MARIANO RIVERA NEWS

Like Father, Like Son: Brett Siddall Joins the Family Business

Detroit, Michigan. 2005. The site of the Major League Baseball All Star Game. Seventy-seven of the game’s most dominant baseball players have converged at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. Manny Ramirez and Mariano Rivera, Pedro Martinez and Albert Pujols. The biggest names in baseball put aside their divisional and league rivalries for the opportunity to give their leagues...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees great Rivera hated pitching in Little League

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Mariano Rivera remembers his Little League days fondly. What he remembers most: He hated to pitch. The former Yankees closer was inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence on Tuesday night between games of its World Series. Although Rivera's 1985 Panama team didn't reach the World Series, he loved his time in youth baseball. "I was happy with...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mexico keeps going in LLWS, gets to pose with Rivera, too

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) Mexico catcher Raul Leon, three teammates and their manager were waiting in the narrow hallway for their turn at the interview room inside Lamade Stadium. They spotted one of baseball's greatest players walking toward them. Yes, it was Mariano Rivera. They had to get a photo. But who would take it? Just then, the manager of the Taiwan team they had just...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera hated pitching in Little League

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) Mariano Rivera remembers his Little League days fondly. What he remembers most: He hated to pitch. The former Yankees closer was inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence on Tuesday night between games of its World Series. Rivera retired after the 2013 season with a record 652 saves. He says he didn't like to pitch as a Little Leaguer because...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees retire Posada's No. 20 in Monument Park

NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees most recent championship teams were built around a group of players that came to be known as the ''Core Four.'' There was the suave leader Derek Jeter, the homespun starter Andy Pettitte and the classy closer Mariano Rivera. Jorge Posada was the fiery one. He spoke his mind in a clubhouse of singularly focused players. The catcher called out teammates and...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Hip, hip, Jorge! Yankees retire Posada's No. 20 in ceremony

The New York Yankees retired Jorge Posada's No. 20 during a pregame ceremony Saturday. The former catcher called it "one of the happiest days of my life" during his speech, reported the New York Daily News. "I can't believe I'm standing here right now," the 44-year-old Posada added. "Trying to put into words the feelings and emotions of this day is tough. I was born passionate about...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

David Cone on pitching

David Cone was a thinking-man’s pitcher before he became a thinking-man’s analyst. The New York Yankees’ television color man took the mound for five teams in 17 major league seasons, and he logged a lion’s share of big wins along the way. Moxie played a role. The right-hander augmented his plus stuff with the same cerebral approach he now takes to the broadcast booth....
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Chapman's 56 consecutive home saves are an MLB record

Tuesday night against the Cardinals, Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman recorded his 56th consecutive save at Great American Ballpark, improving on a record he set in June. Chapman broke Mariano Rivera and Eric Gagne's all-time consecutive home save record when he recorded his 52nd consecutive save at home vs. the Miami Marlins at Great American Ballpark on June 21. Rivera tied Gagne's...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats 2015 Draft Class Stats Update (7/31)

We are keeping you up to date on the progress of the 2015 Washington Nationals draft class.  Here are the current stats for the Nats draft class.  Players we gave  * * * are performing well on the season or on a hot, recent tear. * * * OF Andrew Stevenson (2nd RD)  Assigned to Auburn and recently promoted to Hagerstown (A).  Stevenson has appeared in 23 games and is 29 for 91...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Harvey, Mariano Rivera sneakily surprise fans with free tickets

From a pop-up Delta dugout phone in New York City, a bunch of unsuspecting baseball fans recently had the chance to make a call to famous New York pitchers Matt Harvey and future Hall of Fame Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. We've seen this celebrity-surprises-fan gag many times before but it remains entertaining so long as the fan reactions are genuine, which they certainly are in...
Via Fox Sports
July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Nats 2015 Draft Class Stats Update (7/10)

Much of the Washington Nationals 2015 MLB Draft Class is signed, assigned, and playing ball.  Eleven of the forty draft selections remain unsigned.  The previous highest unsigned pick was third rounder OF Rhett Wiseman.  Wiseman agreed to a deal on July 7 with the Nationals. Here are the current stats for the Nats draft class.  Players we gave  * * * are performing well on the...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Stats Update for the 2015 Nats Draft Class (7/2)

Much of the Washington Nationals 2015 MLB Draft Class is signed, assigned, and playing ball.  Thirteen of the forty draft selections remain unsigned.  The highest unsigned pick is third rounder OF Rhett Wiseman.  Wiseman has been playing in the College Baseball World Series for Vanderbilt.  Even though the season have just began for the draft class, we provide you a beginning...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Harlem Globetrotters Draft Mo’ne Davis

