Joe Girardi will spend part of the coming offseason advising Mariano Rivera to reconsider his scheduled retirement, the New York Yankees manager told ESPNNewYork.com. And now New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is telling reporters he wants Rivera back for another season. "I'm sure I'll talk to him at some point in the offseason," Girardi said, "and ... In a wider conversation about Rivera's career Tuesday evening, Girardi was asked how many more seasons he thought his former teammate could continue to close at a high level. Despite what happened the last time the two teams met, Girardi said he doesn't expect there to be any added attention from Major League Baseball or the umpires on what happens on the field. As Mariano Rivera prepares to retire, the closer's farewell tour has become a central subplot to the season. "It's disappointing, there's always kind of the emotion going into it, but at this point, we're in the middle of a playoff race here and that was the decision they wanted to make," Hughes said.
Rivera's six-out save paves way to third straight title
The general wisdom around the Yankees for the past 17 years or so has been this: Take a lead into the ninth inning by whatever means necessary, and Mariano Rivera will handle it from there. Particularly in the postseason.