Best Ever? Mariano Rivera Retiring After This Year
Yankees great set the standard for relief pitchers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2013 9:52 AM CST
New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera pitches during a workout at spring training Feb. 16 in Tampa.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(Newser) – Mariano Rivera announced today what baseball fans, and especially Yankees fans, could see coming: The 43-year-old is retiring after this season. "There goes the greatest relief pitcher that ever lived," writes Gabe Lacques at USA Today. The numbers make it hard to disagree: Rivera is the game's all-time saves leader by a mile with 608, and he and his legendary cut fastball have achieved the amazing feat of allowing less than a baserunner per inning over his 18-year career.

But it's his playoff record that truly stands out, says Bleacher Report: "In 96 postseason contests, Rivera has gone 8-1 with a 0.70 ERA while recording 42 saves," writes Doug Rush. "He's also been a part of all five Yankees championships since 1996—tossing the series-clinching pitch in four of them." Click for more.

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Mar 10, 2013 1:52 PM CDT
In 2001, The Arizona Diamondbacks in only their 8th season of existence, solved Mariano......I was there at the 7th game in Phoenix when the Diamondbacks were loading the bases against Mariano...Nineth inning, two men out, 7th Game of the World Series against the Prolific Yankees..then Gonzo, 2001's Homerun hitter, Luis Gonzalez...pops one over 3rd base.....Gama Over....Diamondbacks WIN!.... Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, it may be the last time they go to the World Series, they fired the guy who got them there, the guy who brought Major Sports to Arizona, Jerry Colengelo, while the Yankees will get to keep their Winning World Series Tradition... Somewhere, the Diamondback ownership, forgot to go home with the one who got them to the Dance! May the Lord always be with Mariano in everything he may do Still Pissed............Diamondback fan. 1942
finkster
Mar 9, 2013 12:27 PM CST
A great Yankee and a humble man Like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera has represented baseball with class and dignity
Scott60561
Mar 9, 2013 11:05 AM CST
Theoretically speaking, if a closer stays healthy and their pitches remain effective, why couldn't they pitch until they were 50?