Mariano Rivera (Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons)
Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees is now officially the greatest closer of all-time.
The 41 year-old native of Panama set the Major League Baseball record for most saves in a career (602) as the New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-4 on Monday night.
Rivera recorded his 43rd save of the year. The veteran has had an outstanding season going 1-2 in 60 games with an earned run average of 2.02 and a WHIP of 0.91. He also has had 56 strikeouts compared to only seven walks.
Trevor Hoffman, who played 15+ years with the San Diego Padres had the old record with 601 saves.
In other baseball news from the weekend, the Detroit Tigers have clinched the American League Central and the Philadelphia Phillies have clinched the National League East.
The most interesting race right now seems to be for the American League Wildcard as the struggling Boston Red Sox only lead the Tampa Bay Rays at the present time by a game and a half. Boston had a nine game lead on Tampa Bay on September 2 but have gone 4-14 throughout the month to date.