Mariano Rivera

Panamanian Hall of Fame baseball player, relief pitcher

Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a baseball player. He has played with the New York Yankees for many seasons. He is a “closer”, a type of pitcher who pitches in the ninth inning. Rivera is thought to be one of the best relief pitchers ever, and will probably be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.[1] Rivera throws a very fast “cutter” pitches that are good at striking out batters. Rivera has more saves[2] in the World Series than any other pitcher. He also has more saves all-time then anybody, a record he set in 2011. Mariano Rivera wears #42, and is the only player in Major League baseball to do so. Rivera was born in Panama and played his first baseball there.

Mariano Rivera
Mariano Rivera in a gray baseball uniform and navy blue cap stands on a dirt mound. He is striding forward to the right as he clutches a baseball behind his head. His uniform reads "New York" in navy blue letters across the chest. His face is contorted in concentration.
Rivera pitching for the Yankees in 2007
Relief pitcher
Born: (1969-11-29) November 29, 1969 (age 52)
Panama City, Panama
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 23, 1995, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 2013, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record82–60
Earned run average2.21
Career highlights and awards
Incoming Member of the National
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Vote100% (first ballot)


  1. Verducci, Tom (2004-06-01). "Gotta get to Mo". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2010-06-05.
  2. A save is a baseball stat. It is when a relief pitcher comes into the game with his team losing or leading by three runs or less. If the pitcher is still in when the game is over and his team wins, he gets a save.

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