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DiMaggio, Mantle, Williams … Rivera?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 15, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Without question, the Yankees feel-good story of the week has been Mariano Rivera. He’s an easy man to appreciate, and when he reaches a milestone like 600 career saves, his teammates love to speaking glowingly about what he means on the mound, in the clubhouse and away from the field.

But yesterday, Joe Girardi was asked about Rivera’s potential impact on unfamiliar ground.

Rivera wants to play center field in a game, just once. Girardi knows it, and he didn’t dismiss it.

“I’ll think about that when he tells me he’s near the end,” Girardi said. “It’s something I would definitely think about. That’ll get me in trouble, won’t it?”

Maybe not. Rivera shags fly balls in center field all the time during batting practice — “He’s incredible,” Girardi said — and this season we’ve seen Jorge Posada get an inning at second base. Late next season, if Rivera’s announced that he’s retiring at the end of his contract, and the Yankees have the division wrapped up, and they find themselves in the ninth inning of a meaningless blow out… Would you put him out there?

“Maybe I’d try to do it for one hitter,” Girardi said. “A guy who hits a lot of ground balls, strikes out a lot… And there would be nobody on base where he’d have to make a throw.”

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50 Responses to “DiMaggio, Mantle, Williams … Rivera?”

  1. MTU September 15th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Hey. I’m sure he has a better arm than Damon. And if Mo wants it you find a way to accomodate him.

    :)

  2. blake September 15th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    If its the end of the year and he’s retiring then why not…..he’d probably be just fine out there.

  3. West Coast Yankee Fan September 15th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan September 15th, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    All this talk about three or four days rest in the postseason.

    In the 1965 World Series, Game 7, Sandy Koufax started on two days rest and pitched a three-hit, 2-0 shutout with 10 strikeouts.

    Small samples especially single games are fairly meaningless as we all know.

    The overall numbers for pitchers on 3 days rest are pretty bad compared to 4. And no I don’t have a link on hand.

    *************

    Wasn’t pushing 3 day or 4 day. Just remembered how amazing that Koufax game was on 2 days rest.

  4. MTU September 15th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    By the way Mo wait till you see the tribute I put together for you when you get #602.

    :)

  5. blake September 15th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Buster_ESPN 15 Sep Clayton Kershaw is a lot like CC Sabathia:Gregarious,funny, self-deprecating–and a lot more competitive than the genial packaging suggests.

    Well he should demand a trade.to the Yankees then :)

  6. jacksquat September 15th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I think Mo might want a chance to catch a ball, not just be out there for one ab. :)

  7. West Coast Yankee Fan September 15th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Jerkface September 15th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Not sure the phrase ‘Wins are a relatively meaningless stat as we all know’ can be reconciled with attacking Betsy about Hughes being an 18 game winner or constantly referencing Burnett being a .500 pitcher. I’m pretty confident in CC in the postseason, despite any previous bumps in the road.

    ************

    I am quite sure that can be reconciled given the difference between a few post-season starts and many regular season starts, to substantiate that a young Hughes isn’t to be discarded and to illustrate a consistent pattern with Burnett over a very long period of time. But then again, that would require a modicum of intellect on your part which you are clearly incapable of. You pride yourself in trying to muddy the waters by making points that are completely out of context. Try harder.

    But what would one expect from someone who thinks Russell Martin is a lousy defensive catcher.

  8. MTU September 15th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Blake-

    No need. We’ll get him when we bring Kemp over.

    ;)

  9. LGY September 15th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Sooo, wins are not relatively meaningless as long as they support your contention? :???:

  10. luis September 15th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    MTU September 15th, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    By the way Mo wait till you see the tribute I put together for you when you get #602.

    ————————————————–

    if the previous tributes you have posted here are the norm……then i can`t wait to see the one you are preparing for his Mo-ness, :)

  11. rb from LI September 15th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I’d only be concerned about him throwing a cutter that gets away from the cut off man! ;)

  12. pat September 15th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Mo told Alex he’s not the only Yankee in the 600 club anymore right before that picture was taken? :wink:

  13. Jerkface September 15th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Wins are not meaningless over a larger regular season, thats why King Felix isn’t an ace!! Oh wait WCYF spent all last year saying the opposite.

