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Rivera gets his 600th save

Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:01 am
Edited on: September 14, 2011 1:22 am
 
For 15 years he's been doing this.

Ending games. Making it look much, much easier than it is.

For 15 years. Through 600 saves.

Before Tuesday, only Trevor Hoffman had saved 600 games in the major leagues. Now Mariano Rivera has joined him, by getting the final three outs in the Yankees' 3-2 win over the Mariners in Seattle.

And with one more save, his 601st, Rivera will tie Hoffman atop baseball's all-time list. With two more, he'll stand alone.

As if he doesn't already.

His 600th save was familiar, but at the same time it was different. Familiar, in that Rivera relied on his trademark cutter for two strikeouts. But different, because after Ichiro Suzuki reached base on a single, Russell Martin threw him out trying to steal to end the game.

No matter, and no real drama. As usual.

According to STATS, Inc., Rivera has a 1.92 ERA in his 672 career save opportunities. Rivera also has a record 42 postseason saves, in 47 chances.

It's not as if the 41-year-old Rivera is done, either. His 600th career save was his 41st in 46 chances this year, his 12th straight since his last blown save on Aug. 7.

Rivera got his first career save on May 17, 2006, at the old Yankee Stadium against the Angels. He was John Wetteland's setup man then, and he had just five saves that season. He took over as the Yankee closer in 2007, and he hasn't given the job up yet.

He hasn't given many leads up, either.

And now he has 600 saves.
Category: MLB
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