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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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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 »

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2011 Fantasy Baseball: Top 10 Closers To Avoid Drafting

2011 Fantasy Baseball: Top 10 Closers To Avoid Drafting

As it is every year, closers come and go throughout the season.  Whether it is performance based or injury, they will be replaced.  Here are 10 closers that despite their ADP, career numbers, or Closer Report Draft Kit ranking, I’d avoid at all costs.  1. Ryan Franklin, STL- Ok, wasn’t his 15 minutes up two years ago?  Give credit where it’s do to the steroid survivor that he’s lasted this long.  He will LIKELY open as the … Read entire article »

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The future of Mariano Rivera

The future of Mariano Rivera

What does the future hold for arguably the greatest closer of all time?  By the end of the the next season, Mariano Rivera  will be the ripe old age of 42.  For the first time in his career, Rivera started to show his age.  In 2010, Rivera battled both an oblique injury and inflammation in his right knee.  While Rivera was able to pitch through the injuries, it eventually took it’s toll on the … Read entire article »

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