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Rivera was built for the bright lights of the ninth inning in New York. It’s a thankless job.
Starting him as an ill-conceived honor, after he spent two decades validating the role of closers, would be like Diddy on Downton Abbey
It’s a thankless job.
I still find it amazing that since 2007, as a 38-42 years old, at the end of every year he has brought his already miniscule career ERA further down.
I think it's a good idea. Why not? The 9th inning is mostly populated by the All-Stars that nobody has ever heard of.
Exactly. Which gives you the better chance of winning? Mo deals with the best six guys in the NL, or Mo deals with the end of the bench?
Sweet Jesus, was that the best you could do?
Rivera catches shade from critics who point out that he benefitted from longevity because of this era’s relief pitching specialization.
1 Mariano Rivera 14 1997 2011 27-41 Ind. Seasons2 Trevor Hoffman 14 1995 2009 27-41 Ind. Seasons3 Billy Wagner 9 1998 2010 26-38 Ind. Seasons4 Dennis Eckersley 8 1988 1997 33-42 Ind. Seasons5 Jonathan Papelbon 7 2006 2012 25-31 Ind. Seasons6 Joe Nathan 7 2004 2012 29-37 Ind. Seasons7 Troy Percival 7 1996 2004 26-34 Ind. Seasons8 Lee Smith 7 1985 1994 27-36 Ind. Seasons9 John Wetteland 6 1992 1998 25-31 Ind. Seasons10 Rick Aguilera 6 1990 1998 28-36 Ind. Seasons11 Tom Henke 6 1987 1995 29-37 Ind. Seasons12 Jeff Reardon 6 1985 1991 29-35 Ind. Seasons13 Jason Isringhausen 5 2001 2007 28-34 Ind. Seasons14 Robb Nen 5 1996 2002 26-32 Ind. Seasons15 Doug Jones 5 1988 1997 31-40 Ind. Seasons16 Dan Quisenberry 5 1980 1985 27-32 Ind. Seasons
Not sure I really have a point other than that the role hasn't even existed 20 years yet. He's the best over that 20 year span but, leaving aside whether a career 1-inning reliever should go into the HoF, I'm not in a rush to call what he's done historic until there's more of a history.
Is ERA and ERA+ a useful measure for relievers, especially closers who only pitch 1 inning per game? I thought K%, WHIP, and such gave a better look at a closer's effectiveness.
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