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Mariano’s future

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Sep 20, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

So how much longer is Mariano Rivera going to do this? The 41-year-old closer, who’s now the proud owner of the all-time saves record, has one year left on his two-year, $30 million deal. Jorge Posada said if Rivera wanted to do it, he could pitch three or four more years.

“I’ll tell you one thing, spring training, this boy here almost didn’t let me go,” Rivera said, referring to his youngest son who was sitting with him at the front of the interview room after Monday’s historic event, along with his two other sons. “So it makes it harder. Every year is harder and harder. It’s a decision that we have to make as a family and we’ll go from there.

“I don’t know if I can pitch for another three years. I mean, it’s hard out there. It’s not easy. And I have no hair left. So I don’t know. I know I have another year and after that, I’ll let you know. I’ll let you know maybe in spring training next year what’s going to happen.”

Posada may not be around after this season, but he hopes Rivera will be here for a good while longer.

“It’s all up to him,” Posada said. “His family wants him home. That’s the toughest thing. But us as Yankees fans, we want him here because we need him here.”

As for the record, 602 and counting, Joe Girardi said he would be shocked if it’s broken “in our lifetime.”

Rivera said: “Records are made to be broken. I don’t know. All I hope is whoever is going to be there or do that, just respect the game the way I respect the game. That’s all I wish.”

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149 Responses to “Mariano’s future”

  1. djsunyc September 20th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    imho, the greatest yankee pitcher of all time (of course that depends on your view on the role of closer in general).

  2. Trigeminal Neuralgia Yank September 20th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Enjoy life Mo. Next year is enough.

  3. blake September 20th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Mo can pitch as long as he wants

    Gary,

    Technically I believe only the Game 1 starter would have to go.on short rest…..with the off days the Game 2 starter can pitch game 5 on regular rest…….who h is why I would throw CC in games 1 and 4 of the ALDS.

    LGY, Why? I wouldnt mind keeling the Sox out…..but I don’t want to tank games to do it and risk not having home field……there is all kinds of bad mojo with doing that.

    Trader,

    What the heck is AJ talking about……Girardi could justify yanking him at any moment just because he looks like he’s going to implode……he has not earned any leeway over the last two years…..he’s earned a very short leesh and he shouldn’t be surprised or.angry at all……he wants that to change……then pitch better.

  4. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Repost:

    This is how we honor his Mo-ness in the 435.

    Mariano’s # 602 tribute. Part 1.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/MarianoSTributeFor602?authkey=Gv1sRgCNus-PqHwJSn9wE#

    Enjoy. Thank you Mo.

    By the way there are exactly 42 photos.

    :)

  5. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Mo’s impending retirement is too depressing a subject first thing in the morning. ;)

  6. tomingeorgia September 20th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    blake,
    Agreed. Clinch first, then give a rest to whomever needs it, but play to win everyday.

  7. Yankee Trader September 20th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I’ll attach the NY Post article again for those of you who haven’t seen it. Angry AJ Pleads the 5th after early exit:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....ascJPwAiFJ

  8. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    YT-

    AJ is on his farwell tour. He just doesn’t know it yet.

    ;)

  9. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    AJ just really wanted Mo to break the record. ;)

  10. Yankee Trader September 20th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    AJ is on his farwell tour. He just doesn’t know it yet.
    —————————–
    MTU-

    Now have another one word description of Burnett—-”Clueless”
    Other was “Frustrating”

  11. Yankee Trader September 20th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    AJ just really wanted Mo to break the record.
    ————————
    Erin- AJ can’t think that far ahead!!

  12. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    YT-

    Seems fair.

    He did give us one good season though.

    ;)

  13. Giuseppe Franco September 20th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Girardi would have probably given any of the other starters a chance to wiggle their way out of the 5th inning yesterday.

    But Burnett has proven time and time again that he doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt in those situations.

  14. upstate kate September 20th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    exactly GF, and he spirals out of control so quickly

  15. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Yesterday we won in spite of Burnett not because of him.

    Unfortunately, that has become an all too familiar refrain.

    ;)

  16. Yankee Trader September 20th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    If you did the math, I would bet that Burnett is the highest paid/inning, active starter since 2009, when factoring in only innings pitched where he didn’t give up a run. Barry Zito might be a close 2nd, but he hasn’t pitched much since 2009.

  17. JM September 20th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    MTU and JCPD,

    An amazing tribute to an amazing athete and man! Thanks for posting!