What do Mariano Rivera, Johnny Manziel and Mo’ne Davis have in common? If you answered “they were all selected to join a pretend basketball team to play pretend basketball”…you’re absolutely right! Following in the footsteps of Rivera, the 14-year-old Little League superstar became the latest pop culture phenomenon to be invited to join the Harlem Globetrotters. But, unlike...
Via Hall of Very Good
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera prays for Yankees during visit to Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) Mariano Rivera says the New York Yankees' bullpen is getting by just fine without him. Still, the 45-year-old retired closer put in a prayer for his former teammates during a visit to Israel on Thursday. He says ''they have a tremendous bullpen. They have a great team, period. ''Hopefully, they will continue doing the job that they have been doing for all this time...
Via AP on Fox
June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Ongoing Nats MLB Draft Coverage

Here is an ongoing Table of the Washington Nationals 2015 MLB Draft selections. Rd Selection Pos From 2(58) Andrew Stephenson OF LSU 2(69) Blake Perkins OF HS Arizona 3(103) Rhett Wiseman OF Vanderbilt 4(134) Mariano Rivera Jr. P Iona 5(164) Taylor Hearn P Oklahoma Baptist 6(194) Matt Crownover P Clemson 7(224) Grant Borne P Nicholls State 8(254) Koda Glover P Oklahoma St 9(284)...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Nationals Draft Mariano Rivera Jr, Son of the Great Yankees Closer

Athletic ability is at least part genetic and how you grow up, and that rings certain in the Rivera household. Mariano Rivera Jr, son of the...
Via Athlon Sports
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Nationals Draft Mariano Rivera’s Kid

For the second time in as many years, the son of legendary closer Mariano Rivera heard his name called on Draft Day. But unlike last year, when the Iona College pitcher was selected by the New York Yankees in the 29th Round, Mariano Rivera III was taken much earlier. With their 4th round selection (134th overall), the #Nats select Mariano Rivera Jr. (RHP, Iona College, NY). —...
Via Hall of Very Good
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera Jr. selected by Washington Nationals

There is absolutely no doubt, pitcher Mariano Rivera Jr. has the pedigree necessary to be a Major League pitcher, but does he have the stuff?  This has been the major question surrounding the Iona College product- and son of legendary reliever Mariano Rivera.  Through his first two seasons, Rivera Jr. had been rather average struggling with his command and often times losing hitters...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera’s Son Picked By Nationals In Fourth Round Of MLB Draft

NEW YORK — Enter Sandman — the sequel. Iona College right-hander Mariano Rivera III, son of the former New York Yankees closer, was drafted in the fourth round with the 134th overall pick Tuesday by the Washington Nationals. Rivera was 5-7 with a 2.65 ERA and a school-record 113 strikeouts with 27 walks in 85 innings this season for the Gaels, while...
Via NESN.com
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Hero Dave Roberts Turns 43 Today

'The Steal'It's the 43rd birthday of Dave Roberts—and yet, he will forever be 32. That's the age he was on October 17, 2004 during Game Four of that year's ALCS. As one of the privileged 34,826 who attended the 5 hour and 2 minute contest, I can personally attest to the fact that Roberts provided the biggest thrill in this Red Sox fan's life. His epic steal off Mariano Rivera will...
Via FenwayNation
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

"The Yankees seem to have never met a moment they could not monetize. They scooped up the infield dirt from the game in which Derek Jeter recorded his 3,000th hit and put it in capsules that dangled from key chains. They offered a bullpen rubber from one

Billy Witz - the NY Times writer with the NY Post byline name - pens the Gray Lady's most delicious sports lead yet this season... an appreciation of Hal "I'm Not Cheap" Steinbrenner's tight-wadded former reign as the chief cashier of NYC sports.(Question: How is it that a guy named George A. King III writes for the Murdochian Post, while Billy Witz works at the Times?)
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera back with Yankees as guest instructor in spring

  Mariano Rivera is back with the New York Yankees as a guest spring training instructor. Rivera, baseball's career saves leader, arrived at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday. He retired as a player following the 2013 season. ''I've decided to come back,'' the 45-year-old joked. Rivera wore a batting practice uniform with his old No. 42 on it and white pinstripe pants as he worked...
Via AP on Fox
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Attempted Marianoization of Huston Street

You know the difference between control and command? Mariano Rivera is why the difference exists. Some pitchers are good at throwing strikes; Mariano Rivera was good at throwing Rivera strikes, which were simply strikes where Rivera wanted them to be. They looked a lot like any other strike, and pitch to pitch you wouldn’t really […]
Via Fangraphs
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

This Day in Baseball: 2/17

On this day in 1990, Yankees scout Herb Raybourn made what seemed at the time a relatively insignificant signing.  Raybourn came to terms on a $3,000 contract with a slight 20 year-old pitcher from Panama City. Raybourn was drawn by the righty’s effortless and smooth delivery, but underwhelmed by his velocity. At the time, young Mariano Rivera had only been pitching for two weeks...
Via Baseball Essential
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

My Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

I am not a member of the Baseball Writers’ Asscoiation of America. It’s all but official that Pedro Martinez will be part of the Hall of Fame class this year. However, that doesn’t prevent me from filling out my own ballot for fun each year and delving into my passion of baseball and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The toughest part about this ballot is if this were the...
Via isportsweb.com
January 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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