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Mariano Rivera

Updated on October 25, 2013
Mariano Rivera - "42" Pitcher for the New York Yankees
Mariano Rivera - "42" Pitcher for the New York Yankees
The Commissioner's Historical Achievement Award
The Commissioner's Historical Achievement Award

Mariano Rivera Major league baseball player for New York Yankees

Mariano Rivera played 19 seasons of baseball for the New York Yankees from 1995 to 2013.

He is also known as "Super Mariano, the Sandman and Mo."

Rivera was signed up by the Yankees as an amateur free agent and from 1995 up to date he has earned over $169,441,825 as a pitcher in the major leagues.

As a free agent he started off at the age of 25 with a salary of $109000 and from 2012 he signed a contract for $15,000,000 and 2013 contract for $10,000,000.

He has recently retired from baseball after compilling a leading 652 saves with 44 of them in this season.

Mariano is regarded as the greatest closer of all time and he is leaving baseball at the top of his game.

Rivera is the 13th person to receive the Major League Baseball Commissioner's Historic achievement award at the World Series, Fenway Park for being a major impact on the sport.

The commissioner does not hand these awards out often and it is at his descretion.


Honored on the field at Fenway Park
Honored on the field at Fenway Park

Statistics for Rivera in New York Yankees

Year
Team
Age
Position
G
Games Started/Completed
Innings
Home Runs
Strike Outs
Batters Faced
Awards
1995
NYY
25
Pitcher
19
0
67.0
11
51
301
 
1996
NYY
26
P
61
0
107.2
1
130
425
CYA-3,MVP-12
1997
NYY
27
P
66
0
71.2
5
68
301
AS, MVP-25
1998
NYY
28
P
54
0
61.1
3
36
426
 
1999
NYY
29
P
66
0
69
2
52
268
AS,CYA-3,MVP-12
2000
NYY
30
P
66
0
75.2
4
58
311
AS
2001
NYY
31
P
71
0
80.2
5
83
310
AS,MVP-11
2002
NYY
32
P
45
0
46
3
41
187
AS
2003
NYY
33
P
64
0
70.2
3
63
277
MVP-27
2004
NYY
34
P
74
0
78.2
3
66
316
AS,CYA-3,MVP-9
2005
NYY
35
P
71
0
78.1
2
80
306
AS,CYA-2,MVP-9
2006
NYY
36
P
63
0
75.0
3
55
293
AS,MVP-26
2007
NYY
37
P
67
0
71.1
4
74
295
 
2008
NYY
38
P
64
0
70.2
4
77
259
AS,CYA-5
2009
NYY
39
P
66
0
78.2
7
72
257
AS,MVP-14
2010
NYY
40
P
61
0
75
2
45
230
AS
2011
NYY
41
P
64
0
71
3
60
233
AS,CYA-8
2012
NYY
42
P
9
0
70.2
0
8
32
 
2013
NYY
43
P
64
0
66.1
6
54
256
AS
"The Sandman" a young Mariano Rivera playing for the New York Yankee's for the first time.
"The Sandman" a young Mariano Rivera playing for the New York Yankee's for the first time.

Interesting Facts on Mariano Rivera

He was born in a fishing village in Puerto Caimito, Panama on the 29th November 1969. He has one older sister and two younger brothers.

His father was a captain of a fishing boat and as a young man Mariano played baseball with his friends using milk cartons for gloves and tree branches for bats. He received his first leather baseball glove at the age of 12, from his father.

Rivera wanted to become a professional soccer player but due to ankle injuries in high school, he had to end his career idea. He graduated from high school at the age of 16 and worked with his father on the fishing boat.

At 19 years of age, he capsized a boat and abandoned it as the job was too harsh for him.

In 1998 he joined Panama Oeste, a local baseball team as their shortstop and a scout watched him play not convinced that he was a major league performer.

A year later he replaced the pitcher and his teammates were so impressed by his performance that they contacted a New York Yankees scout.

He was invited to a Yankees tryout camp where he weighed a total of 70kg's and threw only 85- 70 miles per hour. Rivera was signed up by the scout as an amateur free agent because he was seen as raw talent.

