Say It Ain’t Mo! Yankees’ Rivera Says 2012 Season May Be His Last

NEW YORK (WFAN) — It’s inevitable. Eventually, “the immortal” Mariano Rivera will have to call it quits.

But after the 2012 season? So soon?

Rivera told the New York Post on Tuesday that hey, it’s a possibility.

“I don’t know what will happen,” he told the paper. “I have one year left. I might call it over. I will know more in spring training.”

Despite his age (he’ll turn 42 on Nov. 29) and mid-season swoon, the all-time saves leader had another excellent year in 2011. Rivera added 44 saves to his now-historic total and pitched to a minuscule 1.91 ERA.

Rivera also disclosed that he’s dealing with an issue affecting his vocal chords, and may have to undergo surgery to have it fixed.

“Every time I talk, it gets worse and worse,” he said. “I thought it was a little simple thing and I went to the doctor and she said they might have to do something. I think they have to scrape them.”

Sounds like no big deal, you say? Don’t tell Mo that.

“When you are talking about surgery,” he said, “there is nothing simple.”

Do you think Mariano will retire after next season? Be heard in the comments below…

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  1. G$ says:

    He might be the single most important Yankee player in the last 20 years. To have a solid closer is such a novelty in the majors now its under rated. I should know, I’m a Met fan, but then again, any fan of any other team would say the same thing. Good luck with next season Mo, and also with life after baseball…

  2. HOWIE KULE says:

    HE’S GOING OUT WITH CLASS!!

    HE WILL BE A SUPER STAR, NOT A USE TO BE,WHEN HE FEELS HE HAS ONE OR TWO GOOD PITCHES LEFT IN LIFE

  3. CN says:

    He’s smart to know when to call it quits. It’s better to go out while you’re still at your best, and to be remembered that way.

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