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Posted by: Patrick
Bryan Hoch reports that Mo has opted to have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. I'm no doctor, but this sounds like the right move to me. Get it cleaned up in the offseason to help prevent an ongoing issue that could affect him next season.

09/29: Thank You

Posted by: Patrick
Since the Yankees and, as such, Mr. Rivera's season is now over, I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone that has visited and supported MarianoRivera.com this season. It is greatly appreciated.

For the first time ever, Mo is not headed to the postseason. It stings, but he still had an amazing season and one of the best of his career. His ERA of 1.40 was bettered only in 2005 when he had a 1.38 ERA in 7 and 2/3 more innings. He has never had a better WHIP than the 0.66 he had this season. The closest being 0.86, also in 2005. Once again, he exemplified what it means to be a truly great closer, due to his durability and reliability. So, thanks to Mo for an awesome season. I think we're all looking forward to him opening up the new ballpark and collecting the first save.

I'd also like to thank my fellow blogger here, David, for his work and dedication in recapping the games that Mr. Rivera has pitched in.

During the offseason, we'll continue to follow Mr. Rivera as news comes up. So, we hope you'll stay with us as any and all Mo related stories develop.

Thank you for visiting MarianoRivera.com.
Posted by: David
Mike Mussina finally got a 20 win season. Xavier Nady's three run homer to right, off Daisuke Matsuzaka staked the Yankees and Moose to an early lead.

Mussina pitched six strong innings with the help of some key double plays and left the game with a shutout. Phil Coke was brilliant in the 7th with a perfect inning. In the eighth, Joba entered and didn't have it.

He walked Bay on four pitches and Mark Kotsay followed with a double into the right field stands. Girardi didn't take any chances and pulled Chamberlain in favor of Brian Bruney. Bruney was able to get to two outs with only one run scoring and in came Damaso Marte. Marte got two strikes on Jacoby Ellsbury but then hung a slider and Ellsbury singled to left to score the second run of the inning for the Bosox.

Without any other options available Girardi, summoned the Sandman to pitch to MVP candidate Dustin Pedroia with the tying run on base. Mo blew him away on three pitches to end the eighth.

In the ninth, the Yankees were able to score three runs off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon and it gave Mo a cushion.

With the rain pouring down and the field very sloppy, Mo faced Ortiz to start the inning. He grounded to short but Cody Ransom couldn't handle it and Ortiz was on with an error. He was replaced by Bailey as a pinch runner. Kevin Youkilis grounded to third for the first out with the runner moving to second. Jon Van Every popped out to second and Jason Bay broke his bat and grounded to short to end the game.

For Rivera, it was his 39th and final save of the season and 482nd of his career. His ERA is 1.40.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera spoke to the media on Friday, revealing that he has been pitching with shoulder pain all season, but had decided not to tell anyone until Wednesday, when he asked that it be examined. According to Bryan Hoch:

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said on Friday that he has been pitching with a right shoulder issue and will consider giving a green light to a minor arthroscopic procedure after the regular season concludes.

Rivera said that results of tests taken in New York on Thursday revealed inflammation and calcification in his pitching shoulder. Surgery is one of two options that could correct the ailment, though Rivera could also alleviate the soreness with a series of continuing cortisone injections.

Reportedly, Mo is leaning toward the surgery, which would only require a few weeks of rehab, so he would be fully ready to go back to work in 2009.

Mo will be ready to pitch on Sunday, in support of Mike Mussina's effort to win 20 games in a season for the first time.
Posted by: Patrick
From Tyler Kepner of The New York Times:

There is some fear that Rivera could need arthroscopic surgery, although the procedure would be minor and would not be expected to affect him next spring.

The only way that would happen is if tests indicate that should happen, General Manager Brian Cashman said of the surgery. I cant say at this point.

Cashman said Rivera expressed a small level of discomfort to team trainers but would not have been sent home if the Yankees were still in the race. He said he expected Rivera to rejoin the team in Boston on Friday and be available to pitch this weekend.

