One of the top relief pitchers in baseball history announced Saturday that he will be retiring at the end of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
Mariano Rivera told a throng of reporters the news during a 10 a.m. press conference at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. The Yankee great holds the record for most career saves with 608.
"Why now? Now's the time," Rivera explained. "There's nothing left. I did everything, and I'm proud."
The 43-year-old right-hander has been especially dominant in post-season play. Rivera has notched 42 career saves compiling an ERA of 0.70 in leading New York to five World Series crowns.
He has spent all 18 of his MLB seasons in pinstripes.
Rivera missed most of the 2012 season after he torn the ACL in his right knee while shagging fly balls during batting practice in Kansas City on May 3rd. If he hadn't gotten hurt, 2012 would have been his final season on the diamond.
"[But] I didn't want to leave like that," Rivera added. "I felt like I wanted to give everything and I still have something left."
He gave the news with teammates, coaches and other Yankee greats at the Yankees spring training complex.
Despite his impressive stats Rivera does not consider himself the greatest relief pitcher of all time.
Rivera: "I am a team player. If it wasn't for my teammates I wouldn't have had the opportunity."
During his career the Panamanian-born Rivera compiled a record of 76-58.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
Didn't find what you were looking for?