Hall Of Famer
Mariano Rivera is a former Panamanian-American professional baseball pitcher considered one of the most dominant relievers in the history of major league. Rivera was named on all 425 of the ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, eclipsing the previous record percentage, 99.3, by Ken Griffey Jr. in 2016. He was an amateur player when signed by New York Yankees in 1990. His debut in Major League Baseball (MLB) happened with the Yankees as a starting pitcher in 1995. He then became a relief pitcher for good late in his rookie year and served as closer for 17 of the 19 seasons he played for the Yankees in MLB. He went on to set several records including MLB regular record of 652 career saves and postseason records of lowest earned run average (ERA) (0.70) and most saves (42) among others. His accomplishments in baseball career include becoming thirteen-time All-Star, five-time World Series champion, three-time Delivery Man of the Year, three-time MLB saves leader, one-time World Series MVP and one-time AL Comeback Player of the Year. He was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019 with a record 100% (first ballot) vote by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). He devotes time in charitable causes and the Christian community through his non-profit charity organization, Mariano Rivera Foundation.
Elected to the Hall of Fame in 2019