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07:25 AM ET 09.04 | According to none other than Mariano Rivera himself, no pleas from manager Joe Girardi 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 would talk to Rivera during the offseason, "and make sure (retiring) is really what (Rivera wants) to do." But the 43-year-old Rivera said in blunt terms after earning his 40th save of 2013 that this season is his last. Period. "I already told you guys. I don't want to come back like that again," Rivera said at his locker, after wondering aloud why reporters were circling his locker. "I made my decision. They can do whatever they want. That's fine. I don't tell (Girardi) what to do. But on my behalf, I already made my decision in spring training."

New York Daily News

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September 4, 2013  07:35 AM ET

Mo deseves all the accolades he has received............He will go out on his own terms....This year........After a truly amazing season......Still the best closer in the game..........At 43............

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September 4, 2013  08:14 AM ET

stop beating a dead horse...he is becoming the brett farve of baseball

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September 4, 2013  08:47 AM ET
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Mo deseves all the accolades he has received............He will go out on his own terms....This year........After a truly amazing season......Still the best closer in the game..........At 43............

Even as a Red Sox fan I couldn't agree more.
Class guy going out on top.

September 4, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Mo deseves all the accolades he has received............He will go out on his own terms....This year........After a truly amazing season......Still the best closer in the game..........At 43............

Yes, yes, yes, yes, and...yes!

September 4, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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Even as a Red Sox fan I couldn't agree more.Class guy going out on top.

Yes, as he should. Besides, why would he come back to this team who in all probability will be without Cano and will then have a lineup that's indiscernible from the Marlins?

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September 4, 2013  09:38 AM ET

If not for the injury , he would have retired after last year. It is a done deal. I admire him leaving the game while there is still some gas in the tank.


Are ya listening Derek?

September 4, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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September 4, 2013  09:40 AM ET

and I forgot ... there computar ...

now that was funny ...

September 4, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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If not for the injury , he would have retired after last year. It is a done deal. I admire him leaving the game while there is still some gas in the tank.Are ya listening Derek?

Jeter will be back to do a retirement tour next year.

September 4, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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Jeter will be back to do a retirement tour next year.

And A-Roid will do a "Don't Do Drugs" tour of high schools across the country. He'll have time since he won't be playing.

September 4, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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And A-Roid will do a "Don't Do Drugs" tour of high schools across the country. He'll have time since he won't be playing.

Ha! Most likely, he'll be laying on South Beach and picking up chicks while he's suspended next season.

September 4, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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Jeter will be back to do a retirement tour next year.

He wants more and more. I think he is selfish now, just after some records, heck with the rest of it....As long as it takes and the Yankees have to man up and tell him " no more" after he picks up his player option next year.

September 4, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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He wants more and more. I think he is selfish now, just after some records, heck with the rest of it....As long as it takes and the Yankees have to man up and tell him " no more" after he picks up his player option next year.

More? Has been making demands? The guy won't play for any other team so it's not like he has a lot of leverage. He's been hurt all year and he's not tearing it up now that he's back.

September 4, 2013  10:20 AM ET

Can't say I blame Girardi for wanting another year of Mo. I think Mo knows how he feels and I think it's time to respect his choice.

September 4, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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another round of retirement gifts ?

How Kardashian of you. ;p

 
September 4, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Only at SI does 19 come before 18.

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