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The first time Mariano Rivera changed Joe Torre's life was in 1996 when the then-New York Yankees manager had the instincts to use the gangly 26-year-old as a pitcher in the seventh and eighth innings. In 1997, Rivera changed Torre's career and baseball history — when the manager made him the Yankees closer. Yesterday, Torre heard about the all-time saves leader plans for retirement after the 2013 season and lauded Rivera as the Yankees key to their championship runs — and his own managerial success. "He basically made my career in '96 when we came up with the formula to pitch in the seventh and eighth inning," said Torre from Chase Field where he is coaching the U.S. WBA team. "You become a much better manager when you only have to manage six [innings]. It was remarkable what we had with him and John [Wetteland]. Rivera and Torre share four of Rivera's five World Series rings. Torre called Rivera the most important piece of that Yankees dynasty. "He is the greatest ever," said Torre. "It certainly isn't a knock at the other guys, but he did it in New York, the biggest fishbowl in the world and in the postseason where everybody gets a chance to scrutinize." The other "guys" who played with Rivera include Yankees like Andy Pettitte, Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, Roger Clemens and Derek Jeter. Torre has no doubt that Rivera's October accomplishments will never be topped by anyone — ever. "I don't think anybody will get an opportunity to do in postseason what he did," said Torre. "It's not that somebody might not be special out there. But his career is one thing. To look at what he's done in postseason, it's amazing, it really is." Torre praised the 43-year-old Rivera as a man as well. "The way he handled success and the way he handled failure. He knew that it was all part of it," Torre said. "What makes great players is how they handle setbacks. He's always been a class act, a great leader in the clubhouse, a security blanket for our ballclub." The tributes pouring in from all over MLB are a testimony to the pinstriped Hall of Famer's legacy. Joe Torre was there for a lot of it.
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With the official announcement earlier this morning that Mariano Rivera will be retiring at the end of the 2013 season, the BronxPinstripes writers have assembled their fondest moments of the all-time saves leader. Since 1996, Rivera has been at the forefront of some of the biggest Yankee wins. He’s made countless memories for Yankee fans everywhere along the way. Here are just...
After 18 years, Mariano Rivera is set to announce his retirement during a press conference schedule for Saturday morning according to the New York Post.
The Post reports that this isn’t the first time Rivera has mulled retirement, but he always eventually backed out of this. But this time, the Post says he has “given his initial blessings to go through with the announcement on...
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.
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In a report from Joel Sherman’s of the New York Post, Yankees future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera, will announce that he intends to retire from baseball after the 2013 season on Saturday. Rivera, who it was rumored was planning to retire after last season before sustaining a season...
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.
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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.
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Much like Chipper Jones one year ago, legendary New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is set to make his retirement -- after the upcoming season -- official during spring training.
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New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says this will be his
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