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Reports: Rivera to retire after '13 season

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New York Yankees' reliever Mariano Rivera is set to retire after the 2013 season, and will leave baseball as the game's greatest closer of all-time.

The team has scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. ET Saturday, at which point Rivera will make his official declaration, according to's Jon Heyman.

A likely first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, the 43-year-old Rivera is a 12-time All-Star and played on five World Series championship teams. The career saves leader with 608, Rivera has only blown 39 saves in his career, and posted a 2.21 ERA with 1,119 strikeouts in 1,219 2/3 innings.

The right-hander has also logged 141 postseason innings, and posted 42 saves in 47 chances with a 0.70 ERA.

Rivera may have retired after the 2012 season, but suffered a season-ending torn ACL in May, and likely wanted to exit on his own terms.
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