New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will announce his decision on whether he will play in 2013 by midseason, according to the New York Post.
“I think maybe it will be before the All-Star break,” Rivera told the Post. “I just want to be sure,’’ he said. “I want to make sure whatever I decide, it will be the right decision.’’
“I don’t want to tell you, ‘OK, I’m going to retire,’ and then I don’t do it,’’ he said. “To me, that’s not right. Whatever decision I make, I continue or I don’t continue, that is a decision I want to stick with,’’ he said of his thought process. “As you get older, you have your priorities and you just go and do it.’’
The all-time saves leader has played 17 years for the New York Yankees, and has served as their closer for the past 15. During his tenure he has helped the team win five World Series trophies, led the league in saves three times, and has finished in the top-five in the American League Cy Young award voting five times. Despite his age, Rivera posted a 44 saves in 2011 with a 1.91 ERA. Over the past nine seasons he has posted an ERA above 2.00 just once.