    By the way, is that black cat a Florida panther? Saw one once in my aunt and uncle’s backyard in central Florida but he was a young one, a good deal smaller…..

  18. Benny Blanco September 20th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    How the hell do you only win twice in 14 starts?? You can’t make this stuff up….lol

  19. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    JM-

    No. Actually a rare all black Jaguar taken at the Belize city zoo while on vacation.

  20. JM September 20th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    MTU,

    Wow. Very impressive cat! The other photos are really spectacular.

  21. Yankee Trader September 20th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    How the hell do you only win twice in 14 starts??
    ———————————-
    Finish the sentence-and remain in the starting rotation of a team vying for the playoffs!! LOL

  22. JCPD September 20th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    repost

    Tribute for #42 part 2 (an extremely varied collection of favorites, thrown together quickly)
    MTU, I’m going back to label them now so you know where they are at.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/105244848673673377679/42Tribute?authkey=Gv1sRgCP-UzN7Wsa6jogE

  23. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    JM-

    Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the photo tribute.

  24. JCPD September 20th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Thanks JM

  25. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    JCPD-

    You’d be surprised to know that I remember where many were taken. But thanks for doing that for our viewing audience.

    I’m sure they’d want to know as well. Some of your many classics.

    :)

  26. Yankee Trader September 20th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    JCPD and MTU

    Many thanks again for sharing with us some of your most spectacular photos.

  27. JCPD September 20th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Not a problem MTU, glad to be of service……

  28. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    YT-

    As I said before, the pleasure is all mine.

    I’m glad you enjoy them, and it was a privledge to try to honor Mariano.

    You can never heap enough praise on that Man.

    ;)

  29. djsunyc September 20th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    yankees were 95-67 last year
    aj burnett was 10-15

    how does a pitcher lose 15 games on a 95 win team?

  30. Yankee Trader September 20th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Have a terrific morning all.

    Off to see the wizard and see what the future holds for the greatest sports franchise in history.

  31. Giuseppe Franco September 20th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    To be fair, pitchers can run into some bad luck – even on good teams.

    If I’m not mistaken, I believe Colon still has a losing record this season and he has been stellar for much of it.

    For whatever the reason, the team has had issues scoring runs for him at times. It happens. Some things just can’t be explained.

    However, that’s not the case with Burnett. He has a losing record with a strong team because he’s been one of the worst pitchers in baseball the last two seasons.

  32. JCPD September 20th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    YT, my pleasure

  33. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    A little old time folk tune from PPM:

    “Where have all AJ’s good seasons gone.”

    “Where have all AJ’s good seasons gone.”

    “Long time passing.” “Long time ago.”

    “When will the Yankees ever learn.”

    “WHEN will they learn.”

    :)

  34. 108 stitches September 20th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Certain records won’t be broken. Most pitchers begin to break down after they reach 35. Mariano takes good care of himself plus has the repeated mechanics from year to year. No pitcher will stick around long enough to break his record. It’s as intact as Pete Rose’s hit record. Nobody has hit .400 since ’41. Nobody has been able to surpass Joe D.’s 56-game hitting streak since ’41.
    It’s a struggle anymore for a pitcher to reach 300 wins.

  35. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    E_Lipsman Eric Lipsman by TrentonThunder
    Congratulations to former Thunder pitcher Ian Kennedy on becoming the first NL pitcher to reach 20 wins. http://pic.twitter.com/91Dozoia

    Yay IPK!! :)

  36. BronxBorn September 20th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Nice work MTU. Hope Mo gets to see it…

  37. JM September 20th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Congrats to IPK….Good for him.

    That trade was a winner for all the teams involved.

  38. CountryClub September 20th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I posted this on another site, but it applies here too:

    The Jeter/Mo embrace was the best part of the celebration (other than Mo getting his moment alone on the mound). Jeter was genuinely happy for him and you could see Mo searching him out while he was hugging other teammates. Pretty awesome that they both came up together and they both hit major milestones in the same season. Here’s to Mo pitching 3 more years and the two of them retiring and going into the HOF together.

  39. JM September 20th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Even the usually mellow PPM would have been frustrated watching AJ pitch. LOL.

  40. blake September 20th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Pretty cool post at RAB that summarizes the 1996 Baseball Prospectus takes on the Yanks…..

    http://www.riveraveblues.com

  41. djsunyc September 20th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    not only do the yankees play well at the major league level…but they also crank out players from the minor leagues that are good everyday players. ipk has 20 wins. melky’s over .300 and clippard is an all star. we are the best organization in sports.

