In an interview with Mariano Rivera, he said he will retire “the minute he knows that he doesn’t have it.”
Do I believe him? Yes. Will that day ever come? I don’t think so.
At 40 years young, he was named the Sporting News’ 2009 Pro Athlete of the Year. He saved his 500th game in 2009, and now trails the still active Trevor Hoffman by 65. But everyone knows that record means nothing in terms of “who’s the better closer?”
Seriously though, when do you think his cutter is going to stop working? He lost a little velocity in the pitch compared to last year (maybe 3mph), but that may have actually helped his numbers!
In the last seven years, he’s posted six season ERAs under two. In that span, he’s saved 313 games. He also ranked in the top 15 for Most Valuable Player in the American League for the sixth time in his career.
Oh, and it never hurts to add the fact he earned his first career RBI on his first career walk in 2009. Here’s the link for the video if you’re having a bad day.
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