ESPN and other various sources are reporting this morning that veteran New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera is planning to retire after the 2013 season. The announcement is planned for 10 a.m. on Saturday from the Yankees Spring Training complex in Tampa, Florida.
Rivera, 43, is returning to the mound after season ending ACL surgery last season. He returns to the diamond this season as the all-time saves leader in major league baseball with 608. Rivera, who has spent his entire career with the Yankees also leads the majors with 42 post season saves. Rivera has helped the Yankees to five World Series championships during his time with the team. Entering what is believed to be his final season, Rivera has posted a career ERA of 2.21 with a WHIP of 1.00.
There has been much speculation that this might be Rivera’s last season with the Yankees.