Mariano Rivera confirms that he will retire following the 2013 season

sportfactshere:

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

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

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…

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