Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera Tears ACL. What are the Yankees plans Now?

Posted: May 4, 2012 by Rob Barros in MLB, Sports


The Yankees received some awful news following their 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals Wednesday night. Star closer, Mariano Rivera, will miss the remainder of the 2012 season with what seems to be a Torn ACL injury.  As he does before every game, Rivera was fielding fly balls during batting practice when he slipped on the warning track and immediately began clutching his leg, clearly in pain. This is an injury that the Yankees will have to overcome both physically and mentally, as they will have to find someone to take over the closer spot for the rest of the season, and will have to take their minds off of losing such a great player.

Before the season, Rivera hinted that this could very well be his final season in baseball. While he never said he would retire for sure, you almost got that when he discussed the topic with reporters. When the same subject came up after the game, Rivera was fighting back tears as he answered that he wasn’t sure if he would ever pitch again.

Now the Yankees have to adjust to life without Rivera. They could have been planning to do so during the next offseason if Rivera did decide to hang up the cleats. But now, they have to find a suitable replacement to take over the 9th inning. It’s not like the Yankees don’t have anyone capable of closing games. David Robertson has been the best set up man in baseball dating back to last season and could very well take over for Rivera. Another suitable replacement is Rafael Soriano, who the Yankees signed to a 3 year contract last season. Soriano could be the best option to take over in the 9th inning. Unlike Robertson, Soriano has experience as a closer. Before going to the Yankees in 2011, he led the American League, saving 45 games for the Rays in 2010.

Back to Rivera, I would have a hard time believing that he would want his career to end in a way that he couldn’t control. He has always been the type of guy who wants to win, and help out his team in any way possible. In fact, he is going to stay with the team in Kansas City for the remainder of the series before heading back to New York to get further diagnosis. That right there tells you the kind of player, and person, Mariano is. Whether you’re a Yankees fan or not, you have to respect Rivera for the things he has accomplished on and off the field.

 If this is the end to the greatest closer to even play the game’s career, as a Yankees fan, I can only say: Thank you Mo!

  1. Shawn says:

    I hope he will make a comeback, even as a Red Sox fan. Mo has always been a class act.

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