New York Yankees: 10 Pitchers Who Could Replace Mariano Rivera After 2012

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New York Yankees: 10 Pitchers Who Could Replace Mariano Rivera After 2012
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One of the most difficult topics for Yankee fans to discuss is the probable retirement announcement that we will hear from Mariano Rivera after the 2012 season comes to a close.

A career-long Yankee, he is one of the members of the core-four Yankees who have been the heart and soul of the organization.

Always gracious, he never accepts accolades for himself without directing the spotlight onto his teammates. In his mind, the team created their success as a collective entity.

Rivera rose to every occasion throughout his career with an occasional bump and developed his pitching into a skill that every pitcher strives to achieve.

If there were a list in front of you of elite closers, Mariano Rivera would be at the top.

As difficult as it is to accept, we all know that Rivera's time in pinstripes will likely come to an end after this season. We all wish that he could go on forever, but he's only human.

Once his time has come to retire, the question arises about who will become his replacement as the Yankees closer.

Watching someone new walk to the mound to close the game without hearing "Enter Sandman" playing will be strange, but there are some quality pitchers who may be able to assume the role.

No one will ever truly replace Rivera, but there are some options.

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