  42. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    BB-

    Me too.

    Thanks. good to see you’re still kickin’. Hope you are well and the book sales are thru the roof.

    How about a poetic tribute sometime ? I’m sure he’d like that as well.

    :)

  43. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 9:47 am

    MTU — AWE! Just saw your photos. Glorious and so apropo for our #42.

    Thank you again.

    PS: Laughed out loud at the little chipmunk you captured on film.

  44. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    JM-

    Probably would have broken a guitar over his head by now.

    ;)

  45. djsunyc September 20th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    here’s the record setting save from 3 different broadcasts:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......d=11493214

  46. Ys Guy September 20th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    i just dropped into the extra bases blog to check out the body count at the bottom of the ledge, but couldnt sign on…looks like boston.com is going subscription…see ya pete!

    they shouldnt be too panicky b/c the yankees are going to do what the socks couldn’t and put the ray’s away for the winter.

  47. blake September 20th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    MTU,

    Where is the first photo?

  48. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    JCPD — another WOW. You and MTU are amazing photographers. The fall colors in the Big Moose photos are gorgeous. I miss the fall season. BEST season of the year, IMO.

  49. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Wang-

    Even though we inevitably fall short in our praise Mo still deserves the best effort we can put forth.

    JCPD’s are not too shabby either, huh ? Lot’s of talent there too.

    ;)

  50. upstate kate September 20th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    interesting times as red sox fans need to root for the Yankees to win :)

  51. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Sorry guys, but can you tell me where I can read AJ’s “clueless” quote? I haven’t been able to read at all today. I did, however, replay Mo’s big moment 4 times.

    Is it something Chad posted or in a newspaper?

  52. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    MTU — I think it would be fun to all meet up someday at a Lohud bloggers picnic or such. It’s funny how this blog has brought so many of us together.

    On another note — if anyone has seen photos of Mo’s boys posted anywhere, let me know. I did see his youngest (cute dimples) during his press conference. Too bad the camera angle didn’t include the son on his right.

  53. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Blake-

    A peak in the nearby Dixie National Forest. Shot from my front balcony after a Winter storm had cleared.

    :)

  54. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Ys Guys,

    Extra bases has always been subscription — actually if you try to read too many articles on Boston.com in general, they make you register. It’s not just his blog.

  55. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Wang-

    How about I offer a LoHud hiking outing complete with guide ?

    :)

  56. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    CountryClub September 20th, 2011 at 9:43 am
    I posted this on another site, but it applies here too:

    The Jeter/Mo embrace was the best part of the celebration (other than Mo getting his moment alone on the mound). Jeter was genuinely happy for him and you could see Mo searching him out while he was hugging other teammates
    ~~~~~~~~~~

    I noticed that, too. We fans aren’t offen privy to that kind of genuine emotion from Jete. It’s obvious they have a great relationship. Mo has a nice, sly sense of humor just like Jete.

  57. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Wang-

    YT’s 9:08 post has the link.

    ;)

  58. Bret The Hitman September 20th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    How legitimate of a CY candidate is Ian Kennedy, 20 game winner and team MVP of the surprise D-backs?

  59. pat September 20th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Postgame player reaction should be taken with a grain of salt.

    CC wants to go 9 on fumes and he’s a gamer? AJ wants to get through 5 and he’s delusional?

    Don’t you want guys who want the ball?

    Saying thank goodness Girardi came and got me would have made you feel better about AJ?

  60. Ys Guy September 20th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    i know mo is in great shape and still getting it done at an elite level but i have to disagree with the idea that he can continue to do it for 3 or 4 more years. eckersley saved 95 games from 39-42 years old, then only saved one more game. hoffman saves 109 games from age 39-41 then only 10 more. when these great closers lost it, they lost it quickly and neither could get the job done past age 42 (mo’s age next season.). The yankees can and should continue to ride the wave as far as it will take them, but having a backup plan is becoming very important going into next season.

    congrats again mo! Love ya!

  61. 108 stitches September 20th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Mariano has a son that pitches for Quinnipiac College in Conn. and would like to spend more time with him and the rest of his family. Next year is probably his final one but he’ll always be a New Yorker with occasional visits to Panama.
    Meanwhile the Yankees should prepare to have another closer. Nobody can possibly ever replace No. 42 but David Robertson has steady mechanics and the mindset to be a closer. He just needs to stay away from as many walks. He has a year to work on it.

