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Nightmare Season Continues: Mariano Rivera tears ACL

Nightmare Season Continues: Mariano Rivera tears ACL

By DAVE SKRETTA | The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mariano Rivera drifted back to the outfield wall, just like he’d done in batting practice so many times before, baseball’s greatest closer tracking down another fly ball with childlike joy.   Everything changed before anybody could blink.   The Yankees’ 12-time All-Star caught his cleat where the grass meets the warning track in Kansas City, his right knee buckling before he hit the wall. … Read entire article »

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Closer Daily Dish: Capps, Axford, Cordero, Rivera, Aceves

Closer Daily Dish: Capps, Axford, Cordero, Rivera, Aceves

It was a relatively quiet night for closers Monday, but there was some activity that owners were excited to see.  Almost all the closer activity was in the American League, so lets start there. Mariano Rivera notched his fourth save of the season Monday night in a 7-4 win over the Rangers. Rivera didn’t look like the 42-year old fading pitcher a lot of us expected.  He had a 1-2-3 inning on 13 pitches against … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alfredo Aceves, Daily Dish, Francisco Cordero, John Axford, Mariano Rivera, Matt Capps

Closer Daily Dish: Balfour, Johnson, Papelbon, Marshall, Rivera

Closer Daily Dish: Balfour, Johnson, Papelbon, Marshall, Rivera

Last night was a good night for closers.  Not only did a few of the rising stars of the closer world make appearances, but many of the old school closers were out in full force.  This will be my first mention of Jonathan Papelbon and Marino Rivera in the Closer Daily Dish. Rivera saves his first game in eighth days, beating the Minnesota Twins 7-6.  Rivera started the season with a blown save and many … Read entire article »

Filed under: Daily Dish, Javy Guerra, Jim Johnson, Mariano Rivera, Sean Marshall

2012 Player Profile: Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

2012 Player Profile: Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer of all time.  Any analysis I do of Rivera will open with that statement.  However, he not the most dominating closer in MLB right now. Last season I projected Rivera to save 30 games and he pumped out 44.  This was due to unexpected success by the Yankees and the failure of the American League East to contain them.  Rivera was 16/20 in saves against his own division, which the Yankees weren’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2012 Player Profiles, Mariano Rivera

Top Ten Active Major League Baseball Closers

Top Ten Active Major League Baseball Closers

By Todd Farino, www.thecloserreport.com This list is based on closers how have either closed at some point this season or who are actively closing.  The ranking does take into account career numbers primarily, but also considers where they are at in their career at this point. 1. Mariano Rivera, NYY (Closer 1997-2011) The greatest closer of all time.  Arguably? No.  FACT?  Yes.  Rivera’s flawless mechanics and consistent success has produced stats any closer would dream to have.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brian Wilson, Francisco Cordero, Francisco Rodriguez, Heath Bell, Huston Street, J.J. Putz, Joakim Soria, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, Jose Valverde, Mariano Rivera, Power Rankings

The Closer Report’s Weekend Swing 5.29.2011

The Closer Report’s Weekend Swing 5.29.2011

The weekend swing was a term I coined while discussing my head-to head leagues on my fantasy baseball podcasts. It was used to describe the games that would be played Friday through Sunday and could have a major impact on the number of wins and losses I received for the week H2H. I’m taking that term to a whole new level for The Closer Report. Each weekend I will report on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brian Fuentes, Carlos Marmol, Drew Storen, J.J. Putz, Jon Rauch, Jordan Walden, Mariano Rivera, Weekend Swing Reports

Blown Saves Among The Top Closers: Rivera, Feliz

Blown Saves Among The Top Closers: Rivera, Feliz

Over the past few days we’ve seen some of the top closers in major league baseball blow big saves.  Neftali Feliz, who is recently off of the DL, let down his owners not once, but twice.  On May 18th and 19th he blew saves against the mighty Kansas City Royals, including giving up a solo home run to rookie prospect Eric Hosmer.  Last night he did it again, this time giving up a infield hit to Mike Aviles after … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mariano Rivera, Neftali Feliz

On A Roll: Rivera, Storen, and Nunez Closing The Door

On A Roll: Rivera, Storen, and Nunez Closing The Door

What was Riggleman thinking when he opened the season with Sean Burnett as his closer?  Drew Storen has been anything short of amazing in 2011.  Storen saved his sixth consecutive game tonight and has yet to blow a save.  He dominated the Giants tonight with a near perfect inning on 16 pitches.  He did struggle with his control a bit and walked one, but overall a nice performance for the young closer.  his numbers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drew Storen, Juan Oviedo, Mariano Rivera

The Closer Report’s Weekend Swing 5.1.2011

The Closer Report’s Weekend Swing 5.1.2011

The weekend swing was a term I coined while discussing my head-to head leagues on my fantasy baseball podcasts.  It was used to describe the games that would be played Friday through Sunday and could have a major impact on the number of wins and losses I received for the week H2H.  I’m taking that term to a whole new level for The Closer Report.  Each weekend I will report on what happened in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brandon League, Carlos Marmol, Fernando Salas, Huston Street, Joakim Soria, Joel Hanrahan, Jonathan Broxton, Jordan Walden, Juan Oviedo, Mariano Rivera, Weekend Swing Reports

Big Mo, Big No! 1st Blown Save of 2011

Big Mo, Big No!  1st Blown Save of 2011

Of course you expect me to grandiose Mariano Rivera’s first blown save of season, don’t you?  Rivera has been in cruise control all season, but Tuesday night he just wasn’t dealing Rivera style.  While he threw well and looked healthy, he missed his spots and with a little luck the Blue Jays pounced on him for two runs on four hits and a walk.  You could tell that even Rivera knew it wasn’t his night when … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees