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2013 MLB All-Star Game: Mariano Rivera named MVP

Mike Ehrmann

Mariano Rivera goes out on top in his final All-Star Game.

After a dramatic entrance and a perfect eighth inning, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was awarded the 2013 All-Star Game MVP.

This award obviously comes as a bit of a gift to Rivera, the All-Star Game staple, in his final one.

Rivera retired Jean Segura, Allen Craig and Carlos Gomez, pitching the eighth because American League manager Jim Leyland feared a scenario in which the game did not have a bottom of the ninth, and he wanted to ensure Rivera this special moment:

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In a game where there really wasn't a standout player or candidate for the MVP, one can't complain about the decision to name Rivera the MVP. For a game that doesn't truly matter, it's difficult to get worked up over the selection of the MVP in any case.

After all, when one remembers the 2013 All-Star Game, they will think of Rivera. This is likely the reason why he was chosen as the game's MVP.

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