Mariano Rivera Officially Announces He Will Retire After 2013 Season (Video)

Everyone knew it was coming, but Mariano Rivera made it official on Saturday morning.

The longtime Yankees closer will retire following the 2013 season. Rivera held a news conference on Saturday morning in Tampa, Fla., to announce his decision.

“It’s official now. After this year, I will be retired,” Rivera said.

By announcing his retirement now, that allows Rivera to go on a year-long farewell tour.

“It has been a privilege and honor to wear the pinstriped uniform that I have proudly worn for so many years,” Rivera said.

Rivera holds the MLB record for saves (608) and games finished (892). He has a career 2.21 ERA in 18 years with the Yankees. He’s been even more dominant in the postseason. In 96 career appearances, he has a 0.70 ERA and 42 saves.

Check out Rivera’s retirement announcement in the video below.

Photo via Twitter/@Yankees

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