Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera has
decided the 2013 season will be his last.
Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader with 608, made the announcement on
Saturday morning with his family by his side at the Yankees' spring training
"It's not too easy when you come to a decision like this," said Rivera, who
first joked that he had received a contract extension. "It has been a
privilege and an honor to wear the pinstripes that I have proudly worn for so
The 43-year-old right-hander had given strong indications that he was likely
going to call it a career after the 2012 campaign. However, he tore the
anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while shagging fly balls during
batting practice before a May 3 game against Kansas City and missed the
remainder of the season.
Rivera initially said he would return for 2013 because he did not want to go
out with an injury. He then reportedly was unsure before telling Yankees
general manager Brian Cashman in November that he would indeed come back.
The 12-time All-Star appeared in just nine games last season and managed five
saves with a 2.16 earned run average and a 1-1 record. He had registered at
least 28 saves in 15 consecutive years prior to 2012.
Rivera, set to make his first spring training appearance on Saturday, has been
even more dominant in the postseason, winning five World Series titles with
the Yankees while posting 42 saves and a 0.70 ERA in 141 innings over 96
Included in his postseason heroics was a record 33 1/3-inning scoreless
streak, the 1999 World Series MVP and 2003 ALCS MVP.
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