Most of the Yankee beat reporters were present including WFAN's Sweeny Murti who tweeted, "Rivera said he has made a decision, not yet revealing, but could not have hinted any more strongly that he is retiring after this season." Murti reported on Mike Francesca's show on WFAN that Rivera is in the last year of his contract and he has acknowledged that leaving his family every year gets harder and harder.
Rivera told beat reporters that, "I will let you guys know sometime this year what my decision will be concerning my future." Rivera told them he came to a decision about two to three weeks ago regarding his career, but isn't ready to reveal it just yet. Mo continued to say he still loves the game and his teammates and when he is at spring training he has the desire to do well and get ready for the season.
Rivera said, "If you asked me yesterday if I would want to go to spring training I would have told you no." Rivera also reiterated, "This is my decision and I will let you know when I am ready. My decision won't be irrevocable once it is made."
A reporter asked about his health and Mo told them he "feels great" physically and any decision that is made has nothing to do with his health.
Rivera is the MLB all-time saves leader and is sure to be a first ballot Hall of Famer. Despite being 42 years old, Rivera is still the top reliever in the game and hasn't shown any deterioration in his skills.
In over 1200 innings pitched Rivera has 603 saves and 1111 strikeouts in his 17 year Major League career. Rivera's numbers have gotten better over these last eight years.
Rivera knows that as you age it gets more difficult to get prepared for the season, stay healthy and mentally focused. His love of his family was evident as he talked to the reporters about the difficulty it is every year to start the season.
Mo has nothing left to prove with all the individual and team accomplishments he has garnered over his career. From listening to him it is evident the end of the line as the Yankee closer is going to be sooner rather than later.
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