Following the 2013 season, one of the game’s best closers, Mariano Rivera, will retire from the game of baseball. The New York Yankees closer will make an announcement on Saturday.
Rivera was signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent back in 1990. For the first time ever, the Panama City, Panama native left his home to join the team. When arriving in the United States, the right-handed pitcher spoke no English and reported to Yankees rookie-level ball. No one imagined he would go on to be MLB‘s greatest closer of all-time.
When Rivera was originally called up to the major leagues in 1995, he was a starter. In his first major league season, he started 10 games and posted a 5.51 ERA before being moved to the bullpen, where he found his home.
In his 18 seasons with the Yankees, Rivera set records in games finished with 892 and saves with 608. He compiled an outstanding ERA of 2.21 and a WHIP of 0.998. He is a five-time World Series Champion, 12-time All-Star, five-time reliever of the year, World Series MVP and led the majors in saves three-times.
He’s also the owner of multiple MLB postseason records, including lowest postseason ERA (0.90), most career postseason saves (42), most consecutive postseasons with an appearance (13) and others.
The 43-year-old holds records for the Yankees as well, including most saves in single season (53), lowest career WHIP (0.998) and most games finished in single season (69).
The future Hall of Famer will is the last player in the game of baseball to don the no. 42, which was retired by MLB in 1997 in honor of the late great Jackie Robinson. Rivera will be remembered by the baseball fans worldwide for both his outstanding on-field performance as well as his the way he was off-the-field.