Mariano Rivera sets record with 15th season with 30 saves
The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 2-0 on Friday at Yankee Stadium. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera made it in to the record books again.
According to MLB.com, Rivera recorded his 15th season of at least 30 saves or more. He passes Trevor Hoffman who had 14 seasons of 30 saves or more.
“It doesn’t mean anything to me,” Rivera said. “I’m glad we won; that’s the most important thing. Whatever other accolades you get, it’s part of the team. You come here to play, come here to win.”
According to ESPN.com, Rivera recorded his first 30 save season in 1997, which was his first full season as the Yankees closer. Rivera had five straight save seasons from 1997 to 2001 and then from 2003 to 2012. Rivera’s streak ended last season after only recording five saves before tearing his ACL shagging fly balls in batting practice in Kansas City.
Rivera is the all time saves leader with 638 saves as of Saturday announced that the 2013 season will be the last of his career. Rivera is 30 for 32 in save chances this season for the Yankees and is 1-2 with a 1.83 earned run average.