Thursday, July 25, 2019

 

Mariano Rivera gets beaned by orthodoxy police-Wall St. Journal Editorial Board, 7/25/19

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7/25/19, “Mariano Rivera Gets Beaned,” Wall St. Journal Editorial Board (F, 7/26 print ed.)


“These days even the baseball Hall of Fame is politicized.” 

“If modern leftism has an operating principle, it is that no aspect of life--not business, not religion, not even baseball--can be allowed to escape the orthodoxy police. Former New York Yankee ace Mariano Rivera is the latest to find this out

Only hours before his Sunday induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame, Mr. Rivera was the subject of a hit piece in the left-leaning Daily Beast claiming that his plaque in Cooperstown should include references to his “far-right politics. Apparently this includes Mr. Rivera’s habit of saying his pitching prowess brings glory not to himself but to the Lord. 

There seems to be no limit to the extremism of this Panama-born immigrant, according to the Beast. He has kind words for Israel and the Israel Defense Forces. Worse, his support for the Jewish state draws strength from his evangelical Christianity. 

Other “far-right” activity includes co-hosting a Donald Trump fundraiser, serving on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition and—wait for ittraveling to Abu Dhabi as part of a Karen Pence-led White House delegation to the Special Olympics. 

The faux exposé, which was amplified by the Twitter left, reports that Mr. Rivera “has managed to keep his political leanings hidden for decades,as if pointing to the heavens after a baseball victory is hiding under a bushel. In other words, unlike, say, the much-celebrated Colin Kaepernick or Megan Rapinoe, Mr. Rivera is not calling attention to his political positions or using his sport to push them on others. 

During an appearance on Fox News after the article appeared, Mr. Rivera made clear he’s not apologizing for any of this: his support for President Trump, his support for Israel, or his Christian faith. Sounds like a man with a better perspective on life than the killjoys who can’t even let people enjoy a day that should be all about baseball without trying to politicize it.” 

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Added:   

Mariano Rivera, Baseball-Reference



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Thursday, June 27, 2019

 

Arod and Mo on Yankee trip to London, England, teach kids about baseball

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6/27/19, "Busy week for Mariano Rivera. He pitched, played center field and hit an inside the park home run in the Bronx on Sunday. Today [he's] in London."...Coley Harvey twitter















6/27/19, Alex Rodriguez among Yankee alums on London trip. "A popular man here in London. The Yankees are about to hold a clinic for about 100 area youth. Aaron Boone, Brian Cashman, Hal Steinbrenner, Rob Manfred and a few Yankees alum are here." Coley Harvey twitter











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Monday, June 24, 2019

 

He's still got it-Rivera stars in Old Timers' Day debut-Jersey Journal back page

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Above, 6/24/19, Jersey Journal back page


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Friday, February 22, 2019

 

Fans from upstate NY see Mo standing in line at Santo Domingo Airport in Dominican Republic, Feb. 2019

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"Robert Lange and his wife, Susan Spring Lange, of Guilderland [near Albany, NY] were returning from a scuba diving week in the Dominican Republic earlier this month. Robert said he couldn't believe his eyes when, in the Santo Domingo airport, he saw retired reliever and Hall of Fame-bound Mariano Rivera in the same security line. "Our whole family, except for an infamous few, are faithful Yankee fans, and I couldn't let the man walk away without some photographic proof. He agreed gracefully, and as soon as I shot, he melted back into the airport crowd. That really made our day, and was a great capper for our week's vacation," he says." via Albany Times-Union








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Friday, February 01, 2019

 

Bronx children march in mini-parade from Yankee Stadium to Mariano Rivera mural-Bronx Times

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2/1/19, "Local elected officials’ representatives presented citations honoring ‘The Sandman’ for his humanitarianism and contribution to education in his native Panama and New York," Bronx Times, Robert Wirsing,

"Bronxites Toast Baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera"


The 161st Street Business Improvement District raised a cup to toast Yankee legend Mariano Rivera in honor of his election into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, January 23. The public toast occurred underneath the Rivera Avenue sign at the intersection of East 161st Street and Rivera Avenue outside of Yankee Stadium. Local elected officials’ representatives presented citations honoring ‘The Sandman’ for his humanitarianism and contribution to education in his native Panama and New York.





