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Panama’s Rivera on Hall of Fame voting list

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PANAMANIAN  baseball pitcher Mariano Rivera, the closer who has saved more games in the history of the big leagues, and the slugger Miguel Tejada appear for the first time in the list of candidates for the Baseball Hall of Fame in the United States.


They are two of the 20 players to be considered for the first time. The list also includes Edgar Martínez and 14 other ex-players who were considered but did not gather the necessary votes.

The late Roy Halladay, left-hander Andy Pettite and infielders Todd Helton and Michael Young will also be considered for the first time, the Baseball Reporters Association of the United States announced on Monday.

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, whose images were tainted by the alleged use of steroids, appear on the ballot for the seventh time. Clemens has been adding votes over the years but did not exceed 57.3% in the last vote. Bonds received 56.4%

Martinez came closer by harvesting 70.4%, missing only 20 votes. Mike Mussina received 63.5%.

Rivera played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, all with the Yankees, and retired in 2013 with 652 games saved. In addition, he has the post-season rescues record with 42.

The announcement of the result of the vote, by baseball writers, will be revealed on January 22. The induction is scheduled for the end of July.



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The eyes of the world of baseball are on Mariano Rivera

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 19:43


On January 22, The Panamanian baseball player Mariano Rivera will be named among those who will enter in the Hall of Fame of the Major Leagues in July, although the entire baseball world is pending in if he will do so unanimously.

So far, no baseball player, manager or team owner has been chosen unanimously, not even luminaries like Babe Ruth, so becoming the first one will fill even more pride in Panama.

Ken Griffey Junior with 99.30% of the votes; Tom Seaver with 98.84%, Nolan Ryan with 98.79%, Cal Ripken Jr. with 98.53% and Ty Cobb with 98.23% of the votes

The members of the Association of Baseball Writers of America had the opportunity to hand in their ballots until December 31st, and in which they met, a hundred, the name of the appeared former New York Yankees player.

Rivera has been one of the few candidates in whom the fans have believed with enough merit to get all the votes of journalists who have covered the source during the last ten years.

However, his choice has not ceased to have some controversy, initiated by Bill Ballou of The Telegram of Massachusetts, who earned everyone's hatred when he indicated that he would not send his ballot because he believes that no closer deserves to be in the temple of the immortals because their work is very simple.

The numbers of Mo, as he was nicknamed by his teammates and fans in his career, speak for themselves: it is the most savior in history, with 652; and the one that has most finished encounters, with 952.

In addition, it shares with Trevor Hoffmann the mark of more seasons with 40 or more saves, with nine campaigns.

And if we go to the postseason, his legend gets even bigger, with five World Series champion rings, in addition to the records of lowest effectiveness (0.70), most games released (96) and more rescues (42), including eleven rescues in seven disputed world series, all in New York uniform.

Today, there are no doubts that Mariano Rivera will accompany Rod Carew in Cooperstown, but the expectation is focused on whether he will be the first player to be chosen unanimously.



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Rivera creates new record  in Hall of Fame election

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The New York Yankees closer, Mariano Rivera, has become the second Panamanian to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame,  and the first player ever to get 100 percent of the votes The “Puerto Caimito Express” joins Rod Carew who entered in 1991.

Rivera, 49, received 100% of the votes of the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America at his first opportunity to be eligible to receive the distinction.

It was not Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron or Cy Young, but Mariano Rivera. the Panamanian closer who made history by receiving 100% of the 425 votes of the journalists something that has never happened in 83 years since the first major league election in 1936.

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With five rings of World Series champion, 13 appearances in Star Games and absolute owner of the record in saves with 625, Rivera highlighted the possibility of becoming the last player to enter Cooperstown with the number 42 of the also member of the Hall of Fame Jackie Robinson.

Rivera contributed to the Yankees reaching the postseason in 16 of his 19 seasons in the Major Leagues.

His final numbers in the Major Leagues are summed up in one thousand 115 games and he scores 82 wins, 60 losses and a lifetime clean career percentage of 2.21 in the regular season.

His 952 games in which he took the last out are an all-time record, as are his 42 saves in the postseason.

Another striking piece of information is his clean run percentage of 0.99 in 24 World Series matches.

Also elected were Edgar Martínez (85.4%), Roy Halladay (85.4%) and Mike Mussina (76.7%).

The four will be immortalized in Cooperstown, New York, on July 21, in an act that will also feature the induction of players Harold Baines and Lee Smith, both elected by the Veterans Committee.



