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Oct 21st, 2008 at 04:45 GMT
Very interesting to see how many non-"light's out", Hall-of-Fame-caliber relievers are on this list. I think it's Robb Nen, not Rob.
Oct 21st, 2008 at 04:51 GMT
4 minutes is tough on this one.
Oct 21st, 2008 at 05:48 GMT
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Oct 21st, 2008 at 06:39 GMT
the fact that more people know Mariano over Trevor (THE RECORD HOLDER) is just plain wrong. Get over yourselves Yankee fans!!!
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Oct 21st, 2008 at 11:32 GMT
Well chumley Rivera is a better closer who has been on a better team than Hoffman. Its cute though that you get upset over that.
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Oct 21st, 2008 at 14:25 GMT
Yankees fans are no longer allowed to talk to people in a condescending manner. Their team is currently not part of baseball's elite, and needs much work to return to such status. Having a rich history is not enough. @Brian Pepe: You may speak like that to other baseball fans when the Yankees return to any semblance of a good team.
Oct 21st, 2008 at 14:29 GMT
only 8/20. I'm ashamed. I can't believe I forgot Rollie Fingers! I have a freaking signed baseball by him!
Oct 21st, 2008 at 14:45 GMT
Tim Welch: I'm an Indians fan. Mo is a far superior closer to Hoffman. Hoffman blew almost every big, high-pressure save of his career.
Oct 21st, 2008 at 14:58 GMT
Hey, where's the love for Bruce Sutter? He's the only guy with 300 saves not on the list.
Oct 21st, 2008 at 15:03 GMT
@guyleguy: Sorry, I think I came across wrong. I think Mo is better than Hoffman too. In fact, I'm not a Hoffman fan at all. I disliked the condescending phrase from Brian Pepe, "Its cute though that you get upset over that." Typical stuck-up Yankees fan tone of voice. That's what I disagreed with, not Hoffman vs. Rivera.
Oct 21st, 2008 at 15:39 GMT
I know Kyle.. I apologize.. I think I left him off because of even columns... my bad!
Oct 21st, 2008 at 16:17 GMT
@Tim Welch: For a team no longer among the elite, they sure won a lot of games. If a down year means they finish with the 7th best record in MLB, I think that qualifies them as an elite franchise.
Oct 21st, 2008 at 16:20 GMT
Rivera is better than Trevor, but I wouldn't say he's "far superior" Yes Trevor's blown a playoff game or two....but he's only been IN a playoff game or two. It's kinda hard to shine in the playoffs when you're almost never there.
Oct 21st, 2008 at 16:23 GMT
i dont know about any typical smug yankee fans but the yankees had the 7th best record this year, better than both the white sox and dodgers
Oct 21st, 2008 at 19:58 GMT
Great Quiz guys. I liked it alot. Maybe we can get a few of these kinda "All Time" quizzes more often. Like maybe an All time RBI leaders or stolen base leaders or something to that matter.
Oct 21st, 2008 at 20:04 GMT
Well of course Rivera has never blown an important game in the playoffs before, has he? Not in the 2001 World Series. Or the 2004 ALCS (twice).
Oct 22nd, 2008 at 03:00 GMT
Personally I'd like to see a rookie of the year quiz for baseball, even if there has to be one for AL and one for NL.
Oct 22nd, 2008 at 03:22 GMT
I have a problem with the very premise of much of this discourse, that Yankees' fans need to get over themselves. Wouldn't it be logical to assume that some segment of any fanbase will know only its own players? Wouldn't it also be logical to assume that the overwhelming majority of a given fanbase will know its own greats? Unless you want to hold the sheer number of Yankees' fans out there against them, I fail to see why they need to "get over themselves." Couple that with the fact that Rivera, by virtue of being in the postseason spotlight so often, gets far more coverage by the national media, and it's no surprise that he's listed on my quizzes. Personally, I think anybody that doesn't both shouldn't be calling themselves baseball fans, but blaming Yankee fans for more people getting Rivera than Hoffman seems disingenuous.
Oct 22nd, 2008 at 05:00 GMT
Lindsay: And how many big games has he saved? How many has Hoffman saved? True, Hoffman hasn't had as many chances to shine, so you can't blame him for a small sample size, but compare their career regular season numbers are well, and while you'll see that Hoffman is great, Rivera is elite.
