Buck: Mo was our best in the outfield
Good stuff from Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who shared his recollections of Mariano Rivera’s younger days roaming the outfield — something he obviously never lost his joy for doing:
“He was our best center fielder. We used to play a game in Extended Spring Training, on Sunday camp day, we’d let the pitchers play a game off the coaches. … I remember telling our farm director, if we figure out that this guy can’t pitch, he can play center field. He and Bernie (Williams) used to go back and forth about who was the best center fielder. It was part of his conditioning, part of why he’s been so good, his routine. I actually think if he hadn’t down it that way for so many years, who knows what would have happened?”
Thanks to Brittany Ghiroli for passing along the quote.