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Rivera likely to retire after new two-year deal runs out

Dec 5, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

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Mariano Rivera inked a two-year, $30 million contract last week with the Yankees.  It may be the last contract of his career.

Rivera, 41, posted a stellar 1.80 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over 60 innings this past season, fanning 45 batters and walking only 11.  He converted 33 of his 38 save chances and did not allow a run in six postseason appearances.  Mo could probably pitch well into his mid-40s with that same cut fastball that seems to break every bat it touches, but he apparently won’t.

The closer and Yankees legend told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News on Saturday that he’s likely to hang up his cleats when his new deal with the Yankees runs out.

“I wanted two years,” Rivera said. “That will be fine.  I think maybe that might be the last two years.”

Rivera boasts a 2.23 career ERA and a 1.00 career WHIP with 559 saves to his name.  Closers don’t always have an easy road to the Hall of Fame, but he’s a no-doubter.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Whenever Mo decides to retire whether it’s in 2 years or 5 years he’s been worth every dime the Yankees have paid him and will pay him. The greatest closer in Major League history, the greatest closer in ML post season history and a perfect gentleman.
    Whenever you leave Mo, thanks for the memories.

  2. jfk69 - Dec 5, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    What a man,human being and ball player. He is the one player the Yankees will miss the most and have the hardest time replacing. That is both on the field and off it.

  3. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 5, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    What? A MLB pitcher retiring at 43+ years of age. And this is news, how? Perhaps two years from now after two more good season, this might be a story.

  4. bigharold - Dec 5, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    “Rivera likely to retire after new two-year deal runs out”

    That’s an interesting take on ” I think maybe that might be the last two years.””

    I doubt that Rivera will stick around until he can’t hack it. But, if he has a year in 2012 like last year he won’t just walk away either. He seems like a very competitive person that really loves the challenge. Conversely, he clearly seems to be cognizant of his legacy which he doesn’t want to tarnish. It might also be in the back of his mind that if he has a good but not great 2012 he could well get the same treatment Jeter got this off season.

    I think Rivera will have a spot in the BP, Yankees or otherwise, as long as he feels he can get it done. From all that I’ve seen heard and read about him over the years he’ll walk away before somebody tells him to leave. I’m just not convinced that 2012 will be the end.

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