Most valuable pitcher of the 2000s
Throwing his signature cut fastball, Mariano Rivera dominated like no other pitcher
It's only fitting, as we honor the Most Valuable Pitcher of the Decade, that the last man standing is the guy who is so adept at recording the final out.
Enter Mariano Rivera. The Sandman.
Right off the top, we'll acknowledge the sizable faction that believes saves are overrated and any pitcher who performs in 20-pitch bursts does not belong atop this list. Rivera ranked 155th in the majors for the decade with 713 1/3 innings pitched -- fewer than Steve Sparks, Tanyon Sturtze, Claudio ...
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