One Mo year?
It’s certainly not off the table, at least as far as Yankees manager Joe Girardi is concerned.
In a conversation with ESPN.com the Yankees skipper said that he will attempt to convince future hall of famer Mariano Rivera to reconsider his retirement this offseason.
“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.”
While Joe Girardi and the Yankees organization would love it if Rivera decided to don the pinstripes for one more season, Rivera did not sound like a man who is considering changing his mind when the subject was brought up by reporters after the Yankees closer earned his 40th save of the season on Tuesday night in a 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
“I told you guys already. I don’t know why we’re talking about this. I’ve already made my decision [to retire at the end of the season].”
Up until this point Rivera has shown no sign of changing his mind about walking away after this season. Whether or not Mariano decides to come back for one more season is a question that only Rivera himself can answer, although if the games greatest closer does decide to hang up his spikes at the end of the season, something tells me that Rivera will be a fixture around the Yankees organization for a very long time.