Mariano Rivera, King of the Closers

Fascinating profile of Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera by James Traub for the New York Times Sunday Magazine. That he’s the best closer in the game, and of his era, is without dispute. I say he’s the best pitcher of the era, period. A lot of baseball fans seem unwilling to consider anyone other than a starter for that honor.

Even if you’re not a baseball fan (or if you are, but despise the Yankees), do yourself a favor and at least check out this interactive infographic (Flash, alas) from The Times regarding Rivera’s cut fastball — a fascinating visualization of the best pitch in the game.

Sunday, 4 July 2010