The Story of Mariano Rivera

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  • Mariano Rivera, a Baseball Legend
  • From Fisherman to Baseball Star
  • From Local to Major League
  • From Panama to New York
  • Show and Improve
  • Major League Debut
  • Relentless Spirit
  • What a Relief
  • An All-Star Is Born
  • Topping the Charts
  • Overcoming Injury
  • World Series Performance
  • Road to Retirement
  • 42 Is Put to Rest
  • Life After Baseball

From Local to Major League

Rivera was scouted by Herb Raybourn, director of Latin American operations for the New York Yankees, who at first glance, passed on the shortstop. “He had a good arm and good hands, but I didn't think he could be a major league shortstop so I passed on him," Raybourn said.

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