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  1. Nice retrospective analysis. (at least I think that is an appropriate classification)

    Comment by Matty Brown — December 28, 2011 @ 9:58 am

  2. Awesome.

    When did these interviews take place?

    Comment by Mario Mendoza — December 28, 2011 @ 10:01 am

  3. Great piece. Check out this July 2010 video from the NY Times. The illustration of the pitch locations beginning at the 1:45 mark is really great.

    Comment by EdwardM — December 28, 2011 @ 10:01 am

  4. @MM: All of the quotes are from the latter half of this past season.

    Comment by David Laurila — December 28, 2011 @ 10:13 am

  5. Saw that earlier, great video.

    Comment by channelclemente — December 28, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

  6. Of course, what he says is going on and what he says matters may have nothing at all to do with what is going on and what matters. It’s not like we know what the results are from a meat head Rivera.

    Comment by Barkey Walker — December 28, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

  7. Lotta good the conversations have been for AJ.

    Comment by Josh Wexler — December 29, 2011 @ 5:08 am

  8. The Yankees should keep Rivera on as a coach, once he retires.

    Comment by whocarestom — December 29, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

  9. Mariano Rivera has a very, very good cut fastball. He’s a very good pitcher.

    Comment by waynetolleson — December 29, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

  10. Another great article David. You have a unique voice as a writer.

    Comment by Krog — December 29, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

  11. This is one of the greatest pieces on baseball I’ve ever seen.

    Comment by Rich Mahogany — December 29, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

  12. These interviews are a treasure trove. Krog said it well, you not only get terrific quotes from interesting players, but you write up the interviews beautifully. Please keep up the great work.

    Comment by Rich Mahogany — December 29, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

  13. Smooth as silk, except for one snag: “Fortune was likely the biggest factor, as his BABiP dropped precipitously from a career-worst .322 to .218.” Savvy should always be presumed for a Bapip change, fortune is but a reach.

    Comment by smurfy — December 29, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

  14. Well done. Really.

    Comment by Bob Loblaw — January 2, 2012 @ 11:06 am

  15. Not sure how much smarter Rivera is than Bruce Sutter and his splitter, or Hoffman and his change-up, etc.

    What is surprising to me is that Mo never developed a changeup to the point that he could use it often. Well, not that he’s needed to I guess.

    Mo and his cutter to me, are one of the great mysteries of baseball. Even if he never repeats a location sequence to any batter, it’s still a 91-92 mph fastball that moves a little.

    I would love to see pitch location data on him, and it is amazing how he keeps everything on the corners and specifically in on the hands of hitters on both sides. So, even if you hit it, it’s not really going anywhere.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — January 2, 2012 @ 11:28 am

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