This baseball legend is known for closing more games than any other closer in Major League Baseball history – and he aims to end his last season on a high note. The New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is predicted to announce his retirement this Saturday at a news conference, after playing his entire 15-year career with the same team that magnified his best work, won five championships, and selected to the All-Star game for 12 seasons.
One of the most colorful players of all time, he has faced ups and downs throughout his career. However, it is his work ethic, talents, and humble demeanor that has fellow legends, athletes, and fans idolize him to a great extent.
With 608 saves under his belt, he will enter this season with his abilities tested by the current pool of some of most elite baseball players. In fact, 2012 was supposed to be the year to end his campaign. But a season-ending injury and surgery during spring training, pushed that on the back burner.
He has another (and last) season to continue where he left off and many people predict he will naturally shine, despite being absent for a year. After all, he is the most dominant closer for the past 15 years, posting a 2.21 ERA and 1.00 WHIP – the lowest in baseball history. Lucky for us, there’s one more year, the sports realm have the privileged opportunity to watch the closer save the games in effortless fashion.