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Mariano Rivera: Is the New York Yankees Closer the »

The past 15 years have been one of the most memorable eras in Yankee history and that's saying a lot considering the illustrious history of the Bronx Bombers.  This era has seen a lot of great players come and go, but who is the greatest Yankee of this era? Mariano Rivera of course. The field is narrowed down between the Core [...]

New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays Series Preview: How »

With a little more than a week left in the regular season, the New York Yankees have little to worry about. Unlike last year, they are a comfortable five games up on the Boston Red Sox for the American League East lead and are even 3.5 up on the Detroit Tigers for the best record in the AL.Despite the fact that the Bombers' final 10 games come [...]

Roger Maris Was Excoriated Because He Didn’t »

In 1962, Roger Maris batted .256/.356/.485 with 33 home runs and 100 RBIs, which didn't approach his 1961 record-setting season. In 1928, Babe Ruth batted .323/.463/.709 with 54 home runs and 142 RBsI, which approached his 1927 record-setting season. Roger Maris continually told the media that he was Roger Maris, not Babe Ruth. All he was [...]

Mariano Rivera: Why Sandman’s Saves Record Will »

Before Monday, there were only two baseball records that I had marked down as being truly unbreakable.The first was Cy Young's 511 career wins. The second was Johnny Vander Meer's consecutive no-hitters in 1938. Even if Major League Baseball is comprised of ultra-powerful cyborgs in the future, those records are not falling.On Monday, a third [...]

AL MVP Race: Breaking Down the Odds of the Front »

The 2010 American League MVP race had one clear favorite: Josh Hamilton. His status was confirmed when the Texas Rangers' outfielder received 22 out of 26 first-place votes to take home the trophy.  The 2011 race could not be more different. The race is wide open, as no fewer than five players have received considerable recognition for the [...]

New York Yankees: How Do Their 2011 Postseason Chances »

When the 2011 season started, did anyone think the Boston Red Sox wouldn't make the playoffs?No. Everyone had them pegged to win the American League East over the Yankees, coast to the American League Championship and maybe even the World Series.You would think the Red Sox would be owning the American League East, considering they are 11-4 against [...]

Mariano Rivera 602 Saves: Where Does He Rank Among »

Baseball's greatest closer climbed atop a historic list today as he moved past former closer Trevor Hoffman in earning his 602nd career save.Between Mariano Rivera's regular season and postseason prowess, it isn't hard to believe that we may not see a closer with such dominance for years to come.A 2.22 career ERA and astonishing 0.71 career [...]

Mariano Rivera: Yankees Closer Has Done It How All »

Now that Mariano Rivera has picked up career save No. 602 and stands alone as the all-time saves leader in Major League Baseball history, I'd like to make the following statements:Mariano Rivera is the greatest relief pitcher of all-time, a fact that cannot be disputed.Mariano Rivera is arguably the most dominant pitcher of the past 30 years, [...]

New York Yankees: 5 Offseason Moves Brian Cashman »

The New York Yankees have some financial issues, and it's Brian Cashman's job to deal with these issues. What if CC Sabathia opts out of his contract? Will A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada remain Yankees after this season? What are the Yankees to do with their your young stud pitcher Ivan Nova? Brian Cashman has some moves to make this [...]

Mariano Rivera Is the Save King: Fun Record but Does »

This article comes from the blog 90% is Half Statistical and to read the other posts of this blog go to http://ninetypercentishalfstatistical.mlblogs.com/The great Mariano Rivera is now the all-time leader in saves. He is the greatest closer baseball has ever seen and that argument starts with the number of games he has saved. Right? Before [...]

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