Maybe I am alone on this one?
Without question, Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer in the history of baseball. And, without question, he should be a first ballot Hall of Famer. And, without question, he is a huge part of the success that the Yankees enjoyed from 1996 through 2011. And, without question, he is a tremendous person and an asset to the Yankees organization in many, many ways – as well as being a legend in his home community. And, I doubt that we will ever see someone forge a baseball pitching career like the one that he has fashioned – to date – being nearly unhittable for 18 seasons in the major leagues and making it look effortless in the process. The dude was just eff’ing automatic on the mound. He was a machine. A terminator of batters.
Yet, I am not sad at all over the news of his retirement.
The man is 43-year old and will be forty-four shortly after the end of the 2013 season.
In terms of ability and performance, yes, it’s strange to see him retire. But, in terms of age, it’s clearly time.
Celebrate the player and the man. Give him his proper respect. But, don’t be sad, upset, or lament, over his leaving the game. There’s nothing left for him here. He’s done it all. And, he’s far from being a young man in terms of baseball age. It’s time for him to move on.