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As we begin the 2013 MLB season, we have learned that one of baseball’s very best will be calling it quits after this season. Mariano Rivera, the New York Yankees‘ reliever, plans to announce this weekend that he will retire after the 2013 season.
I guess that will depend on whether or not he has another season ending injury. The 43-year-old closer was supposed to be having his farewell tour last year, but when he tore a ligament in his right knee while catching fly balls during batting practice, it got postponed until this year. It seems that in New York things are done differently. Most cities, when a player has hit his expiration date, they ride of into the sunset. In New York, they must have the spotlight on them.
Rivera is baseball’s save leader with 608. He is regarded as one of the best clutch pitchers in history, posting a record 42 postseason saves with an 0.70 ERA while helping the Yankees win five World Series championships.
“Greatest closer of all time. No question in my mind,” Yankees manager Joe Giradi said. I’ve had the thrill of catching him. I was there when he really burst onto the scene as a dominant setup man and then to see what he did as a closer has been a thrill for me.”
It will be an interesting season, will the Yankees be able to bounce back after flaking out in the playoffs last year? Will the distractions of A-Roid and his continuing PED use put a shadow on Rivera’s spotlight? What happens if Rivera has another season ending injury, does it get drug out for another year? All the questions we will be looking closely at, waiting for the answers to.
Rivera is the only and last – big leaguer who wears No. 42. The number was retired in 1997 in tribute to Jackie Robinson, although players who had the number at the time were allowed to keep it.
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ESPN and other various sources are reporting this morning that veteran New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera is planning to retire after the 2013 season. The announcement is planned for 10 a.m. on Saturday from the Yankees Spring Training complex in Tampa, Florida.
Rivera, 43, is returning to the mound after season ending ACL surgery last season. He returns to the diamond this...
The New York Post and ESPN.com reported that tomorrow the greatest closer to ever played the game, New York Yankees Mariano Rivera will officially announce
Yankees Mariano Rivera on May 25th, 2008 vs. Seattle Mariners.
that he is hanging up his glove at the end of this 2013 season.
Joel Sherman of the NY Post learned that Rivera had had recently asked to speak privately with Hal...
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will retire after the 2013 season, according to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Yankees signed Rivera to a one-year, $10 million deal this offseason after he tore his ACL last April while shagging fly balls in Kansas City.
The 43-year old Rivera will go down as the best closer of all-time when the book closes on his...
Mariano Rivera has been playing a little game in which he said he already knew when he was planning to retire but wouldn't reveal when he would actually do it.
Now, the New York Yankees Hall of Fame closer is scheduled to announce his final day in pinstripes on Saturday at a 10 a.m. press conference at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, reports Joel Sherman of The New York...
Last year at this time we thought we might have seen the last of Mariano Rivera. it is possible everyone but Rivera thought he was done and that we wouldn’t see him pitch again. He is Baseball’s all time saves leader with 608 saves. Chances are pretty good that he will add to that number during this season. He is a first ballot Hall Of Famer, no doubt. And to think he was a failed...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist The last save will be the toughest of them all for Mariano Rivera.
The cities and stadiums will all be familiar after 18 years crisscrossing the country, glove in hand.
The reception in what will be his final season may be different because even fans who never wanted to see him get the last out will want to see his last...
There are many arguments when it comes to baseball history. Who the best power hitter ever? What is the best starting lineup? Who is the best pitching mound fighter? There is one question that has a quick, definitive answer. Who is the best closer in baseball history. That title undoubtedly belongs to Mariano Rivera. Let’s just do a simple run down of simple stats...
Mariano Rivera is hanging it up after this upcoming season makes me sad. No, not because we're going to be seeing the last of the game's greatest closer ever. Rather, with his retirement, the epic experience of him jogging in from the bullpen to the sounds of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" will also be leaving the game. Now, as awesome as Rivera trotting...
As expected, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, one of the greatest relievers to ever play the game--if not the greatest, announced Saturday morning that the 2013 season will be his last in Major League Baseball.
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Rivera begins the 2013 season as the career saves leader (608) and games finished (892).
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera returned from injuries to make their 2013 spring training debuts Saturday in the New York Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
The 38-year-old Jeter was a designated hitter and singled sharply to left field on his first pitch since breaking his left ankle on Oct. 13 in the AL championship series opener. Jeter, who missed...
Joel Sherman of the New York Post and ESPN’s Buster Olney report legendary New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera will announce Saturday his plans to retire after the 2013 season. Hence, the upcoming campaign will be a yearlong farewell to the greatest hurler in the annals of Major League Baseball. The 43-year-old Rivera, a 12-time All-Star and five-time AL Rolaids Relief Man...