Set to retire as the greatest pitcher in the annals of MLB, 2013 will be a yearlong farewell to New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera

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Mariano Rivera will retire as the greatest pitcher in the annals of MLB.

Legendary New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera told ESPN’s Buster Olney that there’s “a good chance” he would have retired had he returned to pitch in last autumn’s playoffs.

The 43-year-old Rivera, who has amassed a record 608 saves, 76 wins, against 58 losses, 1,119 strikeouts and a 2.21 ERA in 1,051 appearances on the hill, has been shelved since suffering a torn ACL in his right knee last May shagging balls during batting practice.

It’s now more evident than ever that 2013 is the final season Rivera, a 12-time All-Star and five-time AL Rolaids Relief Man Award winner, will play professionally.

Hence, the upcoming campaign will be a yearlong farewell to the greatest hurler in the annals of Major League Baseball.

Ideally for Yankees fans, Rivera, using his famed cutter, will help lead the Bombers to their 28th championship in franchise history.

As the personification of class and professionalism, Mariano Rivera deserves such a storybook ending on One East 161st Street in the Bronx.

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