Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/9/13
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Everyone knew it was coming, but Mariano Rivera made it official on Saturday morning. The long-time Yankees closer will retire following the 2013 season. Rivera held a news conference on Saturday morning in Tampa, Fla., to announce his decision. “It’s official now. After this year, I will be retired,” Rivera said. By announcing his retirement now, that allows Rivera to go on a year-long farewell tour. “It has been a privilege and honor to wear the pinstriped uniform that I have proudly worn for so many years,” Rivera said. Rivera holds the MLB record for saves (608) and games finished (892). He has a career 2.21 ERA in 18 years with the Yankees. He’s even more dominant in the postseason. In 96 career appearances, he has a 0.70 ERA and 42 saves. Photo via Twitter/@Yankees
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