  62. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Wang-this is the only one I could find (pretty sure it’s his youngest Jaziel again) but I think it’s adorable. :)

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....ano+Rivera

  63. JCPD September 20th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Thanks Wang. I love fall too. Almost time to take my trip up to Big Moose for the season to do some leaf peeping.

  64. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Love the Fall just about anywhere but especially in the SW.

    :)

  65. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Erin — THANKS! The little one has a lot more hair than his papa! ;) You could just see he was tickled pink to be on TV with his famous dad.

  66. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    MTU September 20th, 2011 at 10:00 am
    Wang-

    YT’s 9:08 post has the link.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    Muchas gracias!

  67. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    RiverAveBlues RT: @MLB_PR: Here’s the ball Mariano Rivera used to finish off #602: http://yfrog.com/hwmthhxj

  68. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Wang-

    De Nada. Con mucho gusto.

    :)

  69. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I guess the thing about AJ’s comments that struck me was his “heaven forbid I should give up a couple of hits.” Is he kidding with that statement?

    Yes, we all want pitchers to fight to stay in the game, but AJ has to acknowledge he hasn’t done anything lately to deserve any leeway. And Girardi is the master of giving rope until a pitcher hangs himself (and hurts the team’s chances for a win).

    If AJ can’t see that, he is indeed delusional.

  70. blake September 20th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    “CC wants to go 9 on fumes and he’s a gamer? AJ wants to get through 5 and he’s delusional?”

    Pretty much…..CC has earned his right to stay in games…..AJ hasn’t. Its fine for AJ to feel that way and want to stay in…..he just doesn’t have any case to suggest Girardi should have done it…..he should be happy they keep giving him opportunities to start at all. Also….CC has never to my knowlege said anything like that post game anyway.

  71. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    MTU — look at us speaking Mo’s language. ;) BTW, my Spanish sucks now.

  72. blake September 20th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    MTU,

    Very cool man.

  73. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    “He should be happy they keep giving him opportunities to start at all.”

    BINGO.

  74. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Wang-

    I got lucky. Those were a few I happened to recall.

  75. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 10:13 am
    I guess the thing about AJ?s comments that struck me was his ?heaven forbid I should give up a couple of hits.? Is he kidding with that statement?

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

    Wang, I have a feeling AJ was being sarcastic, which kind of got “lost in translation” when printed. The article said he was “bemused”. I wouldn’t make too much out of it. JMO

  76. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Blake-

    Up there. Yeah. Bring your snowshoes.

    :)

  77. pat September 20th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Wang

    There are pictures of Mo and his family in the dugout on this page.

    http://www.gettyimages.com/Sea.....no+rivera#

  78. blake September 20th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    When CC says something like “heaven forbid I give up a couple of hits” then its something to talk about…..otherwise it’s AJ suggesting he deserves a longer leesh than he does.

    Sorry AJ….you want to stay in games…..then pitch better.

  79. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    108 — for me, DRob’s demeanor is what stands out. But if he could reduce those walks, he’d be dynamite. Hey — he’s pretty good already. #Understatement

  80. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Wang, I have a feeling AJ was being sarcastic, which kind of got “lost in translation” when printed. The article said he was “bemused”. I wouldn’t make too much out of it. JMO

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    Fair enough. Hard to read sarcasm into his written comments — esp when you’re already exasperated with him and are waiting to pounce (which I am).

  81. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I want all of Mo’s sons, and their future son’s signed to Yankee contracts.

    Gotta think ahead. Right Brian.

    ;)

  82. blake September 20th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Im mad at AJ for giving me a glimmer of hope that he was maybe finding something…..and then ripping it away.

  83. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    blake,

    You need to jump on the “that ship has already sailed” boat with MTU and me. We no longer allow AJ to get our hopes up because it’s a lost cause x 1000.

  84. djsunyc September 20th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Mariano has a son that pitches for Quinnipiac College in Conn. and would like to spend more time with him and the rest of his family. Next year is probably his final one but he’ll always be a New Yorker with occasional visits to Panama.
    Meanwhile the Yankees should prepare to have another closer. Nobody can possibly ever replace No. 42 but David Robertson has steady mechanics and the mindset to be a closer. He just needs to stay away from as many walks. He has a year to work on it.

