Mariano Rivera RUMORS & NEWS

  • How $5,000 ended up costing the Royals chance at Mariano Rivera

    New York Post "What a tremendous scene — not just here at Kauffman Stadium, but in this whole darn city. When you go to the downtown CVS at 7:15 Tuesday morning and you’re greeted by employees wearing Royals shirts, you know they’re into it. That a 29-year wait for postseason baseball action makes folks..." October 02

  • Mo Rivera: I'd pick Pedroia over Cano

    ESPN.com "Former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera writes in a new book released Tuesday that Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox would be his ultimate choice as a second baseman, saying he doesn't think former teammate Robinson Cano "burns to be the best." Rivera played with Cano for the first nine seasons..." May 06

  • Mariano Rivera’s replacement’s replacement? Joe Girardi has no idea

    Hardball Talk "David Robertson was the easy choice to replace Mariano Rivera as the Yankees’ closer, but now that Robertson is out with a groin injury manager Joe Girardi isn’t sure who’ll be taking over ninth-inning duties. Asked this morning who’ll serve as the Yankees’ closer, Girardi told Danny Knobler of..." April 08

  • Yankees great Mariano Rivera admits that he misses baseball already

    New York Daily News "For Mariano Rivera, this February is different. There is no spring training, no regular season in his future and no uniform to put on. He is retired now, and with the Yankees’ spring training in full swing and his home country of Panama set to host a Yanks-Marlins exhibition series next month,..." February 27

  • Rivera: Robertson is the Yankees’ closer now

    New York Post "Hal Steinbrenner named David Robertson the new Yankees closer last week. Robertson got an even better endorsement Saturday night from Mariano Rivera. While Rivera was being honored at the New York Chapter BBWAA dinner, a fan yelled out “one more year.” The retired closer made it clear he had..." January 26

  • Yankees and Marlins to play exhibition games in Panama City

    New York Daily News "The Yankees have yet to release their spring training schedule for 2014, but when they do, it will feature a very different type of road trip. According to a source, the Yankees and Marlins will play a pair of exhibition games in Panama City. The games are tentatively scheduled for March 15-16,..." November 13

  • Liriano, Rivera win 2013 MLB Comeback Player of the Year Awards

    MLB.com "Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano and New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera have been named the recipients of the 2013 National League and American League Comeback Player of the Year Awards, respectively, Major League Baseball announced today. The Comeback Player of the Year Awards are..." November 05

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    MLB @MLB

    .@Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano and @Yankees RHP Mariano Rivera named NL and AL Comeback Players of the Year, respectively.

  • Mariano Rivera jokes: ‘I am not retired yet’

    New York Post "Having been presented the prestigious Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award by Bud Selig Mariano Rivera put a look of bewilderment on the commissioner’s face. And if Yankees fans had been in the room on the middle floor of Fenway Park they would have applauded. “I am not retired yet it’s..." October 25

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    MLB Public Relations @MLB_PR

    Mariano Rivera to receive Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award before #WorldSeries Game 2. 13th ever & 1st since Griffey in '11.

  • Clemens urges Rivera to return to Yankees next year

    New York Post "Let’s hope this isn’t a second career for retired pitching great Roger Clemens. “The Rocket” penned a piece in Friday’s Houston Chronicle bidding farewell to Mariano Rivera. His final line encouraged Rivera to return to the mound next year. “When you’re sitting at home next May and the..." September 28

  • Mariano Rivera has played his final game

    New York Post "Mariano Rivera’s appearance on Thursday in The Bronx was the last of his career. “I’m done” Rivera said before the Yankees faced the Astros Saturday at Minute Maid Park. Manager Joe Girardi said earlier he would give Rivera the option to change his mind and play Sunday but Rivera erased any..." September 28

  • Now playing centerfield … Mariano Rivera

    Houston Chronicle "Mariano Rivera may make a debut on his final weekend before retirement: as a centerfielder. The 43-year-old closer in his 19th and final big league season has said he’d like to play the outfield. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he’s thinking about allowing Rivera to do it this weekend when..." September 27

  • E-MO-TIONAL! Tearful goodbye for Mariano Rivera

    New York Daily News "Sunday was a celebration of Mariano Rivera's career complete with family friends and former teammates. Thursday was a different type of night for the Yankees' legendary closer. Rivera made the final Yankee Stadium appearance of his career pitching the ninth inning in the Yankees' 4-0 loss to..." September 27

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    Sweeny Murti @YankeesWFAN

    Asked Girardi if he is entertaining the idea of playing Mariano in CF he said "Absolutely." But in HOU this weekend not tonight.

