Friday, September 27, 2013

'For Rivera to get anybody's attention outside New York now he'd probably have to save 65 games,' Sheldon Ocker, Akron Beacon Journal, 11/9/2005, NY Times

11/9/2005, "BASEBALL; Award Eludes Rivera; Colon Wins the Cy Young," NY Times, Tyler Kepner

"Rivera, who finished third in 1996, 1999 and 2004, was left off six ballots. Sheldon Ocker of The Akron Beacon Journal cast one of those ballots, putting Colon first, Cliff Lee of the Indians second and Mark Buehrle of the White Sox third."...

Sheldon Ocker, Akron Beacon Journal on Rivera: "''For him to get anybody's attention outside of New York now, he'd probably have to save 65 games."" (end of article)

Rivera 2005, Baseball Reference

Rivera has received a lot of praise in 2013 but for many years, he was considered old news. In 2005, Rivera was #1 on the MLB AL Cy Young Predictor, almost 19 points ahead of Colon. Not that this meant he should get the award, but 6 AL Cy Young voters left his name off their ballot:

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