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Mariano Rivera confirms that he will retire following the 2013 season

Mar 9, 2013, 10:24 AM EST

Mariano Rivera AP

It was reported earlier this week that Mariano Rivera intends to retire following the 2013 season, but he made it official this morning at a press conference at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa.

In a room packed with teammates, members of the front office and the media, Rivera started by joking that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman gave him a two-year extension, but he soon cut to the chase.

“I’d love to tell you guys that after this year, I will be retired,” said Rivera, who called it a “privilege and honor” to spend his entire career in pinstripes.

Rivera confirmed today that he originally intended to retire after the 2012 season, but his plans changed after he suffered a season-ending right knee injury in May. While he turned 43 in November, he wants to go out on his own terms. He issued a warning to opposing hitters during the press conference, saying that he has a few bullets left, but intends “to use them well.” He’ll get started this afternoon when he makes his Grapefruit League debut against the Braves.

Rivera, a 12-time All-Star, owns a 2.21 ERA over his 18-year career and ranks first all-time with 608 career saves. He has an 0.70 ERA in 96 postseason games.

  1. dondada10 - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Just watched the press conference. This man is 100 percent class. As a Mets fan living in the Bronx, I’ve been extremely envious of the Yankees for having Mariano (we had Benetiz, after all).

    I hope he has a great year and enjoys retirement.

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    100% class during the entire interview.

  3. fanofevilempire - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Best $3000.00 the Yankees ever spent.
    The man is pure class and has the heart of a Lion.
    Not bad for a young Panamanian Fisherman who used a milk carton for a glove..

  4. dondada10 - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Everybody’s getting in on the Mo love:

    Stop making me like relievers, M. Rivera.— Old Hoss Radbourn (@OldHossRadbourn) March 9, 2013

  5. hushbrother - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Nice that he’s going to exit the game on his own terms, but ugh, another Farewell Tour for a retiring player. Things like that sometimes make me hate baseball.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      when you have players like the core four and Bernie who delivered the championships
      they get to go out like Royalty. I guarantee if you ask Yankee fans we feel that
      Bernie didn’t have the opportunity to go out the right way, he was never afforded the farewell tour and Bernie is a classy guy, I have always held this against Cash. I have always said as much trouble as there is in nyc for these fellas to get into these fellas did it the right way and delivered.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        Bernie is a classy guy, I have always held this against Cash.

        Bernie was replacement level for his age 34 and 35 seasons, and sub replacement at 36 and 37. For 3/4 years he was paid over $12M and was a liability in the field. What more did you want the Yanks to do?

      • federmattingly - Mar 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        “Bernie was replacement level for his age 34 and 35 seasons, and sub replacement at 36 and 37. For 3/4 years he was paid over $12M and was a liability in the field. What more did you want the Yanks to do?”

        Here’s why this is wrong. If you remember, the Yankees didn’t cut him, or invite him back. Rather, what they did is told him to try out in spring training and audition for the team. Like a rookie. They knew very well what he was capable of doing and should have treated him with respect and been straight with him one way or the other. That’s what more the Yanks should have done.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 9, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        They knew very well what he was capable of doing and should have treated him with respect and been straight with him one way or the other. That’s what more the Yanks should have done.

        I’m going to take two players, and show their stats over the last four years (one current, one retired):

        Player A – .263/.346/.412 for .758 OPS (100 OPS+), averaged 14 HR, 65 RBI and 75 R a season
        Player B – .276/.364/.483 for .848 OPS (123 OPS+), averaged 24 HR, 86 RBI and 73 R a season

        One of those players half this board thinks should be run out of town and should never play another game for the Yanks, and the other should have been given another chance…

      • federmattingly - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        Church what about this dont you get: “should have treated him with respect and been straight with him one way or the other.”

        I’m not saying the Yankees needed to keep him. They could have cut him. Maybe they should have. But saying, “come to spring training and try out for the team with the rookies and we’ll see” is ridiculous. Considering what he did for the team it reflects a total lack of respect.

  6. ramanzano99 - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Mo, we love you man! Que persona grandioso! A great humble man and a tool in the hands of a great God.

  7. sportfactshere - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Reblogged this on sportfactshere and commented:
    I really cant belive this he isnt that old and he is a great player. I think maybe he should just go ahead and play it safe and play at the lest 2 more seasons. What will this guy go after he leaves baseball. This decision will rip hi apart. Baseball isnt just a game its a passion. I can relate I am a pitcher as well. and i forgot to sign up one season in the fall and I just tottaly fell apart a time with out baseball is nothing. Whos with me PLAY More

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      What will this guy go after he leaves baseball. This decision will rip hi apart. Baseball isnt just a game its a passion. I can relate I am a pitcher as well.

      I’m just curious how you can relate to someone who grew up in a poor fishing village in Panama, has donated millions to get churches built in his home country, and is the greatest closer (and possible post season pitcher) of all time?

      Oh, and apparently he’s already discussed what he’d like to do after he retires:

      • fanofevilempire - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        church, why do you have to be a douche, you are like a bully.
        how the heck can you tell him he can’t relate, do you know him, all
        you do is post ridiculous comments and make stupid accusations.

        don’t ever bother to reply because I had enough of your stupidity and
        I have no reason to waste time reading your dumb comment!

        get a life loser!

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        how the heck can you tell him he can’t relate, do you know him,

        Because his idea of being about to “relate” to a professional athlete merely because he’s a pitcher is asinine. I pitched in little league many moons ago, does that mean I know what Rivera is going through? His other comments show he knows nothing about Rivera, so how does he know what Rivera thinks/feels?

  8. jjsooner - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    He’s the best of a group and deserves all the praise one can muster. Think about it:
    Robb Nenn – Billy Wagner – Hoyt Wilhelm – Bruce Sutter – Dennis Eckersly – Lee Smith – Goose Gossage – Trevor Hoffman – Rollie Fingers………608 saves and a 2.21 ERA? Are you kidding me??? He’s the best ever and its not even close. Good luck and God bless you Mariano.

  9. ceb113 - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Reblogged this on Deep to Left Field and commented:
    And when the Sandman saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

  10. jimeejohnson - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    .70 ERA in 96 post-season games! That is unreal. Rivera came through when it counted the most.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      per the RAB guys, he’s given up 1 ER in his last 29.1 IP in the postseason.

  11. uyf1950 - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Simply the Best, says it all. Good luck and I look forward to hearing your 2019 HOF acceptance speech.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Agreed 100%.

  12. tominma - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Im a Red Sox fan who HATED it when Rivera came in to close the game!! WHY? Because he’s the greatest closer in the history of the game, not just the saves leader. He’s also a class act. In his first game after the Red Sox came back from 0-3 in the playoffs to beat the Yanks 4 straight, Rivera received polite, mocking applase at Fenway. He laughed and tipped his hat. That mocking applase turned into a standing ovation!! The game will miss him.

  13. tesslord - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    i have always liked and admired mr. rivera although i am a red sox fan. he just seems reserve and classy.

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