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Mumba Rivera - Half Man, Half Amazing

RHP Mumba Rivera (Photo/Max Waugh)

APPLETON, Wisc. - Mumba Rivera is 6-0. His ERA is at a dazzling 2.52 through nine starts. Opponents are having a hard time getting hits against him, and he is very quickly becoming the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers' most consistent starter. InsidethePark's Jake Fannin caught up to the right-hander recently to find out more about the former basketball player's intriguing past.

As crazy as it sounds, Rivera is only playing today baseball because of a bet. The Timber Rattlers' hard-throwing right hander from the Virgin Islands was recruited to play basketball, not baseball, at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa. One day, while watching baseball with some of his roommates, Rivera made a comment that he could throw a 90 mph fastball. The bet was on. "I went to... Recommended Stories

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