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Posted by: Patrick
The Daily News has named their top 10 best New York athletes of the decade and Mariano Rivera came in second, behind only teammate Derek Jeter.

They also named their top 10 best and worst New York sports moments and Mo was a factor in a few of these, as well. In the best moments, the World Series titles of 2009 and 2000 came in 3rd and 2nd, respectively.

In the worst moments, you had the Diamondbacks beating the Yankees in the 2001 World Series (number 6) and the Red Sox ending The Curse in 2004 (number 1).

Via Joseph Pawlikowski.
Posted by: Patrick
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Posted by: Patrick
Sporting News has named Mariano Rivera as their 2009 Pro Athlete of the Year and they have a feature interview with the Yankees closer up on their website.

On being able to peak at the most important time of year, even at his age: In the playoffs, you're talking about something that not many players have the opportunity to be in -- and I'm talking about great players, not just average players. And I've been blessed to be able to be in the playoffs for many years and do the job in all those years. I think that says it alone -- it's the playoffs. You don't want to miss that; you want to be in the middle of it. And when you realize that's your makeup, your ability, your mind, your mentality, you just want to keep going and going and going and never stop.

Via Anthony DiComo.
Posted by: Patrick
The results of the 2009 This Year in Baseball awards are in and Mariano Rivera was named Closer of the Year with 46.9% of the vote spread among 10 candidates. Second place was Jonathan Papelbon of the Red Sox with 8.8%.

In the Moment of the Year category, Mr. Rivera collecting save number 500 came in 7th place out of 10 with 5.6%. Derek Jeter becoming the Yankees all-time hit leader took the award with 24.6%.

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Posted by: Patrick
Utilizing the Pitch f/x technology, ESPN's Tom Haberstroh (insider only) talks about the statistically nasty pitches in baseball since the 2008 season when the system was launched. CC Sabathia's slider in 2008 ranks among the 3 nastiest, as does Mariano Rivera's cutter. Here's what he had to say about Mo:

This isn't a lifetime achievement award; Rivera's cutter is about as consistently good and destructive as any pitch anyone has seen. Somehow, the pitch has showed zero signs of age. The 92-to-94 mph cutter still treats lefties' bats like dry twigs with right-to-left movement suitable for a slider and velocity more appropriate for a fastball. It's not "see ball, hit ball" as much as it is "see ball, pretend ball exists four inches away, swing at air, hopefully hit ball." Simply put, the human brain cannot react quickly enough to adjust for the lateral movement. The pitch's most dominant stretch of the Pitch f/x era came in July of this past season, when Rivera threw the patented cutter 141 times and didn't give up a single hit, with only two balls leaving the infield.

Via Mike Axisa.
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