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Mariano Rivera named winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for April
05/07/2008 12:06 PM ET
Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees has been selected as the winner of "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for April, it was announced today. This officially-sanctioned Major League Baseball (MLB) award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season.

Rivera was a perfect 8-for-8 in save opportunities in April, which is his best start to a season since he converted his first 12 chances in 2004. The right-hander allowed no earned runs in 10 games, striking out 11 batters over 11.0 innings pitched and surrendering just four hits. In 12 appearances so far this season, he has yet to issue a walk. Rivera's 451 saves are the most ever in the American League and puts him third on the all-time list behind Trevor Hoffman (529) and Lee Smith (478). His 799 career appearances are 277 more than any other pitcher in Yankees history (Dave Righetti is second with 522). The eight-time All-Star won the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award" in 2005 and 2006.

In recognition of this honor, DHL will donate $1,500 to the United Youth Baseball League in the Bronx in Rivera's name. This donation will be made in conjunction with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. In addition, Rivera will be recognized in a special advertisement today in USA Today.

The "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" winner is selected by a special Major League Baseball "yellow-ribbon" panel that includes Mike Bauman, national columnist for MLB.com; Darryl Hamilton, former Major League outfielder and a member of the MLB On-Field Operations staff; Jerome Holtzman, the official MLB Historian and a member of the writer's wing of the Hall of Fame; and Bob Watson, Vice President, On-Field Operations, Major League Baseball.

At the conclusion of the season, Major League Baseball fans will have the opportunity to determine which relief pitcher had the best overall season and deserves the fourth-annual "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award." A list of finalists will be selected based on statistical qualifiers, and fans will be able to vote for the winner online at MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball. Last season, Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox was named the recipient of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award."

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About DHL
DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source. DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL's international network links more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Some 300,000 employees, including more than 40,000 employees in the U.S., are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations. Founded in San Francisco in 1969, DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros (more than $93 billion) in 2007. For more information on DHL, please visit www.dhl.com.

About BTF
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is designed to promote and enhance the growth of baseball and softball throughout the world by funding programs, field improvement and equipment purchases to encourage and maintain youth participation in baseball and softball. Since its inception in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $10 million, benefiting nearly 120,000 youth participating in more than 200 youth baseball and softball programs across the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. In 2007, DHL selected the Baseball Tomorrow Fund as its partner to support the growth of youth baseball and softball programs across the country through the DHL Delivery Man of the Month Award. DHL and BTF will also work together to enhance the BTF/MLB Equipment Day Initiative, an annual program conducted at MLB stadiums that encourages and facilitates the collection and distribution of new and used baseball and softball equipment to organizations in need. For more information visit www.baseballtomorrowfund.com.

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