Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on former Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera.

Mariano RiveraI’m a sucker for applying the Kevin Bacon Game to baseball. Stephen Strasburg was a teammate of Ivan Rodriguez, who was a teammate of Nolan Ryan, who played with Ken Boyer, who played with Stan Musial. Boom.

So today’s a good day to mention that Mariano Rivera, who will retire at the end of the season, was a rookie in Don Mattingly‘s final year as a player with the New York Yankees.

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