Mariano Rivera may have sat out most games in the 2012 season after collecting a numbing knee injury. His comeback into the scene was more than captivating, and ultimately has earned the Yankees more accolades to add to his trophy cabinet. After being selected to receive the Comeback Player of the Year in the American baseball fraternity, Rivera’s injury season could seem like a blessing in disguise. Rivera shot back on the scene with an above par performance. His comeback also saw the 43 year old veteran cap up a brilliant 19 year old career with top honors.
The former closer, who continues to command top position on the all time saves leaders list, did afford a 6-2 complimented by a 2.11 ERA. Rivera added 44 more saves, which broke the record for the number of saves for a pitcher wrapping up his final season. Rivera had managed several other achievements including the All-Star Game MVP player. Again, the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award was announced and presented to Rivera during the second game of the World Series. The Comeback Player of the Year was another addition to his previous recognition awards, which saw him get awarded in a series of games spanning several cities.
Rivera still managed to clinch more after being picked for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which was an award for some of his off-pitch involvements. The Marvin Miller Award was specifically for his charity causes, and his outstanding career demeanor. Riviera must have caught the eye of the selection panel, which honors players who make an extra effort to change lives on and off the pitch. The veteran has been influential in transforming many people towards achieving more. He is the brains behind the Mariano Rivera Foundation, which has been in the frontline offering opportunities for poor families and children to get education.
Meanwhile, Rivera seems set to receive more after being toured by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to receive the Joe DiMaggio Toast of the Town honor. The Yankee veteran will be receiving the award alongside another top flight pitcher, Andy Pettite, who is also on his way out. The awards are set to be presented on January 2014 during a special dinner event.
For now the Yankees are not ready to start off speculation over the right man to replace Mariano Rivera. In a brief on the New York Daily tabloid, Yankees general manager, Brian Cashman says there are no immediate plans and the club is bidding on time before mentioning the right person to fill in for the all time star closer. Apparently, current setup man, David Robertson had been mentioned adversely as the right man to take up the closer’s position. Cashman looks like he will be checking out the free agent bracket before going another direction. The Yankees could also be looking at their talent in training to get clues on a possible filler player. The club has revealed plans to gather several talents, who will be training over winter. Some of the possible names on the free agent list set to be under scrutiny with Rivera’s placement on sight include: Grant Balfour, and former Texas Rangers pitcher: Joe Nathan.