It appears that New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is wanting the best closer of all time to reconsider retirement and come back for one more season. He has told ESPNNewYork.com that he will spend part of the offseason trying to convince Mariano Rivera to return for just one more season.
Manager Joe Girardi has made it clear he believes that Rivera could close for at least one more year. “I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t do it next year, I don’t,” Girardi said. “He’s made it pretty clear that he doesn’t want to [return], but I always say, you know, January rolls around and sometimes you have a different feel about what you want to do.”
In continuing to speak about Mariano, Joe Girardi stated “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.”
Mariano Rivera, who is 43 years old, announced that this season would be his last in baseball during spring training. He is in his 19th season with the New York Yankees and has been continuing his “farewell” tour of baseball with each city that he visits; receiving gifts from opposing teams and standing ovations in every ballpark when he enters the field from the bullpen.
If Joe Girardi could convince Mariano Rivera to return for a 20th season, it would be a sales pitch for the ages because in his retirement announcement in March, Mariano ruled out any chance of his reconsidering his retirement. “I want to stay home, close the door, and do what’s next,” Marino stated.
As of today, it seems that Mariano is set on his stance in retiring and when he finally does, he will be a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer, and go down as one of the greatest New York Yankees of all time!