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Photograph by Nigel Parry for The New York Times

Mariano Rivera is human just like everyone else, but to many of us fans, he seems immortal. He’s not just your average closer. He truly sets the gold standard for closers throughout Major League Baseball. We will probably never see another pitcher toe the rubber that can do what he does. He’s the best at what he does, and is a lock for the Hall of Fame upon his retirement. And what can you attribute most of his success to? His signature cutter, or as Mo likes to call it… “The Kotter.” Mo is 40 years old now, but he has shown no signs of slowing down. It’s truly amazing what he’s done…and you can’t say it enough about him.
 
New York Times Magazine ran a great article (by James Traub), called “Mariano Rivera, King of the Closers.” It’s a must read for any Yankees fan. Not only that, but they also include this great video, which explains everything you need to know on how he throws his signature cutter pitch.

“I respect Mo more than anybody in the game. The guy goes out there, gets three outs and shakes (Jorge) Posada’s hand. You appreciate someone who respects the game like he does, respects the people he plays with and against, and obviously his results speak for themselves.” —Michael Young

Nigel Parry for The New York Times

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