  • Yankees retire Mariano Rivera's number

    CBSSports.com "There were gifts of course. More gifts for Mariano Rivera who can fill more than one house with everything he has been given through his retirement tour. The Yankees had to give him more and they did. They retired his number while he's still wearing it. Rivera was already the last player..." September 22

  • Tragedy at sea put Mariano Rivera on path to Hall of Fame

    New York Post "He came from a family where fishing was a way to make a living. And Mariano Rivera like others before him was destined for a fisherman’s hard life. This was the dangerous work of his father Mariano Rivera Palacios. It was also what uncle Miguel Rivera did. He died in a hospital after injuries..." September 21

  • Yankees almost traded Mariano — for a nobody

    New York Post "It was spring training of 1996 and Lou Piniella had to feel like he was on top of the baseball world. His Mariners were coming off an industry-shaking run to the American League Championship Series one in which they had eliminated the Yankees and Lou’s old Boss George Steinbrenner by climbing..." September 20

  • Yankees to wear Mariano Rivera patch on hats Sunday

    CBSSports.com "During the last homestand in the legendary career of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera the Yankees will become the first team in MLB history to honor an active player on their cap. The special caps will be worn during Sunday's game against the Giants. Prior to the game the Yankees will have a..." September 19

  • Yankees players join in campaign for Rivera Avenue

    New York Post "Both Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia are hoping to play ball alongside Rivera Avenue. Wednesday’s editions of The Post advocated changing River Avenue in The Bronx to Rivera Avenue as a tribute to the Yankees’ legendary and future Hall-of-Fame closer who is retiring after this season. The..." September 19

  • Yankees legend Mariano Rivera honored at Fenway Park

    Boston Globe "Part of the pleasure of honoring Yankees legend Mariano Rivera was sorting through all the memories. With Rivera making his final appearance at Fenway Park this season the Red Sox made the stroll down memory lane a playful one. Starting with a video presentation the Sox went back to one of..." September 16

  • Rule deprives Mariano Rivera of save for Yankees

    USA Today "File this one away – maybe until the next century or so – if and when someone challenges Mariano Rivera's all-time saves record. The retiring New York Yankees closer came in to pitch the ninth inning in Baltimore on Thursday after the Yankees had taken a 6-5 lead against the Orioles in the top..." September 13

  • Mariano Rivera is all the Yankees have left, which is why the playoff run is dubious

    Newark Star-Ledger "The swing seemed largely defensive really — it was just another righty batter lunging to take a futile swipe at a 1-1 cutter something we’ve all smirked at a thousand times only this time Will Middlebrooks managed to get the fat part of his bat on it. And this one also happened to catch the whiff..." September 09

  • Rivera’s dominance diminishing as end nears

    New York Post "We had assumed that even if this were the worst of times for the Yankees there would still be Mariano Rivera to celebrate. A few weeks ago it appeared September would be devoid of contention and that Yankee fans would have to settle for one last go-around with Mo one final opportunity to watch..." September 08

  • Yankees closer Rivera says his mind is made up, will retire after season

    New York Daily News "“Enter Sandman” will be silenced after this season according to Mariano Rivera and no pleas from manager Joe Girardi or anyone else will change the legendary closer’s retirement plans. In an ESPN report before Tuesday’s come-from-behind Yankee win over Chicago Girardi was quoted as saying he..." September 04

  • Girardi wants Rivera to reconsider retirement

    ESPN New York "Joe Girardi will spend part of the coming offseason advising Mariano Rivera to reconsider his scheduled retirement the New York Yankees manager told ESPNNewYork.com. In a wider conversation about Rivera's career Tuesday evening Girardi was asked how many more seasons he thought his former..." September 03

