If there is any pitcher who deserves a spot on this year’s All-Star team, it’s Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees. It was unknown if Rivera was going to come back this season after suffering a torn ACL in 2012. In November, he announced that he would be back this season, and I was very happy. He’s the greatest closer of all-time, and someone like that shouldn’t end their career with an injury. When he first announced his return it was unknown if he was going to retire after this season, but now it’s official that he will be calling it quits.
Mariano’s numbers have been fantastic. Rivera has 23 saves in 24 opportunities, and his ERA is currently 1.48. Yes, the ERA should be lower, but considering the fact that he is 43-years-old, 23 saves in 24 chances is pretty impressive. The only thing that Mariano needs to fix is the number of hits he gives up per inning. It seems that every time he comes in to pitch, he gives up at least one hit which is not good when you are trying to close out a game.
Playing on the All-Star team will also be a good way for Mariano to go out. This is his last season, so playing on the team would be a last hurrah. When fans are voting for which players they want on the team, they should take into account that this is Mariano’s last season. Even if this was not his last season, his numbers are still good enough to be selected to the All-Star Game.