The Yankees have been celebrated throughout this season for their wise choices in adding talent to their bench and pitching staff. Yes, the subs for the injured Alex Rodriguez at third have been raking. Sure, Freddy Garcia has been a solid rotation stopgap.

But no pinstriped fill-in deserves more credit than closer understudy Rafael Soriano, who has only stepped in for a legend by being among the best closers in baseball. Maybe he's even emerged as the Yankees' Most Valuable Player.