Jeter: Playoffs separate Mo from rest

The 602 regular-season saves are the most of all time.

What differentiates Mariano Rivera from every other closer to Derek Jeter, though, is his dominance in the postseason.

"I don't know who would doubt [he's the greatest closer]," Jeter said after Rivera recorded save No. 602 Monday. "It's a situation where he's been doing this in arguably the toughest division in baseball for a long time and what separates him is what he's done in the playoffs."

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter

#2 SS

New York Yankees

2011 STATS

  • GM124
  • HR5

  • RBI57

  • R78

  • OBP.351

  • AVG.295

Jeter said he does not envision another reliever matching what Rivera's accomplished in his career, particularly in those postseason games. Rivera has 42 postseason saves, 24 more than any other reliever in baseball history.

"If you add playoffs into it, postseason into it, no," Jeter said.

The Yankees shortstop said that when Rivera comes into the game, the team feels the game is over. It doesn't always happen, but that's always the expectation. There have been 602 times in the regular season, and 42 times in the postseason, when Jeter and his teammates have been right.

"He deserves it, he deserves all the accolades he gets and he did something that no one has ever been able to do and the impressive thing [is] he's done [even] more in the postseason," Jeter said. "That's what separates him from everyone else. Really happy he had a chance to do it."