Originally Posted by TSJ55
If you're saying that you would take one of those guys before Mo over the course of career then good luck. I'll take Mo and not look back.
Where has anyone said they would actually take any of those pitchers over Mariano Rivera?
The point is that the end result between having one or the other isn't as great as so many people are making it out to be.
The lesser closers often make your blood pressure go up a notch, but in the end - they usually get the job done at a rate nearly as good as the best of the best. Obviously anyone in their right mind would take Mariano Rivera over basically anyone else given the choice, but it's not like having a lesser closer than him means you're screwed.
As for me, if I can choose between Mike Leake or Aroldis Chapman pitching ~150-170 innings during the portion of ballgames where most of the outcome is being decided - I'll take Chapman and not look back.