Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Yankees closer Rivera should be considered for Cy Young
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Yankees closer Mariano Rivera delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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With so many injuries to so many stars, the New York Yankees probably won’t have enough to make baseball’s playoffs this year.

Heck, so many guys wearing pinstripes have gotten hurt, even the players replacing the injured stars are out with their own injuries — shortstop and third base.

For many baseball fans, that’s just fine with them. Yankee haters are alive and well, especially this season.

But one Yankee who seems to transcend all that is Mariano Rivera, who is maybe the best relief pitcher ever. He is sailing right along this year, with 28 saves in 29 chances. He is doing it even though he is 43 and in his last season in the game.

His career likely won’t end in the World Series, as maybe it should. But perhaps the baseball writers can give him a decent consolation prize — his first Cy Young Award.

It’s gone out of style to give the award to a non-starter. The Dodgers’ Eric Gagne in 2003 is the last reliever since 1993 to get the award.

You could make a case he deserved stronger consideration in 1999, 2005, 2008 or 2009. But some starter always had a season voters didn’t think they could overlook in favor of the best reliever ever.

If Rivera continues at this pace, maybe voters will relent and send him out with a richly deserved honor. Or maybe not.

Either way, it won’t damage his legacy.

Sports Editor Mark Edwards: 256-235-3570. On Twitter @MarkSportsStar.
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