Mariano Rivera is 3 Saves Away from being the All-Time Leader

I don’t particularly like saves. In fact, I hate them. If I were commissioner for a day the first thing I would do is to do away with saves as an official statistic. They are meaningless and often cause managers to manage for a save instead of a win. I still throw up in my mouth a little bit each time I think back to the 2003 World Series and remember Jeff Weaver blowing a game in extra innings while Mariano Rivera sat in the bullpen perfectly rested, waiting for his save opportunity while the Yankees lost.

Regardless, Rivera is currently sitting on save no. 599 and that’s pretty cool. Sure it’s a meaningless stat, but we can’t go around having people thinking that just because Trevor Hoffman has the most saves that he is somehow comparable in stature to The Great Rivera.

So even though it is a dumb statistic that might have cost the Yankees the 2003 World Series, and very likely cost them a win just this week against the Angels, I will be watching Rivera’s appearances with great anticipation this week. It will be glorious when he first reaches the 600-save plateau and then shortly after passes Hoffman altogether for first on the all-time list.

Hopefully there is enough time left in the season to get three more. With 17 more games left, it should be.

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6 Responses to Mariano Rivera is 3 Saves Away from being the All-Time Leader

  1. Joe says:

    what if we think about all the games we would of lost in the 9th if we used Rivera earlier ?

    • Think of all the games the Yankees lost because they waited until the 9th to go to Rivera. If the 3-4-5 hitters are coming up in the 8th inning and the setup man blows it there is no point in waiting for a save.

  2. Steve says:

    So what you're saying in essence is that Girardi and Torre threw games to get saves…
    Anything intelligent to say?

    • Not just Girardi and Torre. Almost every manager in baseball. I would say that the Rays manager Joe Maddon is the only one I've seen who doesn't manage for the save.

      • Harcore Yankee Fan says:

        While I agree that managers can get carried away in their commitment to getting closers saves, there's not one compelling evidence that this isn't the best way to go. Almost all people, not just athletes, like knowing what their roles are. They don't like having jobs where their boss can ask them to do one thing one day and something different another day. That's human nature. And relievers who complain about their managers almost ALWAYS complain that they didn't know their roles.

        It's a comfort thing and players probably play better when they are comfortable and know what to expect. Only the religious diehard statheads think that stats are purely random. But if that were so, there would be absolutely no logical explanation as to why SO MANY star players play much better at home than on the road. I assume it's because they are more comfortable at home. It's not just talent and these are robots. They are human beings with human emotions and comfort matters.

  3. Would just like to point out that the Yankees lost last night with Corey Wade on the mound for his 2nd inning of work. Meanwhile Mariano Rivera was sitting in the bullpen. If the save statistic doesn't exist I can't imagine a reason he would still be sitting in the bullpen at that point.