Oct 22nd, 2008 at 15:20 GMT
Guyleguy - Oh I'm not disagreeing that Rivera is better, probably the best of all time. I'm just saying that you can't point out the flaws of one and ignore those of the other - Rivera has also had his share of big blown saves, much like Hoffman. I'm a Sox fan, so I had to get a dig in at Rivera. But he's still elite.
Oct 27th, 2008 at 21:39 GMT
if rivea is better, why doen't he have more saves, did his team win less games over their careers? hoffman is still the record holder and until someone breaks said record, he should be listed as the best.
Oct 28th, 2008 at 18:27 GMT
Jeff Montgomery got on this list playing for the Royals his entire career who haven't been to the post season since 1985.
Oct 28th, 2008 at 23:54 GMT
XUCC- Why doesn't he (Rivera) have more saves? Let's see, maybe the fact that he's had less appearances and played fewer seasons than Hoffman. He's also 3 years younger than Hoffman! So let's not ask that question until they're both done. Rivera may very well pass Hoffman someday.
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Nov 4th, 2008 at 07:50 GMT
until he breaks the record he is still second, remember both still were playing in 08.
Nov 24th, 2008 at 06:51 GMT
XUCC: Being on a better team doesn't necessarily give you more save opportunities...the teams that Rivera has played on has actually hurt his chances because he has played with an offense that routinely opened up big leads which prevent him from getting more save opportunities. And PS - Hoffman has said that Rivera “will go down as the best reliever in the game in history."
Jan 29th, 2009 at 05:19 GMT
There is no question Rivera has been a better pitcher than Hoffman. If you argue otherwise, you really don't know a lot about baseball. (Or do you think Pete Rose was a better hitter than Babe Ruth -- after all he has 1500 more hits!) The question is whether Rivera has been better than Gossage or Wilhelm -- is he the best reliever ever (maybe) rather than just the best of his time (obviously).
Feb 1st, 2009 at 20:06 GMT
why not include Sutter and have every closer with 300+ saves..damned Jeff Montgomery...I wonder if Hoffman makes the hall or if Smith ever does? With Sutter and the Goose recently inducted their odds are better, but I am not sure either is a shoo in though Rivera probably is, Hoffman should be but we will see.
Mar 26th, 2009 at 04:15 GMT
Ah yes, the save. The single most useless, unimportant stat in the history of professional sports.
Mar 29th, 2009 at 03:34 GMT
What a funny discussion over who is the 6th best reliever all time. I take Fingers, Gossage, Eckersley, Smith and Reardon before either Rivera or Hoffman.
Apr 1st, 2009 at 02:04 GMT
this quiz would be 100000000000xs better if it had a picture of the Billy Wagner face. Or at least the video of him crying.
Apr 6th, 2009 at 20:18 GMT
watch out...here comes Brad Lidge
Apr 12th, 2009 at 23:31 GMT
Tom Henke...wow...Frankie Rodriguez will be there before Lidge...and the Mets will once again take the NL East back from the Phillies
Apr 13th, 2009 at 14:16 GMT
hells bells > enter sandman
May 14th, 2009 at 18:37 GMT
i always seem to forget Dennis Eckersley in every quiz i do
May 27th, 2009 at 20:50 GMT
I missed Rich Gossage because I couldn't remember his real first name. Goose Gossage should be acceptable.
May 30th, 2009 at 16:11 GMT
@ClintT13: just "Gossage" is acceptable, first names don't matter. They should show which players are active players, too. That would help.
Jun 29th, 2009 at 04:02 GMT
This needs to be updated, Rivera now has 500 saves
Jul 2nd, 2009 at 15:22 GMT
Ya, people who think there is an arguement that Hoffman is as good as Rivera don't know anything about baseball. They just might look at those pesky things called statistics. Now I am not saying one or the other. But there is definiltly an argument there.
Aug 3rd, 2009 at 15:53 GMT
Before any picks sides just look at this-- in their full years as full-time closers, Rivera ('97-'08) averages more wins per season (4.6 to 3.5), had a lower ERA (2.06 to 2.67), gave up fewer home runs per season (3.4 to 5.3), had more saves (39.8 to 36.6), and led his league in saves more times (3 to 2), not to mention a wildly better ERA in the postseason (0.77 to 3.46) than Hoffman ('94-'08). Also, Rivera is just 70 saves behind Hoffman, and is three years younger. After seeing his stats for the past twelve years, he will easily pass him and has a good shot at 600 saves.
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