  • At the start, an uncharacteristic role for Mo

    MLB.com "As Mariano Rivera prepares to retire the closer's farewell tour has become a central subplot to the season. Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader has been greeted warmly in each of his road stops and the Yankees are planning a ceremony of their own to honor Rivera's illustrious career in..." August 20

  • Mariano Rivera gets night off after getting mental tuneup

    Newsday "There was no use in pretending otherwise. Not after three straight blown saves for the first time in his 19-year career. Even Mariano Rivera admitted before Monday night's game that something was wrong with him. "It's just the release of the ball -- it's not consistent" Rivera said. "When..." August 13

  • Yankees to honor Mariano Rivera on Sept. 22

    ESPN New York "The New York Yankees will honor Mariano Rivera with a ceremony at Yankee Stadium before their afternoon game against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday Sept. 22. The Yankees announced the ceremony in a Wednesday news release. Further details will be announced at a later date. Rivera 43 will..." July 31

  • Standing ‘O’ from Boston faithful provided incredibly special Mo-ment

    New York Post "The bullpen gate swung open, the music blared and Mariano Rivera entered the game in the ninth inning to another long standing ovation. Only this was at Fenway Park. A Yankee receiving a standing ovation at the Green Monster, imagine that. On this sweaty baseball evening, Fenway Park became..." July 21

  • Mo’s perfect inning follows surreal entry

    New York Post "Mariano Rivera got a hero’s welcome on enemy turf last night and made his final All-Star appearance a Sandman Special. Summoned in the eighth inning of the 84th All-Star game because manager Jim Leyland wanted to ensure Rivera would get to pitch, the Yankees icon was perfect — and named the..." July 17

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    ProSportsDaily @PSDnews

    Mariano Rivera named the 2013 MLB All-Star Game MVP. Awarded with the trophy, a youth ball field, a Corvette Stingray, and a hug from Selig.

  • Mariano Rivera saves another as he savors farewell tour

    New York Post "The injuries keep coming for the Yankees, but at least they have some things going for them — CC Sabathia, Robinson Cano, the inept Twins and Mariano Rivera to close the deal. On the day Manny Ramirez landed with yet another ballclub, signing a minor league deal with the Rangers, Rivera..." July 04

  • Mo’s a pitching ‘idle’

    New York Post "The Yankees and Mariano Rivera are desperate to let him do what he has done better than any man ever, namely save games. But it’s kind of tough to save games when you don’t have any leads. “Definitely, the losing is not good. That’s much more important than me getting work,” said Rivera, who..." July 01

  • Mariano Rivera prefers to close, not start in, All-Star Game

    Washington Post "Mariano Rivera, baseball’s greatest closer, doesn’t want to start, even in his final All-Star appearance next month. American League manager Jim Leyland may well choose to honor him by designating him the starter, but Rivera, who has 634 regular-season and 42 postseason saves, would prefer to do..." June 24

  • Rivera: I'd rather close ASG

    ESPN New York "If he had it his way, Mariano Rivera would prefer to close his final All-Star Game, not start it. The New York Yankees closer, who has said he will retire at the end of the season, is aware of the possibility that he could be chosen by American League All-Star manager Jim Leyland to start the..." June 23

  • Rivera’s off-speed stuff never stuck

    New York Post "How different would Mariano Rivera’s career have been if baseball’s all-time saves leader had mastered what Mel Stottlemyre was teaching in the spring of 1996? In his first year as Joe Torre’s pitching coach, Stottlemyre was doing his job when he tried to add off-speed pitches to Rivera’s..." June 08

  • Mets walk off with 2-1 victory over Rivera, Yankees

    New York Daily News "The Mets honored Mariano Rivera for his pending retirement Tuesday night by having the legendary closer throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The final regular-season offering of his storied career at Citi Field later resulted in the Mets’ second consecutive rousing comeback win over the..." May 29

