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Rivera To Retire At End Of Season [VIDEO]

Yankee reliever Mariano Rivera has announced that the 2013 season will be his last.

 

Mariano Rivera
Mariano Rivera (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

With the entire Yankees’ team looking on — including longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte — the 43-year-old made the announcement at a press conference at the Yankees spring training complex in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.

“It’s not too easy when you come to a decision like this, but I would like to say that it has been an honor and a privilege to wear the pinstripes uniform that I have worn proudly for so many years through good times, great times and times of learning processes,” Rivera said. “It has been wonderful.”

If not for a season-ending knee injury in 2012 while chasing a fly-ball on the warning track at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, that season likely would have been his last. Rivera declared he wanted to end his career on his terms and was “not going out like that.”

“If I would’ve finished the season last year, I would have retired last year,” Rivera said Saturday. “But I didn’t want to leave that way. I wanted to give everything and I felt like I still had something left. This year, I felt like I knew what I needed to do.”

The Yankees signed Rivera to a one-year, $10 million contract for the 2013 season.

Rivera holds the career saves record with 608 and has helped the Yankees win five World Series titles. He is regarded as the greatest closer of all time, whether he’s throwing his cut fastball in the regular season or postseason.


PITCHING Regular Season Career Stats (source: New York Yankees)
YEAR▲ TEAM LG LEVEL W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
1990 YAN GCL ROK 5 1 0.17 22 1 1 1 1 1 52.0 17 3 1 0 2 7 0 58 .102 0.46 -
1991 GBO SAL A (Full) 4 9 2.75 29 15 1 0 0 0 114.2 103 48 35 2 3 36 0 123 .238 1.21 -
1993[+] Minors 1 1 2.08 12 12 0 0 0 0 43.1 33 13 10 0 0 16 0 38 .208 1.13 -
1994[+] Minors 10 2 3.09 22 22 1 0 0 0 131.0 126 54 45 12 2 30 0 89 .253 1.19 -
1995 NYY AL MLB 5 3 5.51 19 10 0 0 0 1 67.0 71 43 41 11 2 30 0 51 .266 1.51 -
1995 COL INT AAA 2 2 2.10 7 7 1 1 0 0 30.0 25 10 7 2 0 3 0 30 .227 0.93 -
1996 NYY AL MLB 8 3 2.09 61 0 0 0 5 8 107.2 73 25 25 1 2 34 3 130 .189 0.99 -
1997 NYY AL MLB 6 4 1.88 66 0 0 0 43 52 71.2 65 17 15 5 0 20 6 68 .237 1.19 -
1998 NYY AL MLB 3 0 1.91 54 0 0 0 36 41 61.1 48 13 13 3 1 17 1 36 .215 1.06 -
1999 NYY AL MLB 4 3 1.83 66 0 0 0 45 49 69.0 43 15 14 2 3 18 3 52 .176 0.88 1.62
2000 NYY AL MLB 7 4 2.85 66 0 0 0 36 41 75.2 58 26 24 4 0 25 3 58 .208 1.10 1.15
2001 NYY AL MLB 4 6 2.34 71 0 0 0 50 57 80.2 61 24 21 5 1 12 2 83 .209 0.90 2.00
2002 NYY AL MLB 1 4 2.74 45 0 0 0 28 32 46.0 35 16 14 3 2 11 2 41 .203 1.00 1.15
2002 YAN GCL ROK 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 - 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .286 1.50 -
2003 NYY AL MLB 5 2 1.66 64 0 0 0 40 46 70.2 61 15 13 3 4 10 1 63 .235 1.00 1.88
2004 NYY AL MLB 4 2 1.94 74 0 0 0 53 57 78.2 65 17 17 3 5 20 3 66 .225 1.08 2.17
2005 NYY AL MLB 7 4 1.38 71 0 0 0 43 47 78.1 50 18 12 2 4 18 0 80 .177 0.87 1.51
2006 NYY AL MLB 5 5 1.80 63 0 0 0 34 37 75.0 61 16 15 3 5 11 4 55 .223 0.96 2.05
2007 NYY AL MLB 3 4 3.15 67 0 0 0 30 34 71.1 68 25 25 4 6 12 2 74 .248 1.12 1.82
2008 NYY AL MLB 6 5 1.40 64 0 0 0 39 40 70.2 41 11 11 4 2 6 0 77 .165 0.67 1.41
2009 NYY AL MLB 3 3 1.76 66 0 0 0 44 46 66.1 48 14 13 7 1 12 1 72 .197 0.90 2.02
2010 NYY AL MLB 3 3 1.80 61 0 0 0 33 38 60.0 39 14 12 2 5 11 3 45 .183 0.83 1.58
2011 NYY AL MLB 1 2 1.91 64 0 0 0 44 49 61.1 47 13 13 3 2 8 2 60 .215 0.90 1.23
2012 NYY AL MLB 1 1 2.16 9 0 0 0 5 6 8.1 6 2 2 0 0 2 2 8 .200 0.96 1.29
MLB Totals MLB 76 58 2.21 1051 10 0 0 608 681 1219.2 940 324 300 65 45 277 38 1119 .210 1.00 1.63
Minors Totals[+] Minors 22 15 2.36 93 58 4 2 1 1 373.0 306 128 98 16 7 93 0 340 .223 1.07

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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