On September 19, 2011, in a day game against the Minnesota Twins, Rivera was called in to pitch the 9th inning with the Yankees leading 6-4. He threw 13 pitches, 9 of them for strikes and struck-out one to seal the deal for the 43rd time this season.
The 41-year-old Rivera has played 17 years and all for the Yankees. His control and placement of his signature cutters and lightening quick fast balls has kept hitters mostly off-balance making “Mo” the number one closer in MLB history! He is also the All Time Postseason Saves Leader with 42 out of a possible 47. He holds the Yankee record for most Saves in a single season with 53 in 2004.
The All-Time Save record may stand for a while as there are no other active players to-date with 400 or more Saves! Way to go, Mo!