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Goose Gossage Faced More Pressure Than Mariano Rivera or Trevor Hoffman

Rivera has appeared in 1,027 games in relief for the New York Yankees. He has pitched 1,207 innings, including about 50 innings as a starter in 1995.

Rivera has entered a game in a save situation 702 times. He has earned the save 600 times, blown the save 72 times and received a “hold”—which is not an accepted statistic—28 times. 26 of the holds were in 1996, when Rivera was John Wettland’s setup man.

Rivera has had 672 save opportunities and has blown 72 of them, which is an 89.3 percent success rate.

But there is more.

In only 196 of his 957 appearances from 1997-2011, Rivera entered the game with at least one runner on base. He came in with the bases empty 761 times or 79.5 percent of ...

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