    Hmmm now nothing is adding up! Its almost as if he is trying to change his position using whatever stat/not stat he can!

  14. Giuseppe Franco September 15th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Looks like WCDB is talking out of his ass again.

    Intelligent people don’t have to put a lot of effort into convincing others they are intelligent. Their words and insight tends to speak for themselves.

  15. Erin September 15th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    First of all, love, love love that picture. So cute. Second of all, yes they have to get him in at CF before he retires.

  16. MTU September 15th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Luis-

    I can only hope it pleases his Mo-ness and that it is even remotely worthy of the GOAT. I await the deed. I have asked my good friend JCPD to join me in doing the same. I hope he will. That would be awesome. He has enormous talent and would multiply the impact of the effort.

    :)

  17. West Coast Yankee Fan September 15th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Jerkface September 15th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Wins are not meaningless over a larger regular season, thats why King Felix isn’t an ace!! Oh wait WCYF spent all last year saying the opposite.

    ************

    Once again you are talking out of your ass and out of context. The King Felix debate was about the Cy Young award and there are numerous other statistics that should be and are considered in that conversation. A far cry from legitimately citing wins for a young pitcher like Hughes in the context of not giving up on him.

  18. JM September 15th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    MTU –

    I know your tribute, combined with JCPD, will be Mo-worthy! Can’t wait.

  19. West Coast Yankee Fan September 15th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Giuseppe Franco September 15th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Intelligent people don’t have to put a lot of effort into convincing others they are intelligent. Their words and insight tends to speak for themselves.

    ************

    As mine do. And as yours speak for themselves as to your childish and oh so lame agenda.

  20. Jerkface September 15th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Why are wins meaningless when deciding who is the best pitcher, but meaningful when deciding who the best pitchers to put in the rotation are? Sorry, doesn’t add up. You bullied Betsy when she had valid, if tiring, concerns over Hughes performance. You constantly threw 18 wins in her face despite the fact that wins are a meaningless statistic and should not be used to evaluate anyone.

  21. MTU September 15th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    JM-

    Thank you for the kind words. Much appreciated. It’s a big responsibility to try to honor one so great. It’s inevitable to fall short.
    Still need to try I guess.

    :)

  22. Giuseppe Franco September 15th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    # West Coast Yankee Fan September 15th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    As mine do.

    ——–

    Yep, they sure do – just not the way you think they do.

    You’re the last person who should be calling people childish. There’s a reason why 95% of the blog thinks you’re a jackass.

  23. Bronx Jeers September 15th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Seeing Mo in CF will be like seeing the white smoke rising from the Sistine Chapel. Something big is happening.

    Or is it the dark smoke ?

  24. West Coast Yankee Fan September 15th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Off to a meeting love you all! :)

  25. upstate kate September 15th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    hey let’s not forget that Ron Guidry played CF in a game…the precedent has been set

  26. rb from LI September 15th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Kate, wasn’t that the protest game after the Brett HR call was reversed?

  27. upstate kate September 15th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    yeah, the pine tar game

  28. Warning Track Power September 15th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Always nice to see a photo with ARod smiling. Very cool photo.

    Anyway, go ahead and let Mo play CF for an inning(next year or when he announces the end).
    This year is obviously out of the question.
    Unless Robertson is on the mound. That kid will strike out the side, leaving Mo will no need
    for his glove!

  29. GreenBeret7 September 15th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    jnorris427 Josh Norris
    Actual thing I saw today: Square bagels. They were called squagels.

  30. MTU September 15th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    GB-

    I try to be open-minded but that’s just wrong.