    ————–

    i think the perfect guy to become the next closer is phil hughes…

  85. Wang IS Taiwan September 20th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    pat ,

    Thanks a ton. Those photos are all keepers!!

    Gotta log off. You guys have a good one.

  86. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    AJ is like a foriegn film entitled “Seduced and abandoned”.

    ;)

  87. mick September 20th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    you can thank aj for getting mo the save yesterday….shouldn’t have had to happen.

  88. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    sp: foreign. I think. sorry.

  89. Ys Guy September 20th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    aj’s whacked….why analyze what he says?

    i want to point out that the last pitcher we had here who talked out his butt after being knocked around the park was a guy named kennedy.

    what does it mean…it means nothing, i dont listen to what they say, i just watch what they do and form my opinions based on that.

  90. pat September 20th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Blake

    That glimmer is why he keeps getting the ball. Eventually potential needs to be realized and not just promised though.

  91. blake September 20th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Wang,

    Im on that for next year and the future…..I just had a small amount of hope that maybe AJ coukd hold it together long enough to.give them a decent start in the playoffs. Cashman will try to trade him this winter I think…..

  92. blake September 20th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Pat,

    I think its a combination of that glimmer and his paycheck to be honest…..despite what they say publically.

  93. mick September 20th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    CC-Nova-Colon-Hughes

  94. jacksquat September 20th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    AJ was getting smacked around like a piñata, it’s was way past due Girardi had a quicker hook with him.

  95. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Curious to see how Nova fares against the Rays.

  96. jmv September 20th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    MTU,

    I’ve been a long time reader, but just yesterday put my first post (couldn’t help in such a special day). l`ve always enjoyed your pics, but this tribute to Mo is the best

  97. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Welcome JMV and thank you.

    The best deserves the best we can offer. Don’t forget to thank JCPD too.

    :)

  98. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Ledger_Yankees RT @mikeaxisa: David Robertson has 25 more strikeouts than last year despite facing ten fewer batters.

  99. jmv September 20th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    “Welcome JMV and thank you.

    The best deserves the best we can offer. Don’t forget to thank JCPD too.”

    ——————————————————————————

    Of course! Thanks to JCPD too!

  100. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Time to walk the dogs.

  101. 108 stitches September 20th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Burnett is like a plumber saying he has an everlasting faucet leak fixed. At some point the Yankees figure the plumber is full of sh*t and don’t use his services anymore.
    The way the money works out for 2012, the Yankees can afford to eat a good portion of Burnett’s contract to be rid of him.
    Also, he’ll be getting in the way of progress for the good young arms ready to emerge from the farm system.

  102. jmv September 20th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    About AJ… I’ll always remember Aaron Boone for that walk-off, so I’ll always remember AJ for that gem in the 2009 WS. But time passes by, and decisions must be made. I wish the best for the guy

  103. JCPD September 20th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    My pleasure jmv

    MTU, have you figured out the uniqueness of the Tipp Hill photo in the tribute?

  104. ron September 20th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I never wanted to trade ian kennedy.

    I know we got granderson but i’d be happy with someone else in cf,maybe gardner & we signed maybe a lf,or even got another cf.

    I guess there was no way of knowing how kennedy would turn out & hughes & joba were higher on the list.

    The bottom line is,we would be a much better team if we traded hughes or joba & kept kennedy & arizona would of gladly taken hughes or joba,thinking they got a much better deal.

  105. austinmac September 20th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    It is amazing Burnett has the audacity to be angry from being removed from the game. He had given up 9 hits and two home runs in 4+ innings and six hits in the last 1+innings. Burnett’s comments reminded me of one from years ago that all the Yankees care about is winning. Yes, that is the job of the manager.

    I have accepted him as a good teammate and Yankee. This comment, along with his earlier storming off the mound, leads me to conclude he and many million are out of here and off to the NL for a bag of used baseballs.

    Personally, I have watched Burnett enough to last me a lifetime.

  106. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    JonLaneNYC The world we lived in, and the state of current #Yankees careers, the day Mariano Rivera earned his first career save http://bit.ly/qE7AgH

  107. 86w183 September 20th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    You can “what if” trades forever, but the bottom line is that the three team deal turned out to be an outstanding trade for all of the teams because each what what it was hoping to get.

    Would Kennedy, Coke and Austin Jackson thrived in pinstripes? Who’s to say? But Granderson has been one of the best players in baseball since mid-August ’10.

