Mariano Rivera and Other MLB Stars Who Retired at the Top of Their Game

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Mariano Rivera and Other MLB Stars Who Retired at the Top of Their Game
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A decline in production is an inevitable part of a baseball player's career as he passes his prime, and while many players continue to make a positive impact on their team into their forties, there are very few who are able to hang it up at the top of their game.

We're witnessing one of those rare cases this season with Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who announced that he'd retire at the end of the season this spring, but remains one of the most dominant closers in the game.

Rivera included, here is a look at 10 MLB stars who ended their careers while still performing at the top of their game.

 

*Note: Players whose career ended due to a fatal tragedy such as Thurman Munson and Roberto Clemente were not considered for this list.

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