By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has been named to the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 in Cooperstown, New York. Rivera will be inducted into the Hall this summer.
Rivera is the first player ever to be unanimously voted into the Hall with a 100% of the vote. He will be joined in the class by designated hitter Edgar Martinez and pitchers Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina.
Rivera will become the first Yankees player in the Hall of Fame since Joe Gordon in 2009.
He is the greatest closer of all-time with 652 saves in 19 seasons. During his career, he also won five World Series Champions and became one of the team’s iconic players.
The Panama, Panama native is one of two closers in baseball history to surpass 600 career saves. Fellow Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman has 602 career saves.
In comparison, Lee Smith, who is third on the all-time list, had 478 career saves in 18 seasons.
Rivera’s career spanned from 1995 through 2013. He was 82-60 with a 2.21 ERA in 1,115 appearances with 952 games finished and the aforementioned 652 saves. He has pitched 1,283 2/3 innings.
His best season came in 2004 when he set a career-high 53 saves when he had a 1.94 ERA with 69 games finished in 78 2/3 innings. In his final season, he went 6-2 with a 2.11 ERA in 64 games with 60 games finished and 44 saves over 64 innings.
Only three times in his career, he had five or fewer saves in a season. Those seasons came in 1995 (0), 1996 (5), and 2012 (5).
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