Saying he made the decision before arriving at spring training, Mariano Rivera announced Saturday that he will retire at the end of the season and hopes to cap his record-setting career by winning another World Series with the New York Yankees.
Rivera was surrounded by family and teammates when he made the announcement during a news conference at the team’s complex.
The 43-year-old has a clear vision of how he wants his career to end.
“The last game I hope will be throwing the last pitch in the World Series,” he said. “Winning the World Series, that would be my ambition.”
With the entire Yankees team looking on – including longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte – Rivera said he knew the time was right for his decision.
“I have just a few bullets left,” he said.
Rivera holds the career saves record with 608 and has helped the Yankees win five World Series titles. He is regarded as the greatest closer of all time, whether he’s throwing his cut fastball in the regular season or postseason.
Rivera missed most of last year after tearing his right knee while shagging flyballs during batting practice in early May. Rivera said he would have retired at the end of last season if he had not gotten hurt.
ORIOLES: Right fielder Nick Markakis, who is dealing with neck spasms, was expected to play Sunday, but the injury apparently flared up while he was playing with his kids Thursday, manager Buck Showalter said.
Markakis will be held out a little longer, but the injury is not considered serious.
“He’s still close, but I wouldn’t say Sunday,” Showalter said. “I’ll probably wait a little bit on that one just to be sure.”
Left fielder Nolan Reimold (right shoulder tightness) threw again Friday and is progressing toward playing in the field, Showalter said. He is scheduled to play Sunday but likely will DH again. He hasn’t played in the field since March 1.
Reserve catcher Taylor Teagarden (back) continues to do baseball activities and likely will return to game action Monday, Showalter said.
RANGERS: Starter Matt Harrison was scratched from a start Saturday because of an inflamed toe on his left foot.
Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland sat out with a tight right quadriceps and is day to day.