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Bill Madden: Rivera built a Hall of Fame career thanks to his signature pitch and a foundation of humility and faith

To fully appreciate the phenomenon that was Mariano Rivera, you must first come to terms with one central, unbelievable fact: All of the records he accumulated in becoming the first relief pitcher elected on the first ballot to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association – 652 career saves, 0.759 WHIP, 952 games finished, 0.70 postseason ERA, 11 World Series saves – were largely accomplished with just one pitch.

New York Mets draft Harrison Central pitcher Hardy

Harrison Central right-handed pitcher Brendan Hardy was drafted in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball draft. Hardy is one of several South Mississippi players drafted in the 2018 draft.