Mariano Rivera could be greatest relief pitcher to date...Michael Hoban, 12/26/07
- "As you can see, at this point in his career, Mo Rivera is way ahead of the
standard and could emerge as the greatest relief pitcher to date." HOF
There are only five pitchers in the 20th century who have attained a NEWS score of 150 while pitching in fewer than 1700 innings. These are the true relievers who have definite
Rollie Fingers just makes it since he actually pitched in 1701 innings. Only Bruce Sutter and Fingers are in the Hall of Fame.
- This would seem to imply that Mariano Rivera is the best true reliever of the century.
You will note that Trevor Hoffman (the “saves” leader) is not on this list. His NEWS score is 142.
- For more info on the NEWS HOF Gauge, see BASEBALL’S BEST: The TRUE Hall of Famers on this site."
- A short bio on Michael Hoban on The Baseball Guru.