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New York Yankees “Sandman” Mariano Rivera and the Save Rule

Sandman” blared again over the Yankee Stadium speakers. Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees tipped his cap to the crowd and beamed.The Yankee “stopper” had set a new major league record—602 career saves.

Needing just 13 pitches, the storied hurler notched a shutdown ninth inning on September 19th, locking up the Yankee 6-4 win over Minnesota. He got Trevor Plouffe, Michael Cuddyer and Chris Parmelee in order.

On May 23, 1995, the slender 25-year-old rookie Mariano Rivera, in his major league debut, lasted but 3 1/3 innings, yielding eight hits and five runs. The Yankees lost, 10-0 to the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. That season, the son of a Panamanian fisherman started 10 games, allowed eight homers and 35 runs ...

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