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SB Nation's Joe DePaolo has a great profile of Mariano Rivera III, often referred to as Mariano Rivera, Jr. It focuses on his efforts to establish himself as a young pitcher at Iona Prep. It's a great read. Check out the accompanying video feature below.



Thank you to nycjobs for the tip.
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New York University held their commencement at Yankee Stadium today. They presented Mariano Rivera with an honorary doctorate - Doctor of Humane Letters. Congrats to him.
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New Era hosted an event for members of the media, to promote their Diamond Era caps, where they gave members of the media the chance to face Mariano Rivera in the batting cage.

There are numerous reports and videos out there, but here is a selection to check out: Ted Berg of USA TODAY, Christian Red of the Daily News, Craig Carton of WFAN and Darren Rovell of ESPN.
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On Monday, Mariano Rivera appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Watch below.

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Back in December, a City Council vote approved the renaming of a one block stretch of River Avenue to Rivera Avenue, in honor of Mariano Rivera.

Today it became official with a ceremony where Rivera unveiled the change. Check out a photo below.



Thank you to John-Lewis Moore for the tip. Via Mike Oz.
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Mariano Rivera's memoir, The Closer, will be released on May 6. You can pre-order the book on Amazon.com and read an excerpt at Parade.
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John Habib of the New Hampshire Union Leader reports that Mariano Rivera Jr. will begin playing for the Laconia (New Hampshire) Muskrats in June. The team is part of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
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ESPN.com reports that Major League Baseball is altering the way they present their yearly Major League Baseball Delivery Man Award (given annual to the best relief pitcher in all of baseball, since 2005), creating an award for both the American and National leagues.

More importantly, the American League award will now be called the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award. Meanwhile, the National League edition will be named in honor of Trevor Hoffman.

This is not to be confused with the Rolaids Relief Man Award, which was a statistical award given to a reliever in each league, beginning in 1976. Back in July, Curt Schilling pitched the idea of the Rolaids Relief Man Award being renamed in honor of Rivera.
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In honor of Derek Jeter's final regular season home opener, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte were on hand to throw ceremonial first pitches to Jeter and Jorge Posada. Watch below.

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Mark Feinsand at the Daily News reports that Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte will both throw ceremonial first pitches at Derek Jeter's final regular season home opener. Jeter and Jorge Posada will serve as the catchers.
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