The Greatest Yankees Pitcher of All Time?

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Mariano Rivera
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A member of the American Academy of Psychotherapists, Herb Tannenbaum, Ph.D., established his private psychology practice in River Edge, New Jersey, more than 40 years ago. Away from his practice, Herb Tannenbaum, Ph.D., enjoys following New York Yankees baseball. Dr. Herb Tannenbaum is an especially big fan of New York’s retired stars Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.

Despite the franchise’s storied history of excellence, there are few New York Yankees pitchers who statistically can rival the cumulative impact of Mariano Rivera. Widely regarded as the greatest closing pitcher of all time, Rivera leads the franchise in wins above replacement value at 56.6, a great case for the pitcher’s long-term value.

At 2.21, Rivera maintains the second lowest earned run average (ERA) of any New York pitcher, trailing only Rich Gossage’s 2.14. It should be noted that Rivera pitched 1,283 innings compared to Gossage’s 533.

As a closer, Rivera does not rank particularly high on franchise lists, such as all-time wins. He does, however, lead all Yankees pitchers with 1.000 walks and hits per innings pitched rating.

Rivera ranks at or near the top of similar lists, such as hits allowed per nine innings, strikeouts per nine innings, and strikeouts to base on balls ratings. Rivera’s 0.70 ERA in the postseason is not only a Yankees record but the best mark in the history of professional baseball. The same can be said for Rivera’s 652 career saves.

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