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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Joe Maddon was asked about Mariano Rivera's anticipated retirement announcement.

"The best ever at what he does," the Rays manager said. "It will be a long time before you get somebody who was better than that. The way he was able to be so consistent, unbelievably consistent. And the hotter the game the better he was.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Joe Maddon was asked about Mariano Rivera's anticipated retirement announcement.

"The best ever at what he does," the Rays manager said. "It will be a long time before you get somebody who was better than that. The way he was able to be so consistent, unbelievably consistent. And the hotter the game the better he was.

"Incredible what he's done, and in such a simple manner. That's the part that's really so impressive. The guys would always yell from the bench in a joking way: 'He's tipping his pitches.'"

Maddon likened the reaction to Rivera's cutter to the way players reacted to Tim Wakefield's knuckleball in that in both cases hitters would know what pitch was coming but they still would not be able to hit the pitch.

"Here's a guy that everybody knew what was coming all the time and they still couldn't do anything with it," Maddon said. "It was unbelievable how he nailed it."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com.

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