New York Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera established a new MLB record with 602 saves when playing against Minnesota Twins at the Yankee Stadium on Monday.
With fans cheering Rivera the entire game, he dismissed Trevor Plouffe, Michael Cuddyer and Chris Parmelee to claim his position in MLB history.
The Closer’s record came up after he pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out Parmelee, to seal the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Twins.
Rivera, 41, had already tied former Milwaukee Brewers great Trevor Hoffman with save No. 601 in the game against Toronto last Sunday. The win placed Rivera in line to achieve the milestone in the Yankees' last home stand for the season.
Rivera's amazing 602 saves have arrived in 674 chances. Previously, Hoffman, during his 18-year career from 1993 to 2010, got his 601 in 677 tries.
The Twins, currently in their worst form of the season, have lost their ninth straight game and tying a run in May. The Yankees, themselves, have been finding it hard to find the rhythm as this was just their fifth win in 12 games.
The Yankees now lead Boston by five games with 10 more to play, according to a boston.com report.
Rivera, who is currently regarded as one of the most dominant relievers in baseball history, has saved nearly 25 games in a record 15 consecutive seasons, and has posted an earned run average (ERA) under 2.50 in 12 seasons.
His other accolades include winning the American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man Award about five times, the 1999 World Series MVP Award and the 2003 AL Championship Series MVP Award.
Rivera was signed by the Yankees in 1990 as an amateur free agent in Panama. He debuted in the major leagues in 1995.