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After Rivera suffered a season-ending injury in May, it was thought that we had seen the last of the greatest closer of all time. But Rivera quickly dispelled those rumors at the time, per Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com:
"I am coming back," Mariano Rivera said Friday afternoon in the New York Yankees' clubhouse. "Put it down. Write it down in big letters. I'm not going down like this. God willing and given the strength, I'm coming back."
Yankee fans' collective sigh of relief could be heard around the globe upon Rivera making that statement. However, as of late, it seems Rivera could be mulling retirement more than returning, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com:
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said closer Mariano Rivera informed him earlier this week that he is unsure if he will play again or retire.
Cashman told ESPN New York that on Tuesday he and Rivera had a conversation in which Rivera said he does not know yet if he will return for a 19th season.
"He wasn't certain on what he is going to do," Cashman said.
As a Yankee fan, you just couldn't imagine the greatest closer of all time's career ending in centerfield in Kansas City, but it appears that may be the case.
While it is a sad way to end such a great career, it will never erase all the incredible things Rivera has done for the team during his Hall of Fame campaign. Let's just hope it doesn't end the way it did last May.