Topic: Mariano Rivera

September 26, 2013

Mariano Rivera is at the end of a long and consistently dazzling career. We won't be able to remember as much of it as we might want to, but that's the way baseball -- and everything else -- works.

May 15, 2012

The modern-day closer is a mutant. There wasn’t always such a thing as a ninth-inning relief specialist. And I don’t mean that the popularity of the “save” statistic created a job for game-finishing closers, or even their forebears, firemen like Rollie Fingers and Goose Gossage. Even though there have always been three final outs, there haven't always been specific heroes assigned to record those outs and no others.