Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Girardi not ready to let go of Mo?
By AJ Mass
Even though Mariano Rivera is adamant that, regardless of how this season ends, he is calling it a career once the New York Yankees play their last game in 2013, manager Joe Girardi seems unwilling to let go.
Girardi seems to be mired in the bargaining phase of grief and loss, as he's still hoping that perhaps he can persuade his reliever to return to the team in 2014."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.'"
Rivera certainly is still performing at an elite level. In fact, since 2009, he has recorded 166 saves, and that's including last year's "lost season." Those 166 saves alone would rank him tied for 11th among all active pitchers in terms of total saves for a career, and just six saves behind Kevin Gregg for the No. 7 spot. That's hardly the sign of a player ready for the rocking chair.
Rivera continues to insist the die has already been cast. "I told you guys already. I don't know why we're talking about this. I've already made my decision," Rivera reminds reporters. But that doesn't mean Girardi won't continue to leave the door open and put off acceptance for at least a little while longer.
Ian O'ConnorManager wants Mariano Rivera back
"Of course, Rivera wouldn't be the first dominant Yankees pitcher of his era to return to the big leagues after announcing he was done; Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte made their own comebacks, with Clemens all but halting the 2003 World Series at the end of his farewell tour before signing with the Houston Astros three months later."