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Rivera in Panama for ceremonial pitch

Posted 04/02/2019
Mariano Rivera, the second Panamanian in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, returned to Panama on the weekend to make the honorary first pitch on Monday at the opening of the 61st edition of the Caribbean Series 2019 Copa Airlines

The first game date of the contest, which returns to Panama was after 59 years, was between Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican Republic and the Cangrejeros de Santurce de Puerto Rico.

Rivera was scheduled to return to the mound at 6 pm for the opening pitch in the game between Charros de Jalisco of Mexico and the Cardinals of Lara of Venezuela.

Rivera will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, on July 21,

He  made history in January by becoming the first player to be unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame by the US  Association of Baseball Writers

The entire Caribbean series, will take place at the stadium named after Rod Carew, in honor of the first Panama Hall of Famer.

Carew is currently now 73 was elected in 1991.

“He represents us in an ideal way, that we can never forget no matter what I did," Rivera said of Carew,

The owner of five world series winner rings with the New York Yankees is Rivera 49 retired in 2013.

The final of the series will be played on  Sunday, February 10.



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Old Timer Rivera shines again at Yankee Stadium


Posted 27/06/2019

The Panamanian Mariano Rivera  donned his Yankees uniform  once again an and shone  at the 73rd 'Old Timers Day' , held on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Rivera, the first player to be unanimously elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, hit a home run with legs inside the stadium, also caught a fly ball to the center field and stepped again, say  a note on  MLB.com .

The hit of Rivera, leader of saves (652) in the Major Leagues,  was connected to Scott Kamieniecki. Rivera hit the ball between center and right field; while the fielders could not do anything to prevent the ball from reaching the wall, as  the Panamanian went through the bases until he reached the plate.

The number 42 of the New York Yankees also had the opportunity to play in center field and as a pitcher surprised with a pitch to Paul O'Neill, who landed a line for a double play.



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Kennedy Airport door dedicated to Mariano Rivera


Posted 16/07/2019

A DOOR carrying his name and number was dedicated to Panamanian  Mariano Rivera at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, on Tuesday, July 16. He will enter the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Rivera, who retired from the majors in 2013 after 19 seasons, all with the Yankees,  told the Daily News: "Not every day you have a door dedicated to you. I am humbled and happy about that.”

 Rivera, 49 is the only player selected to the Hall of Fame unanimously with 100% of the votes. He is the second Panamanian selected after Rod Carew in 1991.



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Baseball legend induction sparks run on lottery ticket


PANAMA lottery buyers rushed to get Rivera's # 42

Posted 21/07/2019

Panamanian Mariano Rivera, the legendary New York Yankees closer was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown. on Sunday, July 21.

Meanwhile back in Panama, Sunday draw lottery tickets with the pitcher’s number (42) were hard to come by.

When the Panamanian pitcher retired in 2013, it was assumed that he would be selected to join the immortals, but he exceeded all predictions by being chosen unanimously with 100% of the votes.

The 49-year-old  right-hander from Puerto Caimito retired as the all-time leader in saved games with 652, after 19 seasons in the majors, all in the uniform of the New York Yankees. He won five World Series rings and participated in 13 All-Star Games. He joins Panama’s Rod Carew who was inducted in 1991.

In addition to Rivera, pitchers Mike Musina, Lee Smith and Roy Halladay (rip) also entered the Hall of Fame along with Harold Baines and Edgar Martínez. 

Panama President Laurentino Cortizo,  who is in New York to meet with bankers attended the induction.



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Rivera, a foreigner welcomed in the US



Posted 21/07/2019

Today Panamanians, Americans and many other nationalities celebrate the entry of Panamanian Mariano Rivera into the Baseball Hall of Fame. This son of Puerto Caimito was destined to the greatness of the sport. Despite his humble origins in a fishermen's home, Mariano was persistent and dedicated. He arrived as a foreigner in the United States, without knowing English, lacking economic resources, but eager to reach great heights. He became the best all-time closer of professional baseball in the United States. Today he enters the Hall of Fame, as a Panamanian, with our flag and our thanks. A foreigner welcomed in a strange country, who opened the doors and allowed him to develop his talent. It is not a fairy tale, it is the reason why we should all look at ourselves in that mirror. So perhaps the Marianos of the future do not get lost in the hysteria of xenophobia and the ignorance of discrimination. We can never forget the achievements and victories of Mariano, as we cannot forget the children and young people who were left without sports equipment or support for the development of their talent, because a politician took advantage of their need or diverted the funds that would have allowed them to reach  the  major leagues  Mariano Rivera is really great, demonstrating  what is possible.- LA PRENSA, July 21



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Trump gives Panamanian highest civilian award


Posted 16/09/2019

Panamanian pitching legend Mariano Rivera received the Freedom Medal, from President Donald Trump at a White House ceremony on Monday, September 16.

