Mariano Rivera to Retire at Conclusion of 2013 Season

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The greatest relief pitcher of all-time has announced his pending retirement.

Mariano Rivera, who is returning to the mound in 2013 after tearing his ACL while shagging fly balls last year, confirmed at a new conference today that he will call it quits following the upcoming season.

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Said Rivera, 43, this morning at the Yankees' spring training complex, surrounded by teammates and club officials:

"After this year, I will retire... I thank God I was able to play baseball so many years."

Rivera is baseball's all-time leader in saves. He owns five World Series rings and a career ERA of 2.21.

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pssst:THE TRAINERS TOLD HIM THEY WOULDN'T ALLOW A WHEELCHAIR ON THE FIELD.
.......................that's why he resigned.