Mariano ponders future after '12

September, 19, 2011
9/19/11
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On the same day he became baseball's all-time saves leader, Mariano Rivera talked about a career achievement that no Yankee fan wants to think about: his retirement.

Rivera was asked about the possibility of playing another three-to-four years shortly after securing career save No. 602.

"Every year it's harder and harder," said Rivera, who was surrounded by his three sons during a post-game press conference. "So I mean it's a decision that we have to make as a family and we'll go from there. I know that I have another year going on. I don't know if I can pitch for another three years guys. It's hard out there. It's not easy. And I have no hair left. So I don't know, I don't know. Like I said I know that I have another year and then after that, I'll let you know."

Longtime teammate Jorge Posada believes Rivera can pitch for another three to four years. But he realizes that Rivera's family is a mitigating factor.

"It's all up to him," Posada said. "I'm pretty sure he can still do it. His family wants him home, that's the toughest thing. But as Yankees we want him here, becuase we need him here."

The soon-to-be 42-year-old closer is under contract for the 2012 season.

"I have the opportunity to play baseball and do something that I love. But it's a lot of other things that I would like to do," Rivera said. "And this takes a lot of special place in my life and my career. But I have to move on. I have to continue and baseball will remain without me and there will be another group of guys pitching ... closing games and I'll be watching."

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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