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Mariano Rivera, the best relief pitcher in baseball history and arguably one of the great pitchers of any kind in the history of the game - and certainly one of the most clutch postseason players - is out for the rest of the season after he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament as well as sustaining meniscus damage while shagging flies in the outfield, as was his longtime practice, before a game in Kansas City.

Rivera, 42, had said that he’d already decided whether his season would be his last, though he had not revealed that decision.
KC's View:
I’ve hated the Yankees (though not with the vitriol of some Mets fans) for a long time. But I feel awful about this. Rivera always seemed to be a class act - a genuinely decent individual of enormous talent and skill, with a high level of spirituality that he nevertheless did not wear on his sleeve. A true sportsman, in the best sense of that word. The Yankees are devastated by the loss ... and baseball is poorer for it as well.