The Story of Mariano Rivera

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  • 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
  • Mariano Rivera, a Baseball Legend
  • From Fisherman to Baseball Star

Show and Improve

When he arrived in the U.S., he was placed on the Gulf Coast Rookie League, the lowest rung on the team's minor league ladder. Rivera pitched in 21 games and had the lowest earned run average in the league, but he was five innings short of qualifying for the league’s ERA title.

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