    No regrets

  108. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    ron-I always liked Kennedy (still do-very happy for him for the season he’s had), but I was fine with that trade. Love the Grandyman. ;)

  109. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    YankeesWeather 11am: periods of rain are expected today, but we anticipate opening gates on time.Game updates will be posted when available.

  110. jmv September 20th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I’m all in for that Grandy trade. Great player, great person and great in the dogout. Couldn’t ask for more

  111. mick September 20th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I have accepted him as a good teammate and Yankee.
    ====================
    Based on what?

  112. jmv September 20th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Erin,

    Was Montero already signed by then? LOL

  113. JM September 20th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    # mick September 20th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I have accepted him as a good teammate and Yankee.
    ====================
    Based on what?
    _______________

    He makes one helluva pie.

  114. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    mick-by all accounts, AJ is a very good teammate.

  115. mick September 20th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    mick-by all accounts, AJ is a very good teammate.
    =================================
    a good teammate would keep his mouth shut after atrocious starts and not show up his mgr every chance he gets…..is he kidding by pretending not to care what is being written and said about him? …and insisting he was “nasty”, is he that stupid?

  116. LGY September 20th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    AJ’s comments are a public criticism of Girardi.

    He is the last person on earth that should be blasting Joe and we have never heard CC say anything even resembling a shot at his manager.

  117. mick September 20th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    the last 2 that opened their mouths after bad outings were kennedy and “give me the ball” coke
    aj is next in line

  118. LGY September 20th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Blake

    I’m not saying that the Yankees should intentionally take steps to lose these games.

    As a fan, however, my rooting interest will be with the Rays.

  119. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    mick-I agree, definitely not the smartest comments to make, especially considering how much Girardi has had his back this year.

  120. JM September 20th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Yankees have to get back on track and playing good baseball before the playoffs. The Rays present a nice challenge as they have great pitching and have been playing well. I’d like to see the Yanks at least split the next four….Hopefully the last three in Tampa are meaningless games for the Yanks and they can let some of the September call-ups play a bit.

  121. mick September 20th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    i should have said “what me worry” kennedy

  122. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    hit “submit” too soon. I still think for at least some of those comments he was trying to be sarcastic (the “heaven forbid” quote, etc.) which doesn’t come off well when written down.

    But I still think he just really, really wanted to see Mo come in. :P

  123. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    FakePeteGammons Don’t fear #Redsox Nation. If we miss playoffs, I’ll spend off season comparing Jason Middlebrooks to Mike Schmidt! This is Peter Gammons.

  124. JM September 20th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    AJ’s remarks sound a bit bone-headed but Erin is right, he may have been trying to be sarcastic and also, as pat said, unless it’s an ongoing thing, stuff said immediately after a game in the heat of the moment should often be taken with a grain of salt, IMO.

  125. mick September 20th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Mo would have been better served getting the record with a full house on hand vs TB
    it was headed that way until the usual implosion
    of course a few more runs would have helped but those are not mandated.

  126. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    RiverAveBlues RT: @si_vault: Just wanted to take a second and appreciate Don Mattingly’s mullet from the early ’90s: http://pic.twitter.com/d9gylx3V

  127. NYJim September 20th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    “Records are made to be broken. I don’t know. All I hope is whoever is going to be there or do that, just respect the game the way I respect the game. That’s all I wish.”

    There are a lot of classy people in this game, but they broke the mold when Mo came into this world. It is so gratifying, yet rare these days, to see someone at the top of their given craft so humble and well grounded at their moment of triumph. In a time of rampant chest thumping and glory hounding, I love that Mo was so uncomfortable with the adulation, especially when forced to stand on the mound in an empty field with 50K screaming fans. Just priceless!

  128. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Yankees Mariano Rivera has struck out 502 of the 2,465 left-handed batters he has faced in his iconic career. #YankeesFacts

  129. 108 stitches September 20th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Erin September 20th, 2011 at 11:25 am
    FakePeteGammons Don’t fear #Redsox Nation. If we miss playoffs, I’ll spend off season comparing Jason Middlebrooks to Mike Schmidt! This is Peter Gammons.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hey Fake Gammons !

    Let’s hear more about the great Lars Anderson, Michael Bowden, Felix Doubrant, and of course the flame thrower Craig Hansen.

  130. longtimefan September 20th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    No doubt Mariano Rivera is the best relief pitcher of all time. What the game needs are more people like Mo. No scandals, no drugs, no off field headlines, no controversies–just a strong family man that lives right and has a tremendous work ethic.

