Mariano Rivera's son to pitch for New Hampshire squad

New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, right, accompanied

New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, right, accompanied by his son, Mariano Rivera Jr., bangs the gavel after ringing the New York Stock Exchange opening bell Wednesday. (July 18, 2012) (Credit: AP)

LACONIA, N.H. -- The son of Mariano Rivera, the retired Yankees legend considered the best relief pitcher in baseball history, is playing for a collegiate summer program in New Hampshire.

Mariano Rivera Jr. will join the Laconia Muskrats this summer, part of the 12-team New England Collegiate Baseball League.

He's a right-handed pitcher, like his dad.

Noah Crane, the Muskrats' general manager, tells New Hampshire Public Radio the 20-year-old Rivera Jr. is coming to the state because of the Muskrats' close relationship with Pat Carey, Rivera's coach at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. He says each year, the team has one or two of the school's players.

His dad, who retired at the end of last season, is Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader with 652 and won five World Series championships.

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