Sunday, May 24, 2009
Rivera's mere presence in the bullpen applies pressure to a team--Matthews
- On what made the Yankees so tough in the championship years:
- presence in the bullpen began applying pressure
- to the opposing team midway through a game, and whose appearance on the mound shortened
- the game by precisely the number of outs that were left.
- If he came in to pitch the ninth, your game ended in the eighth.
- If he came in for the eighth, it ended in the seventh.
- Watching Lidge struggle this weekend, you remembered that
- the most important Yankee of all isn't the biggest or the newest or the richest.
- If the Yankees are to go anywhere this year,
- Mariano has to slam the door shut
- (This is Rivera's 14th consecutive year as a late inning reliever. During that time he also pitched in 13 consecutive post seasons, 117.1 innings. The equivalent of one and a half more regular seasons).
Friday, May 22, 2009
Mo #1 reliever in WAR, 2008
- WAR is Wins Above Replacement
- second in relievers to
- from Dugout Central article, "Time to Re-Evaluate the Lidge Contract?" by John Connelly, 5/22/09
Cervelli, Mariano, and Arod
Thursday, May 21, 2009
A BBWAA member vs someone actually in the game
- he made things too relaxing for
- Only 9 days earlier (10/5/07), Stan must have missed Rivera's really relaxing 9th and 10th inning outing
- in a 1-1 tie game the Yankees desperately needed, now known as
- the "Bugs Game." It took place in Cleveland.
- No wonder his veterans still support him. Mariano Rivera is in the latter stages of a brilliant career and wants to go out with the man who brought him along.
- too comfortable,
- and would benefit from new blood."....
An experienced veteran actually in the game sees Rivera differently than media member Stan McNeal. Eric Wedge knew what he saw in Cleveland a few months earlier and many times before that:
- From the NY Times, 5/8/08:
- Wedge said he was not sure if words could accurately describe how good Rivera is. “If he’s not the greatest, he’s one of the greatest closers of all time,” Wedge said.
- From NY Times article by Jack Curry, "After All this Time, Rivera is Keeping it Simply Unhittable," 5/8/08
- (The Sporting News hired this person so they get partial credit).
Stan McNeal's Top 50 MLB players today puts Rivera #36...he even puts 3 of Mo's contemporaries ahead of him. McNeal makes it quite clear how he feels about Rivera being voted #9 of today's top 50 by 100 top people actually in the game.
"31. Nick Markakis, RF, Orioles 32. Derek Lowe, SP, Braves 33. Joe Nathan, RP, Twins 34. Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Red Sox 35. Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Mets 36. Mariano Rivera, RP, Yankees
37. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Padres"
The Sporting News "panel, which includes 13 Hall of Famers, 13 Cy Young Award winners and 12 league MVPs. Among the MLB legends who filled out ballots for SN: Willie McCovey, Stan Musial, Brooks Robinson, Tony Gwynn, Tom Seaver, Rollie Fingers and Greg Maddux."...
photos above from the "Bugs game," ALDS game 2, NYY v Cle, Oct. 5, 2007. top Rivera, bottom Chamberlain.
Labels: The Bugs game
Sunday, May 17, 2009
All work, no stats
- "failed" to
- "pick up" a Save
- or a Win.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Rivera pitches 2 scoreless innings v Twins
The great Rivera mid 10th inning after his 2 scoreless innings in 4-4 tie game v the Twins which the Yankees won in 11, 6-4. ap photo. Sorry, no fist pump, and sorry his career isn't over. Really. He didn't get a Save or the Win for his effort, so Goose Gossage, MLB/ESPN/BBWAA will be able to say he's a wimp. Marc Carig from the Star Ledger reports during the game:
- NEW YORK -- "Bonus baseball here in the Bronx, with the score still tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th.
- If the Yankees win this game, part of the reason will be Mariano Rivera, who gutted one out on Saturday.
- He's not in the stage of his career where he should be going more than one inning.
But after retiring the side in the ninth, Rivera worked out of trouble to put up another zero in the 10th.
- Justin Morneau reached on an infield single and
- Jason Kubel followed with a broken-bat bloop to center.
But Rivera, as he's always done, kept it together."...."Mariano Rivera Works 2 Scoreless innings, Game still tied 4-4 in 11th"
- From George King, NY Post: "He zipped through the Twins in the ninth on 11 pitches. Then he asked Joe Girardi to let him work the 10th.
- "They had the heart of the lineup and I think that's my job," Rivera said. "I think it worked."
With a touch of anxiety. Justin Morneau, who has worked over the right-field seats in two games (three solo homers), singled with Rivera deflecting the shot. Next, Jason Kubel sent a broken-bat single dump into center. Two on, no out, 10th inning. What was Rivera thinking?
"I've got to get him out," said Rivera,
- who felt batter Michael Cuddyer wouldn't bunt, which was a plus for the Yankees.
"So I was trying to make a good pitch to get a groundball, not a flyball. A strikeout, something. . . . It went our way.""No Need to Panic...Joba, Mo look Strong," NY Post, 5/17/09
- (Maybe a reference to batters before Cuddyer or to Cuddyer himself, but the NY Times has Rivera thinking someone would bunt in that frame): "The Twins started that inning with two soft singles, and Rivera said he thought they might bunt. But Michael Cuddyer was up, and with no sacrifices since 2005, he swung away and popped out." The Post saying Mo didn't think Cuddyer would bunt (above). From NY Times, Kepner, 5/16/09, "Rodriguez's homer lifts Yankees in 11th"
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|Coke (BS, 2)||1.1||2||2||2||1||1||1||4.60|
|Aceves, A (W, 1-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.45|
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
2008 All Stars
- Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay at the 2008 All Star game, Yankee Stadium, 7/15/08, Reuters photo via daylife. With the Yankees facing Halladay today, 5/12/09, there's little chance we'll see Mo in the game.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Some things never get old
Friday, May 08, 2009
Mariano arrives at 1152.1 innings and a fork in the road
- His achievement is especially unique as it's the first to span the era of 3 levels of post season play and is unlikely to ever be achieved again. Baseball is acutely aware of this feat and is violently opposed to its receiving the credit it deserves. On the contrary, baseball has taken pains to eradicate all mention of post season stats even in noting Hall of Fame careers (recently seen with Goose Gossage's induction and media only reporting his regular season stats).
- How "unfair" and "penalizing" is it to cheat someone out of his career? After all, it's not the reliever's 'fault' that he was pitching multiple innings on November 4th one year while others were relaxing. You might wonder what current national league pitcher baseball is desperate to get in the HOF and would benefit most if Mariano Rivera did not exist. What's to stop the baseball monopoly and its media arm from cheating Rivera out of his career? Nothing. There is no competition. The Yankees have no front office and everyone knows it. If you don't think Selig believes awards are his personal property like everything else, look at how he rigged the vote against Marvin Miller.
- P.S. Hal McCoy, a HOF writer gets to admit he also covered post season games. Whether he was lucky or not, it happened and he worked while he was there.
- So that blows baseball's campaign against post season stats being "unfair."