Mariano Rivera attends the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Mariano Rivera at the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Mariano Rivera signed with the New York Yankees in 1990 after growing up in Panama. His major league debut as a starting pitcher came in 1995. By 1997, Rivera had become the Yankees’ revered closer known for his cut fastball. “The Sandman” won five World Series with his New York team, receiving MVP honors and setting several records along the way, including being MLB’s career leader in games finished and saves.

Rivera deservedly entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility (2019) after seeing his No. 42 jersey retired by the Yankees in 2013. The philanthropist also became the first MLB player unanimously elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

  • Former teams: New York Yankees
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Accomplishments: Five-time World Series champion, 13-time All-Star, 1999 World Series MVP, 2003 AL Championship Series MVP, and 2019 Hall of Fame Induction
  • Throwing hand: Right
  • Nickname: Mo, Sandman

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