Via Peter Abraham.
Posted by: Patrick
Kat O'Brien and Peter Abraham report that Mariano Rivera is getting his shoulder looked at. O'Brien says Giardi infered that it was the physical that all players get at the end of the year, but Abraham says it's odd for them to get it before the season is over. Giardi told Abraham that Mo would be available in Boston.
Posted by: Patrick
Tom Van Riper of Forbes has a feature on power players, discussing Mo's cutter, which is highlighted as a superpower.
Posted by: Patrick
Mo is up for the DHL Delivery Man of the Year Award. You can vote on MLB.com.
Posted by: Patrick
From the press release:

Live at Yankee Stadium via the DiamondVision screen on Thursday, September 18, Yankees All-Star closer, Mariano Rivera, introduced Bill Davis as the grand prize winner of "The Final Engagement" contest sponsored by renowned Manhattan retailer, Michael C. Fina, and Hearts On Fire, The World's Most Perfectly Cut Diamond(R). Then, as the last person in the current Stadium's history, Davis proposed live via the DiamondVision screen to his girlfriend of three years, Kate Cannon, a die-hard Yankee fan.

In addition to the marriage proposal of a lifetime, Davis was also awarded a Hearts On Fire engagement ring valued at $40,000 retail and four tickets to the game that took place that evening.

With nearly 8,000 candidates submitting applications for the contest, Davis was selected as the grand-prize winner when his story of financial hardships resulting from his late wife's cancer treatment and care for his 15-year-old son with severe autism, captured the hearts of the judges as well as Yankees star Mariano Rivera, who offered him tips on married life. Davis, who has published two books on autism and is working on his third, is extremely involved in autism awareness.

"The whole experience was one of the best of my life," said Davis. "The proposal at the game was dream-like; the ring, flawless. The people at Michael C. Fina, Hearts On Fire, and the Yankees were warm and welcoming. Mariano was so kind and the consummate gentleman. We are thrilled, overjoyed and so thankful."
"We are honored to have given this deserving fan the perfect proposal opportunity and the chance to be part of Yankee Stadium history," said Steven Fina, Vice President of Michael C. Fina.
"This clearly represents a key milestone in the couple's lives, and we are pleased to have Hearts On Fire be a part of that unforgettable experience," said Mark Israel, President of Hearts On Fire.
Three runners-up were also awarded $2,500 toward an engagement ring or wedding band purchase made at Michael C. Fina and $2,500 toward any Hearts On Fire purchase.

For every contest registrant, Michael C. Fina and Hearts On Fire will be donating $1 to the Mariano Rivera Foundation, a nonprofit organization that benefits underprivileged children. In addition, 15% of all Hearts On Fire purchases made at Michael C. Fina from July 21, 2008, until December 31, 2008, will also be donated to the Mariano Rivera Foundation.
Posted by: David
It was a bittersweet evening for the Bombers. Mike Mussina continued in his quest for his first 20 victory season. He got his 19th on Tuesday night in Toronto as the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays, 3-1, in the opener of their three game series. However, the Red Sox defeated Cleveland to clinch the wild card berth and officially eliminate New York from postseason play.

Mo entered in the bottom of the ninth and pitched another perfect inning. He got Scott Rolen to ground to second and then caught Gregg Zaun and Travis Snider looking at called third strikes.

For Rivera, it's his 38th save of the season and 481st of his career. His season ERA now stands at 1.43.
Posted by: David
It wasn't a save situation, but Mo was automatic as usual. With the Yankees leading 7-3, the Sandman entered and made quick work of the Orioles in the last game played at Yankee Stadium.

Jay Payton led off with a grounder to short and was followed by pinch hitter Luke Scott, who grounded to second. Brian Roberts then grounded to first for the final out of the game and the final play of baseball at "The House That Ruth Built."

Rivera lowered his ERA to 1.45 on the 2008 season. Earlier in the day, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 to clinch a tie for the wild card spot. The Yankees staved off the inevitable elimination by winning at the last game to ever be played at "the stadium."
Posted by: David
Mo entered in the ninth with the score knotted at zero and pitched a perfect inning again. Luke Scott popped out to short on the first pitch. Montenez then popped up to short center for the second out before Alex Cintron was caught looking to end the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Derek Jeter was hit on the wrist with a pitch to start the inning and left the game. Bobby Abreu was intentionally walked after he worked the count to three balls. A-Rod grounded to second which looked like a sure double play ball but the throw from short was wide and pulled Millar off the bag and Rodriguez was safe. Jamie Walker entered and struck out Giambi and Nady was walked to load the bases. Robinson Cano delivered a single up the middle to score pinch runner Brett Gardner and the Yankees and Mo were winners 1-0.

