The unparalleled career of Mariano Rivera has been filled with countless moments of triumph, but the best closer in baseball history has been defined by 10 specific moments that speak to the type of pitcher he was in 18 seasons with the New York Yankees.
The greatest closer of all time finishes his career with the MLB records in saves (652), games finished (952) and ERA+ (205). He also finishes with outstanding marks in ERA (2.21), WHIP (1.00) and games (1,115).
Rivera was both an outstanding pitcher and an outstanding person. He epitomized the person the Yankees organization sought on and off the field, and it was his presence on the roster that sculpted the teams of the late 90s into the dynasty that they were.
Without Rivera, the Yankees would be far from the team they were during that time. The organization as a whole would be entirely different, and his impact on the franchise is impossible to overlook.
Rivera brought an entirely new level of dominance to a closer position once dominated by Dennis Eckersley, Rich Gossage and others. Rivera did it all with his signature cutter, and the number of bats it has broken along the way can attest to just how devastating that pitch was.
Counting down the top 10 moments of Rivera's career is no simple task, as there are so many options to choose from. It's really hard to go wrong.*