    :(

  31. rb from LI September 15th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Good story by Bryan Hoch about how “Enter Sandman” became Mo’s entrance song.

    http://tinyurl.com/427tc23

  32. GreenBeret7 September 15th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    MTU September 15th, 2011 at 2:35 pm
    GB-

    I try to be open-minded but that’s just wrong.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Safer than trying to eat a bear.

  33. MTU September 15th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    GB-

    What’s will they think of next ?

    Bagels w/o holes ? Bagels with a hard inside and a soft crust ?

    In this I’m traditional all the way.

    :(

  34. Jeff in Canada September 15th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks for the link “rb from LI” on Enter Sandman.

    I always thought “Rebel Yell” would’ve been the perfect song for Rivera, exchanging the words “more” with “Mo”, which it sounds like Billy Idol is saying anyway.

    “In the midnight hour babe…Mo-Mo-Mo. With a rebel yell…Mo-Mo-Mo…MO MO MO!”

  35. MTU September 15th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    GB-

    By the way, We’ve got another MOH winner. This kid is from Kentucky.
    Guess you heard.

  36. rb from LI September 15th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    You’re welcome Jeff. I’m not a Metallica fan, but I think Enter Sandman is perfect for Mo.

  37. upstate kate September 15th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I think it is perfect for Mo as well, the perfect shut it down song :evil:

  38. 108 stitches September 15th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Mariano is still the best pure athlete on this team. Watching him do fielding drills in spring training and he’s still quick as cat getting off the mound. 21 year olds can’t keep up with him.
    He doesn’t stand around in the OF when position players take batting practice and runs down fly balls.

  39. waka flocka September 15th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    It would be awesome for him to start in CF so he could be in the role call

  40. hardwired7 September 15th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    As cool as it might be to see Mo playing CF, knowing that he’s at the end will be just too much to get my head around.

  41. Villa Nova-Ya September 15th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Wouldn’t it be kind of cool though, if Mo doesn’t ever announce he’s retiring and we all find out only because he’s in CF????

    That’s how I’d do it.

  42. rb from LI September 15th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Might be cool for him to start, but that’ll never happen. It’s way more likely that he’d get in for a batter or an inning in a blowout.

  43. upstate kate September 15th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    would he get a role call if he came in later?

  44. Brian September 15th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    The only way he gets to play center is if it’s his last season AND the Yankees have been eliminated from the post season. Otherwise, even the last game of the regular season would be too big a risk if they are going on to the playoffs.

  45. upstate kate September 15th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    they could wrap him in bubble wrap

  46. Bronx Jeers September 15th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Otherwise, even the last game of the regular season would be too big a risk if they are going on to the playoffs.

    ———————————————–

    Nah. He can go into a game that’s already been decided. Just handle the routine flies and be sure to stay on his feet. He does it all the time.

    Probably what he does to his shoulder/elbow every game is more dangerous to his health than running around CF for an inning or two.

  47. tomingeorgia September 15th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    How about Game 6 of what ever year his last season is. Yanks up 3 games to 2, leading 15-2 in the eighth. You’d hear the roar in Panama.

  48. rb from LI September 15th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Apologies if this has been posted, but this is a fantastic article on Mo by Marc Carig.

    http://tinyurl.com/3mxqoxg

    (can you tell I’m goofing off at work?)

  49. The Ghost of Lohud Past September 15th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    “You have reached the desk of West Coast Yankees Fan, I am unable to take your call but it is important that I argue with you.

    *Press 1 to hear worthless predictions that will change by 180 degrees whenever it suits my purpose

    *Press 2 to hear off topic rants about politics

    *Press 3 to listen to my collective baseball wisdom, don’t worry, it’s a very short message

    *If this call is for any other reason, you may hang up now”

  50. 108 stitches September 15th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    blake September 15th, 2011 at 12:23 pm
    FakePeteGammons 51 mins I’ve been breeding an actual Green Monster who will viciously attack opposing players when they visit Fenway. This is Peter Gammons.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hey Peter !

    What’s up with Lars Anderson ? Also, is Craig Hansen ready to be the next great closer ? Also, what’s the skinny on Bobby Jenks ?

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