Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Over the last 17 years, Mariano Rivera has been a thorn in the Minnesota Twins' side. A lot of teams can relate when it comes to facing the New York Yankees' future Hall of Fame closer. Rivera owns Major League Baseball's record for the most saves of all time with 634 and has at least one save against every team but the Pittsburgh Pirates. Yet, for as dominant as Rivera has been over the years, opposing teams can't help but show him a tremendous amount of respect. "He's been a tremendous closer," said Twins general manager Terry Ryan. "But it's not going to break my heart to see him go off into the sunset." Before Tuesday's game, Rivera took time to meet privately with a group of 14 long-time Twins employees and season ticket holders. He's done similar things along the way at each park he visits for the last time prior to his retirement at the end of the 2013 season. The Twins, in turn, took time to honor Rivera. They gave him a check for 10,000 for his foundation...
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