It is ESPN's and Karl Ravetch's main purpose in life in minimize Mariano Rivera. Just now in mentioning the Hall of Fame, they put up a graphic listing total career saves, & he booms that these guys should get consideration. Of course, he does this because this won't
- Show Mariano's 34 post season saves, which are much harder to get.
And, everyone knows there are all kinds of "saves;" ESPN's favorite so-called closer never pitches
more than 1 inning, for example, so his team has to have an another entire human being to do the
job that Mariano's team knows he can be called upon to do anytime--go more than 1 inning. See,
the west coast team is going for the "total saves" prize as a marketing vehicle, so they want to use
their closer as little as possible. (I've heard this myself listening to the games). The guy is on record anyway saying he's only a 1 inning pitcher. That's just a little piece of reality that the very bitter Karl Ravetch doesn't want you to know.