Mariano Rivera prefers to close All Star Game

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On Sunday, Mariano Rivera shut down the possibility of starting on the mound in the All Star Game for the American League.

According to CBS Sports, a campaign for Rivera to start the All Star game was brought to fruition in the middle of May. The New York Yankees closer does not want to start in the game.

“What I do is close the games,” Rivera said. “I don’t start the games. It’s a privilege and an honor to be considered like that, but I think the right thing is to do it the way it is — especially when it counts. I don’t want to start the game and give up 10 runs in the first inning. I’d rather pitch in the ninth.”

According to the Sporting News, Rivera is retiring at the end of the season and this All Star game at Citi Field will be his last.

Rivera,43, is a 12 time all star and is currently leading Major League Baseball with 26 saves. He is Major League Baseball’s all time saves leader with 634 saves during his 19 year career.

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