At a press conference yesterday at the beginning of Spring Training, Yankees closer and all time saves leader Mariano Rivera made a few cryptic comments about his future in professional baseball.
“”I know now,” the New York Yankees closer said. “I just don’t want to tell you. I know now. I will let you guys know when I think I should tell you.”
Rivera, now 43, has often stated that he would elect to retire well before his skills being to deteriorate, meaning that he wants very much to go out while he is still on top. Even as he begins his 20th major league season, Rivera remains the pre-eminent closer in the sport, posting a 1.91 ERA and 44 saves last season. If he is looking to go out on top, this year might provide him with his best chance, as the Yankees have bolstered their starting rotation with former Mariners phenom Michael Piñeda and free agent pick up Hiroki Kuroda.
Time will tell for Mariano Rivera, but regardless of his decision, it is clear that the Hall of Fame and baseball history await.
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