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End of an era

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Hardly a surprise, but stunning just the same.

Joel Sherman reports that Mariano Rivera will announce on Saturday [3] that he will retire at the end of this season. The Yankees iconic, 43-year-old closer went home to Westchester earlier this week and will return to Tampa later today. It’s been widely suspected that he would retire at the end of this season, but the news still carries significant weight.

Rivera debuted with the Yankees in 1995, became a dominant setup man in 1996 and took over the ninth inning in 1997. He’s since set a major-league record with 608 saves. He has 42 postseason saves, and a 0.70 postseason ERA.

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