It’s been a while since I’ve updated the Career Obituaries page, and since my last update we have seen several major leaguers play in their final games. Some of them, like Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, we knew were coming. But other players, like Yankees starter Andy Pettitte and Colorado Rockies legend Todd Helton gave late-season announcements about their plans to retire. Below is our special Seeds All Day styled tribute to the careers of those MLB mainstays who have hung ’em up this year. These guys will also be added to the Career Obituaries page, where they will remain enshrined as part of the 2013 class of honorees. If you can think of any players who have stepped away from the game this year that I have omitted, let me know in the comments.
RP Mariano Rivera 1990 (international free agent) – September 26, 2013
Career spanned 19 seasons, all with the Yankees organization. A failed starter converted to reliever, was named New York’s closer in 1997 and immediately became one of the best in baseball. Dominated hitters for more than 15 years relying primarily on a single pitch – a mid-90 mph cut fastball – that is arguably one of the best single pitches in baseball history. A 13-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion. Holds the record for most career saves (652), most career postseason saves (42), and lowest career postseason ERA (0.70) among numerous others. Was the last player to wear number 42, which was retired throughout baseball to honor the legacy of Jackie Robinson while Rivera was still playing. Is arguably the best closer to have ever played the game.
Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.