YouWager experts have learned that this coming weekend New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will announce his retirement to take place after the next season.
The 43 year-old player who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, will make his announcement Saturday at 10 a.m. ET from the Yankees’ spring training camp in Tampa, Fla. This will be his first appearance this spring.
Rivera is considered the greatest closer in baseball history by many and now will retire as the all-time saves leader. The native of Panama enters the 2013 MLB season with 608 saves, seven more than Trevor Hoffman’s career total.
His 42 postseason saves are nine more than the combined total of the next two on the list, Brad Lidge and Dennis Eckersley. Rivera has won five World Series rings with New York, his only MLB employer.
Rivera returned home this week for a personal matter, and was expected to rejoin the Yankees Saturday.
Hank Steinbrenner did not comment on what would be announced at Saturday’s news conference. However, the Yankees co-chairman said he would like Rivera to still be involved with the team when he does end his playing career.
The thinking all spring has been that this baseball season would be Rivera’s last. The right-hander has always said he wanted to tell the people most important to him before making any announcements about his future.
Rivera made it to major league baseball back in 1995. He started 10 games, going 5-3 with a 5.94 ERA. The Bronx Bombers decided he would be better as a reliever, and he was instrumental as the club’s setup man in the team’s 1996 run to the championship.