Mariano Rivera

Panamanian Professional Baseball Player + Relief Pitcher
Born Nov 29, 1969

Mariano Rivera is a Panamanian right-handed baseball pitcher who has played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. Nicknamed "Mo", Rivera has served as a relief pitcher for most of his career, and since 1997, he has been the Yankees' closer. A 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, he is MLB's all-time leader in saves (608) and games finished (892).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Mariano Rivera.


1969 Birth Mariano Rivera was born in Panama City, Panama, on November 29, 1969, to Mariano Rivera Palacios and Delia Jiron. … Read More


1988 18 Years Old In 1988, Rivera joined Panamá Oeste, a local amateur baseball team, as their shortstop. … Read More


1990 - 1994 9 More Events
Beginning the 1995 season with Columbus, he was ranked by sports magazine Baseball America as the ninth-best prospect in the Yankees organization; by contrast, the publication ranked Rivera's highly touted cousin Rubén as the second-best prospect in baseball. … Read More
1996 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996, Rivera served primarily as a setup pitcher, typically pitching in the seventh and eighth innings of games before closer John Wetteland pitched in the ninth. … Read More
Impressed by Rivera's pitching, Yankees management chose not to re-sign Wetteland in the offseason, opting instead to replace him as closer with Rivera. In April 1997, MLB retired the uniform number 42 league-wide to honor Jackie Robinson for breaking the baseball color line, although Rivera was among a dozen players allowed to continue wearing the number per a grandfather clause.
1998 28 Years Old 1 More Event
After spending two weeks on the disabled list with a groin strain during the opening month of the 1998 season, Rivera continued to establish himself as one of the major leagues' best closers. … Read More
An accomplished postseason performer, he was named the 1999 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the 2003 AL Championship Series MVP, and he holds several postseason records, including lowest earned run average (ERA) (.70) and most saves (42). … Read More


2000 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 2000 season, Rivera was selected as an All-Star for the third time. … Read More
With Rivera's contract set to expire after 2001, the Yankees signed him to a four-year, $39.99 million deal prior to the season, marking the first long-term contract of his career.
2002 32 Years Old On May 19, 2002, Rivera recorded his 225th career save, surpassing Dave Righetti as the Yankees' franchise leader in saves. … Read More
To placate the Yankees' concerns about his durability, Rivera followed a strength and conditioning program in the offseason, instead of throwing. Torre said that he would try to reduce Rivera's workload during the 2003 season to minimize the injury risk to his closer. … Read More
Prior to the 2004 season, with a year remaining on his contract, Rivera signed a two-year extension worth $21 million, with an option for a third year. … Read More
2005 35 Years Old 1 More Event
His 2005 season began on a low note. … Read More
Rivera began 2006 with a 3.72 ERA and two losses in April, but his numbers improved in subsequent months. … Read More
2007 37 Years Old 1 More Event
With his contract set to expire after the 2007 season, Rivera sought an extension with the Yankees during spring training. … Read More
2008 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Rivera rebounded in 2008 and began the year with 16 consecutive scoreless innings pitched and 28 consecutive save opportunities converted, both personal bests to start a season. … Read More
In his first 12 appearances of 2009, Rivera surrendered four home runs and had a 3.97 ERA, leading to speculation about his cutter's effectiveness and his shoulder's health at age 39. … Read More


2010 - 2012 4 More Events
2013 43 Years Old 1 More Event
After successfully rehabilitating his knee in the offseason, Rivera announced on March 9, 2013, that he would retire after the 2013 season, his 19th in the major leagues. … Read More
He was drafted by the Yankees with the 872nd pick in the 2014 MLB draft, but decided to return to Iona for his junior year. … Read More
2015 45 Years Old During the 2015 Little League World Series, he was inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence.
2016 46 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2016, ranked Rivera 49th on its list of the greatest MLB players. … Read More
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