NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It seems Mariano Rivera will call it a career after one last season in the Bronx.
The Yankees have a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday. At that time, Rivera will announce his intentions to retire at the end of the 2013 season, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
The legendary closer promised last month he’d let us all in on his decision before Opening Day.
“Always possible private Rivera decides to change mind at last sec,” tweeted Sherman, “but time and room are booked for his retirement announcement.”
Rivera, baseball’s all-time leader with 608 saves, had surgery in June to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. His 2012 season ended on May 3 in Kansas City, when the 43-year-old went down in a heap while shagging fly balls in Kansas City.
“Yes, I have (made a decision),” Rivera said on Feb. 13. “I won’t give it up until I’m ready for that. Yes, I have. Yes, I have. But again, I will tell you guys when I think it’s the right moment.”
Rivera recently told ESPN there was “a good chance” he would have retired in 2012 had he made it back in time to pitch in the playoffs.
He’ll go out with piles of accolades. The future Hall of Famer has five World Series rings and was selected to the All-Star game 12 times — all in pinstripes. Known for his great cutter, Rivera has posted a career 2.21 ERA, and has a mind-boggling 0.70 ERA in 96 playoff games (42 saves).
With Rivera will go the No. 42, which was retired by baseball in 1997 to honor Jackie Robinson breaking MLB’s color barrier.
Mo’s final season? Let’s send him out in style — give it up for the Sandman in the comments!