First Jeter, now Mariano; Yankee players continue to set records. Derek Jeter reached the 3,000 hit milestone on July 9 and last night, with his 602nd save, Mariano Rivera became the all-time saves leader, surpassing Trevor Hoffman. Hoffman stated six years ago that Rivera will go down in history as the best reliever in the game.
God may have created Jeter, the choir boy with the puritan work ethic and public demeaner, but Rivera is so freakishly good, the only possible explanation seems to be the one given for Robert Johnson's mastery of the blues guitar. (Rivera is in reality a devout Christian.)
"Mo" has been dominant at his position on a team that has won five world championships with him as their closer. A 12-time all-star (among other accomplishments), he was already expected to enter the hall of fame on the first ballot. The question now is whether or not he can set untouchable records that stand the test of time.