MLB Honors Rivera,Hoffman With Reliever Award Namesakes

  • Nicholas Persichilli

Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman (Credit: Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press)

Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman (Credit: Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press)


Major League Baseball has decided to reward two of the best relievers in the history of baseball by naming the annual awards for relievers in each league.  The American League Reliever of the Year Award has been named after the legendary Mariano Rivera who retired in 2013 after amassing 652 saves (most all time) in his career with the New York Yankees. The National League Reliever of the Year Award has been named after Trevor Hoffman who notched 601 saves (second all time) during his career with the Marlins, Padres and Brewers.

Major League Baseball announced this change on Twitter today:


Major League Baseball will also honor several other relievers with the honor of voting for the best relievers in each league.


According to Bill Price of The NY Daily News, the voters will each pick their top three with each rank carrying a weight:


The nine voters will rank the top three A.L. relief pitchers and the top three N.L. relief pitchers, based solely on regular season performance. Using a 5-3-1 weighted point system (i.e., five points for a first-place vote; three points for a second-place vote; and one point for a third-place vote), the Award in each League will be given to the relief pitcher who accrues the most total points.

This is a pretty awesome way to honor two of the best ever at their position soon after they retired. It’s fitting that both pitchers never switched leagues.

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