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Rivera on retirement: 'I know,' but won't say

Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:22 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans


Mariano Rivera arrived at Yankees camp a day later than the rest of the Yankees' pitchers and catchers report and he said he has a decision about if he will report next year -- he's just not going to share that decision.

"I know now," Rivera told reporters (via ESPNNewYork.com). "I just don't want to tell you. I know now. I will let you guys know when I think I should tell you."

When? "I will tell you that in October, maybe," he said.

Rivera's age may now match his jersey number (42), but if he decides to hang them up after this season, chances are it's not just some kind of victory lap celebration. Even entering his 18th big-league season, Rivera is among the game's elite closers. Last season he finished with 44 saves and a 1.91 ERA in 64 games. He struck out 60 in 61 1/3 innings, while walking just eight batters. His WHIP was 0.89 last season and stands at 0.998 for his career. He also broke Trevor Hoffman's career saves record last season and now owns the all-time mark with 603 -- a number that should only grow this season (and maybe beyond).

Rivera is in the second year of a two-year, $30 million deal signed following the 2010 season.

"It is hard when you have the ability to continue and you have to make that decision," Rivera told reporters, including ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand. "It's hard. For me, baseball is not everything.

"There are a lot more things than baseball. I've been blessed. I've had a great career, but at the same time there are a lot of other things to do."

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Comments

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:40 pm
 

Rivera on retirement: 'I know,' but won't say

your right Xrisanderson, I let that guy get under my skin and shouldn't have.  I noticed a lot of sports fans from different areas were writing mostly good things about Rivera and thats what it should have been about.  People can either love or hate a team, player or coach and Mo definitely had fans doing both. Next time I will just ignore members who act like that.



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:19 am
 

Rivera on retirement: 'I know,' but won't say

Mo can do what he wants...He has earned that....As most fans know throughout baseball we may never see somebody like him again. So I say I'm just happy he will pitch in 2012 and enjoy it while he is around.



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:49 am
 

Rivera on retirement: 'I know,' but won't say



He can continue or quit on his terms. Why, greatness.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:34 am
 

Rivera on retirement: 'I know,' but won't say

It's good that you are standing behind your comments.  A lesser person, a pathetic coward, would threaten to hunt down people they disagree with, then run away and change screen names when their challange is accepted.  Good thing you aren't like that.

Slkaos.  I already had some fun with Brian8ball oops I mean BigBangTheory17 oops I mean..... ahhhhhh, I don't know anymore.

But it's kinda fun watching him squirm and try to pretend being somebody else.

Keeps these boards interesting, that's for sure. 



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:15 am
 

Rivera on retirement: 'I know,' but won't say

The nice thing about Rivera is that he has been a constant throughout his career. I believe he has earned the right to decide when he wants to retire. As long as he is healthy and still enjoys the game, i believe he can pitch another 3 seasons at least. Also, i don't understand why there is so much bashing among New Yorkers on the thread. Can't you guys get along?



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 7:44 am
 

Rivera on retirement: 'I know,' but won't say

Where did you get the idea I live in the Bronx.I actually was Born On the Ues on manhattan.I did a 4 year bit with the Marines and I have traveled plenty

You don't see many Manhattan born ex-marines.


,So you really should not assume things.


Or use spaces between sentences apparently.

And any True Yankee fan will tell you that they have nothing but hate for the Sox as well as the Pats.



How about the Bruins and Celtics?


So yes you are soft.Maybe it is that Cali living that has made you that way or growing up a spoiled brat on the Island.And I know about the Island I 2 house in Long Beach.



Any other real estate holding?  Midtown Manhattan business office maybe?

And dude talking about sad,is when someone thonks they are tough because they can write a comment disrespecting me.I  will stand by everything I said,there is no room for any whiny Yankee fans who come to 2 games a year and don't hate the Sox.


It's good that you are standing behind your comments.  A lesser person, a pathetic coward, would threaten to hunt down people they disagree with, then run away and change screen names when their challange is accepted.  Good thing you aren't like that.


NiceAbbie
Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 7:22 am
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Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:36 am
 

Rivera on retirement: 'I know,' but won't say

One of the great closers is making overtures about retirment and we get a grammar lesson from the so called baseball experts.
I hope he pitches til he is 50. Watching him over the last 20 years has been a treat. Thanks M. R.



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:29 am
 

Rivera on retirement: 'I know,' but won't say

Wow, I wanted to see what the comments about Rivera on this piece would be, but the entire first page had nothing to do with him. All New Yorkers arguing about various things that had very little to do with Mariano. How pleasant it must be to live in that area....

 


dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:34 am
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