NEW YORK (AP) -Mariano Rivera earned his 400th save, escaping two jams and getting six outs to preserve the New York Yankees' 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Played For: Oakland A's (1968-1976), San Diego Padres (1977-1980), Milwaukee Brewers (1981-1982, 1984-1985)
Primary Team: Oakland Athletics
Post-Season: 1971 ALCS, 1972 ALCS, 1972 World Series, 1973 ALCS, 1973 World Series, 1974 ALCS, 1974 World Series, 1975 ALCS, 1981 ALDS
Awards: All-Star (7): 1973-1976, 1978, 1981-1982; MVP 1981; Cy Young 1981; Rolaids Relief Man Award (4): 1977-1978, 1980-1981; 1974 World Series MVP
Rollie Fingers' 17-year career epitomized the emergence of the modern-day relief ace. After watching him post inconsistent results as a starter, the A's moved Fingers to the bullpen. He excelled quickly and frequently in his new role. Relying on a sharp slider, Fingers went on to notch 341 career saves. Known for his handlebar mustache, Fingers became a familiar site during the post-season, appearing in 16 World Series games. He won both the American League MVP and Cy Young Award with the Brewers in 1981.
"Before, he was a real power pitcher. Now, he's the type of pitcher who has command of all of his pitches. Another thing is the poise he has out there. He knows he's going to get them out. He gives me a lot of confidence when he's out there."
— Milwaukee Brewers Manager, Rene Lachemann -1984
Why would the Phillies want to add another left-handed bat to their already lefty packed lineup?
Rollins - S
Howard - L
Ibañez - L
and the rest
Why add more lefties?
As a Yankee fan, I could just go on and say that we made the best acquisition, but the reality is that we simply acquired the best players on the market, and nothing more, just yet. they are yet to play together and bond together, so I can't say that we have created the best team yet. The Red Sox and now, the Rays, can never be underestimated. The way the Rays played last season should set an example for all the clubs out there. It is a 162 game season, and anything is possible.