Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bud Selig to present Historic Achievement Award to Mariano Rivera before World Series game 2. Last recipient was Ken Griffey Jr. in 2011

10/23/13, "Bud Selig to give Mariano Rivera Historic Achievement Award before Game 2," Newsday, Erik Boland, Boston

"All season opposing teams paid tribute to Mariano Rivera. MLB commissioner Bud Selig will do so Thursday.

Before Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park, the 43-year-old Rivera, who retired this year after 19 seasons, will be honored during a pregame ceremony where he will be given the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award. Rivera plans to attend along with his wife, Clara, and three sons, Mariano Jr., Jafet and Jaziel.

Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader with 652, recorded 44 saves with a 2.11 ERA in 64 games in his final season. Thursday night will mark the first time MLB has given the award since Ken Griffey Jr. received it in 2011. Past recipients are Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Ichiro Suzuki, Roberto Clemente, Rickey Henderson, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr. and Rachel Robinson."


Ed. note: The article mentions Rivera's regular season stats but leaves out his 141 postseason innings in which he achieved a .70 ERA. His work wasn't geared to the 'save' stat but he had 42 postseason 'saves.' He also had 8 wins. The 141 innings are the equivalent of two additional years of relief pitching @70IP per year, and were sandwiched within the 19 calendar years cited in the article. This work was done against the toughest competition, under the greatest pressure, and while others were resting on the couch in preparation for the next year's regular season stats.

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