Mariano Rivera will retire after the 2013 season

Welcome to the 2013 MLB season, AKA the Mariano Rivera farewell tour

3/7/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Feb 19, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera during spring training at Steinbrenner Field.  Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY SportsThe greatest closer of all time is hanging up his spikes at the end of the 2013 season.

Mariano Rivera, one of the living legends of the game of baseball, will announce in a press conference on Saturday that the 2013 season will be his last.

He missed almost all of last season with a torn ACL that he suffered while shagging flies during batting practice.

Before that, all he did in 18 seasons was set the all-time record in saves, and lock down the closer's role for 15 straight seasons with a perennial World Series contender.

Rivera's career numbers are absolutely mind-blowing. He has 608 saves, a 2.21 ERA, and 1,119 strikeouts in 1219+ innings.

Most impressively, his ERA+ is 206, which is another all-time record.

Much like last year with Chipper Jones, this year should be a series of ceremonies honoring the insanely great career that this guy has put together. He might even get standing ovations in Boston, the home of the Yankees' bitter rivals.

Rivera has always been one of the best pitchers in baseball, and has been a class act since day one. It will a shame to see him leave the game, but at least we get one more season.

Congratulations to Mariano Rivera, one of the game's all-time greats, and best wishes for a great final season.
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3/7/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

The way the Yankees are going on the injury list this off-season, this might be a very smart thing for Mariano to do.