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Mariano Rivera was probably pitching in 2013 regardless

May 9, 2012, 6:12 PM EST

Mariano Rivera AP

Given that Mariano Rivera indicated he had already made a decision about his status for 2013 going into the spring, most assumed 2012 would be his last year. He wasn’t willing to reveal anything publically at the time, but speculation was that he’d announce his retirement in July.

We know that won’t happen now, as Rivera has confirmed he’ll return in 2013 following his season-ending knee injury. The surprise, though, is that it appears he intended to pitch next year all along:

I was leaning toward coming back. I was feeling strong on that. It’s hard. I was weighing how I feel, the traveling, the games, and it’s the same. The traveling, I hate it; the playing, I love it. I was torn between that.

It is pretty interesting the way he puts it, given that he termed it this spring as though his decision was made. Still, it sounds as though we were going to get mo’ Mo all along.

  1. randygnyc - May 9, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Sure, except he doesn’t have a contract for 2013. Now, of course, the Yankees will sign him, but the decision isn’t his, exclusively.

  2. philliesblow - May 9, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    I hate the Yankees with the white-hot intensity of 1,000,000 suns. But I hope Rivera has a complete recovery and pitches as long as he wants. The man is 100% class.

    • Utley's Hair - May 9, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      Wow…that’s pretty damn hot.

      • 1historian - May 9, 2012 at 10:23 PM

        yathink?

  3. 1historian - May 9, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    IF he comes back, I predict that in his first game he will be greeted with a standing ovation – well-earned – for the ages.

    • nixonotis - May 10, 2012 at 3:29 AM

      I predict the sun will rise.

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