Mariano Rivera
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Don’t think that New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera deserved to be the first unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame? Well, apparently he was pretty darn good.

Allison Case

Mariano Rivera made a career out of his mesmerizing cutter. The New York Yankees closer made it pretty clear what was coming to his opponents.

Yet, after 19 years on the mound, nobody could figure it out. Thus the legend of Mariano Rivera was born and caused him to be the first unanimous selection to Cooperstown.

According to some of his opponents, Rivera’s cutter was absolutely filthy and something even the best couldn’t prepare for.

One of the former players who shared his experience with the world was Michael Young, who played for the Texas Rangers, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Young was a solid player but his teammates couldn’t seem to ever find an answer for Rivera.

This has to be, by far, the greatest single story about Mariano Rivera’s dominance from an opponent. They tried to cheat but Mariano Rivera was simply that good. He cheated them.

Honestly, it wasn’t fair what Rivera did to his opponents. He held batters to a .211 over the course of his career. The postseason was even better for the closer.

But Young wasn’t the only one who shared a story about the dominance of Mariano Rivera. Rivera’s former teammate Mark Teixeira took to Twitter to share his encounter against The Sandman.

Of course, every team tried to cheat. They knew what was coming but didn’t know what part of the plate it was going to. And yet, they failed miserably time and time again.

Sure, there were flukes and some moments that Mo would like to forget about his career. But the majority of the time, he was able to shut down his opponent with one simple pitch.

The New York Yankees don’t just have a Hall of Famer on their hands. They have a true wizard in Mariano Rivera and that’s exactly how he will be remembered amongst his opponents.

Allison is just a girl with an enormous passion for the game of baseball and the written word. Based in Upstate New York, her life-long relationship with the New York Yankees is something that she developed through close relationships with her mother and grandfather. An aspiring sports writer, she graduated with a journalism degree and is finding places to share her excitement about the sporting world and how it affects us all.