Posted September 03, 2013

Yanks manager Joe Girardi wants Mariano Rivera back next season

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The Yankees will honor Mariano Rivera on Sept. 22. (Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he wants Mariano Rivera back next season. (Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has made it clear that this will be his last season.

If Yankees manager Joe Girardi had it his way, he would want Rivera to stay on another year.

Rivera, 43, is 4-2 with a 2.16 ERA and has converted 40 out 45 save opportunities this season, his 19th in the majors. He has nine 40-save seasons, tying Trevor Hoffman’s Major League record.

Girardi said he will try to convince the all-time saves leader to come back for the 2014 season.

“I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t do it next year, I don’t,” Girardi said to ESPN.com. “He’s made it pretty clear that he doesn’t want to [return], but I always say, you know, January rolls around and sometimes you have a different feel about what you want to do.”

“I’m sure I’ll talk to him at some point in the offseason,” Girardi said, “and … I’ll tell him when the season’s over, ‘Take a month. Take a month and a half, two months, and make sure this is really what you want to do. Because once you do go, it’s hard to come back.’”

PHOTO GALLERY: Mariano Rivera’s Farewell Tour Gifts


7 comments
dinohealth
dinohealth

Can you blame Joe?  You might have to wait another 100 years before another one like Rivera comes through!

William27
William27

but what about the farewell gifts and ceremonies ?

sounds awkward

beaglemix
beaglemix

maybe he can take a year off then pitch a couple half seasons like every other yankees old timer did?

MARK7
MARK7

You want him back?  You cannot have him...


Greg Louganis

rpearlston
rpearlston

@William27 It sounds more greedy (of the time and lives of others) than it sounds awkward.  ut yes, it would be that, too, if Rivera didn't seem to be set on retiring now.