on this day made history in Baseball.
In the New York Yankees 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins today, he notched his 602 save passing Trevor Hoffman for first all time. How he has done it over his career has been very simple. He has used one pitch which is the cut fastball that has mesmerized hitters.
Once he decides to call it a career, when he becomes eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, he will be voted in on the first try due to his longevity (he will be turning 42 in November) winning 5 AL Rolaids Relief Man Awards and for his clutch play in the postseason where he also has the record for saves with 42 and a playoff ERA of 0.71.