go to MSN.com
Originally written on Reading Between The Seams  |  Last updated 11/17/14

As rumors surfaced that AL All Star Game skipper Jim Leyland would consider starting New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in his final All Star game, the future Hall of Famer stated he want no part of it.  When the 12-time All Star was asked by ESPNNewYork.com prior to Sunday’s annual Old Timers’ Day festivities at Yankee Stadium, Rivera stated the obvious: “I’ve been told about it, but I don’t like it,” “And the reason why I say that is it’s not what I do. What I do is close the games, I don’t start the games. It’s a privilege and honor, but I’m not contemplating it.” “I think the right thing is to do it the way it (normally) is,” Rivera said. “I don’t want to start the game and give up 10 runs in the first inning. I’d rather pitch in the ninth than the first.” Rivera eyes closing, not starting the 2013 All Star GameCredit: Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports Of course, the game is in New York City (albeit in Queens), and this would assume that Rivera makes the team.  I think there is no doubt he will find a place on the AL roster with a league-leading 26 saves and a vintage Rivera 1.61 E.R.A.  It would be fitting if he closed the game out for his sixth career All Star Game save, with, of course, home field advantage for the World Series in the balance. Few people remember that in his 1995 rookie season, Rivera started more regular season games than he relieved with 10 starts in 19 appearances. I think a more appropriate rumor to start at this point is “Will the 43-year-old Rivera come back in 2014?”  If not, he’ll probably be the first pick in the 2014 Old Timers game at Yankee Stadium! - David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports) Follow us on Twitter @rbts_baseball The post Yankees Mariano Rivera wants to close, not start the All Star game appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Report: 49ers to part ways with Harbaugh after season finale

Brad Stevens shoots down rumors he's headed to Hoosiers

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Philip Rivers playing through painful back injury

Report: Bears could have interest in Jim Harbaugh

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Report: Titans, Jay Cutler have mutual interest in trade

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Tony Romo leads Dallas Cowboys to NFC East title

Ole Miss QB arrested after fighting, threatening bouncers

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch's ridiculous TD run

WATCH: Steelers' Gay draws flag for taunting teammate

WATCH: Three players ejected after Giants-Rams fight

WATCH: Dominic Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

WATCH: Arian Foster throws TD pass, drops scoreboard taunt

WATCH: Johnny Manziel leaves with injury after taking big hit

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Nick Mangold wears NYDP hat to honor fallen officers

Five things we learned from the first day of bowl games

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
RUMORS & GOSSIP

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton led his team to victory against a Cleveland Browns’ team that lost rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel to a hamstring injury in the first half of the game. He seemed to take exception of Panthers’ fans who cheered when Manziel departed the field due to the injury. Speaking up about the inconsiderate fans, Newton had this to say (via...
Via Sportsnaut
11 hours ago

Report: 49ers to part ways with Harbaugh after season finale

At 7-8 on the season and in the midst of a four-game losing streak, the San Francisco 49ers season will end next Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer is reporting that San Francisco has decided that it will part ways with head coach Jim Harbaugh within 24-to-48 hours after that game at Levi’s Stadium (h/t CSN Bay Area). Glazer’s report suggests...
Via Sportsnaut
11 hours ago

Brad Stevens shoots down rumors he's headed to Hoosiers

  This embed is invalid   " /> The head coaching job at Indiana University is one of the most coveted positions in college basketball, but it’s not one Brad Stevens will be pursuing anytime soon. The Boston Celtics coach — and Zionsville, Ind., native — told SB Nation’s Paul Flannery this week that he has no intention of leaving Causeway Street to return...
Via NESN.com
9 hours ago

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

seminoles.com Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been cleared from any wrongdoing in his student code of conduct case. Winston’s attorney, David Cornwell, first made the news public Sunday afternoon with a tweet referencing a direct quote from the ruling. Now, the school’s president, John Thrasher, has issued a statement on the matter. Via Matt Baker of the Tampa...
Via College Spun
15 hours ago

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Richard Sherman continued his trash talking war with Patrick Peterson ahead of the Sunday night game between the Seahawks and Cardinals. In the latest edition of the trash talk between the two, Sherman said the Arizona star cornerback’s performance this season would likely have him benched in Seattle. Sherman spoke with NBC’s Bob Costas ahead...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 hours ago

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game

Some horrible news right here. According to multiple reports, between five and seven people were struck by lightning following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Green Bay Packers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Reports indicate that a major lightning strike hit these innocent bystanders in the parking lot of Raymond James Stadium. #BREAKING: Tampa Fire Rescue responding...
Via Sportsnaut
15 hours ago

Report: Philip Rivers playing through painful back injury

Philip Rivers is playing through a pretty significant back injury, according to a report. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that Rivers has a bulging disk in his back that is on the verge of being herniated, yet the quarterback is still playing for the Chargers. The issue began to bother Rivers three weeks ago but...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 hours ago

Report: Bears could have interest in Jim Harbaugh

Most of the talk surrounding San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has included a potential reunion with his Alma mater in the form of the Michigan Wolverines. But apparently there is another former Harbaugh team that is showing interest in the soon-to-be exiled 49ers head coach. Multiple reports, including one from Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer on Sunday, indicates that...
Via Sportsnaut
17 hours ago

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

One of the most successful head coaches in recent history might be interested in returning to the sidelines in 2015. Former Los Angeles Raiders, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan indicated to ESPN’s Chris Berman on Sunday morning that he hasn’t ruled out a return to the NFL. Well, one thing that I want to do is win,” The Super Bowl winning head...
Via Sportsnaut
18 hours ago

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Jim isn’t the only Harbaugh who has piqued Michigan’s interest. A lot of the speculation regarding Michigan’s coaching search has focused on San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. However, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, there are several other NFL coaches on the school’s radar, including Harbaugh’s older brother, John. Michigan has maintained a desire...
Via College Spun
19 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.