Mariano Rivera is entering his 18th season in the major leagues, and the 42-year-old New York Yankees closer is hinting that it might be his last.
Rivera announced today, according to the AP, that he’s already reached a decision on whether to return to the Yankees in 2013, but he won’t reveal it until “maybe October.”
“I know,” Rivera said. “I’ll tell you when I’m ready.”
Rivera is currently entering the second season of a two-year, $30 million contract and has no obligations following this season. He said today that if he does choose to move on from baseball, he’ll have plenty else to look forward to in life.
“I have my church, my family,” he said. “I’ve been blessed in amazing ways. I’ve have a great career, but at the same time, there’s other things to do. … My kids want me home.”
Rivera broke into the majors with the 1995 Yankees. He’s since pitched 1,211.1 innings in pinstripes and earned 603 saves, an all-time record.