For all the accomplishments achieved by Mariano Rivera, one record eludes him, the single-season saves record.
Generally, I consider the ‘SAVE’ statistic to be the most overrated number in baseball. However, the final season in the illustrious career of the greatest closer ever should warrant a new standard.
Francisco Rodriguez established the current MLB-record of 62 saves during the 2008 season for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. “K-Rod” set the mark by converting ninety-percent (62 of 69) of his save opportunities.
In 2013, the New York Yankees have played 39 games, 24.1% of the schedule. Rivera has tallied 16 saves (16 opportunities) and currently is on pace for 66 saves. This total is not outlandish considering ‘The Sandman” is retiring and there is little reason to withhold his workload. Manager Joe Girardi should not abuse his trusted stalwart but there is history to accomplish.
From 1997-2011, Rivera averaged 64 appearances and 40 saves per season. These are standard...