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Trevor Hoffman (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images); Mariano Rivera (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball To Name Best Closer Awards After Rivera, Hoffman

It’s only fitting. Major League Baseball has honored the top closers in baseball for years, but soon will rename its awards after arguably the two best relievers to ever pick up a ball.


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President Of Panama Congratulates Yankees’ Rivera On Save No. 602

When the phone rang this time for Mariano Rivera, it wasn’t a call to the bullpen.


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By The Numbers: Enter Sandman

He is The Sandman. Mo. The Great Mariano. He has just recorded his 602nd Save (SV) and he now heads this all time list, and most probably will be there as long as the game is played.


Marino Rivero #42 of the New York Yankees waves after becoming the all-time leader in saves after defeating the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on September 19, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Rivero recorded his 602 save. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Keidel: No. 602 For The Final 42

Some may say we have a Mariano Rivera obsession. You’re damn right we do. It’s one of those oxymoronic, healthy diseases, backed by 602 saves, making Mariano now and forever the king of closers. Yes. Forever.


New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera acknowledges the cheers of the crowd after recording his 602nd career save, after the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 in a baseball game Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Rivera pitched a perfect ninth as he broke the record held by Trevor Hoffman. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Yankees’ Rivera Earns Record 602nd Save, Now Offically Greatest Closer Of All Time

Mariano Rivera set the major league record with his 602nd career save, pitching a perfect ninth inning Monday to preserve the New York Yankees’ 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins.


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Rivera Set To Make History At Yankee Stadium, But Don’t Expect Posada For Save No. 602

Derek Jeter would love to see teammate Mariano Rivera make history in front of the Yankee Stadium fans. And some fans would like to see Jorge Posada behind the plate when it happens.


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Mariano Rivera Ties MLB Saves Record With #601

Mariano Rivera tied the major league saves record, earning the 601st of his career and matching Trevor Hoffman while preserving the New York Yankees’ 7-6 win.


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Two To Go For Mariano Rivera; Historic Save No. 602 Could Come At Yankee Stadium

Perhaps as early as Saturday, Mariano Rivera will become baseball’s career saves leader, unseating Trevor Hoffman. But fans hope that this weekend in Toronto is full of blowouts — so Mo can make history in pinstripes.


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Yankees Never Give Mariano Chance To Tie Record, Fall To Mariners In Extras

Unheralded Luis Rodriguez put Mariano Rivera’s pursuit of the all-time saves record on hold. And he kept the Yankees from expanding their lead on Boston in the AL East.


Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is congratulated after his 41st save of the season and 600th of his career. (credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Save No. 600! Hoffman’s Record Next For ‘Remarkable’ Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera

No loud screams or wild gestures. No outlandish dogpiles. Just a respectful celebration for save No. 600 that was pure Mariano Rivera.


Mariano Rivera

Rivera Joins Ultra-Exclusive 600-Save Club, Yankees Edge Mariners

Mariano Rivera saved the 600th game of his career, moving within one of Trevor Hoffman’s major league record, by closing out the New York Yankees’ 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.


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Keidel: Mariano Rivera: Mr. 600

Did you know Mariano Rivera is about to become the all-time saves leader, passing Trevor Hoffman, who has 601. No doubt Rivera was crowned long before he becomes the official king of closers, but there’s more meat to this feat than you may think.


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Mariano Isn’t Just The Straw, He Created And Mastered The Drink

For 17 seasons Mariano Rivera has put together a body of work that is unrivaled yet has been done in such a distinguished manner you almost forget he’s a New York sports icon.


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Sweeny Says: Mariano Rivera On The Mound

A surer sign of spring you will not find than Mariano Rivera making his first appearance of the exhibition season.


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Rivera K’s Three In Spring Debut, Yanks Lose To Twins

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera struck out all three batters he faced during his first spring training appearance, New York’s 9-2 loss to a Minnesota Twins spilt-squad on Sunday.