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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

 

Mariano Rivera and family hear that Mo is first player unanimously elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, 1/22/19

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Above, 1/22/19, At link, audio and video of moment Jack O'Connell tells Mo and his family that Mo is first person ever elected unanimously to the Baseball Hall of Fame,via Martino Puccio twitter, via Erik Boland twitter 
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1/22/19, "It's Unanimous: Mariano Rivera is a Hall of Famer," NY Times, Tyler Kepner






















"Mariano Rivera, the career saves leader whose elegant efficiency helped the Yankees win five World Series, became the first player ever elected unanimously to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Two other right-handed pitchers, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina, also were elected, Halladay on his first try and Mussina on his sixth. Edgar Martinez, the longtime Seattle Mariners designated hitter, gained entry in his 10th and final year on the ballot. Halladay, a former ace of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies, died in a plane crash in 2017.

Rivera was named on all 425 of the ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, eclipsing the previous record percentage, 99.3, by Ken Griffey Jr. in 2016. Halladay received 85.4 percent of the votes, Martinez 85.4 percent and Mussina — a stalwart for the Baltimore Orioles and the Yankees — 76.7 percent. Candidates need 75 percent for election.

The players will be inducted to the Hall of Fame on July 21 in Cooperstown, N.Y."...


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Monday, January 21, 2019

 

"The best of all time at his position. Mo. The one and only on this year’s ballot"-Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe, 1/20/19

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1/20/19, "This time around, only one candidate is worthy," Boston Globe, By
 
Mariano Rivera
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Sorry. I know we’re allowed to vote for as many as 10 players, and it’s certainly trendy to vote for the max, then protest that you wish you could vote for more, but I have never shared this feeling. In my view, we are not charged to vote for the 10 best players on the ballot. We are asked to determine who is Hall of Fame-worthy.

After much thought, debate, and consultation, (I called three former players who are in the Hall of Fame), I cast a vote for one player: Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

Call it the Harold Baines Effect if you want....The Baines Effect has me choosing the single player on this ballot who is clearly Hall-worthy and appears not to have cheated the game. 

The ever-regal Rivera was clutch and dominant — the best of all time at his position.



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Added: Above is excerpt from Boston Globe article including its five writers/voters:

1/20/19, "One player is a lock. Then the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame vote gets tricky." Boston Globe

Five Boston Globe voters: Peter Abraham, Nick Cafardo, Bob Hohler, Bob Ryan, Dan Shaughnessy

"Here's now the [five] Globe writers voted in this year’s election"

"Mariano Rivera is a Baseball Hall of Famer; the five Globe writers with votes in the annual election agree on that. From there it gets tricky, and that reflects the complexity of the ballot this year.

The Hall of Fame will reveal the choices made by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Those players with at least 75 percent of the votes will join Harold Baines and Lee Smith, who were elected by the Today’s Game Era Committee last month.

The Hall allows for secret ballots. But in the interest of transparency, here are the decisions made by the Globe writers with their explanations.


5 votes
Mariano Rivera
1 year on ballot
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4 votes
Edgar Martinez
10 years on ballot
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Mike Mussina
6 years on ballot
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Curt Schilling
7 years on ballot
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2 votes
Roger Clemens
7 years on ballot
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Barry Bonds
7 years on ballot
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Omar Vizquel
2 years on ballot
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Larry Walker
9 years on ballot
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Roy Halladay
1 year on ballot
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1 vote
Jeff Kent
6 years on ballot
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Gary Sheffield
5 years on ballot
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Scott Rolen
2 years on ballot
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Todd Helton
1 year on ballot
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Andy Pettitte
1 year on ballot"...
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