Rivera to announce 2014 plans in Spring Training

Last season, Yankee fans and local media were kept in the dark regarding Mariano Rivera’s intentions with respect to playing another season until after he tore his ACL in early May. This year, he plans to be much more upfront about his future. “I’ll tell you in spring training,” the all-time saves leader told reporters. “Spring training is going to be the date.” That would certainly be preferable to the way last Spring played out, when every move from arriving to camp on-time, something of a rarity for Mo, to supposedly enjoying the experience more than most, was scrutinized for signs that the beloved Rivera was spending his last March in training camp.

If I had to wager on it, I’d bet that 2013 will be Mo’s final season, and his comments here don’t do a whole lot to change that assumption. “The decision to come back wasn’t easy,” he said. “Once you see the other side, I had almost the whole season to see things and enjoy my family and do all the things I didn’t do for 22 years. [But,] I’m a baseball player. The way I finished the season wasn’t the way I wanted to finish, so that’s why I said I’m going to come back.” That’s all well and good, and I think we can all agree we’re very glad that the image of him laying in the Kaufman Stadium outfield was not the way we wanted to see Mo’s amazing career end, but that also doesn’t really sound like a guy who spent some time away from the game and had the desire to continue to play strengthen.

Update: Here’s Mo talking about his decision to return on Geico SportsNite:

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Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

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  1. Reading between the lines, I'm thinking that, before the injury, Mo was leaning toward having 2012 be his last season, but he simply didn't want to go out that way, so he's coming back for 2013. But I think this is it, and if so, I hope he does announce it in Spring Training because he's absolutely going to deserve a year-long, farewell lovefest from us fans. He is a great competitor, and more importantly, a class act. I can't think of a single time he's ever said or done something embarrassing to himself or the Yankees. He's the easiest guy on the team to root for.