Browsing Posts tagged Mariano Rivera

It’s been a difficult offseason for Yankee fans. Derek Jeter broke his ankle, but should return for Spring Training. Alex Rodriguez, who is undergoing hip surgery, will miss at least half of 2013. Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez, Eric Chavez, and Andruw Jones, who combined to hit 94 home runs, signed elsewhere. Rafael Soriano, who saved 42 games, is also expected to sign elsewhere. For better or worse, the Yankees were not linked to any top free agents. The Yankee brass is committed to spending less than baseball’s $189 million luxury tax threshold by 2014, so free agent spending sprees are off the table.

Brian Cashman always emphasizes the importance of keeping his ‘core’ together, so four key pieces were re-signed to team friendly deals. Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Hiroki Kuroda signed one-year deals while Ichrio Suzuki signed a two-year deal. These deals should help the Yankees win in 2013, but each player is over 40-years-old and adds little value to the future of the team.

The Yankees are one of the oldest teams in baseball, but still boast some of the game’s best players. Jeter and Ichiro will set the table for Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson. CC Sabathia will be supported by Kuroda, Pettitte, and Phil Hughes in the starting rotation. Mariano Rivera and David Robertson will lock down the backend of the bullpen. This core won 95 games last season, so anything less will be a failure.

While the Yankees boast a strong core, many are questioning their complementary parts. As of today, the Yankees have not named a starting catcher or designated hitter. Cashman will not sign a free agent catcher, so expect a combination of Francisco Cervelli-Chris Stewart-Austin Romine to start. Kevin Youkilis will start at third base, but he was signed as A-Rod’s caddy. The Yankees will need Youkilis to play third base and DH, but he can’t seem to stay healthy. If Youkilis suffers another injury, will the team trust Eduardo Nunez to play third base? Nunez is currently the de-facto designated hitter, but Cashman always extends multiple Spring Training invites. The Yankees have a glutton of left handed hitters in its outfield, so expect a right handed bat to join this threesome. Remember, Marcus Thames and Raul Ibanez were signed late and played significant roles. Expect similar moves.

Going into 2013, the Yankees have a very small margin for error. The roster is primarily comprised of older players that may break down. Each AL East foe improved its roster and many are expecting the Toronto Blue Jays to win the division. However, the Yankees boasted baseball’s best run differential and have a roster full of players that have endured October battles. The Yankees continue to pour resources into scouting and player development, but don’t count them out. In terms of player development and a more cost conscious approach, the 2013 season may prove to be a transition year. That doesn’t mean the Yankees are incapable of raising another AL East flag.

After beating the Red Sox 2-1 in a series to close out the first half, the Yankees head into the All-Star break with a 52-33 mark, the best in baseball. Whoever’s backing New York with their free MLB picks has been making bank.

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Mariano Rivera has silenced so many doubters and withstood the test of father time during his 16 year career with the New York Yankees. Rivera, quite arguably the most value Yankee since Mickey Mantle, has shattered all-time save marks during the regular and post-season while routine sporting a microscopic 0.73 ERA during the post-season. Rivera has routinely dominated baseball’s best hitters during October, but his newest challenge should be the biggest in his storied career…

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Baseball officially begins tonight in Miami when the new-look Marlins take on the defending champion, St. Louis Cardinals. The new stadium is apparently pretty cool (there are fish tanks behind home plate), so we’ll get to see first hand tonight! With the excitement brewing around baseball, it’s time for some bold predictions for the 2012 season. Some will be Yankee and Met related, some won’t be. Buckle up and enjoy the ride. We’ll re-visit this article in October.

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Mariano Rivera has hinted that 2012 will probably be his last year in pinstripes. Rivera, who turns 43-years-old(!!) in November, has been dominating hitters since 1996. Like fine wine, Rivera has only been getting better with age. Since 2008, Rivera has averaged a 1.70 ERA and 40 saves per season. While Rivera’s performance has not slowed down, his desire (and his health) has started to wane. During the off-season, Rivera had surgery on his vocal cords. While this won’t affect his performance in the ninth inning, the experience was eye-opening for the family-oriented Rivera.

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As we anxiously wait for the 2012 regular season to begin, stop and reflect on this year’s team. The Yankees boast three sure-fire hall of Famers (Rivera, Jeter, and A-Rod) and three others that are well on their way (Cano, Teixeira, and Andruw Jones). Realize that the most dominant player of this group will likely hang it up this fall.

Enjoy every ‘Enter Sandman’. Enjoy every broken bat. Enjoy watching the Yankees’ best player since Mickey Mantle play. Enjoy Mo while we still have him locking down the ninth.

For the last few days, people have tried to shoot holes in the Yankees acquisition of Michael Pineda. Some will argue that Pineda, a pitcher who collected 34 percent of his outs via the flyout, will suffer going from spacious Safeco Field to the banbox in Yankee Stadium. Others will argue that Pineda’s second half ERA (5.12) proves he can’t handle a full workload. Instead, critics fail to address Pineda’s lefty-righty splits. Before unpacking the numbers and presenting my argument, Pineda, a fastball-slider pitcher, must develop a reliable third pitch to justify his value and more importantly–solidify his slot behind CC Sabathia

Pineda Needs A Third--AP Photo

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2011 was a crazy year for New York sports. The city added new stars in the form of Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, and Rafael Soriano. While no major championships were won, the Giants, Knicks, Rangers, and Yankees all made the playoffs. St. John’s returned to relevancy, winning 21 games and making the NCAA Tournament. Other teams, such as the Mets, Islanders, and Nets faded into oblivion. Without further ado, here are the Top 10 NY Sport moments from 2011:

Christian Lopez Had A Special 2011 Catching DJ3K

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It only took 28 hours to complete, but the Yankees blew the Tigers out, 9-3 in Game 1 of the ALDS. After the rain chased CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander last night, Ivan Nova and Doug Fister took the ball. The two righties battled before Robinson Cano got to Fister in the fifth with an RBI double. Cano would follow up with a grand slammer an inning later, giving the Bombers a 8-1 lead. Nova proved he could handle the big stage as the Yanks take a 1-0 lead in this best of five series.

See Ya---AP Photo

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Lawrence Taylor and Mariano Rivera are two of the most successful and most popular athletes in New York history. Taylor brought unmatched intensity and passion to the linebacker position while Rivera has always maintain his even-keeled demeanor for his 15 years worth of dominance. Both men were honored for achievements on Monday (Rivera for his save record, Taylor for his appearance with the 1986 Giants), but no one will mistake the paths that these two took prior to Monday’s events.

No One Wants To See LT Like This--Cmon Man!--AP Photo

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Mariano Rivera broke Trevor Hoffman’s all-time save record this afternoon. Is it a big deal to me? No, not really. I know, you know, and everyone else knows that Mariano is the best ever.

Congrats!!!---AP Photo

He just lays claim to another record to his ever growing list of accomplishments. Rivera’s 602rd career save solidified the Yankees 92nd win of the year. With the win and the Red Sox loss, the Yankees sit six games ahead of Boston in the loss column with ten games to go. After the jump, I will berate, A-Joke Burnett.

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