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Mariano Rivera to Announce Retirement After 2013 Season

Reports are flooding the Twitter that Yankee closer Mariano Rivera will announce his retirement from baseball after the 2013 season. The announcement is scheduled for Saturday. I'll bring the tissues.

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According to Joel Sherman via Twitter, Mariano Rivera is set to announce his retirement from Baseball in a press conference schedule for Saturday at 10AM. He will apparently retire after the 2013 season is over. There was always a lot of speculation that Rivera retirement would come sooner rather than later. By later, I mean at the youthful age of 55. According to RAB, Rivera might have even retired in the offseason, if not for the knee injury which put him on the DL for all of last year.

What can you say about Mariano Rivera that hasn't already been said? He is, without question, the greatest reliever in the history of baseball. To this day I have yet to hear any hitters describe a pitch other than his legendary Fastball Cutter as "unhittable." Mo should be an automatic first round ballot lock for the Hall of Fame. Furthermore, he is downright the epitome of a class act. His demeanor both on and off the field is both humbling and inspirational. Okay, I'm gushing a bit. I'm not wrong though.

One thing to keep in mind is that Mo could very well change his mind about his retirement throughout the course of the year. Nothing is ever set in stone. Pettitte is still on the mound for the Yankees after he retired. Anything's possible. Just think happy thoughts and clap your hands. If this is indeed to be Mo's last season with the Yankees, then let's make 2013 a championship year and get the man one more ring.

I'd say to let Mo go out on top, but I've always believed that he can pitch forever.