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Mariano Rivera

Shagging Injury Threatens

Career of Yankees Star

5/3/2012 9:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0502_mariano_riveraNY Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera -- the greatest closer in baseball history -- could be done for ever after tearing his ACL in a freak injury Thursday night.

Mo twisted his right knee while shagging (baseball term, not the British one) fly balls during batting practice before the Yankees' game in Kansas City. He immediately crumpled to the ground holding the knee ... and had to be removed from the field on a cart.

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According to the Yankees, an MRI revealed the torn ACL -- and he'll most likely be out for the rest of the season. 42-year-old Rivera has 608 saves -- the most of all-time -- and is a lock for the Hall of Fame. Even before the injury, Yankees fans were terrified he might retire after this season.

After the game a reporter asked Mariano if he would return next season -- and while fighting tears he responded, "At this point...I don't know. We have to face this first."

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1.

Jordan    

Maybe he should sue major league baseball since it is such a violent sport and he did not know what he was getting himself into.

842 days ago
2.

Carl    

Did some 15 year old who just watched Austin Powers come up with that headline?

842 days ago
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Passion Of The Taint    


Look TMZ I posted my comment for viewing...

Non TMZ members have more freedom of speech then members being blocked by non members virgin eyes!!!!

TMZ, Harvey and your web designers are so behind the times and just stupid people!!!

842 days ago
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PatinNJ    

My friend's mom tried to make money on the internet, but she was so ugly, she ended up paying them $2375 over eight hours.

841 days ago
5.

Flying Blind    

Baseball will never be the ZZZZzzzzzzZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz

841 days ago
6.

dj    

his wife is not even hot for a baseball player's wife. he could do way better, especially with all that cash he has. maybe he should ask jeter to introduce him to some cute girls. haha

841 days ago
7.

TheVolleyballGod    

maybe he was distraught over andy pettits testimony

841 days ago
8.

Mary    

Oh man, no Mo, I love the yankees and it won't be the same without him.

841 days ago
9.

Krispy Krentcil    

middle age specialized talent pitcher
in the outfield...what could go wrong...
next up: a nose tackling Cam Newton...

841 days ago
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SD Padre Fan    

It is easy to get that many saves when you play with team like the Yankees and their check book....Trevor Hoffman's saves on team like the Padres carries more weight. The Padres is a team with NO money support, NO ESPN support, NO network support, get constantly dissed, yet Trevor pulled it off!!! GO HOFFMAN! To Bad Rivera, but I think Trevor was awesome, I do wish you well.

841 days ago
11.

wolfeyes    

Oh how the mighty have fallen... OW My Pancreas ;)

841 days ago
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wolfeyes    

is there any video or pics of him being carted off the field, that's what I want to see.

841 days ago

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