Top 10: Greatest closers in MLB history (11)

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1. Mariano Rivera

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652 saves in 19 seasons in MLB for the New York Yankees, from 1995 to 2013. 

Nicknamed "Mo" and "Sandman", Rivera served as the Yankees' closer for 17 seasons. 
A 13-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, he is MLB's career leader in saves 652 and games finished 952. 

Rivera was drafted by the Yankees  in Panama in 1990. He jump to the Yankee Stadium in the major leagues in 1995.

He initially started as opener, then he was converted to a relief pitcher late in his rookie year. 
In 1997, Rivera became the Yankees' closer. In the following seasons, he established himself as one of baseball's top closers. He leaded the major leagues in saves in 1999, 2001, and 2004. 

With his presence at the end of games, signaled by his foreboding entrance song "Enter Sandman", at the Yankees Stadium, which is now considered the most exciting moment of the game at the Bronx area.

Rivera was a key contributor to the Yankees' success in the late 1990s and early 2000's. Rivera was named the 1999 World Series Most Valuable Player. 

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