Monday, February 19, 2007


Brian Cashman demurs on Mariano Rivera again via Bill Madden column

Cashman's disrespect was noticed by commenters at Baseball Think Factory. Bill Madden discussed starters v closers, relative value, etc., and hit the jackpot.

Comments following Madden's article on Baseball Think Factory: and "26. J. Michael Neal Posted: February 18, 2007 at 06:50 PM (#2299769)
The big issue, I think, is that it's difficult to find pitchers who can pitch in the typical relief role, successfully, year in and year out. Papelbon excelled for five months as a closer, sure; but then his arm fell off, and was advised thereafter that his body is better off pitching in a normal starter usage pattern than in relief. Plenty of other pitchers have had one, or even two, good years as a closer; but it's hard to sustain. That's why it doesn't make sense to go out and pay top dollar for the latest flash-in-the-pan. Items referenced from Bill Madden's NY Daily News column, 2/18/07, "Closers vs Starters"

"Michael Jordan, at the end, got paid as much by the Bulls for the past as he did for the present.

The Yankees got away with paying the guy retail for years, and that needs to change."

Rivera in Tampa to get physical,
2/15/07, ap

Friday, February 16, 2007


"Give Mo Whatever He Wants." Chazz Palminteri

Mr. Palminteri called WFAN on Friday, 2/16/07 to express his views about Mariano. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 11, 2007


Another superlative, this from Steve Popper

Steve Popper assessing the Mets bullpen, 2007, North Jersey Media Group, 2/11/07



NY Post's Steve Serby has Q & A with Andy Pettitte:

'Q: How comforting is it to have Mariano Rivera behind you again?

From the NY Post, Steve Serby's column, 2/11/07



The NY Post lists NY's best and worst in all sports. Mariano Rivera is one of only 4 'overachievers:'


Chad Pennington, Jets

Two surgeries have left his throwing arm a wet noodle. So it's remarkable how far he took the team last year usin' the ol' noodle.

Fred Robbins, Giants

The interior of the Giants defensive line was the least of their problems. Pound for 325 pounds, this under-the-radar free-agent signing has produced as reliable a football player as exists in this town.

Jason Blake, Islanders

Undersized, undrafted, unwanted in LA. Acquired for a fifth-rounder, has become an Olympian and All-Star.

From the NY Post, 2/11/07 by Jay Greenberg


Another New England scribe notes "future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera"

"The Yankees still have future Hall-of-Famer Mariano Rivera as their closer."
by Art Davidson of the Metro West Daily News, Framingham, Mass. 2/20/07

Saturday, February 10, 2007


For the record, Trevor says it's Mariano

On "Clutch Pitching"--Trevor says it's Mariano

Josh Lewin analyzes 'clutch pitching,' saying Bill James and others agree more with this concept than clutch hitting. He confines himself to starting pitchers, but asks Trevor Hoffman:

  • "When I asked Hoffman whom he considered clutch, he conjured a dominant reliever: the Yankees' Mariano Rivera."
The article from Slate focused on Tom Glavine, and was posted October 10, 2006.
posted by susan mullen at 10/19/2006 01:44:00 PM | (I originally posted this on one of my other blogs,, and thought it would be helpful here as well). sm


Hockey Goaltender Champ "like superstar closer Mariano Rivera"---Rochester Dem. & Chronicle

"Looking like hockey's version of New York Yankees superstar closer Mariano Rivera, Menard stopped all 12 shots Air Force fired his way over the final 35 minutes and his shutout performance allowed the Tigers to rally from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Falcons, 5-4.

Story by Sal Maiorana, 2/10/07, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Saturday, February 03, 2007


Mariano Rivera, "universally acclaimed baseball's greatest closer of all time--" Kevin Kennedy, FoxSports

"By the way, several years ago MLB announced that Jackie Robinson's number 42 would be permanently retired. No future player will ever again wear it. The players who were wearing it at the time could keep it until they retired.

Now there is just one man remaining with number 42 and he will be the last.
From article on by Kevin Kennedy, 2/3/07, "MLB Boys of Winter have plenty to keep them busy"

Friday, February 02, 2007


Colts getting Vinatieri would= Red Sox signing MARIANO RIVERA

"Adam Vinateri is the greatest clutch kicker in NFL history.
You have to get him into a situation where he can win the game for you, but once you do that he will take care of business. Where Mike Vanderjagt froze in clutch spots, Vinateri relishes the big stage.
From article by George Coztanza, Official Contributor, SBL, AOL, 2/2/07


Vinatieri, Mariano---"The great ones always want to take the last shot."--NY Daily News

MIAMI - "Adam Vinatieri, who already has won two Super Bowls with last-second field goals for the Patriots, would embrace putting it all on him from 40 yards out on the final play Sunday against the Bears.

The great ones always want to take the last shot. Michael Jordan wanted the ball. So did Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

From NY Daily News article by Gary Myers, 2/2/07

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