Mariano Rivera named MVP in his final All-Star Game

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Mariano Rivera earned MVP honors in his final All-Star Game.
Mariano Rivera earned MVP honors in his final All-Star Game. (USATSI)

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In a move that was more about career accomplishments than single-game performance, Mariano Rivera was named the All-Star Game MVP on Tuesday night. He fired a perfect eighth inning to preserve a 3-0 lead.

After the game, AL manager Jim Leyland confirmed he used Rivera in the eighth inning rather than his usual ninth because he wanted to ensure that Rivera appeared in the game. Had the NL taken the lead in the bottom of the eighth and closed the game out in the top of the ninth, Rivera could have gone unused. A bit of a reach, but a legitimate reason.

Rivera is the first reliever in the 84-game history of the event to be named MVP. He is the first pitcher to win the award since Pedro Martinez in 1999.

The AL won by the score of 3-0.

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