Mariano spoke no English when he was signed up in 1990 as a relief pitcher for the Yankees.

His cousin, Ruben Rivera was signed up in the off season of that same year.

Rivera's favourite moment in baseball was watching Charlie Hayes catch the fly ball in the world series of 1996.

Vanilla is his favourite flavour ice- cream.

He has "God bless," written under the brim of his baseball cap.

Mariano's favourite movie is "The Rock" with Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery.

He does not know the lyrics to the song "enter sandman."

A shoulder injury in 1995 nearly ended his career with the Yankees.



Number 42 - Sandman retires
Number 42 - Sandman retires

Summary

The best pitcher since 1920's Rube Walberg of the Red Sox.

He has been known to be calm and shows great sportmanship on the field.

After 20 years of baseball and 19 seasons with the New York Yankee's, Mariano retired and received the Commissioner of Major League Baseball's Historical Achievement Award.

Rivera and his wife are going to open churches and continue to fund others in an effort to help communities by supplying clothing, food and resources to those in need.


Mariano Rivera - A religious man
Mariano Rivera - A religious man
"As long as you love Christ, we in it." Mariano Rivera.
"As long as you love Christ, we in it." Mariano Rivera.

Mariano Rivera's Retirement Plans

After a 20 year career in baseball and 952 games he has retired and plans to begin a new church in New Rochelle, N.Y. where he first moved to after leaving Panama.

His wife Clara, will be the pastor of the Pentecostal congregation, "Refugio de Esperanza," (Refuge of Hope.)

Clara was aquainted with gospel from an early age and has worked in the church ever since.

The church is committed to the revitalisation of the community through projects and special programs.

Food, clothing and resources will be provided to people who need it and they will also have a learning centre for children and teens, offering them help with education, sports programs and after school activities.

Mariano and Clara met in Panama and they have three sons. They have built a congregation through prayer in their home since 1990, after a horrific labour with Clara hemorrahaging where she turned to God.

They plan to fund more start ups and has already done so in Mexico, California, Florida and Dominican Republic.

Mariano bought an abandoned historic church in 2011 and has invested $3million into it already.

"It's my way of serving the Lord and giving back to my community." Mariano Rivera.

Stickball with Mariano Rivera, having fun in the community.
Stickball with Mariano Rivera, having fun in the community.

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Many of us love our sport and can be fanatical about it! Fans of their favourite sport collect every piece of memorabilia that they can find. Some will spend exorbitant amounts of money on something that has belonged to their favourite sportsman and others try to play the game.

For many the highlight of their week would be to watch their favourite sports with friends and family who cheer and scream for their favourite teams or players.

As this has been written about Mariano Rivera, here is a video of his last day on the field, for you to enjoy, cry and watch over and over again.


Rivera's Final Moment in Baseball

2013 New York Yankees
2013 New York Yankees

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4th,5th,6th - Blue Jays

7th,8th,9th - Orioles

10th,11th,12,13th - Red Sox

15th,16th - Cubs

17th,18th,19th,20th - @Rays

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25th,26th,27th - Angels

29th,30th - Mariners




2012 New York Yankees
2012 New York Yankees
1946 signed memorabilia
1946 signed memorabilia

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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      Baseball cards can be found on craiglist, ebay and you can go to the official websites to take a look and see if they have them

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      Jeff 3 years ago

      Awesome information and I enjoyed the stats! Does anyone know where I can get memorabilia baseball cards?

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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you for reading it!

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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      Yes out of all the baseball players I researched, he was the one that consistently grew and did so well! I also liked that he never looses his temper and played the game with such grace.

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice hub!

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      Jason Marovich 3 years ago from United States

      Mariano Rivera as a player was class, competition, and longevity personified. I remember when he was a skinny kid and few took notice of him. I also remember when 500 career saves was unheard of. This guy took the relief game to the next level; it will be a long time before baseball sees such a talented gentleman on or off the field. Somewhere, George Steinbrenner is smiling.