  131. MTU September 20th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    JCPD-

    I think so. Burnet at a crossroad ? Saw the sign.

    ;)

  132. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Ledger_Yankees Very cool work on Mo by editor/designer @danWorthington in his morning’s Star-Ledger print edition. #nyy http://yfrog.com/h84mnarej

  133. blake September 20th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    LGY,

    Yanks have to take care of business this week…..once everything is locked up they can mail in those last 3 vs TB for all I care.

  134. austinmac September 20th, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Mick,

    He seems genuinly well liked by the team. Of course, I could be liked by the team and it doesn’t mean I should pitch.

    No one should fanticize Burnett turning the corner. He is what he is, a guy with a good curve and a 92 mph fastball, neither of which he can locate.

  135. J. Alfred Prufrock September 20th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Rivera isn’t this or that, he’s enlightened. Not trying to please anyone except the inner voice. He’s all of that, and free at the same time. He’s a marvel.

  136. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Yankees John Smoltz and Al Leiter of @MLBNetwork break down the consistency Mariano Rivera shows with each pitch … http://atmlb.com/nIG6Fr

  137. tomingeorgia September 20th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    JAP,
    Good Zen.

  138. austinmac September 20th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I don’t think AJ was being sarcastic. He thinks Girardi wrongly removed him from the game again.

  139. RadioKev September 20th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    The Yanks would be dead in the water without Grandy this season. I don’t think we can say IPK would have this type of success in the AL East, it’s certainly debateable.

    All I know is that Granderson has been huge for this team.

  140. blake September 20th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    That segment with Smoltz and Leiter is excellent for those that haven’t seen it.

  141. ac1 September 20th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Congrats to Mo and congrats to Ian Kennedy. While i doubt he would have had this success in the AL East, no one else sees the distinction the way we do.

    On the other side, Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
    Not sure which is more galling: Burnett saying he wasn’t “allowed” to finish the fifth, or Lackey staring down Francona as he took him out.

    I dont like Buster but i agree here. These are the two worst contracts in baseball right now, if not 2 of the worst 4-5, and they both act like they deserve more than they are getting.

    AJ doesn’t deserve to sniff the mound again this year and Lackey is just beyond awful.

  142. LGY September 20th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Blake

    I haven’t looked at it in detail but I’m thinking the Yankees only need to take 1 of 7 vs the Rays and 1 of 3 vs Boston.

  143. upstate kate September 20th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I am happy for IPK, and I am estatic that the Yankees acquired Grandy. That 3 way trade has worked out for everyone involved.

  144. J. Alfred Prufrock September 20th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    tomingeorgia September 20th, 2011 at 12:02 pm
    JAP,
    Good Zen.
    ///

    True, Tom, he’ IS zen. But the real thing, not the fad. I guess I just see someone who is utterly themselves, which is probably the ultimate form of enlightenment. When he said: ” I cannot talk about myself – it’s impossible,” there was not the slightest note of false modesty, just the utter frankness that is Rivera. He meant it, for him, to talk about “himself” when he intuitively understands his place in the universe, would never even occur to him, thus, it’s” impossible.” Nobody else like that in the sound bite world.

  145. upstate kate September 20th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Lackey is fortunate his offensive bailed him out against an even worse pitcher.

  146. 4 NYY September 20th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Rivera : Just the coolest, calmest, most humble, classiest, best closer, to play the game ! PERIOD! And an even better person.

    Look in the dictionary under class and you’ll see a pic of Mo ! It’s there, I saw it !

  147. Erin September 20th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    New Post: Pitching matchups vs. Tampa Bay

    :arrow:

  148. blake September 20th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    LGY,

    Not if they want the division…..and also that’s putting the wild card in jeopardy

  149. J. Alfred Prufrock September 20th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Speaking of Mo, really funny the other day when he was a guest on Kay’s radio show. Kay was trying to get him to self reflect on his greatness, place in baseball history, etc, and Mariano gave that little laugh he always does and said, you know I don’t like to talk about myself. Kay countered that he, Kay, LOVES to talk about himself, and Rivera, in his extremely good natured way, said “I know you do – I know that about you; you have a big, big head…”

    How about yesterday when the reporter in the throng thanked Rivera for the free cake being passed out (from where I don’t recall) and Mariano interjected: “was it good?” That’s just Rivera…

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