He’s still got it: Mariano Rivera sets personal best for saves in a month

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) celebrates the win with catcher Chris Stewart (19) against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 3-2. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) celebrates the win with catcher Chris Stewart (19) against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 3-2. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Without question, hesitation or doubt, New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer to ever step onto a baseball diamond (and that is extremely hard for us to admit, as we loathe to compliment the Evil Empire).

Well, even at the ripe ole’ age of 43, after 12 All-Star games, five World Series rings and with a Major League record of 617 saves, Rivera is still doing things even he himself has never done.

Seriously.

Simply known to generations of Yankees fans as “Mo,” the last player still wearing the No. 42 (it was retired by MLB in honor of Jackie Robinson, but Rivera was grandfathered in because he was wearing it before the league-wide retirement) has still got it.

Oh yes, and did we mention that he spent all of last year recovering from a torn ACL only to come back and dominate like he has thus far?

Yeah, that too.

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