New York Yankees pitching legend, Mariano Rivera may only have retired from professional baseball last year but he has already been honored by MLB.
The league announced today that they will rename the American League reliever of the year award after Rivera with the NL award to be named after Trevor Hoffman.
Rivera and Hoffman recorded over 1,200 saves between them and the pair will undoubtedly be first-ballot hall of famers when their time comes.
The two legends will be joined by six other retired relievers to judge the awards. Bud Selig said in a statement:
"Both Mariano and Trevor represented our sport magnificently on and off the mound and earned the universal respect of our fans in their legendary careers. I believe it is appropriate to redefine an existing award in honor of their contributions to baseball, and I am delighted that many of the most decorated relievers in history will select the winners."
Hoffman and Rivera join Cy Young and Hank Aaron as retired players who have put their name to the annual Major League Baseball awards.
Jim Johnson of the Baltimore Orioles and Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves won the Rolaids Relief Award, as it was previously known, in 2012 for the AL and NL respectively.
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