Ten fun facts about Mariano Rivera


Fact 1
A 13-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, he is MLB's career leader in saves and games finished.

Fact 2
Nicknamed “Mo” and “Sandman”, Rivera spent most of his career as a relief pitcher and served as the Yankees’ closer for 17 seasons.

Fact 3
Rivera primarily threw a sharp-moving, mid-90s mile-per-hour cut fastball that frequently broke hitters’ bats and earned a reputation as one of the league's best pitches.


Fact 4
Rivera won five American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man Awards and three Delivery Man of the Year Awards, and he finished in the top three in voting for the AL Cy Young Award four times.

Fact 5
Rivera is regarded within baseball as one of the most dominant relievers in major league history.

Fact 6
An accomplished postseason performer, Rivera was named the 1999 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the 2003 AL Championship Series MVP, and he holds several postseason records, including lowest earned run average (ERA) (0.70) and most saves (42).

Fact 7
As a young man, Rivera frequently played soccer and baseball with his friends on the beach during low tide.

Fact 8
Rivera was also known for his precise control, smooth pitching motion, and for his composure and reserved demeanor on the field.

Fact 9
Rivera has been involved in philanthropic causes and the Christian community through the Mariano Rivera Foundation.

Fact 10
He is considered to be a strong candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame once he is eligible.


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Short about Mariano Rivera
is a Panamanian former baseball pitcher who played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees.

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