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Last year at this time we thought we might have seen the last of Mariano Rivera. it is possible everyone but Rivera thought he was done and that we wouldn’t see him pitch again. He is Baseball’s all time saves leader with 608 saves. Chances are pretty good that he will add to that number during this season. He is a first ballot Hall Of Famer, no doubt. And to think he was a failed starter with one pitch. His starts were all the same the first three innings he was lights out then the next three innings well …not so lights out and the E.R.A. was markedly lower the first three innings than it was after that. He had a 95-96 mph heater so the Yankees place Rivera in the bullpen as a setup man to then closer John Wettland. When Wettland left the Yankees he became the Yankees’ closer in 1997. His pitching repertoire consists primarily of one pitch, a sharp-breaking, mid-90s mile per hour (mph) cut fastball that has been called an all-time great pitch. Everyone knows it’s coming, the batter doesn’t have to guess with Rivera he knows what is coming, and still can’t hit him. That says alot about his pitch and his mastery of the cut fastball. Basketball is always on the search for the Next Michael Jordan, Baseball maybe looking for the next Rivera but they may never find one like him. You can try to make one but you will never be able to dulicate one like the real one. With Rivera leaving after the season the Yankee core is now down to two Andy Pettite and Derek Jeter. The Yankees will have to think long and hard on replacing Rivera, they do have decisions to make on whether Joba Chamberlin and David Robertson will be able to replace the man better known as Mo. Or will they go outside the organization to replace him? The answers to that will have unfold as the season develops and other pitchers either become available or pitchers internally make themselves viable options to the Yankees
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