Rivera becomes second pitcher to reach 600 saves in Yankees’ win over Seattle
The legendary New York Yankees closer entered that day’s game against the Seattle Mariners needing just one save to become the second pitcher ever to collect 600 career saves.
“More than anything, it’s the way he’s gotten those 600 saves with one pitch,” Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher said, referring to Rivera’s legendary cut fastball. “To save that many games is incredible, but to do it with one pitch? He’s tremendous.”
Rivera went on to exceed Hoffman’s previous all-time record, reaching 652 saves before he retired in 2013. He remains the owner of the all-time career saves record and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019.
“It’s an incredible accomplishment,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after Rivera recorded his 600th save. “I don’t know if we’ll ever see it again. That’s how incredible it is.”
Janey Murray was the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum