By this I mean Rivera has accomplished everything a closer at his position could have done, he is the standard of the position. I really didn't see any other reason to come back for another season because he has accomplished everything there is to accomplish as a closer.
THis could just as easily have happend last year. If it was last year should he then have stepped down the year before? He was doing what he seemed to love, was still more than good at it, and had the support of his team. There is no reason I see that he should have stepped aside.
Yep. Fluke. Could happen to any player -- regardless of age. If Mariano had thrown out his pitching arm, that would be another story. But he was totally justified in returning -- he was still -- after all these years -- one of the best relievers in baseball. Regardless, he's a first ballot hall of famer if there ever was one.