Will 2013 be Mariano Rivera’s last season?

So it seems Mariano Rivera has come to a decision about 2013 and whether it will be his last season in the Majors, he’s just not telling anyone yet. From Eric Boland of Newsday:

Rivera said he will announce his decision regarding next year before the start of the regular season.

Call it a hunch but if Mo saw himself pitching past 2013, he wouldn’t make his decision before the season. He’s been talking about the end of his career for so long that if he hadn’t gotten injured last season, I think we would have been dealing with our first post-Mo season in 2013. In some ways, the injury he suffered last year has been a blessing in disguise because we now get one more year with Mo in the bullpen.

Also, Rivera would be smart to make the announcement before the start of the season so he can give other teams time to plan their “Farewell Mariano Rivera” ceremonies.

I wonder what he’ll get. Chipper Jones got some interesting gifts last year from various teams and I was there when the Yankees – more specifically Derek Jeter and Andruw Jones – presented him with a used third base from the Stadium.

I also happened to be at Cal Ripken Jr.’s last game at Yankee Stadium in 2001. The Yankees had a whole ceremony for him. Will Mo’s career achievements merit that kind of treatment from other American League East teams? Only time will tell.

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5 thoughts on “Will 2013 be Mariano Rivera’s last season?

  1. uyf1950

    I'd like to see him get 42 saves this year and then call it a career with 650 lifetime saves. The next most for an active pitcher is 329 so it will be years IF ever before anyone catches him.

    • Agreed. Plenty of "flash in the pan" relievers have appeared on the scene and vanished just as quickly; they'll hold the single season saves records but nobody will string together the consistent mastery sufficient to come close to Mo. I look forward to his one-and-done Hall election.

      • Norm

        I've said this before on other threads, but it bares repeating. If Rivera isn't a unanimous first ballot HOF selection they should just close the place down, because it'll be irrelevant. He's the most dominate player at his position of his generation, bar none. There seems to be a few sportswriters, though, that have bought into this "closers aren't important" nonsense. I just hope they don't spoil things for the great Mo.

        • David

          Is he the most dominant player at his position ever? Or does Eck get the nod somewhat?

          • Norm

            Didn't say he's the most dominate ever, but of his generation. His last year was '98, so Eck's career more or less predates Mo's. I give Eck a lot of credit for being one of the best closers in BB history (although I wish he wasn't such a homer doing the post-game show for the Sox on NESN). That's why he's in the HOF, after all. Just one question: If you were building a team and could chose any player, past or present, for your roster, who would you choose Eck, or Mo? IMHO, it's Mo, hands down.

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