Rivera hits 30-save mark for record 15th time
Mariano Rivera now has the most 30-save seasons in baseball history with 15 after recording the save in Friday's 2-0 win over the Twins
NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera owns another record.
The Yankees closer now has the most 30-save seasons in baseball history with 15 after recording the save in Friday's 2-0 win over the Twins. Rivera passed Trevor Hoffman to set the new mark.
"Don't get me wrong, don't believe that I don't appreciate it -- I do appreciate that. At the same time, I'm a team player," Rivera said. "Those things -- I hate to talk about myself and those stats. The most important thing is we won. Thirty saves, 20 saves, 50 saves, whatever it is, as long as we win, it don't matter. Winning is the only thing, and that's what we are here for."
Rivera, baseball's all-times save leader with 638, recorded his first 30-save campaign in 1997, his first full season as the team's closer. He reeled off five straight 30-save seasons until he recorded only 28 in 2002. He started the stretch again in 2003, when he had 40, and then went nine years before he recorded only five last season after he tore his ACL early in the season and appeared in only nine games.
Rivera, who will retire at the end of the year, has converted 30 of 32 opportunities through the Yankees' first 93 games. He's on pace to potentially break his career-best mark of 53 in 2004. Rivera is 1-2 with a 1.83 ERA this season.
Hoffman, who Rivera passed for the all-time saves record, retired in 2011 following 18 seasons with the Marlins, Padres and Brewers.
"I'm glad we won, that's the most important thing," Rivera said. "Whatever accolades or whatever you get, it's part of the team. I come here to play. Come here to win.
"Whatever happens after that or record, it's a team contribution. It's not just myself."
Before Friday's game, Delta Air Lines dedicated a plane to Rivera. The 757 has Rivera's signature and his jersey No. 42.
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