Mariano Rivera may have suited up for the last time, but Major League Baseball continues to find ways to honor the greatest closer ever.
The award is not given out every year and is given at the discretion of the commissioner. The first award was given to Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire in 1998 for their part in the historic home run chase. Among the other awardees have been Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr., Roberto Clemente (posthumously) and Ichiro Suzuki.
Here's how Rivera responded to receiving the award and how Selig feels about him:
Here's how the Twitter world reacted to him being honored at Fenway Park:
Rivera is certainly deserving of all the accolades he received and it's only a matter of waiting the five years before he'll be enshrined in Cooperstown.
It was a night that may have seemed weird given the place Rivera was honored. But it's hard to deny Mo wasn't deserving of the award.
He has set the gold standard for the way to carry yourself on and off the field. It's the reason why fans (even in Boston) can cheer for him, despite how many times he broke their hearts.
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