Yankees closer and surefire future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera suffered a torn ACL yesterday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports announced. Many are seeing it as an injury that signals the end of his career. He will miss the remainder of this season for sure, and the 42-year-old was already contemplating retirement.
This is a tough blow for the New York Yankees and a sad day for all of baseball as Rivera is truly one of the greats and a classy professional. It’d be tough to see a stellar career end like this.
If it is indeed a career for Mo, he’ll walk away from baseball with 608 regular season saves and 42 postseason saves, both all-time records. He arrived in the majors in 1995 at age 25 and spent a couple seasons as a setup man before taking over as the Yankees’ closer in 1997, and he was as dominant as the game has ever seen. The 12-time All Star’s career spanned 18 seasons, and he played in seven World Series – five times hoisting the championship trophy with his teammates.