Since the announcement that New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will be walking away from baseball at the end of the 2013 season many (analyst, writers, etc) have been speculating where the long-time closer fits within the greatest players of all-time list. I could debate you all day regarding my opinion on where Rivera fits on that list, but it's evident that some Red Sox players think he's at least the best closer, ever.
Here are some thoughts from Andrew Bailey, Joel Hanrahan and John Farrell regarding Mariano Rivera's place as the all-time greatest closer in MLB history.
“He’s the greatest reliever, if not arguably
the best pitcher, ever,” said Andrew Bailey, “Trevor Hoffman or (Dennis) Eckersley
were kind of the pioneers for closers, but I think what Mariano did in the
postseason is incredible. It would be really hard for anyone to ever match
that. I just think with the consistency of appearances for your team, nowadays
with contracts and guys jumping all over the place, h...