As the world knows by now, Mariano (Mo) Rivera tore his ACL during batting practice and will be out for the remainder of the 2012 season. Before the season, Rivera announced that this season would be his last. However, with the injury, he announced that he would return in 2013 to complete his remarkable Major League career.
Any way you look at it, Rivera is the greatest closer of all-time. He is the all-time leader in career Saves He is a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer and could pave the way for pitchers like Lee Smith to take his rightful place in Cooperstown. His career ERA for the regular season is an astonishing 2.21. It’s even more impressive when you consider that Rivera pitched his entire career in the American League, and he pitched most o his career in the heart of the steroids era.
When you look at his numbers in the postseason, it is even more astonishing. He was outright unhittable. His career postseason ERA was a minuscule 0.70. In 141 innings in the postseason, he gave up only 11 runs and just 2 home runs. It was almost a sure bet that the game was over when Mo entered the game. As sure of a bet as there ever has been, anyway. He also won five World Series rings.
It is fitting that Rivera will end his career on the mound, instead of in batting practice. I applaud the decision to come back in 2013. I have never been a fan of the Yankees (especially after they beat my beloved Braves in 1996 and 1998), but it is almost impossible to not have respect for a guy like Rivera, who represents everything that is right with the game. Hopefully, he can come back in 2013 and dominate hitters just like he always has.