Net Worth: $90 Million
Panamanian professional pitcher Mariano Rivera has an estimated net worth of $90 million. He earned his net worth as a right-handed pitcher for the New York Yankees in the Major League Baseball and has played for 18 seasons. He has served as a relief pitcher for most of his career. In 1997, he has been the Yankees’ closer after a breakthrough season in 1996 as a setup man. He is the MLB’s all-time leader in saves (608) and games finished (892). He is also a 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion. He had five American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man Awards and three Delivery Man of the Year Awards.
Born on November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama, Rivera grew up in the “poor village” of Puerto Caimito and baseball was a childhood hobby. However, he intended to become a professional soccer player. He graduated from Pedro Pablo Sanchez High School at the age of 16 where he played baseball. He suffered a series of ankle injuries that ended his dreams of playing professional soccer. He started with the New York Yankees in 1990 as an amateur free agent. He made his major league debut in 1995. He was a struggling starting pitcher early in his career and he was converted to a relief pitcher.
Mariano Rivera established himself as one of baseball’s top relievers the following years and he lead the major league in saves in 1999, 2001 and 2004. He has been a key contributor to the success of the Yankees in the late 1990s and 200s for his presence in the late innings of games to record the final outs. He was named the 1999 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the 2003 AL Championship Series MVP. He holds several postseason records such as the lowest earned run average (ERA) of 0.70and most saves (42). He is expected to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame once eligible.