O’Connor: Girardi will ask Rivera to reconsider retirement

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Via Ian O’Connor: Joe Girardi said he will talk to Mariano Rivera after the season just to make sure he definitely wants to retire. “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,” said the skipper. “I’m sure I’ll talk to him at some point in the offseason, 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, 43, has been as good as ever this season, going 40-for-45 in save chances with a 2.12 ERA (3.09 FIP). I don’t think it’s a question of whether Mo could come back next year and be effective, it’s a question of whether he actually wants to go through the grind and be away from his family for another year. Rivera was pretty adamant this would be his last season when he announced his retirement plans — he even acknowledged last year would have been his final season if not for the knee injury — and I have no reason to think he’ll change his mind. Not after the season-long farewell tour and all the going-away ceremonies the Yankees have planned for later this month.

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  • trr

    not gonna happen. let’s enjoy his last few appearances

  • EndlessJose

    I think MO has a beautiful wife and kids to come home to and his wife is gonna be a pastor at a renovated church.He has something to go home to and he looks happy.

    Now Jeter will never want to retire on top.He is gonnna go the Mantel route and limp to retirement unlike DiMaggio. Unlike MO Jeter is the one Manager should be worried about.

    • Kenny

      That last JoeD season, 1951, was not “on top.”

  • pat

    I feel like the whole city by city retirement parade is kind of a one way street.

  • Kenny

    No question, he could come back and be among the best closers in baseball. We’ve seen no signs of diminishing stuff or poise.

    But Mo’s too modest. He appreciates each and every tribute each team has given him, and even though he didn’t ask for them, he’s not the type of person that would come back after being saluted so graciously.

  • JLC 776

    He will come back.

    As a third baseman. Mark it.

    • jjyank

      Nah, Center field, baby. It’s what he always wanted!

      • I’m One

        Yeah, this retirement thing is only a retirement from his closer role. A new career as a CF begins next year. Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards await!

        • jjyank

          Then, as he signs his new contract, he prints neatly “Melvin Croussett”.

  • hogsmog

    I think that part of the reason for his early announcement, and support of the ‘Farewell Tour’, was to give him another reason not to be tempted to return.

  • Greg

    Girardi should just shut up. Let Mo enjoy the end. If Mo wants to change his mind, it’s up to him. Let’s not talk about it now.

    • jjyank

      “I’m sure I’ll talk to him at some point in the offseason…”

      Who’s talking about it now? Seems like a harmless, and rather routine follow up after the season if you ask me.

    • MannyGeee

      Also, dollars to donuts Girardi was trolled into that response. I am sure the writer asked something along the lines of “Will you ask Mariano to reconsider retirement? Do you plan on asking him to come back next season?”

      Of course he’ll say what he said. What kind of manager wouldn’t leave the door open for Mariano Rivera to come back, and have a pitch to make to him as the season ends. Non-story being spun into a story since Biogenesis-Gate has slowed down to a crawl.

      • jjyank

        Because so many people are that simple-minded that they jump to the conclusion that every statement happens in a vacuum.

    • JLC 776

      This was a reporter asking a question, not Girardi announcing to the world in a press conference that he intends to change Mo’s mind…

  • the Other Steve S.

    Joe is just scared. And rightly so. A Mo-less future is something to fear.

    • gc

      Not really. Teams have won championships with worse than Mariano Rivera as their closer. (Including the Yankees.)

  • jjyank

    It’ll never happen, but I understand why the Yankees want to be absolutely sure that he doesn’t change his mind and pull an Andy Pettitte.

    Besides upgrading the team, I’m sure Mo is a huge revenue/attendance booster as well. Makes sense that they’d want to follow up with him in the offseason to make sure he’s 100% on this.

    But yeah, no way Mo would announce his retirement, get the farewell treatment in every city, allow the Yankees to do their thing at the stadium, just to change his mind in January. We’ll sure miss you though, Mo.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    Last night Mo seemed legitimately pissed that one of the writers asked if he was certain he was going to retire, it was a little weird.

    with that being said his family is selfish for taking him away from us.

