Thursday, March 31, 2011
Opening day at the Stadium ends with call to Rivera
"A 1-2-3 top of the ninth from the great Mo Rivera, who will become the all-time saves leader in the same season when Jeter goes past 3,000 hits eventually. The only thing different about No. 42, from what we saw of him Thursday, the only thing different about him at the age of 41, is that he is wearing his socks higher this season. Of course the only way for the day to end right
- was with strike three from him, a few minutes after four o'clock."...
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Joe Biden with Mariano Rivera at Yankee spring training
3/23/11, "VP Joe Biden visits Yankees camp," AP, Boston Herald
"Vice President Joe Biden has visited the New York Yankees’ spring training camp.
- Biden spent around 30 minutes on the third-base side of George Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday while the Yankees were taking part in early defensive drills. He was with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and both wore Yankees hats.
At one point, Biden put his arm around Yankees closer Mariano Rivera as Girardi and reliever Joba Chamberlain looked on." ap photos
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Mariano v Blue Jays at The Boss
Rivera in the 7th v Blue Jays at The Boss, Sat., 3/19/11, top fans give him ovation as he leaves the field. 11 pitches, 9 strikes. both ap
Friday, March 18, 2011
Mariano v Orioles in second Grapefruit appearance
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Rivera makes Grapefruit debut
Sunday, March 13 in Tampa v Twins, 6th inning, 12p, 9k, ap photos
Yankees' Rivera strikes out side in spring debut," Joel Sherman, NY Post
Friday, March 11, 2011
Rivera throws first batting practice
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Rivera watches Manny Banuelos and has high praise
3/10/11, Rivera says Banuelos is "best prospect I've ever seen," per Beacher Report:
"New York Yankees: Mariano Rivera Calls Manny Banuelos 'Best I've Ever Seen'," Bleacher Report, by Larry Barnes
"Top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos pitched another pair of scoreless innings Wednesday evening and looked as dominating as ever while doing it.
- But that only ranked second for the day on the ManBan newswire.
- as the best pitching prospect he has ever seen.
And the praise from Mo didn't stop there.
"I like everything about him," Rivera said of Banuelos.
"The makeup and how he keeps his composure. I notice situations and how you react in situations. Where you make your pitches in tough situations, where you spot your pitches,
- he has the ability to do that."...
Were Banuelos simply overpowering people with raw stuff, that would be one thing; that's not what this kid is doing."...
Video analysis of Rivera's cutter, Yankee Analysts, ESPN
3/7/11, "Cutter Above: A Video Analysis of Mariano Rivera," YankeeAnalysts.com, by
- The Captain’s Blog)." (The following is being syndicated from
According to former major league pitcher and pitching coach Tom House, Rivera really throws four or five different pitches (including variations on his fastball), but what makes him very unique is every single one emanates from almost exactly the same arm slot. Because Rivera doesn’t vary his arm angle, it appears as if he is throwing one pitch, but, as major league hitters have found out the hard way over the past 16 years, looks can be deceiving. About the only difference between Rivera’s fastball and cutter is the spin he puts on them, but this change
- only manifests itself in the last 10 feet of the ball’s flight.
In other words, swinging a bat against Rivera is nothing more than a guessing game."...
Source: ESPN Sport Science