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Posted by: David
Today, November 29, 2008 is Mariano Rivera's 39th birthday. Have a great day Mo and many happy returns.

Incidentally I noticed at the post office today that the USPS is selling a poster type picture of Mo throwing the last pitch at Yankee Stadium. It would make a great Christmas gift.
Posted by: Patrick
The website of the Baseball Writers' Association of America reports the full results of the voting for the American League MVP award. Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox beat Justin Morneau of the Twins by 60 points to collect the honor.

I find it surprising that, despite the fact that he put up wonderful numbers, Mo failed to receive even a single vote.

In the MVP balloting, each writer submits a top 10 list of players. Despite the fact that Francisco Rodriguez finished in sixth place with 143 votes, Mo wasn't included on a single ballot.
Posted by: Patrick
Ben Kabak of River Ave. Blues compares the numbers of two players:

Pitcher A: 64 G, 70.2 IP, 41 H, 6 BB, 77 K, 1.40 ERA, 0.665 WHIP, .165/.190/.233
Pitcher B: 76 G, 68.1 IP, 54 H, 34 BB, 77 K, 2.24 ERA, 1.288 WHIP, .216/.314/.316

Player B received 7 second place votes and 11 third place votes in the AL Cy Young Award voting. Player A received 3 third place votes. Player A was Francisco Rodriguez, while Player B was Mariano Rivera (as reported).

Mo beat him in every single stat, except that K-Rod pitched in more games. Of course, there are some other stats to consider and the big one is saves. K-Rod saved 62 games, a new record, and Mo saved 39 games. Rodriguez deserves credit for this. K-Rod's team made it to the postseason, while Mo's did not. It's a team thing, I know, but it always affects these awards. Finally, K-Rod's record was 2-3, Mo's was 6-5.

I can see the case that can be made for K-Rod here, but at least, I would say that the disparity between the two relievers is too great.
Posted by: Patrick
Jason Beck and Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com report that Mariano Rivera received three third place votes for the 2008 AL Cy Young Award.

Only 7 pitchers received votes. Rivera was placed him fifth overall, just above fellow Yankee Mike Mussina, who had two third place votes, putting him in a tie for sixth place. The winner, Cliff Lee, appeared on all 28 ballots.

One of the people that voted for Mo was Peter Abraham.

Via Anthony DiComo.
Posted by: Patrick
From Kat O'Brien:

Mariano Rivera said he is recovering well from arthroscopic shoulder surgery. He expects to be throwing at the end of January. He normally does not start throwing until around when spring training starts, as he doesn't need much time to get ready.
Posted by: Patrick
Mark Hale of the New York Post spoke briefly with Mariano Rivera on his rehab progress.

"It feels good," he said. "Everything feels great, and just going through the rehabbing... Three weeks of rehabbing already and every day it's feeling better."
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera is up for Closer of the Year in the 2008 This Year in Baseball Awards. You can vote online now. Voting closes on December 5.

Thanks Mr. Diaz for the tip.