Retired New York Yankees Player Endorses Trump For 2024

Former president and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has received yet another high-profile endorsement — this time from retired New York Yankees player Mariano Rivera.

Rivera was signed by the New York Yankees in 1990 and played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 19 seasons, becoming a 13-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion.

He has been deemed the “greatest relief pitcher of all time” and was the first player in the history of baseball to be elected unanimously to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

For his achievements in baseball and his work through the Mariano Rivera Foundation — where he helps provide children in need with an education — Rivera received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump in 2019. The retired MLB player has described receiving the medal as “an amazing moment.”

Rivera made the Trump endorsement during a conversation about the current state of the world with radio host Sid Rosenberg, host of “Sid & Friends in the Morning” on 77 WABC.

During the interview, Rivera and Rosenberg both agreed that Trump should return to the White House. Rivera explained that he has never gone “for the Right or the Left,” instead choosing to vote for whichever candidate wants to do “the right thing for the country.”

“President Trump, he’s my friend,” the retired Yankees player said. “I can’t deny that. I will tell that to anyone. Before he was the president, he was my friend. Because of that, I’m going to vote for him.”

Rosenberg agreed with the argument, expressing concern that the country’s problems could become “very, very ugly” if Trump does not beat President Joe Biden in the November election.

Trump shared a clip of the interview in a post on his social media platform, Truth Social, on Sunday.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee has been trying to win over sports fans in this election cycle, including during a recent visit to an LIV Golfing event held at the Trump National Doral Miami hotel on Sunday. Trump had a warm welcome at the event, where the crowd could be heard chanting “47,” cheering for the 45th president to enter the Oval Office again as the 47th president.