It’s hard to call it a career this early. There is a chance that Rivera will get ahead of the curve with his rehab, and then decide to come back for one more season in an attempt to end his career in a more fitting way. The reality is, though, that Mo is 42 – not 22 or even 32 - and rehabbing a torn ACL to get it back into athletic shape is a grueling journey. Rivera has to decide if that journey will be worth it only to come back at age 43 for the chance to tip his cap and walk off the field under his own power.
There is really nothing left for the man to prove. He’s a champion several times over, the all-time saves leader, and is a class act that is highly regarded and respected by everyone around and within the game. Even the fans in the bullpen seats at Fenway have a good time with Mo. Personally, I don’t expect to see him back next season. For all of the reasons I just mentioned, his legacy is secure and his accomplishments more than guarantee him a first ballot entry into the Hall of Fame... (More)