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Adding to a puzzle that will last the entire season, 42-year-old Mariano Rivera arrived at spring training on Monday and said he knows if he will be able to retire at the end of the season. Nonetheless he revealed he won’t tell any person. Sports scores

“I know now,” the N.Y Yankees closer declared. “I just don’t want to inform you. I know now. I am going to let you fellows know when I believe that I ought to tell you.”

Rivera broke the all-time saves record last year and is regarded by most as the best closer in the game’s history. He will make $17 million this season in the first year of a 2 year contract and related he’d like to leave before his skills deteriorate.

“I do not really want to be seen like that,” Rivera related. “It is important for me to leave the game on top if God permits me to do that, just finish on top, knowing I did what I was called to do.”

Rivera is nevertheless on best of his game. He had a 1.91 ERA and 44 saves last season. Rivera said that another good year wouldn’t change his mind. Betting lines

“Even if I save 90 games,” he claimed. “If they’d like to pay this much cash… anything.”

Rivera showed up 1 day later than when pitchers and catchers were due to report. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that since it was Rivera he could show up once he would have liked to.

“We will see him at some particular point but the Mariano Watch; don’t worry about it,’ ‘ Cashman said on Sunday.”He knows what he should do. He’ll get his 8 innings in the spring, and that’s all he has a need for. He actually is fantastic. You may by no means see anything like that once again.’”

If he is retiring, Rivera said he is uninterested in being honored at ballparks around the country. He claimed he probably will reveal his plans at the end of the season.

“I don’t know,” Rivera said. “I will make it plain in October, maybe.”

Rivera looked the same as always at the 1st exercise routines Monday. He claimed he feels great.

“I absolutely love the game. I don’t know blokes. You blokes are asking me too many queries already. I am done with you guys.”

During the interview with a small group of journalists, Rivera said he did not point out the term retirement. But he obviously has been pondering it and made his decision a few weeks ago.

“It is difficult when you have the ability to continue and you have to make that choice,” Rivera said. “It is hard. For me, baseball isn’t everything.

“There are a lot of more things than baseball. I’ve been sanctified. I’ve had a wonderful career, but at the very same time there is a lot of other stuff to do.”

But one thing for sure he won’t be doing is hanging on too long.

“I will not be there pulling my arm to pitch,” Rivera related. “I’m not going to start pitching with my left arm. I want to be able to compete.”

After his playing days, Rivera asserted he’d be open to being a guest instructor.

“But not in the big leagues,” he claimed. “Again, I believe the minors; they really need people to give them time.”

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