  • Mo saves 17th for Yankees after O’s closer flunks

    New York Post "The Yankees didn’t need to see Orioles closer Jim Johnson implode for a third consecutive appearance to appreciate Mariano Rivera. “Believe me, I don’t take it for granted,” manager Joe Girardi said after Rivera picked up his 17th save in as many chances in last night’s 6-4, 10-inning win over..." May 21

  • Joba half-heartedly clears air with Rivera

    New York Post "Even though Joba Chamberlain apologized to Mariano Rivera yesterday for talking rudely to the Yankees icon Saturday, Chamberlain said he wouldn’t do anything differently if given a mulligan. On Saturday, Rivera was in the Yankees’ dugout before a 3-2 win over the Royals talking to people about..." May 13

  • Joba Chamberlain digs in after tiff with Mariano Rivera

    USA Today "Apparently, Joba Chamberlain never learned to pick his battles. And the New York Yankees reliever had an uphill climb in front of him after a verbal spat with his teammate, renowned closer Mariano Rivera. Rivera asked Chamberlain, who was chatting nearby, to keep it down as he wound up a..." May 12

  • Joba Chamberlain disses Mariano Rivera after Yankees closer asks him to quiet down

    New York Daily News "Apparently the Joba Rules didn’t include a chapter on class. Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera exchanged tense words in the dugout before Saturday night’s game, as Chamberlain took exception to Rivera instructing him to quiet down while the closer chatted with reporters about an emotional event..." May 12

  • Mariano Rivera returns to ‘scene of crime’

    New York Post "The Yankees added a bit of humor to Mariano Rivera’s return to Kauffman Stadium Friday night. When Rivera was shagging fly balls during batting practice, there was a chalk outline on the warning track in left-center and a sign prepared by bullpen coach Mike Harkey fastened to the fence with..." May 11

  • Rivera’s fall in Kansas City sent shockwaves through Yankees

    New York Post "“Oh, no. It’s Mo.’’ Those words belonged to catcher Chris Stewart but spoke for the entire Yankees’ organization one year ago today when Mariano Rivera crumbled to the warning track in Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. “I was behind the batting cage and saw some commotion in the outfield. I..." May 03

  • Yankees' Rivera on unprecedented farewell tour

    Tampa Tribune "He is the last major-league baseball player to regularly wear 42, Jackie Robinson's number. There is poetry in that, dignity, class and professionalism, too. Mariano Rivera, 43, baseball's greatest reliever and one of its finest men, is retiring after this season. The Yankees closer, with..." April 24

  • Robinson (Cano), No. 42 (Rivera) lead Yankees on Jackie’s day

    New York Post "On the night the Yankees and Diamondbacks honored Jackie Robinson by each wearing No. 42, two Yankees with deep ties to the former Dodgers star carried the hosts to victory. Mariano Rivera, the last player to wear No. 42, and Robinson Cano, who was named after Robinson, helped the Yankees cop..." April 17

  • Last of the 42s, Mo’s consistency a model to his pen proteges

    New York Post "The Mariano Rivera Farewell Tour makes a particularly notable stop tonight. When the Yankees host the Diamondbacks, it will be the last time Rivera won’t have the number 42 all to himself on the field. For Rivera’s teammates, Jackie Robinson Day (celebrated a day late because the Yankees were..." April 16

  • Standing 'O' for Mo

    Bergen Record "Mariano Rivera didn’t have a game to save but still had a moment to savor. Having announced his retirement at season’s end, his introduction was met by the sellout crowd with the loudest and longest cheer of opening day. Boston players applauded along with the crowd. After acknowledging the..." April 02

  • Undaunted Rivera continues shag habit

    New York Post "Mariano Rivera didn’t get a chance to close yesterday’s season opener, but he was able to clear one more hurdle before the Yankees’ 8-2 loss to the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The 43-year-old returned to his habit of shagging fly balls during batting practice, which is how he suffered the knee..." April 02

  • Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte both ready for Yankees Opening Day, Mark Teixeira remains hopeful of early return

    New York Daily News "Mariano Rivera's famed cut fastball was darting through the strike zone as usual Friday in his final appearance of what should be his final spring training. The Yankee closer, who is entering what he says is his farewell season, retired all three Nationals' hitters he faced, throwing only 10..." March 30