words // Luis Sanchez

When you think about the dynasty that is the New York Yankees, one of the names that immediately comes to mind is none other than Mariano Rivera. Arguably the best closer to ever take the mound, Mariano Rivera became only the second pitcher ever to reach the elusive number of 600 career saves. Not only did Mo reach a career milestone, he’s already on the verge of becoming Major League Baseball’s all-time saves leaders.

Just one save behind the great Trevor Hoffman, Mariano Rivera could very well put the all-time saves mark at a number that might never be reached. Earning his 41st save of the season, Mariano helped his Yankees secure a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners to stretch their current winning-streak to three games. The Yankees also earned their 90th victory of the season, maintaining a four game lead over the division-rival Boston Red Sox.

Enjoy a look at Mariano’s 600th career save and more, as part of Eastbay’s latest edition of MLB Watch.

Mariano earned his 600th career save in his usual Nike baseball cleats.

Derek Jeter continued to play in his signature Jordan baseball cleats.

Mo becomes only the second pitcher in MLB history to reach 600 career saves.

The New York Yankees celebrate their hall of fame closer’s rare accomplishment.

Dodgers’ rookie Dee Gordon wears the latest batting gloves from Nike.

Howie Kendrick bangs out yet another home run for the Angels.

Hisanori Takahashi took the mound for the Angels in a matching pair of adidas baseball cleats.

Chad Billingsley took the mound for the Dodgers decked out in Mizuno gear.

Justin Verlander became the first pitcher since Barry Zito in 2002 to earn 23 victories in one season.