Asked whether Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera would be the next to retire, Posada seemed to strongly hint that Rivera is planning to retire at the end of this season.
“Mariano said this is it,” Posada said. “He said he has one more year, but Derek said he’s got like three more to go.”
Of course someone followed up with a question about whether Posada believed Rivera would actually retire next winter.
“I don’t think so,” Posada said. “Especially the way he keeps playing.”
Predictably, Rivera wanted no part of the retirement conversation.
“I don’t think about it right now,” he said. “But the time will come for me when I’ll have to just admit it and hang the glove and the uniform and move on. So we all go through that.”
As for Jeter…
“Mo’s still got to go first,” he said. “He’s a lot older than me. Maybe after Mo retires.”
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