MLB names reliever awards after Rivera, Hoffman

FILE-This Sept. 7, 2010 file photo shows Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman reacting after St. Louis Cardinals' Aaron Miles grounded out for the final out of a baseball game in Milwaukee. Hoffman picked up his career 600th save as the Brewers won 4-2.  The All-time saves leader  is retiring at age 43 and will take a job in the San Diego Padres' front office.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
FILE-This Sept. 7, 2010 file photo shows Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman reacting after St. Louis Cardinals' Aaron Miles grounded out for the final out of a baseball game in Milwaukee. Hoffman picked up his career 600th save as the Brewers won 4-2. The All-time saves leader is retiring at age 43 and will take a job in the San Diego Padres' front office. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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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