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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Huston Street joins a select group of closers with 300 career saves

Huston Street is the 27th pitcher in baseball history to record 300 career saves.  He reached the mark on Wednesday night as he wrapped up a 5-2 win for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over the Minnesota Twins.  He is the second youngest, at age 31, to reach the 300 club.  Only Francisco Rodriguez was younger.  Only five others reached the 300 plateau with fewer save opportunities...
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11 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats 2015 Draft Class Stats Update (7/17)

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.  We’ve add three new players to our * * * this week.  They are 1B David Kerian, 2B Ian Sagdal, and P Ryan Brinley.   * * * OF Andrew Stevenson ...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
17 days ago  |  Discuss

AJ Burnett didn’t get his chance to pitch in the All Star game

AJ Burnett has been in Major League Baseball for 17 seasons now, he has had a productive career but only made one All Star team. That All Star team was this season, Burnett’s last season, and it was his only chance to play in the mid summer classic. Burnett didn’t hear his number called during the game and didn’t get his name in the box score. He’s not Mariano Rivera or Derek...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Who will be the closer for the AL All-star team?

When it is the 9th inning in the All-Star Game and the American League has the lead by at most three runs, who closes the game? There are so many great relievers on the AL All-Star team and Ned Yost will have the tough decision of choosing the right guy to close the game. Each and every reliever is so good and have such great success that it is hard. If Yost really can not choose...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
24 days ago  |  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
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen has Been Quietly Dominant

Is 2015 the year Kenley Jansen finally gets an all-star nod? – Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez/US Presswire The conversation for “best closer in baseball” in recent years has been monopolized by stars like Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Greg Holland, and career save king Mariano Rivera. But there is one notable name that should be in the discussion that escapes from most...
Via The Sports Journal
July 02, 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

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

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). —...
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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

Washington Nationals draft Mariano Rivera Jr.

The Washington Nationals have drafted Mariano Rivera Jr. in the fourth round of the MLB Draft, with the 134th overall pick. Rivera Jr. is the son of former New York Yankees closer, Mariano Rivera. The father Rivera pitched for nineteen seasons with the Yankees, is a sure fire Hall of Famer, thirteen-time All Star, five-time World Series Champion, and the MLB’s all-time leader...
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June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Draft: Washington Nationals Snag Mariano Rivera Jr., son of Yankee’s Great, in Fourth Round

Iona’s Mariano Rivera Jr. was the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference pitcher of the year this season. (Mandatory Credit: Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe/Getty Images) The Washington Nationals selected right-handed pitcher Mariano Rivera Jr., son of legendary New York Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera, in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB draft Tuesday. A year ago, it appeared that...
Via The Sports Journal
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera III drafted by Nationals in fourth round of draft

The old cliché, "Like father, like son" certainly is appropriate for this story. Pitcher Mariano Rivera III was drafted Tuesday in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. To say the right-hander from Iona College bears a resemblance to his father on the mound would be a major understatement. His entire delivery couldn't look more like his dad's. Rivera...
Via Fox Sports
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Little Sandman: Nats draft Mariano Rivera III

Little Sandman: Nats draft Mariano Rivera III
Via Philly Sports Live
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Little Sandman: Nats draft Mariano Rivera III in 4th round

NEW YORK (AP) Enter Sandman - the sequel. Iona College right-hander Mariano Rivera III, son of the former Yankees closer, was drafted in the fourth round 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 also being selected the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's pitcher...
Via AP on Fox
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Dellin Betances has a chance to be better than Mariano Rivera

You read that title right. Not every baseball fan may know Dellin Betances yet but they should start to remember his name. New York Yankees fans sure know who he is though, and while Mariano Rivera is the greatest relief pitcher we have seen to date, Betances has looked as impressive, if not more impressive than Rivera in his first few real seasons (2014, 2015) in the major league...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Draft profile: Mariano Rivera, Jr.

New York Yankees icon Mariano Rivera is undoubetdly the greatest closer in baseball history. With 652 saves and 952 games finished to his name (both all-time records), anyone who attempts to follow in his footsteps has big shoes to fill. Now, imagine being the son of the greatest reliever that ever lived. Envision yourself walking onto the mound with the exact same name. Can you...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
June 03, 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?)
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

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...
January 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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