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Posted by: Patrick
Fulton, Mississippi-based artist Tim Carroll recently finished his latest work: a portrait of Mariano Rivera. But, it wasn't a painting. It was a chest-up look at the Yankees reliever, constructed of a store model Dustin Pedroia bat.

Carroll, a Red Sox fan who says he is a baseball fan, first and foremost, constructed the 30" x 40" work over 16 hours. Why Pedroia?

"I went to a local sporting goods store and thumbed through the racks," he said "Once I saw a Red Sox player in front of me, I knew it was the perfect choice. Nothing personal for Mr. Pedroia - he just happened to be the only Red Sox player on the bat rack."

You can view pictures on his website.
Posted by: Patrick
Thank you for visiting MarianoRivera.com.

On Tuesday, January 25 at (around - might be a bit before or after) 4 PM ET (GMT -5), I will be moving MarianoRivera.com to a new server. There will be some downtime associated with this. It's unclear how much, but hoping for as little as possible.

Thank you for your time and understanding.
Posted by: Patrick
ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews reports that Mariano Rivera pulled for the Yankees to sign Rafael Soriano, promising the team that he would take the reliever under his wings, alleviating concerns that Soriano may be a clubhouse problem.

Wallace's source goes farther, to say that Rivera told the team that he would groom Soriano to be ready to close for them after the 2012 season, which Mo has hinted may be his last.

The Yankees, in turn, went out and gave Soriano, the American League's save leader last season, closer money to be a setup man. He'll be able to earn $35 million over three seasons and will be given the opportunity to opt-out after each of the first two seasons.

Via Lenny Neslin.
Posted by: Patrick
The sections that make up this website have received an update, reflecting the 2010 season. Most notably, this is in statistics and with the addition of batting statistics, along with plenty of smaller updates. The Fan Photos and Thoughts From Fans sections also feature some new content.

Thank you for visiting MarianoRivera.com.
Posted by: Patrick
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports on the retirement of Trevor Hoffman, who holds the record for the most saves in an MLB career with 601. Rivera, just over two years younger than the San Diego Padre great, is 42 saves away from that mark.

There is a decent chance that he may be able to reach that mark in 2011, but the odds are better for 2012. In his last 4 seasons, Rivera has reached 42 saves just once and, since he became a full time closer, he has hit it in just of 6 of 14 seasons.