Mariano Rivera is a Panamanian baseball player born on November 29, 1969. He is currently a pitcher for the New York Yankees and is regarded as one of the most dominant relievers in MLB history.
Mariano was first signed by the Yankees in 1990 as a free agent in Panama. He then debuted in the major leagues in 1995. Initially, Mariano struggled as starting pitcher and later switched torelief pitcher. In 1997, he became the Yankees’ closer. Through the years, Mariano was recognized as one of baseball’s top relievers and a key contributor to the Yankees’ success in the late-1990s and 2000s.
Mariano was named the 1999 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the 2003 AL Championship Series MVP. He also holds several post-season records, including lowest earned run average (ERA) and most saves. Mariano saved at least 25 games in 15 consecutive seasons and has posted an ERA under 2.00 in 11 seasons, making record history. Once eligible, Mariano is expected to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Aside from baseball, Mariano is involved in charitable causes and the Christian community. He created The Mariano Rivera Foundation to help churches and others in need.
Due to his impeccable pitching style and his composure on the field, we feel Mariano possess qualities of not only a legendary Yankee, but a New Yorker as well.
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