There has been criticism of Schilling’s personality through the years, but all can agree on what the former Boston Red Sox pitcher is suggesting: The Rolaids relief award should be named after Mariano River, legendary New York Yankees closer, who will retire at the end of this season.
Rivera has already won the award five times. This ties him for the all-time lead with Dan Quisenberry of Kansas City. Additionally, he can easily be considered the greatest closer in baseball history; it will be a long time before another reliever comes close to matching Rivera’s career total of 638 saves and counting, as well as his phenomenal, almost otherworldly postseason resume.
If a former rival, Schilling, thinks that the award should be named in Rivera’s honor, should anyone else have any objections?