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It’s Official: Mariano Rivera Will Retire After This Season

We already saw this coming, but now it’s confirmed: there will be no mo’ Mo after 2013.

The 43-year-old closer, generally regarded as the greatest the game has ever seen, will call it quits after this season, his 19th in the league. Mariano Rivera currently holds the career saves record with 608 and has won five World Series titles as a member of the New York Yankees. His post-season ERA of 0.70 in 141 innings is the lowest all-time, made more impressive by the fact that the only other pitcher in the top 10 who threw for at least 100 innings (Christy Matthewson, 0.97) still only threw 101.2 playoff innings.

Rivera also holds the distinction of being the last player to wear number 42, which was retired in 1997 by MLB in honor of Jackie Robinson.

Even if you’re a Yankee hater, you have to pay tribute to one of the all-time greats. Here’s hoping Rivera has one final great year this season to end his career in style.

Statistics via Baseball Reference

[Sports Illustrated]

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