Saturday, March 28, 2009
'The greatest pitchers I ever saw'
"It shouldn't be Rivera's fault that he makes it look so easy.
- He's never won a Cy Young (including coming in 2nd to Bartolo Colon in 2005 in what must be one of
- has only gotten as high as 9th in the MVP voting in his career—this despite
- His 1.0199 WHIP puts him at 3rd...
- in the history of baseball.
- His adjusted ERA of 199 ranks him 1st
- in the history of the game....
- by 45 points."...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Rivera vs Blue Jays, spring training at The Boss
Above 3/19/09, ap
- Top, 3/19/09, Rivera throws in 5th inning vs Blue Jays in spring training game at The Boss, ap. (Another picture I posted here has disappeared for the time being. It was described as follows: Yankees coach Mick Kelleher, left, congratulates reliever Mariano Rivera after Rivera pitched in the 7th inning of the Yankees 7-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox in their spring training game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Tuesday, March 24, 2009. ap photo. I placed 2 other nice pictures above in its place). ed.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Alone at the top
photo from NYYFans, posted under, 'A sight for sore eyes', spring training game v the Pirates, 3/17/09, spring debut
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Welcome back, Mo
- Top, Rivera pauses on the mound before his first pitch of 2009, a spring training game v the Pirates at Steinbrenner Field, March 17th. 11 pitches. 3 up, 3 down with 2 strikeouts. What a sight. ap photos
(AP): "“He looked amazing,” Sabathia said. “To have him at the back end of the bullpen,
- I never really had a dominant closer like that.
- Mo is something different.”"
Saturday, March 14, 2009
'The Count: the Predictable, Unhittable Mariano Rivera,' Wall St. Journal Daily Fix
Wall St. Journal Daily fix, 3/12/09: "Mariano Rivera, who turns 40 this year, had perhaps the best season of his Hall of Fame career last season. The New York Yankees closer posted career-low marks in earned run average relative to the league average, walks per inning and walks plus hits per inning. And he did it all with one of the most predictable repertoires in baseball. ...
- “The fact that hitters can more or less time themselves to within a hundredth of a second of when to swing
- and still can’t do anything about Rivera’s pitches
Because Rivera is so consistent with his pitch selection, he was a logical candidate for an analysis by Dan Turkenkopf, also on Beyond the Box Score, about the location of his pitches depending on the game situation. Turkenkopf uses a concept called leverage index, which measures how critical a given at-bat is to the game’s outcome (the index is higher in the late innings of a close game, lower in the early innings with a lopsided score).
- Conventional wisdom holds that pitchers throw more balls down the middle of the plate in unimportant situations than in critical ones.
- But there’s no strong effect for Rivera.
That could say more about his confidence in the movement of his cutter than it does about pitchers’ typical approach in low-leverage situations." by Carl Bialik
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
"Sports compel us to watch because of the Great Unwritten Script. We watch for drama. We watch to see whether Papi Ortiz does it again. And through that drama, we determine greatness.
- How did we know Jordan was great? It wasn't all the dunks. It was the general Jordan-ness, all the flying through the air, parlayed with the drama: the shots that beat Georgetown in the NCAA championship game, the Cavs in the playoffs and the Jazz in the finals....
- Because he gets the biggest outs in the biggest games
- more times than anybody else ever has."...
- "UConn Women's Celebration Teaches us all a Lesson" by Mike DiMauro
Monday, March 09, 2009
Tennis closer Andy Roddick compared to Mo...
(3/9/09): "With his final swing of the racquet, Andy Roddick sent the ball soaring into the BJCC Arena stratosphere, or at least the upper reaches of the upper deck.
- And like so many other shots Roddick hit in Sunday's Davis Cup first-round finals, Swizerland's Stanislas Wawrinka had no chance of returning that one, either....
The 26-year-old has become the most dominant closer in U.S. Davis Cup history, running his record to 11-0 in Davis Cup-clinching matches
- and prompting comparisons to Mariano Rivera, the New York Yankees’ closer
- who is considered one of the best of all time."...'Roddick Shows Why he's US Team's Closer,' Birmingham (AL) News
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Mariano carries Panamanian flag in WBC ceremony
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Mariano to carry flag of Panama in WBC game
(NY Times): SAN JUAN, P.R. — "Mariano Rivera walked off a plane here Friday, strolled toward the baggage claim area and seemed edgy. Rivera, the normally stoic closer, was trying to plot the rest of a rare day apart from the Yankees.
“I need to work out, man,” he said. “I need to find a place to work out.”
- While Rivera traveled here to be an ambassador for Panama in the World Baseball Classic for two days, he is a Yankee 365 days a year. Rivera is slowly recovering from shoulder surgery, so he cannot pitch in the 16-team tournament. But he needed to toss a baseball to keep getting ready for another season.
“Do you know what time Panama is working out?” Rivera asked a reporter.When Rivera was told that Panama’s workout had ended 30 minutes earlier, he cringed. It was too late for Rivera to join his Panamanian teammates — his teammates in spirit, at least. Rivera will wear Panama’s uniform for Saturday’s game against Puerto Rico, something he implored the Yankees to allow....
- Rivera knew that he could not pitch, but he explained why he wanted to be here as a proud Panamanian. At the age of 39, Rivera may not get another chance....
The skinny son of a fisherman named Capt. Mariano, he was signed for $3,500 and has developed
At Panama’s opener on Saturday, Rivera will be the flag bearer for the team and then act as a cheerleader. Héctor López, Panama’s manager and a former Yankee, would love to have Rivera as his closer. Instead, López noted how Rivera’s presence would help his players. Imagine Tom Hanks hanging out on the set of an independent film to encourage the actors. That is basically what Rivera is doing.
- Bernie Williams was unaware that Rivera, his former Yankees teammate, was here, but he nodded when told what Rivera was doing. Williams, who is playing for Puerto Rico, said Rivera was a caring person who knew how to be gracious and benevolent.
“He’s making a great example to the young kids on that team to show them that playing baseball is not about the individual,” Williams said. “It’s about the team. In this case, it’s about your country.”
- As a sweaty Williams sat on a golf cart, he spoke reverentially about Rivera. Williams watched Rivera act as a mentor to many Latin American players on the Yankees, and he predicted Rivera would do the same, in a condensed manner, for Panama.
- From SI.com on Team Panama, 3/6/09
- due largely to an impotent offense. That won't change much this year
- Closers are of little use on teams unlikely to get many leads,