Today New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera announced that this year will be his final season. Rivera has spent the entirety of his 18 year career with the Yankees and holds the Major League record for saves with 608 and the postseason record of 42. He’s also the last player to ever wear the number 42, which was retired by every team for Jackie Robinson. Since Rivera was already wearing 42 when the number was retired he and Mo Vaughn were allowed to continue to wear it. Vaughn has since retired leaving Rivera as the lone wearer of 42 left in baseball. He’s widely regarded as the greatest closer to ever play the game and has left a major impact on the game.
I know this is a Red Sox blog and I’m supposed to hate the Yankees, you can’t help but respect what Rivera has done throughout his career. In my opinion he is the greatest closer of all time and I think it’ll remain that way for a long time. I for one seem to identify the number 42 with Rivera more than Robinson, but that’s partly because I’ve seen Rivera play and Robinson had already passed away by the time I was born. If he didn’t play for the Yankees I’d root for him to have a successful farewell tour, but sadly that’s not the case and I’ll be hoping he blows every save.
- Farewell by the numbers for Mariano Rivera (espn.go.com)
- It’s Official: Mariano Rivera Will Retire After This Season (sportsgrid.com)
- Source: Yankees’ Mariano Rivera to retire after 2013 season (newsday.com)
- Yankees’ Mariano Rivera says 2013 season will be his last (newsday.com)
- Mariano Rivera To Retire After This Season (themercyrule3.wordpress.com)