Mariano Rivera 500 saves put the closer in the books last night, as he became only the second player in history, behind Trevor Hoffman, to achieve the feat. Read more about the story plus see video of Mariano Rivera 500 saves and photos below.
Mariano Rivera 500 saves puts the Yankees’ closer just 71 behind Trevor Hoffman’s record of 571 saves.
“But don’t get me wrong, this is definitely special, being the second guy who does that in the history of baseball; it’s kind of special,” Rivera said. “But I’m a team player. My team fought hard today to give me that opportunity to be there. I tried to do my job. Really, all the 500 saves belong to my teammates.”
Rivera, the Yankees’ closer since 1997, took to the field in the eighth inning, with two out, two on. He struck out Omir Santos to close the inning, and put up two outs in the ninth before Daniel Murphy singled to the left and a groundout by Alex Cora. After the final out, Yankees players came out of the dugout to congratulate Rivera on his 500 saves and Mark Teixeira gave him the game ball. Rivera even signed some balls for his teammates.
Congrats to Mariano Rivera, 500 saves!
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Mariano Rivera 500 Saves – Video