  • KD

    Mo will never do this. he is a man of integrity, unlike that rat bastard Clemens. Get used to it Joe. There is much more to life than the NYY, believe it or not.

    • jjyank


      Do people ever click the link in the post? Do you really think Girardi is going to drag Mo out of Panama himself? Chill, son.

      • KD

        sorry, jjyank. I just don’t get why Joe would bring this up in public as he did. Just respect the man’s decision and if he changes his mind, I’m sure he’ll call. Mo did not look happy to me last night when he was asked those questions.

        • jjyank

          A reporter asked Girardi a question. He answered it. It was made public because a reporter asked the question. Joe Girardi did not wake up this morning and say to himself “You know what? I’m gonna shout from the rooftops that I’m planning on changing Mo’s mind!”

          This is such a non-story, it’s unbelievable that anyone could get even the slightest fold in their panties out of it.

  • dkidd

    mo will return in 2014… to quarterback the packers

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      So that’s how he’s gonna replace ARod…

  • dkidd

    while he’s at it, can joe ask cc to reconsider sucking?

    • JLC 776

      Girardi: “He’s made it pretty clear that he wants to [suck], but I always say, you know, January rolls around and sometimes you have a different feel about what you want to do,” said the skipper. “I’m sure I’ll talk to him at some point in the offseason, 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 suck, it’s hard to come back.’”

  • JGYank

    He’s got to become the pen coach at some point right? Mike Harkey watch your back.

    • JGYank

      future coaching staff (half kidding): Jeter Manager, Posada Bench coach/catching instructor, Pettitte pitching coach, Mo pen coach, Cano hitting coach/fielding instructor, Gardner baserunning coach/1st base coach, Nunez 3rd base coach/fielding instructor, Arod PR guy. Last two would be funny.

  • Jim James

    One can always dream, but we’re lucky we even got this season because I think it was important to Mo that fans got a chance to say appreciate him on his way out, if I recall originally his intention was to not make it a big deal & just walk away after whatever year he decided was his last. The easiest way for him to go out was to follow through & retire after last year, and it would’ve been understandable because knee injury or not rehabbing isn’t easy for guys his age. This year has been entirely for the fans, he’s not a fanfare or self congratulatory guy. He’s stepped outside his comfort zone all season for us.

    Which I appreciate for more than just that reason, because I was there for what ended up being Bernie’s last home game, & it just felt like forgetting a friend’s birthday or something, because aside from some late-inning chants, that was it. You can’t retire a guy before he announces it, and the circumstances for a Bernie return, him getting a guaranteed MLB deal, were never going to happen so it sucks THAT was what constituted a farewell to a great Yankee. As fans, or even unbiased/biased reporters we almost never get this kind of chance to appreciate & say farewell to an MLB legend like this.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Ian O’Connor wanted some pageviews.

  • RetroRob

    I never thought Andy wanted to retire, torn between two lives, his home life and his baseball life. So his return was not a shock. Clemens I never thought wanted to retire, and unlike Andy, I don’t think he ever intended to retire.

    Mo is different. He’s retiring.

  • CashmanNinja

    Mo already made up his mind that LAST YEAR would be his final year, but he didn’t want to go out like that so he said one more. That’s this year. He’s not going to go on after this. I understand Girardi wants him back, but in reality he’s just doing his due diligence; it’s a formality and nothing more.

    Mo could easily pitch another 5 seasons, but he’s ready to go. He’s accomplished just about everything a closer can wish to do and he’s definitely not the type to do a ‘farewell tour’ only to say he’s coming back again. He’s extremely humble and I think he would feel so guilty for putting people/fans/teams through that. He’s ready to go and Girardi basically has to “ask”, but I’m certain each side is 100% certain that we’re going to need a new closer next year — as much as that pains me to say.

  • bigweiner

    He has been accepting money for his foundation as a going away present. Mo way too honorable to go back on that.