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MLB names reliever awards after Rivera, Hoffman
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Former New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera embraces New York Yankees Derek Jeter, left, after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to Jeter before a baseball game, the Yankees home opener against the Baltimore Orioles, at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
April 9, 2014, 2:07 pm

NEW YORK (AP) Now that they're no longer receiving awards, Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman are getting their names on some.

Major League Baseball said Wednesday it created a "Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award" and a "Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award."

Rivera, a 13-time All-Star, retired after last season with a record 652 saves. Hoffman, a seven-time All-Star, retired after the 2010 season and is second with 601 saves. Both spent their entire careers in one league.

The new honors replaces MLB's "Delivery Man of the Year Award," which was given to one winner annually from 2005-13. It will be voted on by nine retired relievers, with Rivera and Hoffman joined by Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Rich Gossage and Bruce Sutter along with Lee Smith, John Franco and Billy Wagner.

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