Retired New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera is more than just the superlative adjectives that describe him. He is also an epitome of being a composed sportsman.
On Tuesday, the 13-time All-Star baseball player has been officially elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Rivera certainly deserves to become a part of the most exclusive club in Major League Baseball (MLB).
Hailed as the greatest closer of all time, he was voted on all the 425 ballots cast by the members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA).
On July 21, he will be honored in a ceremony at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, New York.
Rivera is actually the first MLB player to ever garner 100 percent of the votes by the BBWAA.
Yet, aside from his undeniable prowess in baseball, his successors in the MLB can learn a significant deal from his principles as a sportsman.
Rivera is marked by being cool and calm. His golden nuggets to share when it comes to winning and losing in the baseball matches are certainly inspiring for today’s MLB players.
For the 49-year-old legendary baseball relief pitcher who played entirely for the New York Yankees from 1995 to 2013, players should not demonstrate their true emotions after every game.
After winning a baseball match, he believes that it is best for a baseball player to react serenely and think that he got his expected outcome.
On the other hand, if a baseball player loses, he and his team should never take defeat to heart.
They should not show their opponent that the latter is in a better position after merely being victorious on that day’s baseball match.
These rules of conduct followed by Rivera made him redefine the contemporary MLB bullpen.
He is viewed to have established an unprecedented dominance as a reliever that cannot be replicated by another MLB player.
In 1996, the Panamanian-American baseball player struck out 130 in 107 2/3 frames as the Yankees bagged their first World Series championship since 1978.
Rivera efficiently facilitated the five World Series victories for the New York Yankees, including in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009.
Moreover, he is recorded to have saved over 40 baseball matches in a season. He finished with an earned run average below 2.00 in an unprecedented 11 occasions.
Rivera concluded his baseball career, accumulating 652 saves; a record which is considered as the most ever in the history of the MLB.
Since his retirement in 2013, the career saves leader has been occupied in performing philanthropic work in the greater New York area.
In addition, baseball has continued to be an important part of his DNA as he has continuously promoted the game.