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March 08, 2013

Joe Nathan on Mariano Rivera

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is expected to announce his retirement from baseball following the 2013 season today. The all-time saves leader has compiled more than 600 saves over his 18-year career, and has accomplished more than any reliever in the game.

When Rivera retires, Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan will become the active player with the most saves – less than half of Rivera’s total. Nathan has saved 298 games so far in his 12-year career.

Nathan, though, isn’t worried about where or how he stacks up with Rivera or his career numbers at this point.

“It’s just time and Rivera started closing when he was young,” Nathan said. “He’s coming up on his 17th season closing. I think this will be my eight year. So, for me to get the years that him and Trevor Hoffman have, I’ll have to do it until I’m 45-46.

“So you have to jump into the role when you’re younger and obviously doing it that long is impressive.”

-- Drew Davison

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