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Mariano Rivera Could Have Helped the New York Yankees Even More

Rivera is closing in on the all-time saves record held by Trevor Hoffman. Rivera has 600 saves and needs two more to set a new record.

Rivera has made 1,027 relief appearances. He has never blown more than nine saves in any season.

There is no question that Mariano Rivera is the greatest relief pitcher of all time, but Dave Smith of Retrosheet, one of the most respected baseball sites, has revealed a disturbing fact.

Smith researched seasons from 1930–2003 to discover the success rates of teams that led a game entering the late innings.

Teams that lead by one run going into the ninth inning win about 85 percent of the time. The result has not changed with the advent of the ninth inning closer.

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