March 9, 2013 |
Mariano Rivera, the New York Yankees' future Hall of Fame reliever who returned this season after a major knee injury, confirmed the worst-kept secret in spring camp Saturday morning when he announced that he'll retire at the end of the 2013 season -- preferably doing what no other reliever in the history of baseball has done, saving the World Series-clinching game. “It's not too easy when you come to a decision like this,” Rivera said surrounded by family and teammates at a news conference in Tampa, Fla. “After this year, I will be retired .... Now you're hearing it from me. It's official now.” When he hangs up his jersey, the No. 42 -- now retired by Major League Baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson -- will also be a thing of the past.
July 24, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The greatest closer in baseball history brought his farewell tour to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this week. And once again Mariano Rivera arranged to meet quietly with ordinary fans and stadium workers, as he has done in every city the New York Yankees have visited this season. “What I'm getting from these tours is being able to say thank you," Rivera said Tuesday. "To people that work in the stadium, thanks. And that's what I wanted to do. I wanted to make sure that I said thank you for all those people behind the scenes that I can touch and be able to spend a little time with them.
October 15, 2009 |
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has left a trail of broken bats over the last 15 years that, if you were to stack them together, could fill a cord or two. "He could probably build himself a 10,000-square-foot log cabin down in Panama with all of them," Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. said. "That's how many bats he's broken. "You just want them to die a hero. The bat might shatter into 30 pieces, but if the ball drops on the outfield grass, you don't have any problem with it."
June 15, 2013 |
Mariano Rivera made his major league debut in Anaheim 19 seasons ago and it didn't go well. The then-California Angels knocked him around for five runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Things got a lot better for Rivera when he moved to the bullpen, so much so that when he plays his final game at Angel Stadium on Sunday it will be among the last stops on his way to the Hall of Fame. But Rivera paused to pay tribute to others before Saturday's game, meeting quietly with 18 fans and longtime stadium workers to acknowledge their contributions to the game.
July 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK - He stood alone, atop the mound, atop a city, atop his profession. The fans gave him a standing ovation. So did the players, on both teams, from the top step of each dugout. Mariano Rivera touched his cap to his heart, waved it at the fans, nearly broke down in tears. "It was amazing," Rivera said. "It was a scene I will never forget. " BOX SCORE: MLB All-Star Game It was his last All-Star act in a game that will never forget him - well, except for the three outs he coolly recorded as soon as everyone sat down.
November 3, 2012 |
All-time saves leader Mariano Rivera plans to pitch again for the New York Yankees next year. Rivera told the Yankees this week that he'll return from a knee injury that sidelined him for most of the season. The closer turns 43 next month. Rivera has 608 career saves. He tore a ligament in his right knee in early May while shagging fly balls during batting practice. Rivera vowed right away to pitch again, but recently had said he wasn't sure. Rafael Soriano earned 42 saves this year for the AL East champions while filling in for Rivera.
July 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK - In the final All-Star game of Mariano Rivera's distinguished career, who got the save for the American League? "That could be a trivia question," Joe Nathan said. "I'm sure everyone will get it wrong. " Nathan had better not miss the answer, since he is the answer. PHOTO GALLERY: MLB All-Star Game Rivera, the legendary New York Yankees closer, worked the eighth inning in Tuesday's All-Star game, just in case there would be no bottom of the ninth inning.
June 12, 2011 |
THE CAPTAIN The Journey of Derek Jeter Ian O'Connor Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 400 pp., $26 BULLPEN DIARIES Mariano Rivera, Bronx Dreams, Pinstripe Legends, and the Future of the New York Yankees Charley Rosen Harper: 370 pp., $25.99 For the New York Yankees, the 2010 offseason was a tale of two superstars, both of whom they wanted to re-sign. On the one hand, there was Derek Jeter, iconic shortstop and face of the franchise, on the verge of becoming the first Yankee to record 3,000 hits in a career.
September 21, 2013 |
They were called the California Angels then, the visiting team on a beautiful Friday evening in New York. The Yankees had not won a postseason series in 15 years, so the attendance at Yankee Stadium was a modest 19,087 on May 17, 1996. The Yankees won, 8-5. Rookie shortstop Derek Jeter , batting eighth, tripled home one of the Yankees runs. The winning pitcher was Andy Pettitte . The save went to Mariano Rivera , the first of his career. The Yankees went on to win the World Series that year, and in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009.
June 16, 2013 |
The Angels honored retiring closer Mariano Rivera on Sunday, handing out collectible certificates commemorating a career that is certain to end in the Hall of Fame. It seemed an odd tribute, though, given that Rivera plays for the team the Angels were trying to beat. And it felt even stranger when Rivera prevailed, striking out Albert Pujols with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, saving a 6-5 Yankees win and ending the Angels' winning streak at three games. But if the spotlight was on Rivera at the beginning and end of the game, the Angels' focus in the middle was on their own All-Star pitcher, starter Jered Weaver, who is in one of the worst slumps of his career.