In 1934, it was called “a record that promises to endure for all time.”
From the New York Times article written on July 13, 1934:
A record that promises to endure for all time was attained on Navin Field today when Babe Ruth smashed his seven-hundredth home run in a lifetime career. It promises to live, first, because few players of history have enjoyed the longevity on the diamond of the immortal Bambino, and, second, because only two other players in the history of baseball have hit more than 300 home runs.
Of course, today, we stand with Ruth as third on the all time home run list and 54th on the games played list. The scientific developments that forever changed the game were unforeseen in the mid-30’s where 700 home runs seemed unattainable unless you were the Bambino. Imagine Ruth slugging in this era where something close to one-thousand bombs would be said to “endure for all time.”
Mariano Rivera has been a staple of consistency in the Major Leagues for 17 seasons.
The all-time leader in postseason saves and postseason ERA now holds the record for most saves all-time, breaking Trevor Hoffman’s five-year old record.
Rivera struck out Twins’ rookie Chris Parmelee looking with his patented cut fastball to preserve a Yankees 6-4 victory at Yankee Stadium for save number 602.
Even though Rivera’s saves number is fluffed by historically good New York Yankee squads throughout the late 90’s and the 2000’s, he is arguably the best closer in the history of the game. His 89% save percentage is nothing short of excellence.
Regardless of fan allegiance, many would agree that Rivera is the best option to have on the mound in the 9th inning of a close Game 7.