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Old 05-05-2012, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Nah, it's still a tough way to go out. I agree there could be worse ways that would "tarnish his legacy" but an injury ending a career is not exactly a storybook ending.
If he were ten years younger, his leg wouldn't have gone out. This is not an old-man's game. There is a reason why there are not many 42-year-old MLBers. His body is telling him that it's time to quit.
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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Mariano stated that he WILL be returning in 2013 and in NO WAY will be retiring.
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:28 PM
 
Location: southwestern USA
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Mariano Rivera has been a real credit to baseball----he personifies class, integrity, and true professionalism.

This man has possessed a dogged determination and tenacity that are to be admired.

He now has said that he doesnt want to end his career in this fashion and that he will be back next year-------I wouldnt be surprised at all to see him back next year----at his age it will be difficult-----but this man has the fortitude and desire to pull this off.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:18 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I'd rather see his career end like this, than with a series of blown saves and walk-off homers. I saw how Willie Mays prolonged his career into the outfield for the Mets in the post season, and it was a very, very sad thing to watch.

Rivera's career ended at the age of 42 with a weak double-play grounder to short with the tying run on base, and that is the way it should be in the best of all possible worlds.
Great point!
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:05 PM
 
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I'd rather see his career end like this, than with a series of blown saves and walk-off homers. I saw how Willie Mays prolonged his career into the outfield for the Mets in the post season, and it was a very, very sad thing to watch.

Rivera's career ended at the age of 42 with a weak double-play grounder to short with the tying run on base, and that is the way it should be in the best of all possible worlds.
Can't argue with that.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Rivera is one player we expected to decline every spring, and by every summer he would prove us wrong. He could easily have gone another five years without this injury, and if there is anyone in his 40s who can rehab & recover from this injury, it's him. Undoubtedly the best relief pitcher the game has ever seen.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Yeah, but as is often the case, these guys push their careers to the very edge of physical capability and resist retirement until it's forced upon them. It's too bad that "Mo" had to go out this way, but he had a choice and could have retired on a high note but thought he had "one more season" which typically leads to "another season."

I'm 47, and once you hit your 40s, things that you could do routinely don't always end up being as easy as they used to be.
Rivera's injury is pretty much the definition of 'freak injury'. Obviously, he was still a highly effective baseball player and I can't think of any reason that one would think he should have retired prior to this season.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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Rivera's injury is pretty much the definition of 'freak injury'. Obviously, he was still a highly effective baseball player and I can't think of any reason that one would think he should have retired prior to this season.
He is still one of the best closers (before the injury) and he would have retired if he thought that he would been mediocre. He is very honest with himself and his team.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Prior to the season he said this might be his last season, now, with the injury he is obviously re-thinking this. I believe he will do everything in his power to come back, but I also think if spring training doesn't go really well, he will hang it up. I don't think he is the kind of player who would go out at the bottom of his game, he will go out as a winner.
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:26 PM
 
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Sad to see a Yankee Great go out like this, he says he'll be back, I won't put much stock into that. With nothing else left to prove Mo should have retired this year with Posada. Hindsight. . .
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