The award is the highest recognition that the US government can grant to a civilian.

Rivera is recognized for his achievements in the United  States Major League Baseball  and for his collaboration with the Trump government

"Off the field, through the Mariano Rivera Foundation, he  has helped provide education to children in need, enabling them to achieve a better future," said a statement posted on the White House website. "The United States proudly honors Mariano Rivera for being a baseball game legend and for his commitment to strengthening the communities of the United States."

In early September, Trump awarded the medal to professional basketball player Jerry West. In August, he had done the same with former basketball player Bob Cousy

.Golfer Tiger Woods received the same award earlier in the year. 2019 has been one of the unforgettable years for Rivera, after being unanimously elected to the  Baseball Hall of Fame.



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Mo awarded with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Hall of Famer becomes 13th baseball player to receive honor


September 16, 2019

Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera joined another exclusive club Monday when he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump in a ceremony at the White House.

Rivera was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July after becoming the first unanimous selection by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. On Monday, he became the 13th baseball player to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which along with the Congressional Gold Medal is the highest award a civilian can receive in the United States.

Monday's ceremony began with the familiar sounds of Metallica's "Enter Sandman," Rivera's entrance theme throughout his career. Before fastening the medal around Rivera's neck, Trump praised the Panamanian-born hurler, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2015, for his success.

"Today we present the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to American baseball legend and maybe the greatest pitcher of all time … Mariano Rivera," Trump said.

"His dominance on the mound mesmerized fans, teammates, and unfortunately for them, it mesmerized the competitors."

Rivera spent his 19-year career with the Yankees, and he is MLB's all-time saves leader with 652. He also was renowned for his postseason effectiveness, as he recorded a lifetime 0.70 ERA in 141 innings during the playoffs and won five World Series championships. Four of those came under the guidance of manager Joe Torre, who was among those in attendance Monday.

Joe DiMaggio was the first baseball player to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom when President Gerald Ford presented him with the award in 1977. Since then, Jackie Robinson (posthumously), Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente (posthumously), Frank Robinson, Buck O'Neil (posthumously), Stan Musial, Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra (posthumously) and Babe Ruth (posthumously) have received it as well. Broadcaster Vin Scully also earned the honor in 2016.

Moe Berg, a former MLB catcher who served as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, was presented with the Medal of Freedom -- which preceded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, established in 1963 -- by President Harry Truman in '45.

Thomas Harrigan is a reporter for MLB.com.



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Baseball Legend named Panama Sports Ambassador


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Posted 27/11/2019

Mariano Rivera. Panama’s legendary Hall of  Famer whose baseball career began in the streets of  El Tamarindo in Puerto Caimito in La Chorrera where he played barefoot and with a bat with a cardboard handle is Panama’ latest Sports Ambassador.

His new title, granted by President Laurentino Cortizo, adds him to a select group of local athletes who like  Roberto “Hands of Stone  Durán, Irving Saladino, César Barría, Alonso Edward, Celestino Caballero, and Rod Carew.

Rivera became the first player to be unanimously elected ton the Major Leagues Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and the second Panamanian to be immortalized after the election of fellow countryman Rod Carew in 1991.

Rivera, retired from the Majors in 2013, leaving behind a trail of records, among them, the 652 saves making him the best closer of all time. He has five World Series champion rings with the New York Yankees, where he played his 19 seasons in the majors.

Rivera joins a small list of Panamanian athletes who have been honored with this appointment, which was formalized in January 2006

The distinction called Cultural and Sports Merit Decoration of the Republic of Panama aims to recognize the merits and efforts of those citizens who, by outstanding performances, have extolled the country's image through culture or sport.

According to the sixth article of the decree that grants the title of sports ambassador of the Republic of Panama, this “will be strictly personal, so it is not transferable. It will not confer special rights, such as economic remuneration or diplomatic or official passports. ”

Also on the list of ambassadors, provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are Carew (2008), a member of the Hall of Fame; Caballero (2009), former world boxing champion; Saladino (2008), Olympic champion, and Edward the fastest man in Panama, (2009). Durán was the first to get it in 2007.



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