Yankees dedicate Monument Park plaque to Mariano Rivera

Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera waves to fans as he leaves the field after he unveiled his Monument Park plaque before a baseball game Sunday, Aug.14, 2016, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees have dedicated a plaque to retired reliever Mariano Rivera that will be placed in Monument Park behind center field.

Controlling owner Hal Steinbrenner presented Rivera with a replica of the plaque during a 25-minute ceremony before Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. Co-owner Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal gave the retired reliever a ring in 14-carat white gold with ''42'' formed by diamonds.

Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams were among the former teammates on the field for the tribute along with current manager Joe Girardi and former manager Joe Torre.

Rivera's speech to fans was as brief as many of his relief appearances: 3 minutes.