Rivera is now 6-5 on the season and his ERA stands at 1.47. He is scheduled to make the last pitch at Yankee Stadium tomorrow night. Hopefully, it won't be a tie game and he will only have to pitch one inning.
Posted by: David
Carl Pavano worked five innings, at times shaky, and the bullpen did the rest. Mariano Rivera followed Joba Chamberlain and recorded his 37th save in 38 opportunities as the Yankees defeated the Orioles 3-2 on Friday night in the Bronx.

Rivera got Adam Jones and Ramon Hernandez on infield ground outs. Montanez hit a single up the middle and Salazar reached on an infield single with Montanez moving to third with the tying run. Mo then got Brian Roberts to pop up to the catcher to end the game.

For Rivera, it's his 481st career save. His season ERA now stands at 1.49.
Posted by: Patrick
From Peter Abraham of The Star-Ledger:

I really cant describe to you how mad Mariano Rivera is. He looks like he wants to strangle his teammates. The guy has one of the best seasons of his career and hes going home on Sept. 28.
Posted by: Patrick
On Monday night, Mariano Rivera entered the game to preserve a 4-2 lead against the White Sox. By the time it was over - and it was over in just 3 batters, thanks to 3 ground outs - he held the second spot on the career saves list, passing Lee Smith's 478 saves. The only closer who stands above him, in that category, is Trevor Hoffman, with 552.

It was save number 36 for the season and it brought his ERA down to 1.52. On passing Smith, Yankees beat writer Peter Abraham wrote::

Mariano Rivera was decidedly unimpressed that he passed Lee Smith. The closer is furious the team isnt going to the playoffs. Furious.

Understandable. But, congratulations to Mr. Rivera on the milestone.
Posted by: David
It originally looked like Mo would be in to start the ninth inning as the Yankees were clinging to a 7-4 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth. A-Rod got a double down the line and scored on a single from Wilson Betemit to extend the Yankee lead to 8-4 and eliminate the save situation.

In the ninth, Jose Veras was called on but, with two out, Evan Longoria hit a single up the middle to put two runners on and bring the potential tying run to the on deck circle. This created a save situation and the Sandman was summoned.

Mo faced Willy Aybar and struck him out to end the game for his 35th save of the season and 478th of his career. His season ERA now stands at 1.54.
Posted by: Patrick
Anthony Rieber of AmNewYork writes of the possibility of Mo throwing the final regular season pitch at Yankee Stadium.

"I think obviously, it probably should be [Mariano Rivera]," manager Joe Girardi told Newsday. "It would seem appropriate."

That would be a sweet way to end it. For it to happen, though, the Yankees would need to have the lead going into the ninth. Hopefully, they can make it happen.
Posted by: Patrick
The Yankees rallied late to take a 6-5 lead against the Rays on Saturday night, handing Mo a 2 run lead in the ninth. He would need the insurance run as, with two outs, Evan Longoria hit a pinch hit single into right, cutting the lead to one. After that, Justin Ruggiano was retired on a ground out to end the game.

Mo collects save number 34 and his ERA goes up to 1.55. From August 30 through last night, Mo has only seen 2 and 1/3 innings of action over 2 appearances.
Posted by: Patrick
After a 5 run seventh inning rally, the Yankees held a 7-3 lead, heading into the eighth inning. Joba Chamberlain was called on to pitch.

After retiring the first two batters he faced, he allowed 3 consecutive singles, which led to a run being scored and a save situation being opened. Since Mo hadn't pitched in 8 days, you could say he was well rested. Joe Girardi brought him in and he retired Jose Lopez to end in the threat.

In the ninth, Mo sat the lineup down in order with a 1-2-3 inning. He struck out former Yankee Miguel Cairo to end it. It was his 33rd save and it lowered his ERA to 1.43.
Posted by: Patrick
From Joel Sherman:

Mariano Rivera has struck out 70 and walked six this year over 61 2-3 innings. That is a ratio of 11.67 strikeouts to every walk. If you think that might be historic, you are right. If Rivera finishes at that rate, it would be the second best ratio for any pitcher who has worked 60 innings in a season since 1900. The only one better would be the staggering 18.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio Dennis Eckersley produced in 1990 for the A's. The second-best currently, believe it or not, was the 11.00 that Bret Saberhagen produced for the 1994 MetsNew York Mets . It is easy because of the injuries throughout his careers to forget what a terrific pitcher Saberhagen was when healthy -- and just an aside to the first point in this 3UP: Saberhagen was worked incredibly hard as a young starter in the mid-1980s by the Royals.

Incredible.