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MLB News: Mariano Rivera Does Not Think World Series Counts With Short Season

Yankees’ legend Mariona Rivera gave his thoughts on a shortened MLB season.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 17: 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former New York Yankee Mariano Rivera throws the ceremonial first pitch before a game between the Yankees and the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium on August 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

In a time full of unknown, one Yankees’ legend has sparked a little bit of anger. Legendary closer Mariano Rivera spoke on ESPN’s The Michael Kay Show on Friday and spoke on the shortening of an MLB season. Mariano does not think that a World Series played in a very short season is worth calling yourself a champion. 

I don’t think you can play a 60-game season and you call yourself a champion. 

Strange coming from a guy who made a career out of short pitching appearances, but what do I know. Mariano went on to justify his thought, saying that too much can go right or wrong for a team in a short timespan.

Anything can happen in 60 games. I don’t think it’s enough. People don’t play on all cylinders, the whole teams are different. I don’t know. It’s a great question, because I don’t know what’s going to happen if the season is starting in June or July.

On one hand, the Yankees’ Hall of Famer is right. There is a lot that can go right for a team and plenty that can go wrong for a team in just sixty games if that’s the number teams played. The Dodgers were 41-19 through sixty games last year, nine up in the west. But the Nationals, who won the World Series, were 27-33, six and a half games back in their division. 

Mariano did not elaborate on what amount of games would qualify a ‘true’ World Series champion. He did, however, go on to talk about how difficult it would be for pitchers if they cannot get back to action soon.

If this keeps happening like this, the pitchers are going to have a lot of problems with this. 

Major League Baseball pushed back Opening Day two weeks, but it seems likely that baseball will not to able to start in June at the earliest. The Dodgers were supposed to kick off their season March 26th against the Giants in a newly renovated stadium.

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Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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    • That’s cute. The regular season is meaningless and everyone knows for a 100% fact the Dodgers would make it to the playoffs with a full or reduced schedule so it doesn’t matter

  1. Rivera has a point but how can you call yourself a champion if you are a Wild Card team, when you didn’t win your division? You are just a post season champion. I say, play it anyways.

  2. This covid thing is actually making life seem more normal again and bringing people together like the old world. Droves of people out and about at parks and walking around town spending time with each other. Families actually playing with their kids tossing a ball playing games, actually using the playground equipment in my neighborhood. I haven’t seen this since the 2000’s

  3. I have family in Lake County Calif. and their Sheriff just closed all Parks,hiking trails,public places. The Lake is Clear lake, best bass fishing in the Country. He shut down Fishing and the use of all water ways. Talk about over reacting especially when the entire county has 60,000 people. Glad your seeing people with a brain enjoying their families and friends. Google Lake Co Calif Public announcement Don. Next best thing to fascism you’ll ever read…

  4. Don,google Lake County Calif announcements. The Sheriff closed all Parks and Fishing because people were all enjoying themselves and taking advantage of the time.Take into consideration the Entire Co only has roughly 60,000 people. Closest thing to fascism you’ll ever see..

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