Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera -- a five-time World Series champ and the first man unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame -- will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony with President Trump on Monday...
Rivera played with the Yankees his entire career, from 1995 to 2013, establishing himself as the greatest closer in Major League Baseball history and becoming renowned for his performances in high-pressure situations.
Rivera recorded a record 652 saves during the course of his career, and led the majors in saves three times -- in 1999, 2001 and 2004. He finished in the top five of American League Cy Young Award voting five times.
Aside from a devastating knee injury that cost him most of the 2012 season, Rivera routinely appeared in more than 60 games per year and only posted an ERA above 2.50 three times.