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The overrating of Mariano Rivera

Beloved? Yes. Respected? Of course. But an all-time great? Uhhh, hold on.

Updated: September 25, 2013, 3:20 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Barring an extremely unlikely finish in the AL wild card chase, Mariano Rivera will pitch his final game this week. And thus will end the career of one of the most respected, most beloved and most overrated players in recent memory.

Wait, before you release the hounds, let me make myself clear. Rivera is an outstanding pitcher who has had a long and wonderful career. He played an important role in the Yankees' return to dominance and their five World Series championships. He is a ...

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