Mariano Rivera has his mind set on retiring at the end of the 2013 season, but that’s not going to discourage manager Joe Girardi from trying to coax Rivera out of retirement, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York.
During today’s media conference at Yankee Stadium, Girardi was asked how many more seasons his former teammate could pitch in the majors.
“I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t do it.” Girardi said. “He’s made it pretty clear that he doesn’t want to return, but I always say, you know, January rolls around and sometimes you have a different feel about what you want to do. I’m sure I’ll talk to him at some point in the offseason, and I’ll tell him when the season’s over ‘Take a month. Take a month and a half, two months and make sure this is what you really want to do. Because once you do go, it’s hard to come back.'”
Rivera is 4-2 with a 2.14 ERA in 2013, putting another All-Star year into the books, and even though Rivera seems like he could pitch another year or two, his stance on retirement hasn’t changed.
“I want to stay at home, close the door, and do what’s next.” Rivera said during his March press conference.
Besides, if Rivera did decide to retire it would be really awkward for the teams that lavished him in gifts during his retirement tour. Would he have to give all the gifts back, including the amazing and creative ‘Chair of Broken Dreams’? Well, only time will tell if Rivera would like to return next season. Joe Girardi would like it, fans would like it, but I think it would be time to respect Rivera’s decision and let him ride off into the sunset the champion he is.
— Just in case Rivera does retire, he probably will, buy your Yankees tickets to see him one last time.
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