Sunday, May 06, 2012
Rivera the best closer ever-Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune
5/6/12, "Mariano Rivera simply the best," Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune
"While the cut fastball he threw pitch after pitch after pitch was a weapon for the ages, it was his combination of an even temperament and internal fortitude that made him both the best closer ever and on the short list for greatest Yankee, power hitters not included.
While the ultimate measure of Rivera's greatness is a 0.70 ERA in 96 postseason appearances (and a 0.99 mark in 24 appearances in six trips to the World Series), he was prepared every time he went onto the mound. He has a record 608 regular-season saves, and his 2.21 career ERA is the lowest for any pitcher with at least 1,000 innings pitched since 1920."...