Thursday, March 07, 2013


Mariano Rivera expected to announce retirement effective after 2013 season

3/7/13, "Source: Yankees' Mariano Rivera to retire after 2013 season," Newsday, Boland

"On Saturday, the decision the Yankees and their fans have long dreaded is expected to come as the irreplaceable Rivera will announce his plans to retire after the season, a source confirmed. Barring a last-minute change of mind, of course, something that can't completely be eliminated as a possibility.

The Yankees announced a news conference at Steinbrenner Field at 10 a.m. Saturday, but the press release did not indicate a reason for the event.

All indications were Rivera likely was headed for retirement after last season, but all of that changed May 3 in Kansas City when the all-time leader in saves (608) tore his right ACL shagging fly balls during batting practice.

Rivera, his voice cracking later that night, said he was unsure he wanted to go through the rehab necessary to pitch this season. The next day he spoke resolutely.

"I'm coming back," he said. "Write it down in big letters. I'm not going down like this. God willing, if he gives me the strength, I'm coming back."

After surgery, Rivera's rehab went smoothly and he was quickly ahead of schedule, playing catch in his backyard by late summer. He reported to this year's camp enthusiastic and determined to show he would be as good as ever."...above photo, Dunn, 9/26/2010

Rivera during Yankee photo day, 2/20/13, by Munson, Star-Ledger 

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