As former professional baseball pitcher, Mariano Rivera played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. Nicknamed Mo and Sandman, Rivera spent most of his career as a relief pitcher, as well as serving as the Yankees’ closer for 17 seasons. Signed by the Yankees’ organization in Panama in 1990, Rivera debuted in the major leagues in 1995. He soon established himself as one of baseball's top relievers, leading the major leagues in saves in 1999, 2001 and 2004. With his unique 90-odd mile an hour cut fastball, which often broke opponent’s bats, Rivera gained a reputation as a fearsome pitcher. He was highly regard for his accurate ball control, smooth pitching motion and for his self-control and reserved character in play. Many would like to see him one day recognized in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Born November 29, 1969, in Panama City
- New York Yankees from 1995 to 2013
- Thirteen-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion
- MLB's career leader in saves (652) and games finished (952)
- Won five American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man Awards and three Delivery Man of the Year Awards
- Finished in the top three in voting for the AL Cy Young Award four times
- Named 1999 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) and 2003 AL Championship Series MVP
- Holds several postseason records, including lowest earned run average (ERA) (0.70) and most saves (42)
- Involved in philanthropic causes through the Mariano Rivera Foundation
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As one of the most highly respected professional baseball pitchers of the last quarter century, Rivera’s career as ‘power pitcher’ – not to mention his character on field – puts him in the pantheon of baseball greats. Known for his precision ‘cutters’, he was feared by even the greatest hitters, and was known for breaking bats with his fastballs. And yet he was held in high regard by all thanks to his cool conduct on and off the field. Some even referred to him as having ‘ice water in his veins’. Yet his entrance theme was ‘Enter Sandman’ by heavy-metal band Metallica, hardly the sound of ice! And that’s where JBL comes in. From the wail of Enter Sandman to the ‘thock’ of ball on bat, it’s JBL’s pursuit of the best sound reproduction in baseball stadiums across the States that gets you the fans going every time.
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