Mariano Rivera has just set the all-time Major League record for career saves with 602.
You can argue about the legitimacy and importance of all kinds of different statistical records in baseball, even saves. I mean, Lee Smith held the record before Hoffman, and he still isn't close to sniffing the Hall of Fame. But in this case, I think we can all agree that this record holds more meaning because it confirms what anybody who understands baseball already knows. That Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer of all time. And if there were still any baseball fans out there who doubted that statement, today ends the debate once and for all.
Congratulations, Mo. It's an accomplishment well deserved. And fitting to end it on a strikeout.
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