Major League Baseball will add two big touches of class to its top reliever award, with sources saying it plans to rename the annual honor for the best reliever in each league after brilliant all-time bullpen greats Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman.
Rivera and Hoffman are not only the game’s two most prolific collectors of saves but coincidentally both earned all of their combined 1,253 saves — a record 652 for Rivera and 601 for Hoffman — exclusively in their respective league. So it’s only natural the award bearing the name of the iconic Rivera, whose saves were all earned for the New York Yankees, will go to the top reliever in the American League, with the award named for Hoffman, whose saves came mostly for the Padres but also the Brewers and Marlins, going to the top reliever in the National League.
MLB is expected to make an announcement soon renaming their in-season relief award for Rivera and Hoffman.
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