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MLB: Mariano Rivera Named 2013 All-Star Game MVP
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MLB: Mariano Rivera Named 2013 All-Star Game MVP

Jul 17 2013, 1:15am CDT | by

Legendary closer Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees was declared MVP of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. The American League All-Stars beat their National League counterparts, 3-0 to earn home field advantage in the 2013 World Series.

Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees achieved another milestone in his illustrious MLB career - 2013 All-Star Game MVP.  The game marked Rivera's last as an All-Star. The crowd of 45,186 at Citi...

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MLB: Mariano Rivera Named 2013 All-Star Game MVP

Jul 17 2013, 1:15am CDT | by

Legendary closer Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees was declared MVP of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. The American League All-Stars beat their National League counterparts, 3-0 to earn home field advantage in the 2013 World Series.

Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees achieved another milestone in his illustrious MLB career - 2013 All-Star Game MVP. 

The game marked Rivera's last as an All-Star. The crowd of 45,186 at Citi Field, home of the Yankees' cross-town rival New York Mets, was on its feet to give him a standing ovation once he took the field for the eighth inning to the tune of Metallica's Enter Sandman. Both the National League and American League All-Stars gave him a rousing ovation as well. 

Once he got on the mound, Rivera tipped the cap while other relievers came out to the warning track to honor the great Yankee closerHe appreciated the adulation he received from everyone. 

"Nothing is better than this. I appreciate all of it. From the fans. From the peers."

American League manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers decided not to risk waiting for a save opportunity that might never come for the Yankee closer. 

"If anybody ever messed up Mariano Rivera, I can lay claim to that. I just couldn't take any chance. You know, I'm probably not the most popular manager in baseball. I wanted to make sure I get out of here alive."

Rivera didn't get the save, but managed to eke out a familiar 1-2-3 inning - Jean Segura groundout to second, Allen Craig flied to left field and a Carlos Gomez groundout to short. The save went to Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan who gave the game ball to Rivera once the game's final out was recorded.

Final score: American League 3, National League 0.

Rivera joined forces with nine other American League pitchers to help limit their counterparts to just three hits. The three-run victory snapped a three-game slide against the National League in the All-Star Game.  

USA Today Sports' Paul White notes Rivera left an All-Star Game legacy with a 0.00 ERA. The only run he ever allowed in an All-Star Game was an unearned one 13 years ago. 

Rivera, MLB's all-time leader in saves with 608 and owner of a career-playoff ERA of 0.70, formally announced his plans to retire after the 2013 season on March 9. 

 
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New York Yankees extend David Robertson a qualifying offer

Nov 4 2014 7:57pm CST | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

On Monday New York Yankees closer David Robertson was offered a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer. He was the only player on the team to receive the offer and has a week to make his decision. David Robertson arrived in New York in 2008 and has taken the show by storm ever since. Replacing legend Mariano Rivera wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but Robertson made a household name for himself in the Yankees organiz ...
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New York Yankees set to determine qualifying offers

Nov 3 2014 9:54am CST | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

The deadline to submit qualifying offers to players is Monday at 11:59 p.m. The New York Yankees will assuredly extend one to closer David Robertson, while the jury is out on whether they will make one for starter Hiroki Kuroda.If Robertson accepts the $15.3 million offer, he would be the first player to ever do so and the highest paid reliever for a season in baseball history. With Robertson the top reliever on the market, and plenty of teams looking to fill the role, he will likely forgo t ...
Source: Yardbarker: MLB   Full article at: Yardbarker: MLB
 

 
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World Series Game 7s conjure up many memories

Oct 29 2014 6:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen’s brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985. The flashbacks in San Francisco aren’t nearly as sweet. There was Willie McCovey’s game-ending lineout that was oh-so-close to being a Series-winning hit in 1962 and another loss 40 years later by Barry Bonds & Co. to the Angels. Be it Babe Ruth, Jack Morris or Mariano Rivera, the moments ...
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3 weeks ago

World Series Game 7s conjure up many memories

Oct 29 2014 6:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen’s brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985. The flashbacks in San Francisco aren’t nearly as sweet. There was Willie McCovey’s game-ending lineout that was oh-so-close to being a Series-winning hit in 1962 and another loss 40 years later by Barry Bonds & Co. to the Angels. Be it Babe Ruth, Jack Morris or Mariano Rivera, the moments created in an all-or- ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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3 weeks ago

World Series Game 7s conjure up many memories

Oct 29 2014 6:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen’s brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985. The flashbacks in San Francisco aren’t nearly as sweet. There was Willie McCovey’s game-ending lineout that was oh-so-close to being a Series-winning hit in 1962 and another loss 40 years later by Barry Bonds & Co. to the Angels. Be it Babe Ruth, Jack Morris or Mariano Rivera, the momen ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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3 weeks ago

World Series Game 7s conjure up many memories

Oct 29 2014 6:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen’s brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985. The flashbacks in San Francisco aren’t nearly as sweet. There was Willie McCovey’s game-ending lineout that was oh-so-close to being a Series-winning hit in 1962 and another loss 40 years later by Barry Bonds & Co. to the Angels. Be it Babe Ruth, Jack Morris or Mariano ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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3 weeks ago

World Series Game 7s conjure up many memories

Oct 29 2014 6:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen’s brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985. The flashbacks in San Francisco aren’t nearly as sweet. There was Willie McCovey’s game-ending lineout that was oh-so-close to being a Series-winning hit in 1962 and another loss 40 years later by Barry Bonds & Co. to the Angels. Be it Babe Ruth, Jack Morris or Mariano Rivera, the moments created in an all-or-nothi ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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3 weeks ago

Road teams face horrible odds in World Series Game 7

Oct 29 2014 12:16pm CDT | Source: SBNation

The home team have won the last nine Game 7s in World Series history. Here's a brief look at those games and a search for meaning. The last nine World Series Game 7s have ended with the home team winning. This is something you've heard before reading this. It's something you'll hear 500 times on the pre-game show. It's something you'll hear even more during the game. Game 7s on the road are where ...
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3 weeks ago

Free Agent Profile: Koji Uehara

Oct 27 2014 4:01pm CDT | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

Koji Uehara had a meteoric rise to becoming one of the most dominant closers in the game, but the 39-year-old also had a sharp decline at the end of the 2014 season that has seriously clouded his free agent stock. Strengths/Pros You’d be hard-pressed to find a relief pitcher — or any pitcher — with definitively better control than Uehara. Since jumping to the Majors in 2009, Uehara has walked 46 batters in ...
Source: MLB Trade Rumors   Full article at: MLB Trade Rumors
 

 
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4 weeks ago

Kansas City Royals Have 1st Bullpen in MLB History to Start a Postseason 7-0

Oct 23 2014 8:18pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

When Kelvin Herrera of the Kansas City Royals was credited with the victory in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, the Royals bullpen became the first in MLB history to start a postseason with a cumulative 7-0 record, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info). In addition to the record-setting streak, the seven victories have tied an all-time postseason mark for most total bullpen wins, per MLB Stat of the Day. The original record was set back in 20 ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 

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