Saturday, February 25, 2006

Mariano Rivera has 413 career saves

I shouldn't read any articles about Mariano Rivera. Mariano is the greatest late inning reliever in history, should've won the Cy Young at least once by now & is first ballot Hall of Famer (Charley Steiner has also remarked about the Hall of Fame designation). But, if a writer has to turn in a column on something & decides it'll be about Mariano, he'll choose a stat that puts Mo behind several others of far different stature. This cookie number doesn't tell the true story. Most like me who might speak up have long since been cowed into submission simply because the subject happens to be a Yankee. Mariano actually has 413 career saves, 34 of them in the post season, but the AP & others like to mention those tougher ones later in an article if at all. They often say, Mariano "had the opportunities..." in another attempt to mitigate him. Other pitchers were offered the "opportunity" to pitch for the Yankees & TURNED IT DOWN BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT THE PRESSURE. It never ends.

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  • Eh, I think you're making a little too much of this one. The article itself mentions the postseason saves as well. On a greater issue, all the career milestones are measured in regular season only terms - 755/714 homers, 56-game hit streak, etc... I don't think the writer here is trying at all to diminish Rivera's accomplishments.

    By Anonymous Jeff Erickson, at 8:15 PM  

  • Thanks for your comment, Jeff. I did
    notice the writer mentions the post
    season saves further down the article.
    But the figures as presented, that
    Rivera is behind "only" these other few guys, is what's typically stated.
    If the post season is mentioned at all
    it's an afterthought, a separate category is it's done here. Even if it's correct by tradition or practice
    to list career saves without including
    the post season saves, that method should be scrapped as it's totally
    erroneous. It's mainly used by those
    who wish to diminish Rivera---I've
    documented that rampant sentiment
    on this blog. Not that you'd have
    the time for tangents like this, but
    I think the examples would come up
    if you just type in Mariano Rivera
    in the search line at the top of my
    blog. Rob Dibble started off the
    week with another negative crack about Mariano---you'd be surprised
    how bad it is. Not that this is the
    biggest problem in the world, but
    it's pretty bad.

    By Blogger susan mullen, at 8:35 PM  

  • Bravo Susan! There are plenty of players very content with being fat, dumb and happy in last place. None of that annoying October baseball for them!

    BTW...I put a link to your blog on mine.

    By Blogger Pinstripe_Mike, at 9:23 PM  

  • Pinstripe, many thanks for your comment & adding my link.

    By Blogger susan mullen, at 2:16 PM  

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